Top 6 Common Moving Mistakes and How to Overcome Them

Are you planning on relocating cross country soon? Then you should make sure that you are aware of the common moving mistakes that most people tend to make and know how to deal with them. Relocating long distance is a complex process, and even a small mistake can lead to significant consequences. For this reason, you should make sure to do proper research before you start preparing for the relocation. To help with this, Flat Price Moving and Auto Shipping has put together a list of common mistakes when relocating and a quick guide on how to avoid them.

Underestimating Preparation Time

Underestimating the time needed to pack is a problem that plenty of people make

The most common moving mistake is not starting the preparations on time. Most of us don’t realize how much time it takes to prepare for a relocation until we actually get down to work. There is so much more to it than simply packing belongings into cardboard boxes. To make sure you don’t start preparing too late, create a detailed list of all the things that have to be done beforehand. This includes:

  • Making a list of everything that needs to be packed. This list should contain everything from clothes and furniture to books and toys.
  • Obtaining packing supplies. Based on the list, figure out which supplies you’ll need, including boxes, bubble wrap, plastic wrap, dollies, etc.
  • Canceling utilities and subscriptions. Before the move, let the utility providers know. You should also cancel magazine and other subscriptions. 
  • Packing. Approach packing as early on as possible. It is almost a rule of thumb that you will need more time for it than you think.

Of course, these are only some basic things to think about. Feel free to include any other necessary items on the list. Using this list will make it easier to organize the weeks leading up to the relocation.

Disorganized Packing

Packing without a proper plan can cause confusion and will take a lot of timePacking randomly and without a proper plan is one of the common moving mistakes people generally make. It is not enough to only put things into boxes, seal them, and shove them on the movers’ truck. If you do so, unpacking is going to be quite an ordeal. Instead, do your best to stay organized. Label the boxes clearly, divide items by room, wrap everything up properly. If you’re not sure how to handle this task, here are some useful tips for packing.

Packing Too Much

Packing too many things into a box can damage your things and even cause an injury

Overpacking is another common mistake that most people make. It often happens that we simply pack everything in our home without much thinking, only to realize we don’t really need half of that stuff once we start unpacking. The result of this is that you spent more money on the relocation than necessary. So instead of merely packing everything, figure out which items won’t be needed in the new home and sell them, donate them, or throw them away. 

Doing Everything On Your Own

When you are in a hurry or do not have enough time, it's a better idea to ask for help with packing

Yes, we know that going through the whole preparatory process seems like something you can do by yourself. All that is needed is some free time and a little bit of planning. However, things will get done much easier and much faster if you have a helping hand. Ask friends or relatives for help. It might even end up being a fun bonding experience.

Not Hiring Movers

Professional movers can pack everything quickly and properly, leaving you free to deal with other aspects of the moveOn the surface, it might seem like hiring professional movers is unnecessary. After all, you feel like you’ve got this all figured out. However, having the help of experts can make things much easier and less stressful. So pick up the phone and give Flat Price Moving and Auto Shipping a call!


Not Being Informed

Another common mistake is simply not having enough information about the relocation process, its costs, or what it entails. To help you avoid this mistake, we have put together the following short FAQ.


What Do the Services Provided by Flat Price Moving and Auto Shipping Include?

The comprehensive relocation package provided by Flat Price covers every step of the relocation process. This includes:

  • packing and unpacking Not having the correct information can lead to a waste of time or improper packing
  • disassembling and reassembling furniture 
  • transport of belongings 
  • car shipping
  • packing supplies 
  • storage
  • and available client support throughout the whole process 

Of course, if you choose, it is possible to opt out of any part of this service. 

How Much Does Moving with Flat Price Cost?

The price of the relocation depends on the services that are needed, the distance of the move, the number of belongings being moved, and even the time of the year. The best way to know for sure how much money should be set aside for the move is to request a price estimate.

How Can I Receive My Price Estimate?

To get a price estimate of the relocation, all you have to do is fill out the form on our website and we will get back to you shortly. Of course, if you wish so, feel free to give Flat Price Moving and Auto Shipping a call and one of our client support agents will be more than happy to walk you through the whole process.

I Can’t Move into My New Home Right Away. What Should I Do?

You’ll be happy to learn that we also offer storage services. What’s more, this service is free of charge for the first month! Our storage units are secure and climate-controlled, so there won’t be any reason to worry about leaving your valuables inside.

Are you ready to begin a new life somewhere else? Then give us a call! Our customer service representatives will be more than happy to answer all questions and provide all the necessary information. They will also arrange for a reliable price estimate so that you can plan your budget. We are looking forward to helping you relocate so call us today.