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Top Ten Moving Mistakes

No move is perfect, and neither is anyone getting ready to pack up all their belongings and relocate to a new home. In fact, it’s almost guaranteed that you’ll make at least one mistake in the process of moving—and that’s okay.

To help you keep the errors to a minimum and enjoy as much of your experience as possible, we suggest you make note of these top ten moving mistakes and take steps to avoid them.

  1. Poor Packing: Overloaded boxes, random items tossed into drawers without regard for their fragility, expensive electronics you wrap and hope for the best…anytime you take a chance with your belongings, there’s a greater likelihood something will get broken during transit. Consistently-sized boxes in good repair and quality cushioning material are your best bet.
  2. Holding onto Stuff: The less you have to move, the easier and cheaper it will be. Use this time to pare your belongings down to what really matters. The rest can be donated, sold, or thrown away.
  3. Not Allowing Enough Time: Moving almost always takes more time than you expect. Start prepping early, allow plenty of time on moving day, and give yourself at least a few weeks to get things unpacked and settled once you’re moved in. It’s always better to have taken too much time off work than not enough.
  4. Not Making a To-Do List: Organization is key when undergoing a big transition. Write your own to-do list or download a moving app that will do it for you—either way, make sure you include all the prep work like change of address forms and notifying professional offices.
  5. Passing on Insurance: Yes, your moving company will include a small amount of automatic coverage for your belongings, but you may want to go above and beyond. Always look at the available insurance policies to ensure you have the exact amount of coverage you need to feel safe.
  6. Not Planning for Perishables: In addition to all your furniture and belongings, you’ll also need to clear the kitchen before you move. Make a plan to get rid of your perishables to make your moving day even easier.
  7. Forgetting to Make Pet Arrangements: In all the hustle and bustle of moving, it’s easy to overlook those members of your family who can’t see to their own needs. Long-distance moves and complicated pets (like snakes or fish) require advance planning, so include them early on.
  8. Doing it All Yourself: In the early stages of moving, you might feel capable of handling everything on your own; however, by the end, you’re likely to want support. Don’t be afraid to hire help for the moving process, whether it’s a full-service moving company or just someone to watch after your kids on moving day.
  9. No Overnight Bag: Always pack a bag with those essential items you’ll need right away. Moving vans can and do get delayed sometimes, and you may find that it’s difficult to rustle up a towel or necessary medication from the bottom of a stack of boxes. Keep your overnight bag in your own car so you can keep an eye on it the whole time.
  10. Missing the Inventory List: The inventory list provided by your moving company is your guarantee that everything is on the moving truck and accounted for. Always take the time to go over this list carefully and keep a copy on hand. This way, if anything does go missing, you can start the claims process right away.

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