Stuff & Real Estate

Real Estate Agent with Jack Conway & Co.

Stuff & Real Estate...

Whether you are Buying or Selling a property, there comes a time when you must deal with your stuff! We all have stuff, we like most of our stuff, but we rarely use all our stuff, and when you move, we move our stuff and that cost money.

Here on Cape Cod where I List and Sell Real Estate from Sandwich to Falmouth, Provincetown to Bourne I received the panic call from a client. They have an accepted offer, now the Buyer wants to close in 2 weeks, and they have yet to accept the fact that they are moving, and what are they going to do with all their stuff? Move it to storage, have a yard sale, call every charity, rent a truck and head for the dump, were a few of my quick suggestions.

We have all read articles that tell us we need to reduce clutter, live more simply, recycle items we no longer want or need, and we rarely do this until we are forced too. Well if you are planning to move into another property, confront this issue today, you will be glad you did.

We have our children's stuff they left when they moved, and unless they are paying you a storage rental fee, it is time to invite them over and help them put their stuff in their car, and if they now live far away, wrap it in the left over Christmas paper and ship it to them. They don't want their stuff either, they are really not going to reread old textbooks, decorate their home with camp projects, youth athletic trophies, and rock band posters, but let them make that decision when the delivery truck arrives.

We have guilt stuff, items given by long past friends and family, that we never use, never wanted, but we dust every week. Chances are they will never know that you made it all available for someone else to enjoy as much as you have and you have it because they didn't want or need it any longer.

The clothes closets, always a tough one, of course I think I will once again wear that now 2 sizes smaller suit. The fact is we wear only 20% of the clothes we own, we love them, we look good in them, and we wear them all the time. The rest are just there and might be enjoyed by someone who has fewer clothes choices. Sell them, donate them, but do not move them.

You are not going to go through all your stuff in a day or even a week, so pick a room, pick a closet, pick a drawer and start the process. Tag the furniture you are going to move, start asking friends, family, co-workers if they might like a chair that needs to be recovered, is uncomfortable and you can guarantee it has not been used in years.

 I am not planning to move, but I have taken my own advice and finally threw away all the training manuals I have kept from past jobs that even if I had to beg for food I would never do again. Now what stuff can I put in that empty closet?? Let me help you move,



Comments (2)

Terry Lynch
LAR Notary and Closing Services - Saint Clair Shores, MI

Great advice. Every time I have moved in the past, I was amazed at the sheer volume of stuff I had.

Apr 02, 2010 03:26 AM
John Pusa
Glendale, CA

Peter - Thank you for sharing an informative and helpful blog.


Apr 02, 2010 03:56 AM