5 Moving Mistakes to Avoid

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Moving to a new home can be a stressful experience—from finding a new place, packing, moving and unpacking. However, you can lessen its stresses by relocating smart—avoid making these 5 mistakes:

1. Not cutting ties properly.

Before you leave your old place, you should cut ties from your old home and tie new ones in your future home:

  • Disconnect utilities in your old home.

  • Clean up before leaving. Leave it in a good condition for its future owner.

  • Power up your new home and install utilities.

Aside from those, you should also allot enough time to make sure that everyone important—meaning the bank, your doctors, and the government—knows where you’ll be moving to. You should:

  • File a change of address notification.

  • Update the address in your driver’s licence.

  • Inform credit card companies, your bank, and your newspaper or magazine providers about your new address.

  • Let your doctor and other service providers about your change in location.

2. Packing up the wrong way.

Not everything should be in boxes—especially things you need on moving day. If those are hard to access, unpacking and arranging your new home will be a pain. Keep these essentials in a clear, accessible box including:

  • Bottled water

  • Keys

  • Chargers

  • Change of clothing

  • Medications necessary

  • Toiletries

  • Dining utensils, plates, and cups enough for the day

  • Basic food supplies

  • Cleaning supplies

  • Cutters or scissors, for easy removal of tape and other adhesives on boxes.

For your other possessions, pack them according to their room. Consider colour-coding your labels for easier identification and organisation.

3. Forgetting about the moving checklist.

Forging through the moving process with a checklist is like going to war without weapons. Without a checklist, your preparation will be disorganised, you might even forget vital things.

Think of things you need to do before moving day (such as hiring a removalist, packing, or updating your address), on the moving day, and after.

A good moving checklist will help you focus, save time, and keep you stress-free throughout the process.

4. Overlooking insurance.

The thing about moving is some things are out of your control—such as accidents and weather conditions which could cause damage to your belongings. To help ensure that your possessions are safe and covered if ever something happens, buy insurance for valuable items such as expensive art pieces, appliances, etc.

There are insurance plans that will provide coverage against accidents, calamities, and damages. In this way, if ever your belongings are damaged, a company is liable to compensate you.

5. Not conducting proper research on removalists.

You might find a removalist with affordable rates, but they may not be the best option for you. Here are things you can do to choose the right removalist:

Read customer reviews.

  • Ask previous clients about their experience.

  • Ask the removalist about previous projects.

  • Ask for a free quote.

  • Ask about comprehensive solutions such as packing, storage, interstate or local moves and at what price.

After these, narrow your choices down to three, and pick the one that fits your needs and your budget.


Make your relocating process stress-free by not committing the five mistakes above. Happy moving! If you need more property advice or help in selling your home, don’t hesitate to drop me a message or call me at 0405 000 219!

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BEN WAKELY | 0405 000 219
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Mitch Hills

Entrepreneur, marketer and problem solver from Brisbane, Australia. Founder of Mastered Marketing, making people awesome online!