Moving Mistakes

In the moving industry, it’s a well-known fact that no two moves are made alike. Each project requires a completely unique and different approach to achieve a successful result. Even if you’ve moved a lot in the past, there’s a good chance you need a skilled or professional moving expert to help you plan through the specific requirements to make your move a success. Without the proper expertise, it’s easy to experience a rocky move that winds up costing you more money, time, and patience than you’d think.

While all moving projects will require different solutions, the definition of a perfect relocation is always the same for everyone—and that’s a move that is fast, affordable, and completely stress-free. At 495 Movers, our goal is to serve our customers with everything they need to experience the perfect relocation, with state-of-the-art solutions and a team of highly trained, professional movers that have your best interests in mind.

In this article, our moving experts share some of the most common mistakes people make during relocation and how these mistakes can wreak havoc on your moving budget. If you’re hoping to experience the joy of the perfect moving experience, take a look at this information and learn what you can do to start planning the right way.

Hiring the Wrong Movers

Nothing is more effective at making your relocation a success than the help of a reliable, professional moving team. A professional moving company will make sure you’re on the right track from start to finish—and knows exactly what needs to be done to save time and money during the process. 

Along those same lines, there’s nothing worse than hiring the wrong movers to help you move. Bad movers are a dime a dozen, especially during peak moving season. While bad movers can cost you money with terrible service, scam artists can hold your belongings hostage or steal them altogether—and both cases happen more often than you’d think. 

Make sure you’re hiring the best movers you can find by searching the internet for leads, asking friends, family, and co-workers for recommendations, and checking any moving company’s status with the BBB or your local chamber of commerce. The best companies will be licensed and listed with these organizations and will count with rave reviews online or from people you know that can attest to their reliability.


You’d think that DIY moves would save money, and for small, local projects, this can sometimes be true. But even the smallest moves can get complicated quickly—and doing-it-yourself can turn into an expensive disaster if not handled correctly. DIY moves involve plenty of time to plan and organize. For most people, the savings aren’t worth the time, effort, and physical and mental stress of relocation. Also, if you’re not prepared or knowledgeable about what it takes to move your belongings yourself, you could wind up paying more money for delays, damage to your belongings, or even medical bills if you wind up getting hurt. 

Taking Everything You Own with You

The easiest moves are streamlined, fast, and efficient. If you’re like most people, this means that you’ll want to check what you’re taking with you—keeping only the things you really need or want and leaving the rest behind. Most moving companies will charge by the pound. This means that every last item will be weighed and that the total weight of everything you’re moving will factor into the cost. Sell, donate, or throw away whatever you can to lighten your load. Not only will you pay less to move, but you’ll also be glad to get rid of unnecessary clutter before moving into your new home.

Last-Minute Special Requests

A great moving company will offer a free, no-obligation in-home visit before moving day. On this complimentary, pre-move visit, you’ll learn how the move will be organized and what you can expect to pay. The free, in-home pricing estimate and consultation are extremely important, as this will help your movers to understand what services you need and how to prepare for them. 

For instance, if you need a particularly large piece of furniture out or into a smaller house, or to move a grand piano down a flight of stairs or to the 20th floor of an apartment building—logistics need to be ironed out long before your move, not at the very last minute. Not being prepared for these types of things will likely wind up costing you more for last-minute, urgent moving services. 

Moving on Peak Days

Moving rates fluctuate throughout the year, based on demand. For example, summer is peak moving season. Rates are higher, and movers are busier, which means that you’ll need to schedule far in advance and will likely pay more than you would at any other time of the year. Moving is cheapest during the winter, mostly due to adverse weather conditions. If you can handle a little snow or freezing temperatures, you can save plenty of money moving during the winter. Even so, make sure to shop around and ask for rates on different dates of any month of the year. In most cases, you’ll see prices rise on three-day weekends, over the summer, and towards the end of the month.

Cost-Effective Moving Solutions in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.

Moving doesn’t have to be difficult, as long as you have the right team by your side. With 495 Movers, we’ll make sure your next residential or commercial moving project is as easy and enjoyable as you deserve for it to be. With state-of-the-art moving and storage solutions, an expert team of friendly movers, and honest, no-hassle pricing or hidden charges, our team of local movers at 495 Movers is your best bet for moving anywhere in the world.

For more information about our moving and storage services in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., give us a call to speak with one of our team members now. Or, to get started with a free, no-obligation pricing estimate in your home or at your business, fill out our online form.