Planning Prevents Common Moving Day Mistakes

John Matukas
John Matukas
Published on July 22, 2021

Moving is exhausting, expensive, and time-consuming. Yet, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average American will move about 11 times throughout their life, so it’s pretty unavoidable. No matter how many times you’ve relocated, chances are it could’ve gone better. Even the most experienced migrators make mistakes. John Matukas of EXP Realty of California outlines some of what those are and how you can avoid them during your next move.

Mistake #1: Not Cleaning Out Your Stuff

Many people think it’s easier to just throw everything in boxes and sort it out once you are in your new location. But why spend money and time packing and hauling things you don’t actually need? The same can be said for bulky things including furniture. Apartment Therapy suggests considering selling furniture on Craigslist and using that money to go toward buying new items that will work better in your new house or apartment.

Other things you should get rid of include:

  • Clothes you never wear
  • CDs and DVDs (everything can be streamed nowadays!)
  • Gag gifts and promotional items
  • Novelty kitchen appliances (Foreman grill, waffle iron, etc.)
  • Art you don’t like enough to frame
  • Books you don’t absolutely love
  • Excess towels
  • Excess mugs
  • Toys and stuffed animals
  • Bath products you won’t ever use
  • Documents, notebooks and other papers you don’t really need

Mistake #2: Underestimating the Amount of Work

By getting rid of what you don’t need, you can definitely reduce how many things you have to pack. You still probably have way more stuff than you realize, and it’s going to take time to organize it, effectively pack, and label your boxes.  To make sure you don’t run out of time, start packing a week before you think you need to. Set aside your day-to-day essentials and begin wrapping and boxing the things you know you don’t need — things such as books and art. You can then work throughout your home and pick up extra packing supplies as you need them.

Speaking of time, you’ll definitely want to schedule movers in advance if you plan on using a company to help you move. Waiting to the last minute could mean you’re stuck with a less-than-reputable service to handle this big job. To ensure you’re getting the cream of the crop, lists the over 100 top-rated moving companies around Los Angeles. This way, you can choose a moving company with a fantastic rating — assuming you don’t wait too long!

Mistake #3: Thinking You Always Have to Do It Yourself

There’s nothing wrong with admitting you need help. Chances are after you’ve packed up your house and moved into your new one, you are tired and want things to finally be over. Instead of everything taking three times as long as doing it all yourself, hire help for things you may not consider.

For instance, if you plan to move your old items unassembled, you can hire a handyman to put them together for you. Or, once you unpack and are faced with a thin layer of dust all over your happy new home, treat yourself to a professional house cleaning so you can start your new life on the right, clean foot.


Moving isn’t fun, but we all have to do it a few times throughout our lives. No matter how experienced you are at relocating, we all make mistakes. Some people disregard the need to clean out their stuff before the move, while others underestimate the amount of time and work it takes to effectively and safely pack up their belongings. And then sometimes people think they have to do it all on their own instead of hiring help when they need it. By avoiding these mistakes, you can make your move go smoother so you can get back to enjoying life quicker.

With 35 years experience selling properties from Boston to LA, John Matukas of EXP Realty of California wants to work together to find a home that you love. Contact him today at (323) 377-4961!

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