Well, as I mentioned previously, my house has now been on the market for a week. Pending inspection and appraisall, I could have a deal in place as early as next week. Or it could take quite a bit longer. My house is not in perfect condition but it is in a high value and high demand area. Match that with the part where I'm a motivated seller, and something should happen in the near future.
My son has spent the last week either doing research on Dallas vs Denver for himself, or helping me clean and get the dogs out of the house for showings. As the picture above showss, being taken on walks five and six times a day has pooped them out-a very good thing! On a few showings we've simply gone out on the patio and then inside when the house is being shown. The end result is that he plans to travel to Colorado with me. He's looked at schools, and other quality of life issues and figures that he needs to come with me-and that he can always return if that is his decision. I am leaving that to him-although if he comes he could drive that 20 foot Budget truck (which I would not attempt).
And this is the point where I can use some input, folks. From those of you who have moved cross country at one time or another and those who have simply downsized. How on earth does one decide what stays and what goes. All of my other moves have been at government expense, and the items left behind were those deemed not shippable (somehow I am sure that's not a real word).
I'll say here that my furniture, with a few exceptions, are not antiques and have no emotional value per se. Most items were purchased at Rooms to Go type places when I arrived (after across the ocean moving issues). The rest is mainly good quality Ikea furniture (the kind made for the overseas market). Either way the resale value on furniture is not huge. Renting a moving truck for a week ranges from $700 to $900 minimum before taxes and fuel expenses. I did the estimate for a week to allow loading times on and off and a leisurely drive because we would probably not choose to drive through the mountains). Thats a quick online look and I am sure that is before any added expense that the company puts on-never mind if a 24 year old will be allowed to drive the truck.
In the other hand, I would probably be in short term rental until a found a permanent home to rent (my sister and brother love me, but me and two dogs for an indefinite time is not a recipe for living together). That means there would most likely be some storage and then a repeat move.
I terms of size, I imagine I may expect to lose SOME size in bedrooms and other spaces. In that area I can adjust. However, I now have two eating spaces where I can expect one, and I have a HUGE open plan family room that holds a three sided sectional-with ease, as well as huge entertainment stands. finally, my refrigerator and washer and dryer are obviously moving issues.
At this point I have made a large list of the things I am willing to part with, as well as pictures. It may be that somethings could convert with the house. Other things can be sold on craigslist. Eventually (hopefully sooner rather than later) I will have to make a decision in a short period of time.
So those of you who have experience moving yourselves and downsizing, please share. Would you move it all to Denver and then sell what you could not keep? Sell now to have cash and lower on the road moving and storage? I can use all the opinions and thoughts I can get-let me have them!
PS, did you ever have a project you did not love, but figured you had to finish anyway? This is it. I'm not sure using gray as a neutral is working for me!