Stressful and exciting at the same time, moving into a new home or apartment, especially for the first time, is a major life event. No matter how much stuff you need to move with you, getting moving supplies and choosing between moving companies can become time-consuming and overwhelming. Here at Gallo Moving & Storage, we believe that every move is different, and we will always adjust for different circumstances to make your move as easy as it can get. But there are some universal things you should avoid doing when moving for the first time. Poor Time Management It might be nearly impossible to estimate exactly how much time you need, especially if you’re moving for the first time. The biggest mistake people make is procrastinating and waiting until the last minute to start packing. People often assume if they’re moving the contents of a relatively small apartment, they’ll gather everything into the boxes in no time. In fact, the whole process can take up one to two months, depending on the size of your home. On a plus side, the more time you give yourself, the better you’ll be able to organize your stuff and ensure completely stress-free moving preparation. If you choose to start packing late, you might underestimate the time you needed, and if you’re not 100% ready to move on your scheduled day, a moving company will most likely charge you a fee. Keeping It All It’s essential to declutter everything before you even start packing. An experienced mover would go through every room and categorize their belongings into 3 groups: things to keep, things to trash, and things to sell or donate. A common mistake is skipping this phase and proceeding to pack literally everything. Even if it seems like you don’t have too much stuff, skipping the decluttering stage will mean you’re going to spend more time and more money on packing and moving unwanted, outdated or broken stuff. For example, when you move interstate, the overall weight of your belongings weights into a final cost of the move. If you take your time decluttering an old apartment, not only you’ll get spring cleaning checked off, but could put cash earned from selling things you don’t need towards your moving expense. Under-Packing Materials As you declutter your old home, it’s time to get everything packed into the boxes. More often than not, people underestimate exactly how much moving supplies and how many boxes they need. Fortunately, there’s a rule of thumb to help you figure out the optimal number of boxes: consider getting more or less 20 boxes per room. So, if you have a two bedroom home, your best bet is to start with 60 boxes. Moving on Your Own Lastly, a common mistake that first-time movers commit is deciding to move on their own. While it doesn’t seem like a bad idea at first, it unravels to be an exhausting process, involving a lot of stress, planning, and heavy-lifting. Hire a professional moving company! Gallo Moving & Storage offers fair pricing, convenient scheduling, and reliable moving, packing & storing services on South Shore, interstate and even internationally. Contact us today by calling 866-697-4400. Request a free quote online or through our moving app!