OH, boy.. now you've gone and done it. I suspect that the family didn't
outgrow the present domicile, but your needs(?) did.
Moving is right up there, near the top of the list of some of life's most
stressful experiences, along with marriage, close family death, and similar
I recommend that you take the time during the course of moving to have some
family fun/enjoyment, not thinking about the moving details (trips to a zoo,
museum or a big Cabela's store, for example).
Due to housing crisis, good deals on homes are available, even under
replacement costs. and I do not expect this to last long.
Yes, it does have a very nice shed, the size of two of my
garages. Plus a lot more land.
It was a combination of many things: low house prices, my (moderate)
inflation expectations, reasonable interest rates etc.
Plus it has a big shed and more land.
This is a good idea, I am not that kind of person, but I will try to
I've moved 40 times, not counting stuff like from
97th General barracks to Dornigheim or Merrell Barracks
to Langwasser Sued. Same mailing address, so I don't
count them even though there certainly was packing up
of "stuff" and physically moving it. Sure, moving is
more stressful than a regular routine, but I can
absolutely assure you that moving isn't even on the same
scale with marriage and death.
Yep, changing duty stations, even internationally.. BTDT although I was
about 40 years younger then.. and pre-arranged transport, a duffle plus
carry-on isn't moving IMO, either.
Stress is what it is.. I've seen interviews with people who's pets have been
killed, completely hysterical (needing sedation).. and wanting some serious
revenge, and sometimes getting it.
It seems as though moving was a regular routine, Steve, well before the 40th
Wel, the future will tell. I am not looking to make a quick buck. But
I know that good things happen when one buys things at below
This is a great point. Many things that happen, are such that almost
no one expects them.
This would, more or less, follow unemployment rate.
I am not trying to be a global pundit and try to consider every
worldwide interdepencency of interest rates, central banks, and
conflicts in oil countries. I just try to go by price and see if a
price offers a margin of safety when buying.
I was gung ho on stocks for the last two years. After they had such a
great run and became much pricier, I no longer consider them to be as
safe as I thought about then when they were cheap. Meanwhile, real
estate continued to get cheaper.
I would also hate to lose my savings due to inflation, and I think
that homes/land offer a good degree of inflation protection, with much
less risk than kooky stuff like gold.
These were some of the reasons that our family thought about.
Plus the shed
Can you park a 20 foot container in your driveway? Packing stuff slowly
yourself is far less hassle (and offers some opportunity to clean up and
organize) than packing (or paying people to pack) stuff in a hurry.
My limited experiences with "movers" have made me wish to keep them very
limited indeed - like never again if at all possible. On the other hand,
my local riggers are delightful, and get machines moved with minimum
fuss for a very reasonable cost.
A you pack it type of move is definitely preferable for anyone with
"unusual" items like large tools. A "full service" mover will charge a
lot to handle stuff they aren't familiar with.
I'm not sure how Iggy's neighbors would like a 20' container in his
driveway, though if it's only for a week or two he may be ok. One of the
consumer oriented "PODS" type of light duty containers would likely be
more acceptable to the neighbors, though I'm not sure one could handle
the weight of Iggy's mill or lathe.
Other you pack type moving options typically will park a regular semi
trailer for a few days for you to pack it, which works fine if you can
park it on street for that duration. Normal items can be loaded by hand
truck and ramp, and big stuff like mills and lathes can be readily
loaded using the services of a flatbed wrecker for an hour or two. I
loaded (and unloaded) a 1T pickup and a forklift to/from a 53' semi this
way with no issues.
If he has sufficient house overlap, he may do just as well doing the
move himself with his covered trailer on a room by room or similarly
logical basis. I did my previous move this way since the distance was
~15 miles and I had no time pressure and it worked well. My most recent
move was 1,700 miles, so even though I still own property in my previous
area, I had to move all the critical stuff in one shot in a u-pack type
53' semi, and then follow up moving other non critical stuff at my
Iggy's had some pretty "unusual" things in his driveway. I imagine his
neighbors are pretty understanding. If not, then they c an think of
the container as a step towards being rid of their interesting