Four Tips for a Smooth Move!

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Four Tips for a Smooth Move!

Homes Stagers work with sellers to help them get their house in marketable condition.  One of the suggestions we make is to start packing, donating or purging BEFORE you move. $ tips for a Smooth Move

But what happens after you sell your house?  Here are some tips to help you with a smooth transition.

1. Don’t pay to move what you won’t keep.

Whether you’re paying for movers or moving yourself, why move what will no longer work in your new home?

Use this time to go room to room, drawer to drawer, closet to closet.  

~if you move items to your new home that you don’t need or won’t use, chances are they remain there until your next move~

2.If you know where you will be moving, invest in a consultation from a professional decorator or home stager.

Show us your new home, even if it’s only photos you’ve taken or those from the MLS.  Get a game plan for what furniture you’ll take and where you plan to put it.  

~As movers bring your furniture and boxes into your new home, they will need to know where everything goes.  Have a game plan~

3.Take photos of how you have things set up in your current home.

This may sound odd, but this can come in very handy especially if you have friends helping you with the move.

~You may think you know what you have and where it goes but wait until you get it in your new home.  The mind goes blank!~

4.Realize that some pieces of furniture or art just won’t work in your new home.  

That’s OK!  Look at it as an opportunity to add something new to your life!  Embrace your new adventure.

“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it and join the dance.”

                                                       Alan Watts



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  1. Brian England 10/27/2014 11:48 PM
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Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

These are wonderful tips Kathy...I hope you are having a great week!

Oct 28, 2014 12:10 AM #14
Suzanne Otto
Six Twenty Designs - Lansdale, PA
Your Montgomery County PA home stager

The packing of things you just plan to keep in storage is the biggest waste of time, money and space! If you haven't used it in a year, give it away! 

Oct 28, 2014 01:02 AM #15
John Meussner
Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, - Walnut Creek, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852

I like this plan Kathy.  I did an inventory before moving and got rid of SO many things, it was a nice relief.  These tips are important but probably overlooked by many people when moving.

Oct 28, 2014 01:14 AM #16
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

Kathy, when Tom and I left Illinois nine years ago, we sold just about everything we owned. We didn't take one piece of furniture with us. I had a client last year pay $16,000 to a mover. I would rather spend that money on new furniture that suited my new home.

Oct 28, 2014 02:46 AM #17
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I love the tip, "Don't Pay to Move".  We have followed that in our previous moves, and still find things that snuck into boxes.  The other tips are great also.  A

Oct 28, 2014 03:33 AM #18
Karen Kruschka
RE/MAX Executives - Woodbridge, VA
- "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS"

Kathy Streib     Your moving tips are well stated.  I think the hardest part for seniors that are downsizing is deciding which "memories" are not making the tripo[ with them

Oct 28, 2014 03:44 AM #19
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Lenn- you have no idea.  I'm helping a friend this week and so much of what she moved is being donated or trashed.

John- it's hard to give up things that remind us of a former lifestyle but it's just as hard to realize you don't have space for them too.

BARFF- I have a friend like you!!!   That's why she was very helpful in helping to move our friend.

BarbaraT- I think that many people just keep moving the same stuff that they never use.

Gita- it's something that home stagers stress when trying to get our clients to edit what they have.

James- hope it went well!!! James Dray 



Oct 28, 2014 04:31 AM #20
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Joan- that's so expensive!!!   Movers charge by the pound or something like that so the more you take the more you're going to pay.

Cindy- I came back from helping a friend move into her new condo and wanted to go through everything I had and start editing.

Brian- Hope it helps!!!  Thank you for the reblog. Brian England 

Scott- give it to them!!!   They will enjoy their new home so much more without all of the "stuff."

Joanna- you have to be part therapist and part mover/consultant because "stuff" to people can be very important to them.



Oct 28, 2014 04:36 AM #21
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Grant- you're not alone.  Many of us get frustrated in trying to get settled and just put things in a corner.

Kristin- Thank you... it's a very busy week.

Suzanne- we all need to do that but it's harder to do as we get older.

John- sometimes you need some help... like someone to say "give it up!"

Tammie- you guys were smart.  And packers will pack anything and everything.

Alexandra- we all want to hang on to certain things and it's not until we physically move that we feel free to just get rid of it.

Karen- you hit the nail on the head.  It's not about the things.


Oct 28, 2014 04:44 AM #22
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®


Though yard sales can generate extra cash while helping purge what you don't need or want,  I find the back and forth with the "bargain hunter" to be very stressful.  I prefer donating to a great charity.  But for those who want the cash, get yourself a professional who is not attached to your"stuff".  They make some money, and you make some money!  Win! Win!

Oct 28, 2014 05:47 AM #23
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

I think 1. and 3, are critical Kathy. Why move stuff that is just going to collect dust? Also the taking photos of the current set up before the move will really ease setting up house again.

Great post.

Oct 28, 2014 08:20 AM #24
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

Great tips Kathy. Love #3. That can be extremely helpful. I also like #4. You don't have to take everything. When we moved 8 years ago, I was reluctant to get rid of many items of southwest decor thinking I would use it again in a future basement bedroom. Goodness knows when or if we'll ever finish the basement. Time for that stuff to go!

Oct 28, 2014 10:30 AM #25
Florida Tolbert Team Keller Williams Advantage
Keller Williams Advantage III Realty in Lake Nona - Orlando, FL
Keller Williams Land Division Specialist

When I first moved to PSL in 2004, we had 10,000 lbs of goods.  In 2009 when I moved again, I still had 10,000 of goods.  Yet, or stuff has been divorced and divided.  

Oct 28, 2014 12:15 PM #26
Dagny Eason
Dagny's Real Estate - Wilton, CT
Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo

Great post - I always forget to advise my sellers to take photos before they begin to pack!   Darn!    I have some who are furiously packing right now....

Thanks so much for welcoming Scott Webster!

Oct 28, 2014 01:12 PM #27
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I support your idea about donating. You can get a lot back in return when you can give a lot of gratitude to others and also yourself before a big move! Great idea!

Oct 28, 2014 03:43 PM #28
Kimo Stowell
HI Pro Realty LLC RB-21531 - Honolulu, HI
REALTOR Associate® RS-76763 - Honolulu Hawai'i

Aloha Kathy,

1. Don’t pay to move what you won’t keep. I don't know how much money is wasted when people pay to move and or store things, that they never use again. Once it goes into storage people often forget what they have. Great pointers for the apres-move strategy.

a hui hou,

Oct 28, 2014 04:15 PM #29
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Many finished rec rooms and extra bedroom furniture don't get packed....and time to decide where things will go..what gets sold, donated, given away....before you list and not panic mode after an offer.

Oct 28, 2014 09:01 PM #30
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Hi Kathy.  Great tips.  Though even if I followed them all to a tee, it has never been smooth in my moves!

Oct 28, 2014 09:25 PM #31
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Kathy -- excellent tips!   Regarding Tip Number One:  how many times have we heard(and seen) stories of boxes packed from one(or more) previous homes that is sitting in a storage unit/garage/basement?  Forget about keeping those items.  Many are never opened.  Never used. What a waste of time, money and effort in my opinion.  

Oct 29, 2014 01:44 AM #32
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

"join the dance"....and what a dance it is!  LOL!  Your advice is excellent. Being prepared in advance as much as possible is key to a smooth move!  Don't bring it with you if you don't need to!

Oct 30, 2014 01:50 AM #33
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