On the Move | Oct. 2023

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10/17/23 On The Move Blog post for November 2023

On The Move with Gateway Group Real Estate


It’s Time I woke up!

I’ve sold more houses than I can remember and given more buyers advice about moving, upsizing, downsizing and all of the pro’s & con’s that go with moving your household.  Well, that was all good advice but since I haven’t personally moved my household in 22 years, I didn’t really have first hand knowledge of the excitement and pitfalls that come with a full household move.  Until now that is.  Recently we sold our 3000 sqft. Ranch home for a 3200 sqft. Colonial style home.  It’s so exciting and almost devastating at the same time.  When you move, you will experience the same joys and angst that I just experienced.  Here’s a piece of advice.  If you are married, you must make certain you and your spouse are on the same sheet of music during the move as this WILL test your relationship. Things will go wrong… others will be blamed.  Be strong and try to focus on the positives which will keep your mind and emotions right while you push through.  Here’s a list of the 5 best and worst parts of moving your household.

Best Parts of Moving: Best Parts of Moving

  1. Fresh Start: Moving offers an opportunity for a fresh start in a new location, which can be exciting and rejuvenating.
  2. New Experiences: You get to explore a new neighborhood, city, or even a new country, which can lead to new experiences and adventures.
  3. Decluttering: Moving forces, you to declutter and simplify your life. It's a chance to get rid of items you no longer need or use.
  4. New Home: You might find a home that better suits your needs, whether that's more space, better amenities, or a better location.
  5. Meeting New People: Moving can lead to meeting new friends, neighbors, and building new social connections in your new community.

Worst Parts of Moving:

  1. Stress: Moving can be incredibly stressful, from the planning and packing to the actual move and unpacking.
  2. Expense: Moving can be costly, with expenses including hiring movers, transportation, storage, and sometimes even unexpected costs.
  3. Disruption: It disrupts your daily routines, making it difficult to work, study, or maintain your regular schedule.
  4. Emotional Challenges: Leaving behind familiar places and people can be emotionally challenging and may lead to feelings of homesickness.
  5. Logistical Challenges: There are many logistics to consider, from transferring utilities to changing your address with various institutions, and it can be overwhelming.

HINT: Do yourself a favor and hire movers. Nothing will cause you to dislike the move more than moving yourself.  Neither family nor friends really like to help, and it doesn’t matter how much pizza and beer you buy.  Don’t put yourself) or them through moving a household.


If you would like to talk more about your options to sell or buy including timing and values, please feel free to message me for some direction. Gbrown@city2shore.com 1-616-895-8000

Geoff Brown is the Broker/Owner of City2Shore Gateway Group which has offices in Allendale MI. and Byron Center MI. and manages more than 40 realtors who are experts trained to serve in our communities.

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