Common Moving Mistakes

Lately, we have been coming across a few videos and articles,  relating to the mistakes which people make during their removal, and ways how you can avoid it. So we did some research, and we found the most common mistakes which people do make, and we want to offer you some of our own advice how you can prevent making these mistakes, let us begin:


We have come across cases, of people who do things the last second, only to find that when moving day arrives, the removals team arrives on the agreed upon date, only to find that they end up having to wait for you. Be wise and make sure that you plan at least 8-12 weeks prior.

Before you decide to set yourself a date for your removal, make sure that you plan ahead at least 8 weeks prior. This will give you enough time to plan a date which will suit your removal needs, and will give you enough time to finding a removal company, and most importantly, enough time for you and your family to pack all your household items.

No Research

Although we will be highlighting this a little in the next point. Before calling any removal company, take some time to research the removal companies, visit their websites, visit sites where you can see the compliment/complaints about the company. There are some handy sites out there which offer some handy information. A great site to visit, is the PMA (Proffessional Movers Association), here you can see which removal companies are registered, if there are any complaints, and so forth.

Not Getting Estimates

Before you agree upon using any removal company, do not make the mistake of hiring the first removal company you speak to, there may be a strong chance you could be paying a higher amount than what other removal companies are charging. Phone around, do some research on the internet. Obtain at least 3-5 different estimates from different companies, so that you can compare which company quote suits your budget.

Not Sending A Thorough Inventory List

Make sure that you have filled in your inventory correctly, there have been several cases which happen on a daily basis, globally, where clients do not fill in their inventories correctly, only to find they are receiving a invoice from the removal company advising that there are additional costs for having to load a lot more that originally stated.

Whilst doing your inventory, a great system is to operate it room by room, this will allow you to remain more organized. Also be open with the removals agent, if you find anything additional let them know so that they can amend the inventory for you.

No Insurance

This is very risky if you do not take out insurance for your goods during your removal.

Do the safe option, either speak to your own insurance company and see what they can offer you. Alternatively, speak to the removal companies. They commonly can offer you 2 types of insurance:

  • General Insurance: This will cover your items whilst they are in transit. Should the truck be in a accident, overturning, fire or hi-jacking, your belongings will be covered from any instances such as the ones mentioned.
  • All- Risk: This covers your belongings on all aspects, thefts, damages and etc.

You will find yourself paying a little extra for insurance, but most importantly, your belongings will be covered.

Bad Budgeting

Budgeting is one of the most important aspects when it comes to moving. Whilst obtaining the estimates, make sure to budget your finances wisely, consider costs such as:

  • Removal (This includes removal, packing services, or additional fees such as extra items)
  • Hotel
  • Petrol
  • Food
  • And so forth

Its important that you budget for costs you know you will be needing to spend, and then of course the unexpected costs. Prepare for the worst, in case if anything arises causing you to pay more.

Forgetting To Inform The Removals About Access

Generally a removal quotation is based on a normal home where access is simple and easy for the removal company to access. Make sure that when you are dealing with the removals agent, that you are clear about any access issues where you are currently staying. Some examples of access:

  • Flat: Should you be living in a flat, make sure to explain to the agent, that your apartment is on the 3rd floor, and there are stairs. This will allow the moving company to quote you upon the access and removal, as they may need to have a extra mover to help.
  • Complex:  For a removal truck to access some complexes, its impossible for the truck to drive in, because of its size. Speak to your body corporate and enquire about the maximum size limit of trucks. Inform the removal company, so that they can organise a  carry or shuttle service to easily access your home.
  • Estates: The way estates entrances are designed these days, limit trucks to a maximum of a 3 ton truck. Impossible for any large truck to access, as they do this as a means of safety and security. Should you reside in a estate, inform the moving company, as they will need to organize a shuttle service for you (This will be a additional cost), which will be able to do regular routes from your home to the truck.

There are many more mistakes we can highlight to you, but then that would mean you would be sitting for a while just reading this. Importantly, make sure that you plan properly for your removal, don’t feel ashamed to ask the moving companies for tips, they are more than willing to offer you advice.