8 Common Mistakes to Avoid when Moving

Updated: Feb 23

Moving day is an important day. It’s hard to tell at the beginning of moving day just how well it will go. The College Moving Crew, with it’s years of moving experience, has compiled a list of common mistakes that people sometimes make when moving. Hopefully this will help you avoid some of the common blunders.


Not Buying Enough Boxes

One of the most frequent mistakes we see is not having enough boxes. It is very difficult to complete a move without having enough boxes. Generally speaking, it is safer to buy more boxes than you think you need because you can return the ones you don’t use. If you do end up needing all of them, then you have saved yourself an extra trip to the home improvement store.


Trying to Do it All Yourself


It’s hard to know how much you can handle by yourself. By the time you figure out you can't move everything yourself, it's normally late in the game to hire help. If there is any doubt that you will not be able to handle everything on your own, it would probably be wise to hire professionals.


Packing Essential Items Too Soon

One of the most frustrating things that can happen during a move is packing up important items too soon. To think you are getting ahead of the moving process by packing everything up, but then realizing you have to go back and unpack some boxes because the dishes are packed up and you need to eat, is a hassle. Leave out anything you think you might need the week prior to moving, and the night before your move, pack up those extra items. It will save you a headache.

Not Allowing Enough Time for Your Move


It’s very difficult to estimate how long it is going to take to move from one home to another. A lot of times individuals get optimistic about how long it’s going to take to finish their move, but then they get discouraged because the move is longer than anticipated. Sometimes the optimistic estimates are accurate, but other times it takes much longer. Generally, you should allow more time than you think you need because things can happen along the way that are out of your control.


Having a Plan for Pets


One thing that can slow you down on moving day is needing to make extra decisions. Many times, people need to decide what they are going to do with their pets on moving day. Even well behaved animals sometimes react poorly to strangers apparently stealing the furniture! Knowing where the pets are going to be can significantly lower the stress level on moving day and also help your movers.

Not Being Packed Up by Moving Day


Moving day is much less stressful when everything is ready to go. Another common mistake people make is leaving too much box packing for moving day. It usually takes a lot longer to pack boxes than you would think. If all the boxes are ready to go right away when the moving trucks arrive, it can make the entire move not only quicker, but less stressful.

Not Marking Boxes


Organization is the key to a smooth moving process. It may slow you down a little bit when you are packing boxes or loading the truck, but when the time comes to unload the truck and unpack, you will be so glad that you labeled the boxes well. Don't forget to label your boxes as fragile or heavy if applicable. It is recommended that you write not only the room that the box should go in, but also the types of items that are inside. That way, if you need to find something fast, you don’t need to open a bunch of boxes.


Renting a Truck that is too Small


Sometimes, it is tempting to try and rent the smallest truck possible to save a little money on moving day, but if you don’t know for certain what size truck to get, it may be a better idea to go with the bigger option. Opting for the bigger truck may cost a little more up front, but you don’t want to be stuck making multiple trips in a small truck, especially if you are moving a long distance.

Those are just a handful of commons mistakes that people make on moving day, if you are interested in further reading on the topic check out this article!


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