The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that more than 15 percent of the population moves every year. When you’re among them, there are a few things you should know that can help make the process less confusing and complex.
First, be aware that less than 5 percent of consumers were totally satisfied with their moving experience. Often, that’s the result of failing to properly plan and prepare for such a life-changing event. For instance, did you know that you need to select a moving company at least four to six weeks in advance?
More common mistakes that movers make include:
Moving Mistakes #1 Failing to start moving early enough:
The entire moving process can take six months to a year. It’s not as simple as putting one house on the market and buying the next—you need to determine where to live, how much you can afford, whether to rent or buy and what the timeline is. The earlier you start to prepare, the smoother the journey.
Moving Mistakes #2 Forgetting to prepare your house for sale
Often, consumers jump into the fun house-hunting stage when they should put more effort into preparing their current home for sale. Take time to make necessary repairs, plant flowers and repaint and de-clutter rooms to make your home more appealing to buyers. It saves last-minute rushing, and lets you maximize the selling price.
Moving Mistakes #3 Underestimating the power of an advocate:
Prospective buyers forget that when responding directly to a property listing, they are working with the seller’s agent, not their own. Less than 20 percent of consumers were satisfied with the performance of the agent that they chose (who ultimately represented the sellers, not them), which is why it’s important to have an unbiased advocate guide you through the process.
Moving Mistakes #4 Believing the home buying process ends with the sale:
Some of the most stressful events can include moving your belongings and settling into your new surroundings. It’s important to continue your relationship with a knowledgeable expert who can make sure you’re prepared for each issue you have to face and that your transition is a smooth one.