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Common mistakes to avoid when moving

Updated: May 11

Moving can be extremely stressful and overwhelming, as relocations often take a lot of effort, time, and money. Despite all the planning and preparation in the world, simple moving mistakes may creep up on you. But no need to worry, we have listed common moving mistakes and ways to avoid them!


Not having a moving plan

As the saying goes, failure to plan is planning to fail, and this proves so true when moving. Without proper planning and preparation, your relocation will not be seamless and stress-free as one would hope.

Before moving, create a moving checklist, outlining every stage of the moving process from the date and time, to how to acquire moving boxes, and which moving company to use. All this may seem like a lot of work, but it will reduce the stress and anxiety that comes with running around at the last minute.


Overpacking for the move

One of the most common mistakes is not consolidating before a move, which may result in additional time spent packing and unpacking and increased costs of moving. To help combat this issue, consider incorporating some downsizing techniques into your moving plan- donating, selling, or throwing away items that are no longer of use to you.


Not ensuring moving boxes are labeled

A common mistake that most people make is not correctly labeling their moving boxes. A little pre-planning when packing proves very useful when it comes time to unpack, when in your new space.


Forgetting to change your address

Failure to update your address can result in a multitude of issues, so it is of paramount importance to change your address before you move to avoid unnecessary stress.


Not planning for pets

If you do have pets, it is important to realize that just as the move is stressful and overwhelming to you, it is just as daunting for your pets, especially cats and dogs, who are creatures of habit and with the hustle and bustle of moving, as well as having strangers in their house can be a bit confusing. To help your furry friends during this transition, try and make another arrangement for them on the day(s) of the move, such as having them stay with family or friends.


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