I’m about to buy a house and sell the one I’m living in. My current house is in total chaos due to packing, painting, and prepping for the move.
Based on that experience, here are the ten immutable rules of houses and moving.
- When you put something down, it instantly becomes unfindable and will not be there when you look for it; the likelihood of finding it again is inversely proportional to its importance.
- Whenever you need to get to something, something else will be in the way.
- When you seal up the last box of similar items, another item that belongs in the box will immediately appear.
- The most likely times for a major system in your house to fail (plumbing, electrical, roof, etc.) are just before you’re ready to show it and just after you bought it.
- It’s an excellent plan to touch each belonging or box only once, but this theoretical strategy is impossible in practice.
- If you need a particular object or tool, it is already packed.
- The best real estate agent is the one who listens, not the one who is focused on getting the best price.
- Don’t piss off movers. They hold everything you own in their hands.
- Your house will look better when you sell it than it ever did when you were living in it.
- Knowing and accounting for these rules will not exempt you from them.