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1 October, 2014

Top Ten Poor Choices to Make When Moving

Posted in : Travel Lessons on by : nommom

your text here (1)1) Move out of your home slowly over the course of several months. 

Why it’s wrong:  3-4 weeks of losing furniture means that much longer without comfort. Don’t rip the bandaid off slowly. Honestly, though, we don’t know how we could have done this differently. If possible, I would recommend spending the last few days to a couple of weeks with friends or at a hotel. When you aren’t living with and “needing” stuff on a daily basis it’s easier to pack it up and get rid of it. Beg, borrow, or steal an extra vehicle for errands and dump runs and commit to get it done quickly.

2) Save some cash by getting a storage unit an hour out of town!

Why it’s wrong: There’s more than just money to consider when assessing a storage unit out of town.  Is $1000 a year worth the stress of hour long commutes, traffic, etc for three to seven days of transporting items? This is yet to be determined, although NomPa not only spent a painful amount of time commuting, he also fell ill immediately after we arrived in Portland. The effects of inconvenience are far-reaching…

This poor choice can be avoided completely simply by moving out quickly (see #1) and/or by hiring movers to do that dirty work for you.

3) Acquiring property:

 I don’t need to tell you why this is wrong. Don’t acquire a rental property three weeks before moving. Just don’t. Then you have two properties to prepare for renting.  Sometimes this cannot be helped. In our case, it was a wild red herring that fell right into our lap.

4) Last minute renting of any owned property:

Why it’s wrong:  I needn’t go into detail about trying to be a DIY landlord while in the middle of a nomadic journey. That lesson isn’t being learned here. However, even when you pawn off the responsibility on a property manager you still need to make sure the property is ready for rental, meet with them to draft agreements, etc etc.

5) Move during your birthday month:

Why it’s wrong: It’s a time eater and inconsiderate to others; people panic about what to get you as tangible items are a pain in the ass. Also, all the celebrating – while stress relieving – eats into valuable packing/selling time. FYI – kindle books and edible gifts such as wine are appreciated. I made damn good use of the chocolate covered espresso beans gifted to me by a friend. They saved my ass in that last day and a half.

5) Complete a half marathon you haven’t trained for three days before leaving town!

Why it’s wrong: In case it isn’t self-evident, the consequences of such a stunt are a day of packing lost and no time to properly train so you can fully enjoy the event. Bonus: here’s how to get away with murder and not be sore.

6) Do not be clear and demanding about child care needs. We pulled the PNW move of being rather passive and procrastinating in asking for our childcare needs.  Be sure to get extra help for the baby early on. Have back up. People can (and will) flake out on you. Thanks, Ashlee, Ren, and the Angelas for last minute child care! You saved our bacon!

7) Wait until the last minute to get rid of the crap to which you are emotionally attached: Most of us have emotional attachment to items which aren’t necessary. Work on it. We spent too much time making extra time making shit fit in storage, knowing we will regret what we come back to and wonder why we kept it. Start going through and purging things now, using the questions here. If I were to do it over again, I would have started as soon as we made the decision to move and made it a bimonthly to monthly habit.

8) Neglect everything every previous move has told you about your hoarding habits so you have to go through all the stuff you’ve avoiding purging and take loads of time to dispose of it. We threw out so much stuff! Items which could have been sold, items which could have been freecycled or given away were sent to the dump simply because we were in a rush.  Downsize now.  Get rid of papers now. Don’t be a wasteful ‘Merican.

9) Trust your local government to have convenient hours that work for your needs. Expect the government to slow you down.  Disposal of chemicals, acquiring passports and dealing with any aspect of government is likely to be met with limited hours of availability and excessive turnaround time. Take care of anything dependent on the city/state/federal level as soon as you realize it needs to be addressed. Look into what hours of operation and expected turnaround times are before it becomes urgent, if at all possible.

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