10 Most Common Moving Mistakes – AND How You Can Avoid Them!

Happy TUESDAY! I’m living my best life in NYC right now during fashion week (which is INSANE as always) but I’m happy to be hanging with my bestie and being in the greatest city in the WORLD. Today, we are continuing the new adventure Adam and I embarked a few weeks ago: Homeownership. We recently bought our first home and have been working on decorating each room in our cute little house. I cannot wait to start on the reveals of each room after the painting and decorating! While the move is still SUPER fresh in my mind – I wanted to share with you the 10 most common moving mistakes first time home owners make – and how you can avoid them because FUN FACT: I did not avoid all of them. And I have regrets. Let’s dive into this.


10 Most Common Moving Mistakes – AND How You Can Avoid Them!

10 Most Common Moving Mistakes - AND How You Can Avoid Them!

NOT GETTING THE RIGHT PACKING MATERIALS.

Boxes + newspapers are the cheapest way to go if you are looking to save a few extra dollars on packing. They work totally fine but they aren’t going to withstand multiple moves. If you are someone who moves around every few years (or you are a college student moving every other semester or so), I suggest the medium and large plastic tubs instead. I love these because I’ve had mine since my freshman year of college, and they haven’t failed yet. We pack ALMOST all of our belongings into our plastic tubs and then store them in the garage until we need them again. They’re great for holiday decorations and general packing and they protect your items better than a cardboard box. A little bit of an upfront investment, but better in the long run in my opinion.

*however: if you ARE on a budget, here are some awesome tips to help you out ASAP.

PACKING HEAVY ITEMS IN LARGE BOXES

This was a mistake we made even this time around, crazily enough. I can’t stress this enough: do not pack your heaviest books and all of your 50lbs of things into one box. It’ll be HORRENDOUS to carry and you can really hurt yourself moving it. Opt for smaller boxes or space your heavy things out between several boxes instead.

NOT MEASURING YOUR NEW SPACE

Have you ever gotten into a new spot and realized none of your furniture fits? The WORST. Before moving everything into a space, figure out where it is going to logically fit. Measure your big stuff like bed frames, dressers, couches, coffee tables, etc. and have their spots planned out in advance so you aren’t scuffing floors and walls trying to move and squeeze them into place.

NOT LABELING THE BOXES EFFICIENTLY

Another thing I failed at this time around, #whoops, I forgot to label my boxes. So when we finally got them all into the house…guess who didn’t know where anything was. This girl. Opening every single box to identify which box goes in which room was very annoying. This is an easy, easy thing to do. Just grab a sharpie and label the tops of the boxes. If you don’t want to write on your nice plastic bins, grab some packing tape and stick it to the top to write on instead.

NOT KNOWING WHICH MOVING EXPENSES ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE

Did you know some moving expenses are tax deductible? I didn’t! They totally are and the IRS website can tell you exactly what you need to be saving receipts on. I wouldn’t sleep on this either – you can actually save a lot of money doing this.

10 Most Common Moving Mistakes - AND How You Can Avoid Them!

NOT CHANGING YOUR ADDRESS / INFORMING OTHERS OF ADDRESS CHANGE

Have you lost mail because you forgot to change over an address? Super annoying, right? Well, luckily, you can change addresses at the USPS prior to your move and just set the date it needs to be forwarded. So as soon as you know your new address, you can just fill it out online and have it set to go. It’s the ultimate set-it-and-forget-it.

NOT PURGING BEFORE YOU MOVE

I am a purger. I hate saving things. I throw all things away. It is SO cathartic to me to fill bags of trash and clear it all out. We’ve been going through each room of our apartment and just tossing everything that we don’t use or need anymore. Neither Adam or I like clutter so this is the perfect time for us to have a clean start in the new house.

WAITING UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE

Just don’t do it. Start packing at LEAST two weeks prior to your move to make sure that when it comes time to pack that moving truck, you aren’t STILL shoving things haphazardly into a box. It is also easier to organize your boxes for unpacking this way, too. This is a great way to “intentionally” pack your boxes in a way that makes it easier to find things later on.

BEING A PROUD DIY-ER

DIY-ing stuff is great if you’re good at it. But sometimes, it’s better to leave it to the professionals. If you have a large space you are packing, it’s often easier to hire professional movers to pack your moving truck. They know how to fit it all in without breaking your things.

YOU DON’T PACK YOUR ESSENTIALS IN A CARRY-ON OR BACKPACK

This is really important because what you don’t want is to get to your new house and not be able to find your toothbrush or underwear. Pack everything you need for a few days in a backpack or carryon prior to moving so you can easily access the important stuff without having to completely unpack all of your boxes.

10 Most Common Moving Mistakes - AND How You Can Avoid Them!

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I hope this helps you get everything you need together for your next move. Moving is always a little bit chaotic and stressful, but it doesn’t have to be a miserable experience. You CAN be organized and have all your little ducks in a row. These tips will keep you from over packing, under planning and spending more than you need to when it comes to getting out of your current space and into an amazing new one.

Have you moved recently? What tips do you have for new movers?! Leave them in the comments below!

This post was written as part of the Allstate Influencer Program and sponsored by Allstate. All opinions are mine. As the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, Allstate is dedicated not only to protecting what matters most–but to guiding people to live the Good Life, every day.

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