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How to Move Effortlessly: Shipping Household


You have lived in your current house for thirty years. You are now moving to a maintenance-free smaller condominium in another state to be close to your children and grandchildren. When you think about shipping household items from all those years, you do not know how you are going to do it.

A Lifetime of Stuff

It seems like such a daunting task. You really don't have the stamina to do all this and your children live out of town. Luckily, when shipping household items to your destination, there are moving companies to assist you.

Have an Estate Sale

The first step when downsizing is to consider what you want to keep. Only bring what you truly love and can't live without. It could be a select few antiques that are family heirlooms or your wedding album. You're lucky bowling ball might be left behind. A great suggestion is to have an estate sale. Price them accordingly. Estate sales prices are generally one-third or less of the original price of the item. Use a cubic estimator to figure the weight and cost of shipping household items.

Go Green

Once you have completed your estate sale, you may still have many items that did not sell. As you try to reduce your shipping household items, consider giving the items away. There is a growing movement for social consciousness and the need to keep usable items out of landfills. For example, you have been transferred to another state for your job. Your refrigerator is old and is not energy efficient. Give the refrigerator to someone in your local area who can't afford a new refrigerator at this time. Your local newspaper probably has a section that you can post your giveaway items for free.

Tax Deductions

Another option to giving the items away, especially on the more expensive items, is to donate them to charity. The charity will give you a tax receipt so that it can be used as a tax deduction on your taxes. Now that you have thinned your inventory, shipping household goods will be more organized and less stressful.