Connecting A Cross Country Move

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Connecting A Cross Country Move with the Transition Living Real Estate Team™ can be easy when you have a master plan! 

Join The Transition Living Real Estate Team™ for Episode #2 Connecting the Cross Country Move on Friday, April 1, 2016 at 12:30 pm EDT, 11:30 am CDT, 10:30 am MDT and 9:30 am PDT.

Watch below on April 1st or join us through the event and meet people from across the country going through the same issues. 

Living in one location for over 40 years and thinking about a cross country move can be daunting. 

Deciding what to move, what to sell, what to give away, figuring out how the actual move will take place with the movers, arriving in the new location can be overwhelming without some direction. 

Nancy Harrison CS, our guest,  in the Hangout On Air, from Signal Mountain, Tennessee will share some of the issues her family was having with making a major move from Alaska to Tennessee for her parents.

Map Alaska to Tennessee

Starting with a simple structure will help connect all the parts in a cross country move. Each tranisiton is unique and the details of the sale and purchase of a replacement home are never the same.  Working from an organized basis will have connect all the moving dots and create balance in the midst of chaos. 

  1. Decide where you want to move and why
  2. Pre-qualify to make the replacement home purchase easier in the new location
  3. What family members or friends might be able to help with the move... can you pay them? 
  4. Organizing the move.. remember you only need 1 of everything in your kitchen.
  5. Deciding what to keep and what to move.. if you don't LOVE it.. don't keep it!
  6. Organize all the items to be MOVED first and put them in a separate location
  7. Determine if you want to use an estate sale company who will take away anything not sold or sell it yourself.  Remember the return on the time invested to have garage sales adds to anxiety.
  8. If listing the house and the sale items are around make a list and price of each item with a space for the phone number so if the items are needed for showing before the sale then any buyer may write their name down and you can call after the home sells.
  9. Timing for the movers... get into camping mode.  Paper plates or eat out. 
  10. Closing via mail or simultaneous closing.  Coordinate 3 to 5 day rent backs.
  11.  Having a family member helping you on the plane will take off a lot of the moving pressure.  If they come in early they can help with the packing and sorting. Paying their air fare is a wonderful gift.
  12. Camping in the replacement home.  
  13. Make a list of staples you need at the grocery store and have a family member get the for you or a concierge service deliver them. You can always go to the store the next day

Enjoy the journey.. it is the beginning of a "New Purpose" and "New Memories" have a choice to make it fun and exciting!  

As the transition takes place "lean"  is the state of mind you need to be in. Less is MORE! 

A few #CowTips for connecting the transition dots of a move!  

  • Select what you want to keep and move.  Your house will be a mess but just take one room at a time.. purging and keeping ONLY WHAT YOU LOVE.  Then have family and friends come and take what they want before you start selling.   Margaret Rome owner of Home Rome Realty in Baltimore, Maryland and Kathy Streib, Home Stager in Palm Beach County, Florida joined me on a Hangout On Air where we talked about "Finding Your Happy Place"  We discussed the anxiety that most people go through in making any type of move and how to make it fun!  Watch our fun video and see how easy a transition across country can be.  
  • Don't feel bad about asking the person that gave you something special if they would like it back.  You can't move everything, so let them know how much you enjoyed it but want them to have it back if they would like to enjoy it as you move on. 
  • Take digital photos of anything you might miss and make a printed book of your treasures you can look at anytime you feel blue about missing them.Once you have worked though the "separation anxiety" of purging your STUFF you will feel light and free to enjoy the new life you have ahead.

For more Transition Living Real Estate Team™ ideas on making any transition, subscribe to the Real Estate youtube channel
Great tips and tricks to have fun while changing locations in life!  It's a mind set!  "Connecting A Cross Country Move"  can be easy when you have a plan to work.  




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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Carra- this is my favorite of your tips.. take a photo of everything you might miss, and make a printed book!  Ingenious!!!!

Mar 31, 2016 01:05 PM #1
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224


                     Thank you Carra Riley for my ah-ha moment. 

Apr 02, 2016 10:54 AM #2
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good mornning Cara. Great list. My wife and I are in the process of a long distance move. Our list is similar to yours. Enjoy your day!

Apr 02, 2016 10:01 PM #3
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

I enjoyed your post and can see why Kathy chose to highlight it!

Apr 02, 2016 11:55 PM #4
Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

You hit some great bullet points here and outline a great plan! I enjoyed the webinar format too, looked very professional. I love to utilize videos too, your use of video is great! I too am connected to agents and services in all 50 States and 6 of the border Provinces of Canada

Apr 03, 2016 01:11 AM #5
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Great posting. When we move out of the country. My mom who did not ask us to pack was still wrapping in the morning and our flight was 1 PM.....

It took many relocations to get efficient.

Apr 03, 2016 04:07 AM #6
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Carra, Wonderful  and so glad Kathy Streib highlighted this in her weekly Ah Ha moments. Loved making the video with you and Kathy. I will be reblogging this. A must read for everyone!

Apr 03, 2016 10:50 AM #7
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Carra Riley We are wonderful supporters of each other. I am always available to brainstorm. I know we will come up with many ideas to help our classic clients make a move either local or cross country. Thanks for the mention and the link to our video.

Apr 03, 2016 11:07 AM #8
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Those are some great suggestions that I have not thought about. Thanks for sharing with us.

Apr 03, 2016 12:58 PM #9
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

I'm glad Kathy shared this - this is a great list of things to do if making a cross-country move. One key is to try to make the entire experience as much fun as possible.

Apr 03, 2016 08:48 PM #10
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Hi Carra, it's been a while and hope all is well with you. I like your tips for separation anxiety for purging stuff. Enjoyed reading this post.

Apr 04, 2016 10:14 AM #11
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

Hi,'ve offered some wonderful information and pointers in this post. Thanks for sharing. 

Apr 04, 2016 10:41 AM #12
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is very good reading for families planning a move.


Apr 04, 2016 11:31 AM #13
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Carra Riley wow, lots of tips for cross country move.

Love the tip - of that emotional attachment...

"Select what you want to keep and move.  Your house will be a mess but just take one room at a time.. purging and keeping ONLY WHAT YOU LOVE. "

Apr 04, 2016 04:15 PM #14
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Hi Carra Riley ,  I think you covered eveything.  If I could be that organized.

Now I would enjoy going to camping mode!

May 04, 2016 09:40 AM #15
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