1. Failing to research your mover
Thoroughly check your moving company before committing to a contract. Are your movers licensed by your state’s Department of Transportation? Have you examined their record/score with the Better Business Bureau? Did you check their references and/or reviews?
2. Spending too much on packing
Boxes and newspaper are easy to come by, and often free of charge. Spend a little extra time scrounging to save money on packing supplies. (grocery stores are a good place to start)
3. Packing heavy items in large boxes
Heaviest items should always go in the smallest possible boxes. Your back, shoulders and legs will thank you later.
4. Forgetting to take measurements
Make sure to measure the clearance space in your new residence prior to moving day. You don’t want to arrive at your new home only to find that your furniture won’t fit through the front door.
5. Packing flammable, explosive or corrosive materials
You’ll be in violation of the law and put yourself and your movers in danger.
6. Losing your bill of lading
The bill of lading is the contract between you and your movers. It is essential to reference it if any problems arise along the way, so treat it with care.
7. Leaving outside of boxes blank
Label your boxes thoroughly. Include handling instructions, information on the box’s contents, and the room it’s destined for in your new home.
8. Taking taxes too lightly
There are specific guidelines as to which move-related items are tax-deductible and which aren’t. Make sure to check out the IRS website before the day of your move, and keep all relevant receipts.
9. Communicating unclearly with your movers
Give clear, precise instructions to your movers on the items that will or will not be moved. Labeling the furniture that will be left behind will help insure that these items do not get moved.
10. Forgetting to change your address
You can visit the United States Postal Service website and change your address online. (a lot easier than standing in line at the post office)