This Week's Editorial | 10/19/2016 |
Question: I need some advice on budget-friendly ways I can move my belongings to our new home.
Finding and purchasing a new home is both exciting and challenging. Now that you have completed those steps, it’s time to plan your move. Rarely is this part of a new home acquisition described as “fun,” but there are ways to make it easier, less expensive and more successful.
After living in the same home for a number of years, most people have accumulated a lot of items to be moved. Experts advise that we “aggressively thin out” or purge our possessions before moving. For example, if you have boxes that have not been unpacked since your last move, you should think seriously about moving those again.
One helpful approach to this process can be called the “method of thirds.” About one-third of what we own is probably no longer of use to us and not in very good condition. That third needs to be trashed or recycled. A second one-third qualifies as things we no longer need or want but are in better shape and could be of use to someone else.
Those items could be sold at a garage sale, consigned or donated to worthy organizations. Save receipts for what you donate as there are tax benefits available. That leaves the one-third that you care most about as needing to be moved.
Once you’ve reduced the amount to be moved, should you hire a moving company or do it yourself? Each approach has advantages and disadvantages.
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Editor’s Note: This article was provided by the Colorado Association of REALTORS®. Additional information about buying and selling real estate is available at www.ColoradoREALTORS.com.