Moving is a time-consuming, stressful task, but it's well worth it when you're happily settled into your new home. But with so many tasks involved, many homeowners make mistakes during the move or when they're decorating and personalizing their new home.
Our REALTORS® share these mistakes to avoid when moving into your new home:
- Failing to declutter before your move
The last thing you want to do is pay movers or use your own labor to transport useless items to your new home. Not only will you waste money and effort during the move, but you'll also have the clutter to deal with in your new home. Instead, declutter before you pack for your move, throwing out unusable items and donating or giving away what still has value but you no longer want.
- Getting rid of all your previous furniture
You may be tempted to sell, donate, or give all of your previous furniture away before you move, but that can be a mistake. Certainly, don't bring along any pieces that have seen better days, are out of style, or you just don't like. But if you have a basic white bookcase, for example, adding some visually interesting items to its shelves can transform it into a new piece. Consider adding decorative art pieces, plants, colorful books, and thoughtfully framed personal photos.
- Not backing up your computer
When you're moving, your family's computers could be lost, dropped, or damaged from getting jostled. A computer can be replaced, but the family photos, documents, and important information you have stored on it will be lost if your computer is lost or unusable and you haven't backed up your data. Before starting your move, back up your drives on a trustworthy cloud-based server so your digital items will be safe and secure.
- Forgetting to consider pet care
Your pet will need to be safe and comfortable during your move, so you'll need to arrange for safe transport, such as a cat carrier if needed. If you have a dog and are making a long drive, you'll need to make time for breaks outside the car on a leash. For any type of pet, you'll of course need food and water for them and will need to contact your vet for your pet's medical records.
- Not having a plan or a budget
It's exciting to move into your new home and buy items to furnish it. But it's important to have a plan, as well as a budget, before you start to buy. This helps eliminate overspending and mistakes like buying a piece of furniture that won't fit up your stairwell or simply doesn't work with the style of your home.
- Waiting to paint your home's interior
If you'd like a new color on the walls of your home or simply would like to freshen its look, you'll probably want to paint your home's interior walls. Painting before you've moved in all your belongings is ideal, if at all possible, since it's much easier to paint without having to maneuver around or move furnishings.
Ready to make a move? Contact Ayre/Rhinehart REALTORS® to see Midland homes for sale that fit your budget as well as your needs and wants. We're the area's premiere real estate leader, and our knowledgeable agents would love to help you find your new home.