When a Realtor Makes a Move

Last Thursday I started a new relationship. It is one of those where you have to learn the new quirks and unexpected traits. Little unanticipated surprises keep popping up from out of nowhere. 
But this time it's not with a man. It's our new house. The exciting part is the larger space, the bigger kitchen, and having a yard. The "King's Problem" that comes with it is that boxes are everywhere and even though they're labeled, it's hard to find what's actually needed at any given moment. Sure, I packed my survival kit boxes and they've come in handy...only simple things like a scissors for opening necessary new packaging eluded named box.
That's ok - if you can't find something you can always go buy it, right? But hold on now - some things can't be purchased...like a broadband internet technician to come exactly when you want them to, without having to call in for hours stuck in an infinite automated phone loop.
And then there's some things you actually could purchase, but you already have a plan that saves you money...like the microwave you lent your mother for their cottage but now you're getting it back. Except it's not coming until tomorrow.
These are the new lessons I'm learning about "home" especially when it's new. You can pack all the survival kits you want, but your best fighting chance in addition to your smartphone are your refrigerator, working internet (ha), and a microwave. (This way you're not reheating a piece of door-dashed lasagna in a sauce pan...trust me...it's possible and edible but turns into lasagna-soup).
In all seriousness, when "The Realtor Makes a Move" you'd think it would go smoothly but here were my takeaways from these recent harrying experiences:

What went well:

  • Hire a good mover that physically comes to your current/prior home to give an eyeballs-on estimate. The more movers they designate to execute your move the better. Jim's crew with Advance Moving was amazing and I was super grateful for getting this good recommendation. No phone estimates! If an estimate sounds too good to be true, it is.
  • Don't be afraid to ask friends to come help pack for short periods of time. Also, consider hiring friends' teenagers to help as well.
  • Know what to expect at the new house, from thoroughly reading your home inspections so you know what works and what doesn't ahead of time. Go over the inspections with your Realtor.
  • Hire good contractors to make any disruptive changes prior to move-in (flooring, recessed lighting, large painting projects).
  • Hire a handyman to earthquake strap furniture or repair other smaller issues on the day after the move. This facilitates unpacking!
  • Hire friends' teenagers or other young adults to assemble any new furniture shortly after move-in.
  • Don't give up on finding your new refrigerator during Covid! Despite recent appliance shortage challenges, there are refrigerators out there and it IS possible to secure one prior to move in. It may take multiple trips to multiple stores and multiple phone calls (and it did) but hang in there.

What I'd do differently

  • Internet plans need to be handled at least a week ahead of time for any technicians that need to be scheduled to come to the new place. Period.
  • Don't give away the large old dinosaur microwave that's at the house before your new microwave arrives. Believe me, the microwave-gap is not pretty.


Kelsey Lane has been helping clients with the home selling process (and home buying process) since 2003 as a Silicon Valley Realtor. DRE #01390557. She enjoys sharing her knowledge with real estate tips and steps.