Move: Sign, Inspect, and Pack

Sign Lease

It’s been a few weeks, but the memory of signing the lease is still raw. The leasing specialist was very thorough, to his credit, but it made me see things in the past I didn’t even know about. The Mrs. is very detailed so we went through every line of those almost thirty pages. I know it’s for our own good, but I almost got overwhelmed. We then ran into California Proposition 65. By law, the leasing company has to make tenants aware that there may be chemicals on the property that could be hazardous to our health. We were both a little freaked out. I had to exclaim a few times, “What kind of death trap are you signing us into?!?!” I think you can tell by now, I am a little dramatic, but still, it caused some anxiety. After venting for a few minutes, we signed our lives away, but hopefully not literally. 🙂

Inspect Apartment

Similar to when you rent a car, we walked through the apartment noting any damages so that when we eventually leave, management won’t charge us for repairs. During my initial walk through, everything checked out. A few days later, the Mrs. combed through the place and found many little things like chipped paint, small holes in the screen door, and loose towel racks. I’m lucky to have her. I joked she should look into being a building inspector. The management company has been pretty responsive and made a work order to fix things up, lickety split. Be extra careful in your final inspection, you don’t want to be hit with a repair bill at the end of your stay!

Hardly a Dent

We packed some and we moved some, but we’re hardly making a dent!!! How two people can accumulate so much stuff is beyond me. I need to modify my resolutions with less clutter in 2011. Add moving to the list of relationship stress tests, too. Similar to living together, traveling together, or planning a wedding together, there are twists and turns in moving that will definitely put you two to the test. Packing priorities, moving priorities, discarding priorities, and time priorities need to be on the same page or at least in the same ballpark. When tensions run high, take a deep breath, remember you’re on the same team, and remind each other of the new, better life around the bend. If not, you both will be going Khan and Captain Kirk on each other!

Do you have any moving experiences to share? Do you have any couple advice when tensions run high while moving?

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13 Responses

  1. MoneyCone says:

    Love the Khaaan reference! Go slow and LABEL everything! Go one room at a time, lot easier to find stuff later.

    TV Remote should go with the TV! (This is the first thing most couple setup and the remote is the one thing that gets lost!)

    Good luck!

    • Buck says:

      Haha, glad you liked it! 🙂 Thanks for the tips. I’m taking it slow and even taking on portions of rooms. Bite sized chunks, rather than deal with a huge mountain!

  2. Squirrelers says:

    If you’re getting movers, make sure to pick reputable ones and get multiple quotes before doing so. Contact the property in advance and make sure you get keys in a timely fashion on your move-in day. When packing, pack by room and label the boxes, so you aren’t lugging them around after the fact. Also, talk ahead of time about what expectations will be for each room, and what uses will be, layout, etc. Don’t want the move-in experience to be tense with arguments:) One more thing: make sure to make arrangements for utilities ahead of time.

    • Buck says:

      You beat me to the punch, great tips. Going over a few moving companies. Comparing and contrasting as we speak. Great idea about talking it out and the room layouts! 🙂 Yes, working hard to keep the arguments to a minimal. Utilities have been squared away, thanks!

  3. Moving is a pain in the butt! I don’t have any good advice, just keep working at it and it will be over soon. 🙂
    Thanks for posting this. We got a new tenant moving in this weekend to our rental condo so it’s good to be reminded of the renter’s point of view.

  4. I agree with retirebyforty, moving is a pain in the butt. We might be moving soon ourselves. My solution: sell a bunch of crap. You do not want to move a bunch of stuff that you never use. Either try to sell it or just get rid of it.

    The last thing you want is to move a bunch of heavy boxes and then pull them out in your new place and say, “What is this? Why do we own this?”

    • Buck says:

      Great advice. Doing my best to get rid of junk. Looking at the bright side, moving although a pain, it’s a good opportunity to really clean house. I’m with you. No need to open heavy boxes and wonder why the heck did we carry this unused junk over?

  5. haha loved the youtube pick to convey your message!
    I personally stick to this rule: if you didn’t use an item for the last 2 years, chances are you won’t be needing it, get rid of it!

    • Buck says:

      Thanks! Doing what I can to have fun with this. Blogging about it has taken the edge off actually. What’s next? Going to the dentist? 🙂 Great rule about not using it for two years… Easier said than done. Perhaps I should look at it as an underperforming stock and get rid of it!

  6. Looks like you need the ‘streamlining’ resolution Mr. Inspire! 🙂

    Moving can definitely cause some tension. Especially if end up packing at the last minute because you underestimated the amount of garbage you have accumulated over 10 years of marriage. (Sorry about that, I was having a flashback of our last move…)

    The best thing you can do is get rid of stuff well before the move. There is nothing worse than donating stuff after you get to the new residence.

    • Buck says:

      You hit it right on the head! Streamlining… Can you talk to my wife? 🙂 Like I said before, perhaps everyone should move every few years. It really forces you to clean house and get a fresh start. No worries, flashback all you want and thanks for reminding me about not lugging junk over to the new place!

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