Lets Get Moving Locally
The other day we hired a local small outfit mover to assist with a local move. We looked at various options.
There’s An APP for that!
The App: Dolly was one of our options. For just over $200 bucks, a couple of guys would show up and move our new furniture from Point A to Point B.
Not a bad option, although we were a little hesitant. Old School I guess you would say. We weren’t certain who we were actually hiring. Would they be insured? Was it the best price?
Two Hour Minimum Movers
It probably was the best price, but ultimately, we selected a local mover for a two hour minimum.
A tad more expensive at $250, we also got more service. Instead of merely focusing on the original goal – moving some bookcases we purchased to our house, we decided lets get moving on a bunch of projects.
So in addition to bringing our new bookshelves to the house (they look great btw) we also had the movers help set up a couple of concrete bird baths (Spring cleaning), move a dresser so we could add an extension cord (that had been bugging me forever) and re-arrange a room.
File all of this under; home ownership expenses.
For The Big Move: Lets Get Moving Boxes
This isn’t some random thing I’ve never experienced. I’ve actually moved several times in my life. Just like you – my clients!
I’m always sort of surprised, because my parents have never moved. Although to be fair they have collected a few second homes along the way. Must be a generational thing.
When you are ready to make your move, you might be working with a relocation service. In which case your packing and move are likely included.
For the move you make on your own – whether across town or across the country or across the block (we recently moved 300 yards to our new home!), you’ll need boxes, a moving service (or a lot of friends and a truck). We’ve done the friends with a truck thing. Be ready for a long sweaty day of work. And a sore body after.
The more you can box up, the faster (and less expensive) your move will be. Movers can carry several boxes at once. But given the opportunity they will also happily carry your couch cushions one at a time to the truck. Its surprising how little a mover will carry if it isn’t in a box.
With a moving company on an hourly billing, lets get moving quickly to keep costs down. So you’ll need lots of boxes pre-move. As for the boxes, we’ve tried it all.
Movers Supply Moving Boxes
On one occasion, our mover (a National outfit) invited us to grab some free boxes and packing material. On another move, we shopped at Home Depot.
Facebook Free Moving Boxes!
And on our most recent go-around, we found plenty of perfectly nice moving supplies for free on the Facebook page of our new neighborhood. Free works great for me.
Moving Before You Sell
Will you move out of your house before you market it for sale? Or after you have relocated? In the Boulder real estate market, we have been experiencing a fierce Sellers Market (2012 to 2019). So generally owners have moved after successfully buying their replacement home.
Boulder Moving Strategies
The partial move. Clients J & K moved all their little stuff over to their new home. Then we brought in a professional photographer and staged their furniture for the photo shoot. Once that was complete, they removed the rest of their belongings and we hit the open market.
Great strategy. We had fantastic photography for the internet and a big open floor plan to show off at showings and the open house.
The Storage Move. For my own most recent residential sale, we knew the way we lived in the home and the best way to show the home were not really the same.
So we removed some furniture and boxed up (into long term storage) about a third of our belongings. I have to tell you the truth. For about 24 hours after making these changes, I had second thoughts about moving. What a difference it made.
Our closets were suddenly not overfull. And we could more easily walk about our house.
But then my wife reminded me, “Bob, lets get moving to our beautiful new house.” And onto the market we went. When we closed on our old house sale and moved into our new home, we were reunited with all our stuff from storage!
The Total Move. Why not just get everything out? This can be a good strategy for busy families. Moving your family and the pets and all the stuff out first and then entering the market relieves a lot of stress.
You needn’t keep the house clean for showings on a moment’s notice. Your pets won’t be disturbed by strangers coming and going. And you won’t worry about a beloved pet getting lost in the shuffle.
For clients with little kids, lots of stuff and a couple of pets, this can be the least stressful option when it comes to a move.
Whatever your strategy, when it comes to moving, stay organized. Know what you want to accomplish before making your move. Good preparation will save you time, money and stress on your next move.
About BHHS Realtor Bob Gordon
I’m a blogger since 2012, licensed real estate agent since 1995. My primary focus is working with clients like you along the Colorado Front Range, primarily in the Boulder and Denver home markets. As I mentioned in this article, I’ve moved five time during my career. Everything from the do-it-yourself move to using a professional service from start to finish.
When I’m not focused on Boulder real estate I’m passionate about travel, cooking, snorkeling and cycling. Winters I enjoy skiing and in the Fall I’m Denver Broncos fan.