Jan 13, 2021

Moving Household Goods - The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Since moving household goods can be expensive often done with a mover charging by the pound and hour, or done with sweat labor in do it yourself moves, moving is a great time to take a hard look at our possessions.  Things of little value, or that we just don't use anymore need to be disposed of either at a garage sale, or by donation to a charity for the write off.  If it cost more to move something than it is worth, unless it has sentimental value, it probably needs to be disposed of one way or another.

Moving often involves life style changes.  Furniture that may fit in one home may not fit in a smaller home.  This is particularly true about large dining room sets with china closets.  Many newer homes just don't have big enough dining rooms to house these large sets.  The real question is how often do they get used anyway.  More and more, new homes have combined a kitchen, eating area and family room, or great room into one space.  Formal living rooms too have just disappeared to be replaced by a den, or home office.  

Homes are being built today, the way people live not the way they may have lived 30 years ago with much more open concept architecture.  In many parts of the country, homes do not have basements, which often serve as the place for junk storage.  As such, buying a home with extra garage space is a good idea.  So when preparing for a move, storage should also be a consideration in getting rid of items that just will not fit anywhere in the new dwelling.  Moving is a time to simplify life.  Possessions often become a weight around our necks weighting us down.  Sell old things that will not work in the new home and buy new things that will work.  

This is particularly true about old washers, dryers and refrigerators that are costly to move because of their weight and may not be energy efficient.  A good rule of thumb is that if a major appliance is more than 10 years old, probably a good time to sell or donate it and buy new after the move to the new location.  Better furniture can be sold at consignment stores; but be advised that used furniture will not sell for anything near the original purchase price.  Moving is a good time to reflect on the next chapter in life.  If you need help, just contact Paragon Home Resources.  We can assist with moves across town, or across the country.