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Published: Tuesday, 6/5/2007

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 5 percent of consumers were totally satisfied with their move experience, according to a benchmark survey recently completed by a free Web site 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:

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.

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 declutter rooms to make your home more appealing to buyers. It saves last-minute rushing and lets you maximize the selling price.

Prospective buyers often 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."

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.

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