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Avoid Common Moving Mistakes:

(NAPSI)-The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that more than 15 percent of the population moves every year. If you’re ever 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 five percent of consumers were totally satisfied with their move experience, according to a benchmark survey recently completed by a free website designed to guide users through each step of a real estate transaction and move. Often, that’s the result of failing to properly plan and prepare for such a life-changing event. For instance, did you know you need to select a moving company at least four to six weeks in advance? More common mistakes that movers make include:

Failing to start early enough: The entire move 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.

Forgetting to prepare your current house: 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.

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. Lisa Manfredi, TotalMove Real Estate Coordinator, explains, “It’s imperative to enlist the help of a buyer’s agent. He or she is your advocate and there to protect your interests.” Her company discovered that less than 20 percent of consumers were completely satisfied with the performance of their agent, which is why it’s important to have an unbiased advocate guide you to the best agent for the job.

Believing the 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.

Experts suggest engaging the help of a trusted resource from the very start. You can learn about other common move pitfalls and how to avoid them at totalmove.com.

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