Let's Be Honest, Moving Stinks!

We love touring homes; looking at models; negotiating deals; designing back yards; getting new jobs which bring new homes; and getting new furniture. 

While picking out paint colors and new flooring is always fun, that's not always an option when you're renting. If you're leasing a home, you usually get it "as-is." I frequently use the phrase, "what you see is what you get" when showing rental homes to prospective renters. 

Once we find that home that we're going to move in to, we now have the daunting task of packing up our house and moving it to the new home.

To help ease this pain, I have a few tips to make this just a little bit easier:

1) Don't clean it yourself. If you're moving out of a rental home, let your landlord coordinate the cleaning. This way they are responsible for getting the home back to the cleanliness they expect and can deduct the cost from your deposit. Most states require the landlord to provide a copy of the receipt so you know you were charged fairly.

2) Donate as much as possible BEFORE you move. When it comes to our "stuff," we all have a decent amount that we could part with. While packing up the house, it's helpful to have a dedicated pile or box that is for the local charity or garage sale. By easily adding items to this pile, it reduces the amount you have to physically move.

3) Make a schedule. By starting early and staying on track, you can reduce the stress of having to cram a ton of work into a small period of time. Take the opportunity to pack a few boxes every day as you can and then organize them by room. By doing this, you can load and unload a truck or POD by room. 

Hopefully these tips help make your move easier and less stressful.

Lee Arnold is a California BRE Licensed Broker in Southern California. Whether you're looking to buy, sell, or lease real estate, Lee has 15 years of experience in this field. Lee is available for speaking engagements as consulting opportunities. To contact Lee Arnold: www.benchmarksocal.com.  

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