Moving long-distance or across the country takes time, effort, and money, usually more then you thought it would be. To make your next move less stressful, consider our list of common moving mistakes and how to avoid them.

  1. Call Utility Companies, Landlord, etc

Better to start as soon as you can, to notify your landlord and utility companies about your move-out date, and don’t forget about your mail and other shipment services. These are filing a change of address with the post office and calling hydro, electric, water, garbage, recyclables utilities, to cancel your current service or to transferred them to your new place. Unfortunately, when you do it too late timelines are not enough, and you’ll have to wait a little bit to have your mail forwarded or have your new internet set up. Get a list of your bills and run through them one by one.  It shouldn’t take more than an hour to do, but it’s important to get it done as soon as possible, so you’re not charged for services you will not use anymore.

2. Do not pay movers to transport unnecessary belongings

Less you will need to move, less money and time you are going to spend on moving. Make a strategy. It is all about how you are going to make the decisions that will save your time and nerves while moving!

Write down the tips for yourself:

  • how you are going to choose if you need the items to be packed for a new life or not?
  • How easy is it to replace an item, how often do you use it?

You can try to sell the things you don’t need online or do the garage sale. But if there isn’t enough time, look at this like at the opportunity for charity. Donate coats, blankets, gently used clothing, furniture, office equipment, and kitchen appliances – it can easily find a new home.

3. Get an estimate

You don’t buy a car, for example, without knowing its cost and the same should go for your move. There are two most common kinds of estimates moving companies offer: binding or nonbinding. With a quote based on the weight of the customer’s belongings, moving companies give customers a non-binding estimate. This estimate is not set in stone and will most probably change depending on the actual weight of the move. With a fixed cost estimate, based on the approximate weight of the customer’s belongings, moving companies give customers a binding estimate, then they will pay exactly what they were originally quoted. Now, most experts recommend you to get at least three estimates, and ask each mover a lot of questions about possible hidden fees.

4. Do not try to do everything by yourself

Remember: even a move across town can be very complicated, and in the end, a DIY move may not be as cheap or as fun as you thought. Even if you’re only moving a small one-bedroom apartment, larger moving companies can accommodate you,just adding you to a truck that’s not quite full. This is called, freight trailer move. It is actually when you put together a moving service with renting a portable storage container or space in a freight trailer and then you can hire movers to do the heavy lifting. Remember using a specialty moving service is the safest bet if you have a large, oddly shaped belonging, like a piano. You can actually hire movers just to do the heavy lifting! They can make sure all of your large, unwieldy, or heavy furniture will make it to your final destination, unbroken. While hiring packers is more expensive, it always means a less stressful and time-saving moving process for you too. Talk to friends who have moved themselves and to moving companies about their services to get the full picture before you decide.

5. Plan and prepare storage containers and packing supplies

It is not smart to go, every weekend, buying new storage totes, because you used them all, but better plan in advance the approximate amount and type of packing materials. You will be surprised how buying it wholesale can save you money! Of course, you can always collect free boxes from restaurants liquor, grocery, and recycling centers too. Be careful to choose what’s appropriate when moving. choose storage for your stuff, according to the weight and how fragile your things are. Don’t forget to label each box clearly, with its room of destination too, so that it helps your movers unload more efficiently and save you the hassle of its allocation.