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Summer is high time for moving. A friend asked for moving tips today, so I thought I’d share them with you. If you aren’t moving this summer, but know someone who is, please pass along this link. (You can hit one of the little buttons at the bottom of this post and it will automagically send it along on your favorite network. If you don’t see those magic little buttons at the bottom of the post, just click on the article title at the top, and then you should see them at the bottom.)
First, declutter. Yeah, I know, duh. But it’s really important to take a minimum of 2 days to go through and toss/donate stuff. It really stinks to unpack stuff you know you don’t want to keep, because then you start with clutter in the new place. Do this sooner than you want to. The goal is to have no extra trash at the curb on move day.
Keep written records of your donations for tax purposes. It may not seem like much, but you can earn a couple of hundred on taxes next year if you donate your goods and document properly. You can use this template form to document tax deductible donations.
If your layout between the old and new places is changing, be sure to pack stuff for the space you are moving into. For instance, if you don’t have a playroom now, but you will in the next place, pack all the playroom stuff in boxes labelled “playroom”, so it is easier to find and unpack.
Pack a “red cross” box that goes last out/first in. This should have toilet paper, extra meds, clean sheets, and anything else your family can’t live without for 24 hours. Mark it with a huge red X on ALL sides, so it is easy to find. I like poster paint markers for this kind of identification.
Keep your tools out till the VERY. LAST. MINUTE. You always need an allen wrench at the end to take something or other apart, and most movers don’t carry tools. Unbelievable but true.
A shout out to my friend Stephanie Anderson from www.moderndaydonnareed.com with her excellent point that I have used many, many times, even when I’m not moving: “Take the legs off of things like tables, chairs – break it all down – and put the screws/bolts in baggies that you duck tape to the furniture so you can put it back together when you arrive.” Actually, I also write on the baggie with a Sharpie what the screws belong to, so if it doesn’t get put together immediately after the move, they don’t get forgotten.
Working with Professional Movers
There are also a few things you should know specifically when you are working with a moving company. Check out these tips at my post on How to Work with Professional Movers. Keep in mind that interstate movers are regulated, and you must receive a written quote, which is protection for you. Don’t try to cheap out on this, since the hassle with lost and broken goods isn’t worth it.
If a move is in your future, I wish you the best.
Removing personal pictures from your home is one of the first and easiest things you’ll do when staging your home for sale. There are three reasons you want to remove personal pictures from your home when it’s on the market.
1. You want to leave room for the buyer to imagine their family, not yours, in the home. First impressions happen very quickly, and it’s just easier for a potential buyer not to have to erase an image of your family so they can picture themselves at home. Only about 10-20% of buyers can imagine the changes they want to make to your home. Don’t stress the other 80% who can’t.
2. Buyers love to wander over to your wall or table of family pictures to see if they know you. It’s only human; we want to connect. They’ll want to see if they know you from high school, if you look like them, or if your kids are about the same age as their kids. Any time they spend trying to make these connections with you, they aren’t making the connection with the house, which is exactly what you need to have happen.
3. It’s just prudent to safeguard your family. Buyers are strangers, after all, and there is no reason that you need to let strangers know how old your kids are, what activities they participate in, and what your family likes to do in your free time.
Most sellers don’t want to remove family photos because they think that means removing the frames and necessitating a new paint job. Not so. One easy trick is to replace family photos with landscape art that goes with your decor. In this shot, you can see that the homeowner doctored a family hallway montage, and now it features some peaceful seaside shots. Still pretty, still framed, but now something that draws you through the space to the next beautiful room, instead of slowing you down in the short hallway.
If your home is on the market, and you haven’t yet taken down or swapped the family photos, what are you waiting for?
Did you know that Remodeling Magazine produces a helpful Cost Vs Value report every year helping homeowners to determine the relative value of their home remodeling projects? One interesting fact is that a “Minor Kitchen Remodel” has typically recouped greater (72%) return on investment (ROI) over a “Major Kitchen Remodel” at 66%. Those numbers have been consistent for at least the years I’ve been watching them. So when another mom friend with two children about the same ages as mine was asking my advice on updating her kitchen, I asked her to seriously consider what the advantages to complete gut would be over a cosmetic remodel.
In the end, she decided to go with a minor remodel, updating the oak cabinets and oddly added crown molding with an antique cream finish. She used the Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations product that has been getting some attention over the last year.
We both love this outcome because they saved a ton o’ money, and because their perfectly solid oak cabinets are still in use, not in the landfill. And, check out how the paint unified the crown molding, and made it look like it belongs to the cabinets.
She’s currently working on painting the island and swapping out the island counter for something a bit more updated. But, wow, what a great transformation! And I love the new cabinet pulls. Great choice, for a bit of contrast.
Here’s what she said about the Rustoleum Cabinet Transformation product: It took me about 1 week to do, mostly while the kids were sleeping. It isn’t hard, just very time-consuming. The kit said it would only take 2 coats of the base coat, but it actually took me 3. It is totally well worth it in the end. My only minor concern is durability. I noticed a couple of chip on the cabinet by the trash can…..it is very easy to touch up though. I will say that I did drop a few of the cabinet doors on the garage door when I was trying to carry them in the house to reassemble. Amazingly, they were okay! Last night I started the island. I was waiting to figure out what color but I ended up doing it the same color. I didn’t feel like getting a new kit for an accent color since this is temporary. All in all, it only took me 1 large kit to do the kitchen.
This would also be a great, economical option for staging an older home to sell. This antique cream finish is very current.
If you have any questions about doing this kind of project, or any firsthand experience with this product, I would love to hear it.