The 3 Most Common Moving Day Nightmares

Nicole Smith Woodard
Published on April 19, 2016

The 3 Most Common Moving Day Nightmares

Relocating to a different property can be very stressful.

Below are the most common moving day problems and how to avoid them.

Bad moving company

Some moving companies are incompetent and can even be completely fraudulent.

The movers don’t show up or arrive late

The time you agreed with the company passes and after making a phone call you are given an excuse, more time elapses before the movers finally turn up several hours late. The result is a very stressful day and a lot of wasted time. The worst possibility is that you cannot get in contact with the moving company and are left with a wasted day and the financial loss of the deposit you gave to a fraudulent moving company that disappeared.

Your movers aren’t prepared 

Your moving day can also be disastrous if the company you hire arrives in a vehicle too small to transport your belongings, or lacks the expertise and equipment to safely handle your valuable items. An incompetent moving company may cram your belongings into a small van and scratch your expensive TV, or drop the set of china you inherited from your grandmother. The result is an emotionally and financially damaging moving day.

The movers are criminals or scammers

This might be the worst potential problem that can occur with the movers. The moving scammers may ask for much more money than was previously agreed by claiming that extra services are required for the move. They can even withhold your belongings until you pay an additional fee, or steal your expensive items and abandon the rest.

The solution to problems with moving companies is simple. Ensure that you carefully research the company before hiring them and handing over any deposit. Make sure that you are hiring a reputable company that is experienced and fully licensed. It is also recommended that you purchase any appropriate insurance for transporting your possessions, as it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Ask your agent for a recommendation of a trusted, reliable local mover to assist you.

Problems with traffic

Bad traffic or accidents can derail your moving day.

Stuck in traffic

The moving truck is late due to traffic and you run out of time to go ahead with your move. You might have to postpone your moving day and go through the stress of moving all over again.


A traffic collision could occur on the moving truck’s route, it could delay the arrival of your belongings. The worst scenario is that the moving truck is involved in the accident and your possessions are badly damaged or even worse and lost completely.

The moving truck breaks down

If the moving truck breaks down you will have to wait for a replacement vehicle and transfer your belongings. Your relocation will delayed by some considerable time.


Sometimes you will suffer bad luck, and there is not much you can do about breakdowns and accidents. Pick a reputable moving company with several vehicles.

Bad organization

Plan your relocation step by step to avoid the common moving day problems below.

Last minute packing

If you leave packing to the last minute, you may discover that you have many more possessions to relocate than you previously thought and they won’t fit into the moving truck. You might not even be ready when the movers arrive and lose time and possibly money due to extra fees. This is one of the reasons I encourage the sellers I represent to completely pack up and move out (to the garage or storage) absolutely all of the items they don’t need to live with on a daily basis.  It seems extreme at the early stages of listing, but it makes so much sense: you’re moving anyway! And, this process will enable you to move quickly if your buyer desires and prevents issues like this from occurring later on.


Problems with paperwork

Many people forget to transfer utilities and don’t have any electricity or water when they arrive at their new property. Your agent should remind you the week before closing to make sure all of the utilities are scheduled to be turned on the day you take possession.

Safety concerns

Don’t overlook safety on moving day. Many people suffer injuries and accidents on their moving day by overlooking safety concerns. Be careful! The process itself of moving is hard work.  Be careful on and around ladders. Ensure the enjoyment of your new home by moving in injury-free.


About Nicole Smith:

I have been helping families and individuals of all ages move to, from, and around the DFW Metroplex since 1995. I believe our homes create the chapters in the story of our lives, and I am here to help my clients before, during and after their real estate transaction. The communities I proudly serve include Flower MoundSouthlakeGrapevineTrophy ClubKellerColleyville. If you’re considering buying a new home or selling your current home, contact me today for a complimentary consultation.

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