10 Mistakes People Make When Moving

1. Failing to research your mover
Thoroughly check your moving company before committing to a contract. Are your movers licensed by your state’s Department of Transportation? Have you examined their record with the Better Business Bureau? Did you check their references? East Coast Moving is fully licensed, BBB accredited , and voted Best of Brunswick!

2. Spending too much on packing
Boxes and newspaper are easy to come by, and often free of charge. Any local grocery store/ super-center will give you free boxes if you ask.

3. Packing heavy items in large boxes
Heaviest items should always go in the smallest possible boxes. Your movers will thank you later.

lifting heavy box

4. Forgetting to take measurements
Make sure to measure the clearance space in your new residence prior to moving day. You don’t want to arrive at your new home only to find that your furniture won’t fit through the front door.

5. Packing flammable, explosive or corrosive materials
You’ll be in violation of the law and put yourself and your movers in danger.

6. Losing your bill of lading
The bill of lading is the contract between you and your movers. It is essential to reference it if any problems arise along the way, so treat it with care.

7. Leaving outside of boxes blank
Label your boxes thoroughly. Include handling instructions, information on the box’s contents, and the room it’s destined for in your new home. You especially want to label any fragile items.

8. Taking taxes too lightly
There are specific guidelines as to which move-related items are tax-deductible and which aren’t. Make sure to check out the IRS website in advance of your move, and keep all relevant receipts.

9. Disrespecting your movers
Make sure to introduce yourself to everyone on your moving crew and have refreshments at the ready. Making a good impression could make your move a lot less stressful.

10. Forgetting to change your address
Don’t forget to change your address or you could find yourself late on your bills!


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