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6 Common Moving Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Moving to a new home comes with a whole laundry list of to-dos, and it is not uncommon to make mistakes along the way. So many of those moving do. With over 120 years in the moving industry, trust us when we say we have seen it all! That’s why we’ve compiled this helpful list of the most common mistakes people make when moving. Use the following as a reference when it comes time for you and your family to pack up and go, and you’ll be able to push aside most of your worries and enjoy a new chapter in your lives!


The number one reason some tasks, or even important items, get forgotten or left behind is simple procrastination. Some of us are lifelong procrastinators. If you know you are one of those people, try to change your mindset before it becomes an issue. A lot goes into moving, especially if it’s an interstate move. Mistakes happen when you end up rushing around at the last minute to get everything done. So, take your time. In the end, you’ll be glad you got a jump start on the moving process and will have an overall lower stress level throughout.

Not Labeling Boxes

It may not sound like much, but labeling your moving boxes is rather important, especially if you are moving to a larger home with many rooms. Not only will it keep you organized, but the process will also create a streamlined moving day process. You may even consider taking it further, color-coding each room’s boxes. That way, your helpers can use the visual queues in knowing exactly where each box goes.

Forgetting to Take Inventory

If you are utilizing a moving company such as Arpin Moving, Inc., they will provide you with an inventory list. These lists help movers and the homeowner in keeping track of every box and every piece of furniture along the way. When you arrive at your destination, you will revisit the list, checking off every item that enters your new home. With this method, you’ll know immediately if something was left on the truck or tucked in the wrong area accidentally.

Not Having Enough Packing Supplies

Damage happens easiest with improper or not enough packing materials. Make sure this doesn’t happen by not skimping on the small stuff like tape, wrapping paper, and packing peanuts/bubble wrap. You’ll also want to learn the proper packing techniques for certain items such as large furniture or breakable china.

Forgetting to Transfer Utilities

Transferring utilities might at first seem like a daunting and miserable task to deal with. In actuality, utility companies are making it easier and easier on home buyers and renters to do just that. Much of these processes can now be easily accomplished online. As soon as you know that you are moving, you can typically easily schedule a transfer of service date to the new address. Try to remember this early on. You won’t want to blunder and be stuck for any amount of time with no electricity or heat. 

Not Forming a Plan for Moving Day

When moving day has finally arrived, you’ll definitely want to have a general plan. Who will take care of what? Will there be lunch for your helpers? Where will the moving truck park? These questions are all important parts of moving day, all of which will need to have an answer ready to go. With a plan in mind, you will be ready to direct the move and create a clam and collected atmosphere.

Your best bet for a smooth relocation though, is hiring Arpin Moving, Inc.! Our well-trained packers, loaders, and drivers can help you avoid these common moving mistakes and help make your big move exciting, rather than stressful. Visit for more information.


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