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New Research Uncovers the Biggest Challenges for First-Time Movers

SPONSORED CONTENT -- (StatePoint) From broken belongings to going over budget, moving comes with its fair share of challenges and stresses.

Recent research completed by Duck brand uncovers insights about first time movers -- who they are, what their biggest challenges are and what could potentially make the process easier.

Making the Move: The survey finds that people deciding to leave the nest for the first time are typically young adults, between the ages of 18 to 25, who plan to move to a nearby apartment (56%) or house (37%).

Biggest Road Blocks: Fifty-one percent of survey respondents agreed that the biggest challenge of their first move was not knowing where to begin. Other challenges included not knowing how to properly pack (32%) and not knowing what to buy (27%).

With an understanding of first-time movers top challenges, the experts at Duck brand are sharing their top tips to complete any move with ease.  

1. Have Help


Only 5% of first-time movers opted to use a professional moving service, with most citing budget constraints as the reason they didn’t do so. If you’re not sure where to begin but you know you’ll be one of the 95% of first-time movers making a DIY move, start by enlisting help from family and friends. Forty-three percent of first-time movers rely on help from family and friends and 32% depend on their significant other. Only 32% say they moved on their own without help.

2. Pack Properly


Aside from making the down payment on their new place, 36% of first-time movers say their largest expense was “buying new furniture/home items,” but that can easily be avoided by properly packing existing essentials.

The research finds that 42% of first-time movers damaged their glassware, such as plates and bowls, and 33% broke décor, like mirrors and picture frames, during the transition. These fragile items should be wrapped securely in products like Bubble Wrap Cushioning from Duck brand  to ensure they arrive at the new location in one piece. In fact, 54% of survey participants say they would not move again without protective packaging.

3. Buy the Basics


Not sure what to buy for the first move? More than half (55%) of survey respondents say the single most essential moving supply is boxes. Although 62% of people used old cardboard boxes for their first move, 73% say they would purchase new boxes for future moves.

To learn more about the Duck brand products that make moving easier, visit

While moving for the first time can seem intimidating, having the right tools and strategies can ensure the process is less stressful.

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