Using Old or Incorrectly Unfolded Boxes
If you’re moving an entire household’s worth of stuff, you’ll need a lot of boxes. You might be tempted to just pop by your local general store and pick up some old used boxes from there, but we recommend avoiding this. Older boxes are more prone to coming apart when fully loaded; they can also collapse when stacked, damaging whatever items may be inside. Likewise, incorrectly folded boxes can cause similar problems, another good reason to hire a local professional moving company that will do everything for you.
Packing Hazardous Materials
Federal law prohibits the transportation of hazardous items without informing the mover. When we refer to hazardous materials we mean aerosols, bleaches, paints, pesticides, nail polish removers, and other potentially volatile items. Ignoring this law could lead to some pretty stiff penalties, so it’s best to consult your moving company if you intend to transport such items. Likewise, you’ll want to avoid packing any perishable items as this too is generally not allowed. If you have any perishables, either give them away or consume them before your move.
Everything Is Done at the Last Minute
Hastily going through the moving process is one of the most common moving mistakes and the easiest way to run into trouble. Moving all of your stuff to a new place takes time and coordination, and you’ll want to have a game plan so that everything goes smoothly. Make a mental note or better yet, write down your plan for how all your belongings will be removed, packed, transported, and set up in your new home.
Decide which room should be packed first, what should be thrown away, and how things should be packed to ensure everything gets to your new home in one piece. For a very forward-looking plan, it’s good to account for what comes after the move, namely what you should know before moving to your new hometown.