Oh, the hurry and scurry of planning a big move. From finding moving companies to obtaining the right packing boxes, there are so many things to remember, and so many things that could go wrong. Here is a list of some of the most costly mistakes you can make and how to avoid them.

Not investigating the new town before you call the movers. The most disastrous problems arise if you move someplace you haven't researched first. It's just possible your dream city is not a good fit for your family. Find out before you jump.

Calling the movers at the last minute. This is important, especially when dealing with state-to-state moving companies and long distance movers. If you start early, you can eliminate stress, get adequate moving supplies and even save some money. The ideal planning period is one to two months. During the warm months, allow even more time.

Not bothering with references from moving companies. Before picking a moving company, be sure to check reviews online and their rating with the Better Business Bureau. Of course, go with the company that has the highest marks.

Not requiring an in-home estimate. You want to know that the moving company knows just how much stuff you have and how much the company believes the move will cost. Leave the estimate to the professionals. If you phone it in, you might be in for a shock when the amended bill comes on moving day.

Being cheap with the moving insurance. Let’s be honest, things can and often do go wrong, even when dealing with moving professionals that exhibit the highest degree of professionalism and care. Moving companies will provide free value protection to the tune of about 60 cents per pound if something is broken or damaged. Do yourself a favor and buck up for the additional coverage, that way if your LCD TV takes a tumble, you’ll be able to replace it.

Not backing up your computer. When you move, your life becomes a study in Murphy's Law. So if you have vital data in your computer, or anywhere else, make a couple of copies and stash them in various locations.

Signing the lading bill before the move is complete. Moving is exhausting and you just want it done. Once the movers arrive at your new home and unpack, you need to be extra careful not to rush the final walkthrough and tally. If something is missing, and contracts are signed reflecting everything arrived safely, your claim might have a rocky road to payday.

Forgetting your move during tax time. In many instances, you will be able to write off some or all expenses associated with long distance moving. Save all your receipts and ask your accountant if you meet the time and distance tests for a tax deduction.