Anyone that has asked me what my least favorite thing to do is knows that the answer is simple: moving.
Going from dorm to dorm in college followed by apartment to apartment, it was such a relief when I closed on my home four years ago and declared that I would never move again! While not necessarily true, I do have plans to stay put for a good long while. My clients, however often ask me "When should I start packing?", "Should I hire a moving company or rent a truck?", and "What if I scratch the floors?". Today I thought I would share a tip or two for moving that I have learned over the years.
One of the greatest tips that I have for moving is to take advantage of this time that you have to go through all your belongings and choose to minimize as needed. With each item that you wrap in old newspaper (or bubble wrap if you are feeling fancy) consider first, "Do I care enough about this to bring it to a new house?". Consider whether you use the item frequently, whether you have duplicates of it, and whether it adds value to your new space. If you are planning on an entirely different decoration theme (and can afford to do so soon after moving), it may be time to let go of some older decor via a yard-sale or donations to a local charity.
Another tip I often share to my clients when they are packing to move into their new home, is to wait until after the major negotiations have happened. In South Carolina, our contracts typically include negotiations for repairs on the home after inspections. I always advise my clients that they can start cleaning through their belongings as needed, but I would not break out the moving boxes until after all parties have agreed.
Interested in selling or buying in the Columbia, South Carolina area? Feel free to reach out, I would be happy to help!