The Realtor that had to move

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA

The Realtor that had to move.  That would be me.  I have forgotten what it is like to move.  And it's pretty awful!  Somehow this process seems so much harder now than it was several years ago.    

The basics haven't changed such as getting rid of things, gathering boxes and then figuring out how to get your stuff from House A to House B....but age and wisdom has certainly changed how I approached this latest move.  


Younger Me:  Nothing wrong with dumpster diving at the grocery store and the liquor store!  So what that the boxes are stained with rotten pineapple juice and kinda smell.  They are free!!

Older, Wiser Me:  UHaul boxes are so awesome, especially the Dish Packs with the dividers and the foam sleeves to protect my dishes and glassware.  And I can't forget the fantastic clean, pre-cut packing paper! What a dream over newspaper! 

Lesson Learned:  It's not cool to pack your grandmother's wedding dress that she passed onto you in a Bacardi box.


Younger Me: Call the friends and co-workers and pay them with beer and pizza!

Older, Wiser Me: Friends and co-workers make lousy packers and movers.  You get what you pay for.

Lesson Learned:  Professional movers are willing to do as much or as little as you need.  In our case, I had everything packed; I just needed the muscle and the truck.  I thought professional movers only did full service.  Instead of thinking this move would cost thousands of dollars, it only ended up being a few hundred dollars.  It was the best money I've spent.

Another Lesson Learned:  Quoting my colleague and her advice, "You don't want to show up in your neighborhood looking like the Clampetts with your friends in their pick-up trucks with all your stuff in pineapple boxes."  She has a point.  You at least want the neighbors to get to know you first before they form a bad opinion of you!


Younger Me:  What stuff?  

Older, Wiser Me:  Go through every closet, storage space and garage and get rid of things no longer needed or wanted.

Lesson Learned:  If this step is not done early in the moving process, by the time moving day arrives, you'll be ready to roast marshmallows by the fire you've set of all your stuff. 

We made it through the move, and are now enjoying our new home.  I'm not too thrilled about being older but I am very happy to be wiser!  Just these three lessons made our move far, far easier.

By the way, if moving to or from the Olympia WA area, I highly recommend Morgan Transfer.  They did a superb job with our move.


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Francine Viola, Realtor
In Tune with your Real Estate Needs


Serving Buyers and Sellers in Olympia, Tumwater, Lacey and DuPont, WA

Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Inc.  |  Olympia, WA


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Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

Hi Francine, Good advice. Enjoy your new home!

Apr 24, 2014 12:31 PM #1
Francine Viola
Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA - Olympia, WA
REALTOR®, In Tune with your Real Estate Needs


Apr 24, 2014 12:39 PM #2
ReadySetLoan Condo Approval Team
ReadySetLoan Condo Team LLC - South Windsor, CT
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Francine - I greatly enjoyed this article; you are a fantastic writer.  I abhor moving and hopefully I won't have to do so anytime soon.

Apr 24, 2014 01:09 PM #3
Adrian Willanger
206 909-7536 - Seattle, WA
Profit from my two decades of experience

Francine, moving is never fun, being organized helps allot. Very good reminder of what moving is like. 

Apr 25, 2014 12:49 AM #4
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

Oh, this is a great read Francine.  The younger vs. older   Next move I make will follow your older wiser way to go!

Apr 25, 2014 03:59 AM #5
Francine Viola
Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA - Olympia, WA
REALTOR®, In Tune with your Real Estate Needs

Hi Eric - thanks!  I appreciate your kind words!

Hi Adrian - it's been a good reminder as to what our clients go through.

Hi Carla - being older and wiser has its advantages, for sure!

Apr 27, 2014 03:42 AM #6
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Great post! I enjoyed every word. Wise you - and aging quite nicely, I might add.

Apr 27, 2014 04:28 AM #7
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

It is always amazing what maturity teaches us, isn't it? Congrats on the move and the new home!

Apr 28, 2014 11:15 PM #8
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