How to Decide What Stays and What Goes During a Move

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If you’ve ever moved before, you’re well aware that it can be a huge pain. From planning all the logistics to the physical move itself- transporting your physical life from one place to another is stress inducing. You just bought a brand new couch but got an amazing job opportunity on the other side of the country? Great! Do you call the $1500 you just spent a loss? Do you spend half of what you paid for the couch to ship it? I’m here to help talk you through the process with tips from us, the masters of secondhand selling!

What to Keep…

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Photo: Unsplash.com/laurenmancke

This may be dependent upon whether you are moving down the street or across the country, but good general rules of thumb to abide to nonetheless.

  • Always keep items that have sentimental value. From pictures to small memory-filled tokens to grandma’s dresser, these are pieces that you should put the effort into moving along with you. If for instance you can’t afford to transport a large piece in that moment, consider a cheap public storage space or ask a willing friend to hold onto it for you until you can get settled in your new home. You’ll regret throwing these pieces to the curb later on.
  • One-of-a-kind items go with you. If you have an amazingly rare piece of furniture that you absolutely adore, it’s probably worth it to keep it. Chances are you aren’t going to be able to find that same exact vintage club chair or piece of art you love so much so keep it in mind when budgeting your move.
  • Items that would be more expensive to replace than to ship. If you spent a large amount of money for let’s say a sofa that you had been saving up for, it may make sense to spend the money on the shipping fees. While this price point will be different for everyone, it’s important for you to decide this beforehand. If you spent $4,000 on a high-end couch a few months ago and the cost to ship it is $500, you should probably just pay the cost associated with shipping it. You will end up losing more money if you sell it at a fraction of its worth.
  • Tips for Items that You’re Going to Move With…

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    Photo: Marthastewart.com

    After going through all of your personal belongs, you come to the conclusion that you’re going to bring a variety of things with you and it’s expensive. Don’t worry! There are ways for you to be cost efficient when moving.

  • There are cheaper alternatives when it comes to shipping. If you go with the first shipping company you find in your Google search, you’re not going to be getting the best deal. For small items, simply use US Postal Service for the cheapest rate possible. For larger items, consider services like Greyhound Shipping. Yes, you can stow larger items under these buses and get them shipped to your end destination as long as you’re not in a rush.
  • Skip buying expensive boxes and packing supplies. Go to your local supermarket and see if they have any boxes that they can part with. Packing peanuts and bubble wrap? Only bother if it’s necessary for fragile items. Instead save up newspapers, magazines and towels and re-use them to help you pack your boxes. These extra savings will go towards the shipping fees of the items that you love.
  • What to Say “See Ya” To…

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    Photo: Furnitureplacemanchesterltd.co.uk

    If you’re anything like me, purging physical items feels great, but you have a tendency to find reasons that you need to keep something. Trust us when we say the minimalist approach here is the way to go!

  • Cheap furniture. Don’t bother spending money on shipping inexpensive furniture. These transitional Ikea-type items are made for temporary situations and not to be “forever pieces”. This is the key example of when it makes more sense to leave something behind rather than bringing it along with you. This includes all types of things made with particleboard rather than real wood. This material chips easily and by the time it gets to the end location, there may be a few blemishes.
  • Outdoor furniture and garden items. If your patio furniture is glass there are chances that pieces will get scratched or shattered during a move. Same goes for outdoor furniture with light fabric that can get snagged and torn. These are big items so the shipping fee will be high and you don’t want to risk them being damaged during transportation. Also, you don’t want to accidentally bring strains of insects or weeds from your old residence to your new one. Best to start afresh!
  • Items that were already secondhand. If you aren’t 100% in love with something and it happens to be a secondhand piece, don’t bother bringing it along with you. Sell it instead.
  • Clothing that you don’t wear. There is absolutely no reason to lug things that you don’t need or use to a new location. If you’re starting new somewhere, why transfer over things that are just weighing you down? This applies to more than just clothes of course- from sporting equipment to kitchen gadgets.
  • Tips for Lightening Your Load…

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    Photo: Huffingtonpost.com

    Parting with items can be a lucrative moment for you! In many cases you will be able to get a good amount of money for items that you are selling, especially if they are high quality. Don’t just toss a solid wood table to the curb, you will definitely be able to make some money to help fund your move!

  • Sell your items on Krrb! Just like how you are looking to save money with your move, there are many people looking to save money on their purchases so they are looking for secondhand items. Check for yourself and see how many people are currently selling secondhand name brand pieces on Krrb to get a feel for the resale value of your items. Start listing items for sale well in advance of your move so you can make the money as possible. When it gets closer to the move and you are still with left with some things that’s when you can drop the prices and promote them as being “must go!”.
  • Have a yard sale or moving sale. The classics are classics for a reason! If you host a sale, they shall come. You can also easily advertise your moving sale online to drive even more foot traffic and interest.
  • Donate items that you aren’t attached to. Even if you won’t be able to make money off of your secondhand items, that doesn’t mean you should hold onto them and ship them. Donate these pieces to where they are needed and get tax credit for your donation.
  • Hold a swap. For any clothes that you don’t wear and don’t plan on brining you can either try selling it, consigning it or host a clothing swap-esque party for your friends and have them come over and help you shed some of your wardrobe while saying “bon voyage”!
  • Have you moved recently? Let us know your tips on how to choose what stays and what goes in the comment section!