How to Have a Smooth Move…Tip #1

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How to Have a Smooth Move…Tip #1


Once your home has sold, your “Moving” list begins and grows every day. Will you be hiring a moving company? Will you do your own packing or use professional packers?moving


Having moved at least 10 times, my tips come from my own mistakes and what I’ve learned. 


First...If you hire a moving company, you’ll want to ask how they calculate their fees. The more you have to move, the more you’ll have to pay,


There’s no reason to take what you don’t want, need or use anymore to your new home!


Begin EARLY If you’re hiring packers, don’t wait until they walk in the door to decide what to pack. They work quickly and start wrapping and packing as soon as they walk in the door. 

If you’re planning on doing your own packing, you’ll still want to edit BEFORE you start to pack. 



My tip is to take one area at a time. Begin with a drawer in your kitchen and have a trash bin on one side and a box for donating on the other. 


Do the same with your pantry and closets. It’s a lot easier to pack if you’re not trying to decide what to keep while you’re packing!!!


If you have those “special” items, there’s no reason not to take them. I brought a hand-painted martini glass with me on our last move. 

Most of us are collectors of things What you have to ask yourself is why you’re holding on to something. The key is to learn to control your treasures and not let them control you. 


Recap…Tip#1- Don’t pay to move what you no longer need, use or want. Edit NOW!

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Comments (33)

Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

"The key is to learn to control your treasures and not let them control you."  That's a very valuable tip, Kathy! 

Aug 22, 2023 05:24 PM
Kathy Streib

Thank you Myrl Jeffcoat We often get caught up in the act  of "collecting" things more than what we actually collect. 

Aug 23, 2023 06:27 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Kathy, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Aug 22, 2023 05:37 PM
Kathy Streib

Myrl Jeffcoat Thank you!  Very much appreciated. 

Aug 23, 2023 06:28 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Such a great tip on moving Kathy!  I find that so many sellers, even after having 'the talk with them about what to take or not' still take too much  stuff and end up donating or selling on the other end. And paying for movers to move to boot.

Aug 22, 2023 08:51 PM
Kathy Streib

Anna "Banana" Kruchten I can honestly say "been there/done that!"  We have to decide before we move but it's not as easy as it sounds. 

Aug 23, 2023 06:30 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher
The safest thing to ever do is to hire somebody else to help you most definitely. :)
Aug 22, 2023 09:24 PM
Kathy Streib

Laura Cerrano you have to be very careful and interview at least 3 companies! But yes, they know what they're doing. 

Aug 23, 2023 06:31 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I agree with Anna Banana that you can never be too prepared in that way and exactly that way! Figure out what you don’t need first and foremost

Aug 22, 2023 09:27 PM
Kathy Streib

Laura Cerrano often we don't think but pack and grab. 

Aug 23, 2023 06:32 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathy Streib  I have moved more times than I care to admit... now with that said great advice, Endre

Aug 22, 2023 09:58 PM
Kathy Streib

Endre Barath, Jr. same here! Thank you!  With each move I learned something. 

Aug 23, 2023 06:33 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

You have to be careful hiring a moving company and you have to be careful if you don't!  Moving is definitely challenging! 

Aug 23, 2023 04:46 AM
Kathy Streib

Lise Howe I agree!!!  On our last move, we packed a lot of our own items but I had the movers pack fragile items because that way they are responsible if they break. 

Aug 23, 2023 06:34 PM
faye schubert
Retired - Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

Sounds like you have moved a time or two, or three.......

Aug 23, 2023 06:27 AM
Kathy Streib

faye schubert oh yes. In fact, I once moved from my second story apartment to one on the first floor. I was going to be very organized bout it but one Friday night my friends were over and someone said "let's get started now!"  

Ugh...everything was moved but there was no space in my new apartment to move. Every counter space was covered with my stuff!

Aug 23, 2023 06:36 PM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Kathy, it is so hard to move that I think every Realtor should be required to do it every five

Aug 23, 2023 07:30 AM
Kathy Streib

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty i think it's a good idea! LOL  You volunteering??!!

Aug 23, 2023 06:37 PM
Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

Excellent tips but I had to giggle at the "smooth move" title. Made me think of something else. Bwaaahaaaa!

Aug 23, 2023 07:57 AM
Kathy Streib

Dr. Paula McDonald that's too funny!!!!

Aug 23, 2023 06:37 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Kathy:

There's lots of great advice here. Having moved about a dozen times I can say your advice is right on target, and the sort of things I usually share with clients who are moving, whether locally or a long distance. I have a checklist I share that offers tips about things to ask moving companies, too.

Paring down is essential, especially those heavy items that pump up the moving cost.


Aug 23, 2023 11:31 AM
Kathy Streib

Jeff Dowler, CRS that's smart to provide a checklist for your clients. Larry had a mounted turkey in flight. It was beautiful. With each move, the crate the movers built for it got bigger and bigger. $$$$

Aug 23, 2023 06:39 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

That's a great story Kathy Streib  It's all about money. And those "little" expenses add up quickly.

Aug 23, 2023 07:45 PM
Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker
Mike McCann - Broker, Mach1 Realty Farm & Commercial Land Broker-Auctioneer Serving Nebraska - Kearney, NE
Farm Land For Sale 308-627-3700 or 800-241-3940

Hi Kathy Streib Moving can be stressful if you do not have a plan. I tell my clients when we list to get their plan in order.  What goes where. I like the stuff that is going elsewhere and not to the new home to be gone by moving time so there are no chances of unwanted items being upacked at the new home.  The truth is...their is not perfect way to pack and move...but the more control you have the better.  

Thank you Kathy for sharing your experiences!   Mike

Aug 23, 2023 02:03 PM
Kathy Streib

I agree with your making a plan Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker but sadly, as they say....the best laid plans.  For our last move, we pared down so much that when got settled in Houston, we had to buy some items we'd gotten rid of in FL. 

Aug 23, 2023 06:42 PM
Charles Ross - eXp Realty LLC
eXp Realty LLC Salina Group - Salina, KS
Love To Help People

Excellent post.Thank you for sharing. Have a wonderful day and a blessed week

Aug 24, 2023 01:27 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

This is great advice. For our last move, we went through the house way before we put it on the market, and made those decisions. The stuff we wanted to keep but it was going to be cluttering the photos went into storage. The stuff we wanted to give away was given away. The stuff we wanted to dump got dumped. By stuff of course I mean personal treasures. :-)

Aug 24, 2023 04:55 AM
Barbara Michaluk
Weichert Realtors | Phone Direct 240-506-2434 | 301-681-0550 office - Silver Spring, MD
Leisure World Specialist / Full Service REALTOR

Hi Kathy, It sounds like you have lots of personal experience moving.  These tips are all good for anyone in the process of planning a move. Thanks for sharing!

Aug 24, 2023 06:34 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Great tips Kathy Streib I still have boxes that I wish I donated 

Aug 24, 2023 12:57 PM
Paddy Deighan MBA JD PhD - Vail, CO
Paddy Deighan J.D. Ph.D

Kathy it is so true that we shouldn’t take what we don’t  need or want … moving is a great time to get rid of clutter!

Aug 24, 2023 09:21 PM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom

Congrats on the feature and I donated over 500 books to a local library because I did not want to pay to move them nearly 2,500 miles.

Aug 25, 2023 11:32 AM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Great read and congratulations on the Feature!  Such great advise!!!

Aug 26, 2023 07:44 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

One of my biggest pet peeves...people who just pack everything and bring it to new house to deal with it there. Take the time to weed out what you don't need BEFORE putting all the effort into packing and moving and unpacking it!

Aug 27, 2023 01:56 PM