When was the last time you moved? If you're like most people it was between 5-7 years ago. Well just in case you've forgotten let me refresh your memory with my recent move.
As a 40 year old realtor in warm sunny St. Augustine Florida in early spring, my idea of time off from my profession is NOT moving. Nevertheless, I did spend the last few weeks in the process of moving. Last time I moved, I was much younger, so gathering a few friends with pick up trucks was a lot easier; not only that, I had less and lighter "stuff".
I spent two weeks packing boxes. By the way, the cheapest easiest way to get boxes-call you local liquor store. So every night from dinnertime till midnight- I packed. I had piles for the new place, piles for the office, piles for a garage sale/charity, piles for family/friends, and so on & so on. My piles of boxes seem to turn into mountains of boxes.
Little did I remember after 2 weeks and a few mountains that I was really only beginning. My friends and family lovingly supported me by helping in shifts as to not create total chaos. For the next week a couple of them or so would show up after work, we'd order take out and make a few trips. By the time the weekend rolled around I thought we had done pretty well; most of the boxes were gone and all that remained was the furniture, my clothes, some odds & ends, and the garage sale "stuff".
With a garage full of "stuff" on Friday the 13th, my niece shows up to set up for our garage sale. Until midnight we set up then tired with my body aching we close the garage door and "SNAP" the tension rod breaks. I'm "closing" on the house on Monday morning, I've just broken the garage door, I'm exhausted, it's after midnight on the weekend! I'm in tears!
Lucky for me one of my vendors is a great handyman, so he shows up early Saturday morning to fix the garage door. My garage sale was a disaster thanks to my neighbor who removed my signs, but that's another story. I solved the 'too much "stuff"' left over by calling a local charity that would pick up Monday morning.
Now it's Sunday, although I don't usually approve of working on Sunday's, I'm out of options. My whole crew of family & friends shows up with their pick-up trucks. We move the rest of the "stuff"; by late afternoon, if I thought my back hurt before, I have a new definition of hurt. I'm cranky and snappy. Friends or friends or friends are showing up to take those things that at this point I can care less about. I just want it done.
This is the feeling I want to remember next time I plan on moving. I love my family & friends; I deeply appreciate their time, support, love, backs, & trucks. Thank you all! You'll be glad to know-next time I'm hiring a moving company!
I've come to the conclusion the hard way that in sense that I believe in hiring a professional Realtor to handle the hard issues when buying or selling a home, hiring a professional mover is important for not only my physical well being but also my sanity.
If you're planning a move anytime in the future I highly recommend using professionals. I am your professional Realtor, I handle the tough issues, I make your life easier. Call me at 904-797-5150 or email me at Wendy@OldCityTeam.com . The Gateway to your next move! Keller Williams Realty of St. Augustine.