Published: Oct 29, 2012 6:26 AM EDT
Updated: Oct 29, 2012 10:15 AM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Moving is a stressful tim and there are all kinds of things that can rack up the costs and frustrations. We've come up with a list of tips to avoid potential pitfalls.

In a recent Angie's List poll.. 40 percent of respondents said they'd had trouble with a recent move. A lot of those complaints were related to damaged property.

The first step in a successful move is is to decide how much of the work you'll do yourself and since most moves are measured by weight get a good handle on how much you have.

"Lets face it.. most of us aren't honest about the contents of our house so it is imperative that you get an in-home estimate and get three estimates," advised Angie's List founder, Angie Hicks.

Local and intra-state moves are usually priced by the hour while moves across state lines are based on weight and distance.

Under-shooting how much needs to be moved can cause costs to skyrocket.

So deciding what you do and don't need to move can save big bucks.

"Some people will go ahead and clear everything out and that is really the way to do it. There's no reason to pay us to come in to move things you're not sure or don't want," said mover Jason Sherman

Remember if the cost sounds too good to be true it probably is. A move can cost from several hundred to several thousand dollars.

Experts say never hire on price alone the move may end up taking longer or items could be damaged leading to a headache and higher overall cost.

Insurance was also a major point to get familiar with before executing your move. All movers carry insurance but its usually only 60 cents per pound per item so if you're looking at a painting or an expensive plate that will require extra insurance.