Movin’ On Up
The words gave me the thoughts of being successful and how exciting it must be to earn the opportunity to “move on up” from wherever I might be in life. The tune was a “fun” tune, and I always sang along.
After reading the title of this blog, you’re probably singing to yourself right now:
Well we’re movin on up,
To the east side.
To a deluxe apartment in the sky.
Movin on up,
To the east side.
We finally got a piece of the pie.
Moving can be a time for many emotions. Leaving a house that holds decades of memories can be a mix of sadness due to leaving that behind and anticipation to what memories you’ll create in the future. You might be getting your first apartment, and experience the excitement of a whole new world you can build while feeling some hesitancy of the unknown. Maybe the kids are all in college or older and you’ve decided your house is just too big. Or possibly you’ve worked hard and are now able to afford that dream home.
Whether it’s time for a larger home, downsizing, buying your first home, or renting your first apartment, there is a need for an inventory along with all the other tasks that come with moving. Why? Following is an excerpt from our e-book titled, “Home Inventory – A Guide for Homeowners and Renters” that provides a couple reasons.
If you’re hiring a moving company, compile the information prior to the move. Take photos and log the items as you pack them. The photos will prove ownership, in case something is missing, and will also show the condition of your belongings before they were loaded onto the truck.
This scenario, shared by a business associate, easily supports the need to have at least photos of your belongings prior to a move.
“My neighbor called and asked if her sons’ portable basketball goal was still in their driveway. She and her husband arrived at their new home five states away; as the truck was unpacked, they discovered the basketball goal was not delivered. When she asked the men from the moving company about it, they stated they never saw a basketball goal.”
A fire, though not common, can happen in a moving van. This couple shared their horrifying experience and lamented about the fact that didn’t know they should have had an inventory of their belongings.
Dean and Kathy were moving from the West Coast to the Midwest, and were told the moving company would create an inventory of all their belongings as they loaded them onto the truck. Dean and Kathy didn’t realize it would not be a complete inventory. This inventory just stated the number of boxes that were loaded into the truck. They didn’t itemize what was in each box. Before the truck reached the destination, it was in an accident and caught fire. All of Dean and Kathy’s belongings – everything they owned except for the clothes they had in their luggage – were destroyed. Though the moving company’s inventory listed the large furniture items, Dean and Kathy were required to create the list from memory of all the items that were in the boxes before the insurance claim could be submitted.
When creating an inventory of your contents just prior to moving, or as soon as you move in, you’ll have all the appliances and electronics unplugged, so actually getting to the model and serial numbers will be quite easy. In addition to moving, a detailed list of your belongings can serve many purposes, such as recovery from theft, fire, or natural disaster. There are many other reasons to have a home inventory.
If this task is too daunting, too time consuming, or you just don’t want to do it yourself, check this directory for a certified inventory professional near you; they will be happy to provide a quote.