4 Biggest Mistakes People Make When Moving

For many people, there’s nothing more exciting than moving to a new home. Whether it’s to a new neighborhood or a new city, there is plenty to look forward to about changing environments. However, that’s not without saying that moving comes with plenty of challenges. 

There are all sorts of logistics to consider, from the packing to the actual “moving” itself. As such, there are plenty of mistakes that can be made if you don’t play your cards right. However, the good news is you can avoid many of these mistakes by learning what they are beforehand. To help you, here are some of the most common mistakes that people make when moving, and what you can do to avoid them.


The art of procrastination is one that many of us are incredibly gifted at. It’s easy to find yourself making excuses for why we don’t need to get something done. And while sometimes these may very well be legitimate excuses, the longer you push these things forward, the more likely you are to find yourself struggling when it’s a moving day. 

Waiting until the last minute to do things, whether it’s packing, unpacking, or hiring movers, will only set you back and make things even more stressful.  The more you can plan and act in advance, the easier the move will be. Take the time to go through each step slowly and thoughtfully so that you’re not racing the clock to get things done haphazardly.

Not Purging

Humans by nature tend to accumulate a lot of stuff. We often convince ourselves that one day we might need the things we hoard, and as such, we watch our garages and closets fill up to the brim. However, this only holds you back in a variety of ways. For one, it makes moving that much more work to do since you have more to haul around, not to mention, that it can be difficult to find what you’re looking for. 

Moving is a wonderful opportunity to purge the old,  and make room for the new.  Not only will you lighten your load, but it’s a fresh start in your life and an opportunity to create a clean slate for yourself.

Underestimating Your Budget

All you need is a few boxes and a moving truck— how expensive could a move be, right? Wrong! Many people don’t realize just how much goes into budgeting for a move.  From the actual packing supplies, to paying for movers, to unexpected charges like repainting a wall, it’s important that you carefully budget for a move by putting aside even more than you anticipated. That way, you won’t find yourself struggling to cover costs when you move into your new home.

Not Packing Systematically

Believe it or not, there is a wrong and a right way to pack. While people who haphazardly throw everything into boxes with no rhyme or reason may technically pack up their boxes faster, they’re much more likely to get stressed out and disorganized trying to find something they really need. 

Make sure that you organize your boxes into special categories. One box should be essentials, another box should be specifically for one part of the house, etcetera. The more organized you can stay when packing, the easier it will be to unpack and put everything away.