Real Estate Insights: Moving Mistakes to Avoid at All Costs

Reprinted from RIS Media’s Housecall

By Art Lopez

Moving to a new house, city or state is one of the most stressful things a person can go through. Even when everything goes smoothly, you’ll likely be exhausted when all is said and done.

However, if your whole move is marred by one mistake after another, your stress levels can skyrocket. It’s perfectly normal to feel overwhelmed by the enormity of moving, but lapses just make it worse. Here are moving mistakes you should try to avoid at all costs:

Not planning well. Making plans for just about anything—moving included—can spare you a lot of time and energy. Long before your moving day arrives, you should already be prepared for everything, from labeling each of your boxes to hiring professional and reliable movers. Taking on a move without planning well is a disaster in the making, so draw up your moving strategy now before it’s too late.

Taking everything to the new place. Moving is one of the biggest opportunities you’ll ever have to declutter. In all likelihood, you have things you don’t really need or even want anymore, and you now have the chance to leave them behind. You can also opt to pack up all your clutter and choose which boxes to take with you, sell or donate. By sorting out the boxes you don’t need to keep, you’ll save some space in your moving truck, as well.

Spending too much on packing materials. If spending some money on new boxes and other packing materials isn’t a problem for you, then go for it; however, if you’re a little weary about your budget and want to save, you can forgo buying new boxes and wrapping paper. Simply comb through your house for old boxes and use old newspapers.

Not owning a moving survival kit. Moving from one house to another within the same city is exhausting enough, so imagine how arduous crossing state lines can be on you and your family. If you’re moving that far, it wouldn’t hurt to bring a moving survival kit. This should include a change of comfortable clothes, toilet paper, toiletries, snacks, medication, phone chargers and water bottles.

Not saving your receipts. With everything that’s going on when you’re preparing for a move, and on moving day itself, it’s easy to forget to save the receipts and documents of all the expenses you’ve incurred. Never throw them away, because they’re going to come in handy during tax season. Receipts, your bill of lading and even your estimates could be very useful documents when the time comes to deduct your moving expenses.

Not hiring professional movers. While you do have the option of going the DIY route when moving, things will be so much easier and more convenient for you if you hire professional movers instead. You’ll incur certain costs by doing so, but the help they can provide is worth it.

It’s also a common mistake to hire the first moving company you lay your eyes on in an ad. There are so many moving companies out there, but not all are created equal. The movers you should hire are legitimate ones with licenses, insurance and other vital considerations. You should also get quotes from at least three movers to determine the best deal.

Hopefully, the tips enumerated above can help you avoid getting overwhelmed on moving day. The less mistakes when moving, the lower your stress levels will be!

About marilynsellshollisterrealestate

I am a native Californian born in Los Angeles and have resided in San Benito County since January 30, 1959. I attended the University of Southern California. I am a licensed Real Estate Broker, license #00409787, active for almost 45 years. I started my career in 1972 and still am totally committed to the highest level of service to my clients. I am currently associated with Intero Real Estate Services. I am Past President of the San Benito Association of Realtors, serving in the role on numerous occasions. I was a Director of the California Association of Realtors for over 18 years, having served on numerous committees. I also served 2 terms representing the California Association of Realtors at the National level, NAR. I am a certified SRES (Senior Real Estate specialist), since 2005. My community involvement has included membership in the Hollister Rotary Club, serving as their first woman President in 2002. In the late 1960's, I became a member of the El Torillo Chapter of Children's Home Society, and served as President, and was also President of the Tri-County Council of CHS, which is today Kinship Center, and I am currently a Senior Active. I am a member of the San Benito Chamber of Commerce. From 2002-2008, I served on the Board of the Hollister Downtown Association and was their President from 2006-2007, and still serve on sub-committees of this organization. And, I am currently serving my 3rd term on the Community Foundation. My record of performance and my reputation have made me who I am in the industry. I am a household name in San Benito County, when you think of Real Estate. My name is recognized not only in Hollister, but in our neighboring counties, Monterey, Santa Cruz and Santa Clara counties. I have been involved in land development, marketed several subdivisions, sold ranches, commercial leasing, bank-owned properties, short sales and own a Property Management Company, Hollister Rental Properties, for more than 35 years. I am proud of my sales record and for the majority of my career I have been in the top 1% of major Real Estate Companies including Van Vleck Realtors, Cornish and Carey, Contempo, Seville-Contempo, Century 21, Coldwell Banker and finally Intero Real Estate services for the last 15 years. Using my skills in negotiating, mediation and transaction closure, during 2010 and 2011, I was involved with the City of Hollister's First Time Home Buyer Down Payment Assistance Program. The program was the City's Redevelopment Agency, under Bill Avera, with the assistance of CJ Valenzuela who was working with the County of San Benito. CHISPA, a non-profit, was responsible for restoring homes to equal to new condition that the City had taken back in foreclosure, or that they had acquired. When the homes were restored, we put them on the Multiple Listing Service and we went out and promoted the City's Down Payment Assistance Program. Buyers were screened and qualified by our preferred lenders. I facilitated workshops for First Time Buyers explaining the programs. I negotiated the contracts for the City of Hollister and with the Buyers. With this program, I closed 2 homes in 2010, and 4 homes in 2011. On a personal note, I am married to Richard Ferreira, a retired General Contractor/Developer. We have a combined family of six daughters, six grandsons and 3 granddaughters. We share commons interests in travel, movies, entertaining, and Richard has picked up my love of cooking. Our spare time is spent with family and enjoying our grandchildren.
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