Moving Cost - Streamlined, Sealed & Delivered

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Every seller has a story. The business of bundling up material goods is a process of elimination. The pressure to move on gives rise to emotions. Life as you know it is about to be streamlined, sealed, and delivered. 

 

Chord-Cutting

Transition involves the distribution of goods. Selecting the right place to move, including the right moving company requires careful thought, especially when it comes to cost and quality of services. A do-it-yourselfer will feel the pain, the strain, and constraints of letting go. If a seller pays for services, the greater the quantity the more it costs. The more you discard of could mean the more you'll pay down the road when you discover something you need is no longer there. Possessions have value and a cost. This is where a cost-benefit analysis pays off. Replacement costs are something to consider and evaluate. 

 

Boxes Contain Stories

One box may contain a mother's mother's Chinaware. Another, mementos from a child who went off to College. Regardless of what the box contains, there is a story behind each one, and now everything is about to change. Making tough decisions is hard to do: Should I keep it or let it go? For many people, collecting is part of their culture. Every individual has their own collection of life stories. 

 

Storage

A bigger house has more storage. Smaller apartments or houses have limitations. If you get rid of a dresser but you need what is inside the drawers, where will you put them? If you give away your books but must keep the bookcase, what will you do with an empty bookcase? Strategic thinking is required whenever there is a move. If you downsize but you can't let go of stuff and you move into smaller quarters will the cost of something smaller plus a storage unit cost more than a bigger house? Just how much value is there in storage after all? The business of moving is more than just a location, it requires critical thinking of everything else that needs to be streamlined, sealed and delivered.

©Patricia Feager, 12/27/2016

 

 

 

 

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Gabe Sanders
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Good evening Patricia.  Very well written post about the issues we all must face when making a move.

Dec 27, 2016 04:15 PM #38
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Congratulations on your feature recognition.  A move requires lots of planning.

Dec 27, 2016 04:21 PM #39
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Patricia you made very good points above, and a couple I had not considered before.

Dec 27, 2016 04:50 PM #40
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Ed Silva
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Packing a family into boxes is a job for the memories that get packed as well.   We have boxes in our basement from moves 25 years ago that were never opened when we moved here

Dec 27, 2016 04:53 PM #41
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John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

About 20 years ago I moved over seas to work and thought it would be long term. This meant cleaning out and downsizing to what I could take with me.

I sometimes think about something I got rid of but have found I survived just fine.

We can spend so much money on storage units for stuff we will never use.

Thanks for the great post.

Dec 27, 2016 05:46 PM #42
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Lottie Kendall
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Making decisions about what "stuff" to eliminate and what to keep when moving isn't easy. When we downsized 5 years ago, after I was in the same house for 35 years, I drastically cut down on "things." 5 boxes of Christmas decorations became 1; photos and music CDs were digitized; kitchenware was drastically cut.

I brought my iron and ironing board (should I publically admit I haven't used it in 5 years???) but gave away/sold my sewing machine -- I wish I had swapped those two! That's it! Oh--and perhaps I should have kept my blender. (Those would be easy to buy new if I really wanted them.)

Dec 27, 2016 06:12 PM #43
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Patricia Feager
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Southlake, TX
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John Wiley - Truly! You understand! You learned the hard way and realized you could live without and survive successfully. As you say, storage units are very expensive! If it's temporary, it requires careful thought and taking inventory.

Long term storage is a waste of money. It's very disturbing to me to know many retirees put things into storage in Florida before moving into assisted living homes only to have relatives who don't want it anyway! Unfortunately, if it isn't money left to heirs, they won't care about what was inside those storage units or how much it cost their loved ones or the estate over time. 

Sadly, those self-storage auctioneers make lots of money! 

Dec 27, 2016 06:34 PM #44
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Lottie Kendall - I honestly don't know any elders who have the help they need from family members when making these tough decisions. But as you know, you don't have to be elderly to struggle about what to keep and what to part with, do you? I also have an ironing board and iron and wonder why??? I haven't touched them in more than 20 years and I know steamers are the way to go, but the truth is, I don't think it's necessary. 

I seriously think no matter how much easier we can have things, i.e., digital photos, etc., we make it harder on ourselves and younger generations don't want antiquated stuff so why should we hang on to them? Stop in any antique store and just look at all that stuff. It breaks my heart to see family photographs framed for sale of people nobody knows. 

 

Dec 27, 2016 06:44 PM #45
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I took on the job of consolidating my mom's, dad's and mother-in-law homes when they moved on to small quarters. It is so easy to get distracted looking at momentos and memories but the fact is we can't keep it all, most has to go. Most of the siblings and family members do not want it and don't recognize any value in it.

Dec 27, 2016 07:02 PM #46
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Patricia Feager
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Debbie Reynolds - Although it must have been a cumbersome task, I'm sure it was a lot easier for you than your parents and in-laws. I remember the day I went through old photos of mine and realized I wasn't looking at anything because they were blurred, I didn't recognize the people in the photograph, they may have just been a photo of a tree or something that to me was useless. Also, there were photos of me that I didn't want anyone to see - EVER! 

You're right, it's "easy to get distracted," and lose focus on what's more important. Unfortunately, unless it has monetary worth, few relatives have any interest.   

Dec 27, 2016 07:10 PM #47
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Thanks for sharing!!!

The business of moving is more than just a location, it requires critical thinking of everything else that needs to be streamlined, sealed and delivered.

Dec 28, 2016 04:35 AM #48
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Moving costs big bucks and it is a cash business most of the time.

Dec 28, 2016 06:27 AM #49
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Ron Tissier
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Timely post Patricia.  I'm in the planning stages of a move, emotionally/physically and have decided to purge most of my things, except for mementos, photos, etc.  It helps that I'm a minimalist by nature, so it shoudln't be that difficult.

Cheers!

Dec 28, 2016 06:29 AM #50
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Patricia Feager
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Harry F. D'Elia - I agree! Moving expenses are HUGE! I think that's one of the chief reasons why sellers leave things behind or throw them to the curb. When push comes to shove with a price tag, people think differently, don't they?

Dec 28, 2016 06:33 AM #51
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Patricia Feager
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Ron Tissier - I happy to know that this post I have written comes in a timely manner at this time in your life. The reality of the emotional, physical, mental, and financial aspect of the move becomes more personal when it's our turn to move, doesn't it?

Dec 28, 2016 06:38 AM #52
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Lyn Sims
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Think of all the $ tied up in Storage lockers around the country! There is just too much when one has to downsize.

Dec 28, 2016 11:46 AM #53
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Patricia Feager
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Lyn Sims - I guess one way to look at it is, it is a better alternative than the landfill. But, the reality is, if it's that important, and must be stored, I can't believe it's of any value, no matter what it is!

Dec 28, 2016 12:38 PM #54
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Even though we won't be moving for a few years, I'm already getting rid of stuff now that the kids are in college. What about their stuff left behind LOL!

The 'emotional equity' you have in your home stays with you forever.

Dec 28, 2016 03:29 PM #55
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Patricia Feager - now that is the main thing - every item I have 'saved' tells me a story, my Dad's old sweater that I wear sometimes and the wrist watch without batteries are not going anywhere! Never!

Dec 30, 2016 03:43 PM #56
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Patricia Feager
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Praful Thakkar - Amen! You summed up all the old stuff very well! You're absolutely right, they "are not going anywhere! Never!"

Have a wonderful day!

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