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Moving in is exciting, but it's easy to make these mistakes. Here's how you can avoid them.

A lot of planning goes into buying a new home and then moving into it. Our real estate agents know that it is easy to get overwhelmed and can guide you through the process. With their helpful hints, you will be able to avoid many of the most commonly made mistakes that new homeowners are known for. Make a few lists to get started and take things one at a time.

  • Don't get rid of all your old furniture – Keep as much of your old furniture as you can. You can always repurpose it or put it in a different area of your new home. The last thing you want to do is get rid of stuff that still has a lot of life left in it.

  • Don't paint a room without testing the color first – Always test a small amount of paint in an area before you invest in painting an entire room. Paint a small section and let it dry thoroughly, so you know exactly what it will look like. If you don't like the whole room being one color, choose to paint an accent wall.

  • All that is pretty isn't always practical – Looks aren't everything when it comes to decorating your home. It's fine to buy something that is pretty but try to make sure it has a functional purpose as well. A beautiful ottoman may have room to store a blanket or two. Instead of just going for looks, go for function as well.

  • Don't block out the natural light – People looking for Bergen County homes for sale often look for ones that have an abundance of natural light. If you are going to long lengths to find a home with beautiful windows, the last thing you want to do is block out all of the natural light.

  • Don't buy without having a plan – Before you go shopping, be it for wall décor or furniture items, don't leave the house without a plan. If you don't have a plan, you may be more apt to buy a lot of unnecessary items on impulse. Make a list and plan out the places you intend to look at. It's also a good idea to limit yourself to one or two items at a time to keep from binge buying.

  • Don't wait til the last minute to pack – Instead of waiting until the last minute to pack, start boxing up the things you rarely use. Go room by room and box up all of the clothes and other items you either don't wear or aren't used as part of your daily routine. Declutter as you go and always label each box as to what room they will go in once you get them to the new house.

  • Don't pack your clutter – The biggest waste of time is packing up all of your clutter. If you can't find homes for some of your items, you can create a junk box that you can go through as a family once you get settled in your new home.

  • Don't forget to label and inventory your boxes – As you box up your possessions from room to room, make sure to keep a short list of what is in the box and where the box should be put once you are at your new home. Labeling boxes will save you time and money and will allow you to find all of your items quickly.

These are just a few of the helpful tips and tricks our staff offers to all of our new hires. Contact us today to learn more about the moving process and what we need to do to make things go smoothly.

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