You’ve decided to sell your house and move into a new home. Before you call the movers or start boxing up each room, you’ll want to make a plan for moving the items most valuable to you. For some home owners “valuable” is defined by the price tag, for others it’s in the memories as our Redecorate, Remodel or Move contributors explain.
“I have a baby quilt that was made for me when I was born by all the women in the family,” says change expert Kate Fessler of First Class Life Solutions. “Each woman made an embroidered square. It’s priceless!”
“My dog Bongo and my French press coffee maker,” says interior designer Michele Bayle of Bayle & Co. “I have started over a couple of times and I don’t really get attached to things, although I do have a really beautiful late 1800’s dresser that has moved seven times. I’m not sure if I will have it forever but it’s so pretty, it’s staying with me for now.”
For me, my jewelry is very sentimental and is what I consider most valuable. For my husband David, it’s his first car, a 1969 burgundy Triumph that has occupied the garage in every home we’ve owned.
“Everyone values things differently,” says Linda Deppa, owner of Uncluttered Professional Organizing. “I’ve overseen the move of very expensive art that’s valued at over a million dollars, and moved very treasured sentimental items that are irreplaceable, but don’t have a lot of monetary value. It all comes down to how the owner views the items.”
Whether large or small, expensive or irreplaceable there are a few things you can do to ensure your most valuable possessions make it to your new home.
- Reach a family agreement. Determine the items that require special care or attention before the movers arrive and inform other family members of these conditions to avoid any mix-ups during the packing or moving process. You’d hate to lose track of a valuable item because a family member was trying to be helpful and packed it away without your knowledge.
- Label carefully. When marking boxes containing valuable items be careful how you label the contents. If you’ve chosen to pack jewelry or valuable artwork you probably don’t want to draw attention to the contents of the box. Consider writing the room of the house it belongs in without specifying what’s inside. If the item is priceless to you, but wouldn’t attract the attention of others, you can be more specific in labeling the box. Making it easier to find upon your arrival will give you peace of mind and allow you to focus on the moving and unpacking process.
- Hire professionals. For larger items especially antique furniture, artwork, pianos or cars hire professionals with expertise moving those specific items. Yes, it will add to the cost of your move, but it helps ensure your treasured items arrive safely in your new home.
For more tips on selling your home or preparing for an upcoming move, check out the resources available at RedecorateRemodelorMove.com and download 10 Tips for An Easier Move.
About Patricia: Patricia, a Realtor at Coldwell Banker Bain, has been helping buyers and sellers find great homes since 2004. Joined by her husband, David, in 2006, they work as a team in real estate and have been life partners for over 21 years. Real estate transactions can be very stressful and she succeeds in negotiating the best outcomes for her clients, time and time again. Recognized with many awards for sales volume and client satisfaction, the passion, and creativity Patricia brings to everything she does makes her successful and fun to be around.