If you’re planning on moving, it’s best to take some time and think about the move beforehand. Not only will you save yourself a lot of headaches in the long run if you do your homework, but many people find that they actually enjoy packing up their old place and preparing for their new one. The following are common mistakes that people often make when moving, which can be avoided with careful preparation.

1. Not Wrapping Fragile Items in Bubble Wrap

Whether you’re moving long-distance or simply moving across town, make sure anything that might break (e.g., glass) is well-wrapped and protected against breakage. It would help if you had plenty of bubble wrap around for this purpose. Bubble wrap is cheap, so it’s probably not worth the trouble to try and save some money on this one. It’s best to err on the side of caution and use even more than what other people would consider necessary.

2. Packing Things in the Wrong Boxes

Having a good idea of how you’re going to pack is essential for a smooth relocation. If specific pieces have to be moved in certain ways or kept together (such as fragile items), make sure that they’re placed in the appropriate boxes first. Conversely, if certain things can be combined into one box, make sure that they’re combined. If something is not necessary to the move, it should probably not be packed at all.

3. Not Having a Specific Location for Items Before Moving

This relates to number two above as many people will just start packing up their belongings and placing them in boxes without considering what’s best where. It can be easy to get caught up in this frenzy, but it’s important to remember that if you don’t know where everything goes, your stuff may never end up there.

4. Moving Valuable Items Without Proper Care

People often hold on dearly to certain very valuable objects, such as jewelry or other precious metals. These types of valuables should be kept safe while you’re moving. For example, it might make more sense to either pack them in your hand luggage or keep them in the trunk of your car.

5. Not Getting Rid of Unnecessary Items

Take the time to go through your stuff in advance. As you pack it up, decide whether or not it is really worth taking with you. You might find some things you didn’t even realize were still there and are probably better off being sold than being taken with you.

6. Trying to Do Everything Yourself

Moving services are affordable and efficient. Trying to pack and move everything yourself is an extremely stressful and grueling process that’ll put unnecessary wear and tear on you and your things. It’s also time-consuming as well. Don’t try to do it all alone. Get some help!

7. Hiring the Wrong Moving Services

This is a big one! Many people have horror stories about bad moving companies that damaged their belongings or didn’t even show up for the move! If you’re looking to hire help, always ask family and friends for movers’ recommendations before deciding on anyone.

8. Not Getting Estimates Before Hiring Movers

There are many moving companies out there, and a lot of them can vary in price. Before hiring anyone, make sure to do some research on the internet or ask your friends and family for quotes from different movers, so you know what’s fair before they show up.

9. Not Labeling Boxes Properly

Labeling packages will save lots of time later on when it comes time to unpack them. The best way to label them is either with a marker or with some packing tape. You can also consider labeling them by category (e.g., larger boxes could be labeled “fragile,” etc.).

Choosing the Best Moving Services

Getting the right moving services can make the moving process much easier. Understandably it can also be very difficult to find the right match, so make sure you keep all of these suggestions in mind as you’re searching for a good company to help with your move.