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The Top 10 Moving Mistakes and How to Avoid Them: A Guide from Gold Line Removals

Are you planning a move? Avoid common pitfalls with Gold Line Removals' comprehensive guide on the biggest moving mistakes—and how to sidestep them. From underestimating your needs to hiring unreliable movers, we've got you covered with actionable solutions for a stress-free move.

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Welcome to the Gold Line Removals blog! Today, we’re talking about one of the most common topics we get asked about – the biggest moving mistakes people make and how you can steer clear of them. We know that moving can be quite an overwhelming task, and lack of adequate preparation can lead to complications and stress. With this in mind, we’ve compiled a list of common blunders that can turn your move into a nightmare. But don’t worry – we’re also providing solutions to these problems, helping you achieve a smooth, hassle-free move.

Underestimating Your Needs 

A prevalent mistake people make is underestimating the amount of packing materials needed and the time required to pack all their belongings. We always recommend overestimating in these areas, as most retailers, including us at Gold Line Removals, allow returns on unused packing supplies. Consider using our Box Guide to help you estimate your box needs. The last thing you want is to make a frantic trip to the store on the eve of your move.


While it might be tempting to bring everything with you to your new home, overpacking can add unnecessary costs to your move. A better idea is to declutter before moving – sell, donate, or give away items you don’t need or use. This might include clothes that don’t fit anymore, outgrown toys, or bulky furniture that doesn’t suit your new home.

Hiring an Untrustworthy Mover

A low price may seem attractive, but hiring an unlicensed moving company can cause more problems than it’s worth. At Gold Line Removals, we recommend conducting a thorough check on your mover’s reputation, license, and insurance coverage to ensure your belongings are handled professionally.

Not Securing a Guaranteed Price

A common misunderstanding in the moving industry is the difference between binding and non-binding estimates. The former often requires a home visit for a more accurate calculation, while the latter is a rough estimate based on information provided by the client. We suggest obtaining multiple estimates and comparing them thoroughly for the best deal.

Inadequate Insurance

Don’t let an accident turn your move into an expensive nightmare. When hiring a moving company, ensure to ask about coverage options for your possessions. Please note that the standard “Valuation Protection” offered by most full-service moves isn’t insurance but rather a level of liability.

Neglecting Your Valuables

Small, lightweight items such as jewelry and tablets can easily get damaged or misplaced during a move. We recommend packing these items separately and keeping them close to you or securely in your vehicle during the move.

Failing to Pack a Survival Bag

Imagine arriving late at your new home and realizing you packed your toothbrush at the bottom of a box buried deep in the moving truck. To avoid such scenarios, pack a survival bag with essentials like toiletries, basic tools, a flashlight, and any other items you’ll need immediately after moving in.

Not Prepping Your Pets

Moving can be doubly stressful for our furry friends. Maintain their routine as normal as possible, and make sure to schedule a pre-move vet visit for any necessary vaccinations or medications.

Not Backing Up Your Computer

Electronic devices, like your computer, can be sensitive to the bumps and jostles of moving. It’s always a good idea to back up your data beforehand. This is also an excellent time to digitize important paper documents by scanning them to the cloud.

Inefficient Scheduling

Many people schedule their moves for high-demand periods, like house closing

days or the end of the month. At Gold Line Removals, we suggest scheduling during less busy times, which could also help you take advantage of available discounts.

We hope this guide helps you avoid common moving mistakes and paves the way for a seamless move. Remember, at Gold Line Removals, we’re always here to help make your moving experience as stress-free as possible. Stay tuned to our blog for more tips and tricks about moving and settling into your new home.

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