It's beren 3 months since the move and the expense of it all, both financially and mentally is slowly waning. With 2 large storage containers in the warehouse and 2 outside storage containers, we are managing in a short term rental without all of that stuff, imagine that! It is tough living out of a box, so to speak, but it has its upside. For instance, not a ton of cleaning (due to a considerably smaller footprint), zero maintenance on the residence and less costs. No, this is not an advertisement on the benefits of renting, but for some I can see why some prefer it to owning. I'm just not one of them.
We only took enough furniture and kitchen supplies for a short stay and needless to stay it hasn't turned out as short as I hoped for. Being in the "business" hasn't secured a home any faster than any of my buyers who are looking. There is an inventory shortage and for one who has high standards, well good luck finding anything this time of year. Okay I am picky, having built a home does enhance that spoiled attitude, but since this is hopefully my last move for a while I also want to get what I am looking for and not become impulsive, trying to get a home quickly. It seems the majority of homes that are available are homes we are not seeking, such as colonials, capes, etc., basically 2 story homes. Ranches are in short supply as the baby boomers start downsizing. Oh yeah, I guess I fit that category. Who needs all those stairs? So not crazy about raised ranches, multi-levels or splits either, but I will consider certainly.
Okay, so it's almost the new year, so I'm ready to start looking again, not that I've stopped. There won't be alot, being in the snowbelt, but someone will be more willing to put their home on the market when the holidays are over, generally those that need to sell. The others will wait until spring even though there are buyers out there waiting to buy. I have many buyers looking too. So all you sellers, we are waiting - just wanted you to know, you still can get top dollar as there are multiple offers on homes in our market. It's all about location, pricing, condition....not necessarily in that order. You can't wait forever, sellers, the prices aren't going to go up that dramatically so sell if you can!
I'm moving this weekend and being in the real estate business hasn't helped me get any less stress from it. This is when you find out how really bad I've collected things that I really don't need even though I am not a pack rat. What's worse you never have time to rid yourself of all that junk before the move so you end up paying for someone to move it. I've donated a lot to all the Pet Shelters, Big Brother - Big Sister, etc. and still it took 4 men and 2 of us to almost finishing the pack and prep, still have more to go this weekend to take myself to the new location. This is after I spent hours packing all the kitchen and dining room. Now the big part of the move will be next week when they have to move all this stuff. As I've upsized the amount and cost has of course increased dramatically. Now I will downsize and am so looking forward to a simpler life. I feell for all my customers as I have moved many times, but in spite of all of my moving I am never ready when the day arrives.
I've only moved all in one day once and I will never do it again. I sold one house and moved into another and closed both transactions all in one day. That is the marathon of moves and stress. This time I moved my stuff into a container which is the first time trying that. I will let you know how that turns out next time. Good luck to all you moving.
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