Every moving situation is unique. A single college student moving into their first apartment won’t need to move the same way a family does. If you’re planning a DIY move, the best way to make sure your move goes smoothly is to avoid these seven common moving mistakes.

1. Not Having Enough Time

Whether you’re moving for the first time, or it’s been a while, it’s easy to forget how long it takes to organize. You’ll need plenty of time to pack, unpack, and hire any professionals for any part of the move.

We recommend you start the process two months in advance. Here is a moving checklist timeline to stay on target.

Tip: The kitchen is usually the most difficult room to pack (especially packing the dishes) so start early.

2. Not Sorting What to Keep and What to Get Rid Off

It’s tempting to start throwing things in boxes to get them out of the way. However, by not sorting through your items, you might be setting yourself up for a headache later. Now is the perfect opportunity to go through all your belongings and get rid of stuff you no longer want or need.

3. Not Labeling Boxes Properly

Forgetting to label each box or not being specific enough is a common DIY move mistake. Whether you decide to hire movers or do as much as you can solo, labeling well will make moving and unpacking much easier.

4. Using the Wrong Packing Supplies

You’ll need the right packing supplies if you plan to move by yourself so that you can safely transport all your belongings. Invest in high-quality equipment that professional movers use.

Use this packing and moving supplies checklist from the pros.

5. Lifting Heavy Items Yourself

A common DIY move mistake many people make is when it comes to lifting heavy items. It’s easy to hurt yourself when you don’t know the proper techniques for lifting safely. Hiring professional movers to do the heavy lifting is beneficial. Not only do they know how to lift heavy items correctly, but they also use professional moving equipment, including hand carts, dollies, and carpet glides.

Even if you DIY almost everything else, it’s worth hiring professional movers for the really heavy things.

6. Not Unpacking the Essentials First

Prioritize unpacking the essentials first. Here’s where labeling well comes in handy. Everyone is different. However, you might want your essentials to include bathroom items, kitchen essentials, and beds.

Unpack anything else you’ll need that day or the following morning. Everything else can wait — you deserve some rest and a good night’s sleep!

7. Stressing Out

Moving can be stressful. The best way to avoid moving stress is to plan as much as possible and not do too much at once. So plan, plan, plan.

Also, don’t forget to breathe. Breathing is important!

Is a DIY Move Right for You?

If you don’t have too much stuff and you aren’t moving anything too big, bulky, or awkwardly shaped, it just might work for you. If you have a ton of things to move, a house-full of heavy items, making a long-distance move, or other complications, then hiring a professional is your best option.

If you’re considering a DIY move, but you’d like to see what it would cost to hire a professional moving company, give RL Maxon Moving a call. We are happy to give you a FREE, no-obligation estimate. 479.756.0850