Philadelphia, Bucks and Montgomery Counties Real Estate. Tips for home buyers, home sellers by Gita Bantwal,Realtor at Re/Max Centre Realtors.: Four Tips to Simplify Your Move to a New Home

Four Tips to Simplify Your Move to a New Home

 Attention home owners whether you are moving this spring or moving next year it is never too early to start planning for your move.

I have clients who are buying new construction which will take 8 months to build.

It will be ready in March, 2019.

I gave them some tips to help simplify their move.

These are the thing they have already done.

1. Donated  boxes of books to the library.

2.Took boxes of documents to UPS store to get them shredded.

3. They had many gifts that they had received that were not used. They regifted some and donated many items. 

4. They took many canned food items to the local shelter.

5.They got some free moving boxes from retailers. 

Lise has provided some great tips here. I am glad I could reblog it. I love this post because Lise has great tips that will save money and also simplify the move.

I agree we should start thowing things out early. Lise also suggests selling items online and taking stuff to consigment shops. These are great tips.

Even if we are not planning to move it is good to donate things you do not use if they are in good condition.

I go to Goodwill atleast once a month and donate items.




Whether you are moving from a home you own or one you rent, there is one thing you absolutely must do: Dump the stuff you don't need.  There is no better excuse than an upcoming move to unload "stuff."

To begin with, moving costs money— says it is an average of $1,170 for an in-state move or a whopping $5,630 for out-of-state—so every box you pack adds up.  My cousin recently moved to Florida and took old family magazines - boxes and boxes of them! I still shudder to think how much that must have cost! 

Step No. 1: Start throwing things out early

Try to start purging at least a month before you move. This gives you time to sell items online or drive them to a consignment shop. Plus, advance decluttering “spreads out the (task) to make it feel like it’s less work than it actually is.

Use the two foot rule.  Work on a small space at a time so you aren't overwhelmed.  Try to tackle one room, or one closet (or one drawer) a day and never handle an item twice. Designate “toss,” “donate,” and “sell” boxes, and when you decide an item’s fate, toss it into the correct box. Don't look back! 

Step No. 2: Gather the right packing materials

Gather organizational tools like packing tape, black markers, and labels in a tote; that way, you don’t have to rummage through drawers whenever the decluttering bug bites. After all, you're going to need to get this stuff for moving day anyway, so there's no harm in kicking things off early.  Keep some cleaning supplies with you so you can tidy up those new empty (or emptier) spaces! 

Another huge help? Clear plastic bins are your friend and great homes for small items like batteries or office supplies. You can see what’s inside, and they’re easily stackable to save space.

Step No. 3: Consider the size of your new home

Before decluttering, think about your new home and how much space it contains. That will help you decide whether to move that extra set of pots and pans, or donate them. But even if you're moving into a home with equal or more space, that doesn't mean you should use this as an excuse to keep everything you own. There is very little stuff you don't need now will not become useful in your new house just because....  (Unless we are talking about something like pool floats and you are moving to Florida with a pool in your back yard!) 

Step No. 4: Target these top things to toss

Here are some common items you can almost certainly do without. Be merciless, and get them out of your life!

  1. Still boxed: These items still in the original box: gifts, bulk purchases of all those tins of anchovies you won't live long enough to eat, things you stockpiled just in case. You might even be able to raise some cash by selling this clutter online. But get rid of it.
  2. Clothing You Haven't Worn in a Year: Tastes and waistlines change.  If you haven't worn or used something in a year, you probably never will again. If its in good shape, donate it to charity. If it's stained or hopelessly out of date, toss it.
  3. Expired: Food way past its sell-by date and expired or unnecessary medication shouldn't make the move to the new place. Recycle empty plastic pill bottles. Ask your pharmacy if it will take back unused medication for safe disposal.   Don't pour or flush medicine down the drain, which can contaminate drinking water with chemicals.
  4. Past paperwork: We all have boxes of documents, clippings, and recipes that we never read.  These things are heavy!! Don't take them to your new home. Talk to your accountant about which financial or tax recordsyou need to keep and junk the rest! 
  5. Books and magazines are heavy and bulky to move. If you've read them, and don't think you'll ever read them again, donate them to a local library, hospital or local jail. Many senior residences maintain libraries and would love a fresh supply of reading material.
  6. Extras: Jettison extra towels, extra teacups, extra anything and anything that is unmatched. If it hasn't come in handy in the past year, it won't come in handy in the future.

If you are looking for a home in the DC metro area, you know there is more to the process than just picking a property and making an offer. You need to find the best location for your wants and needs, get a great price, and work with a lender who will make your life easier - not harder.  Trust your search with a Realtor who is licensed in DC, MD and VA and really knows the city and all its secret neighborhoods.

Start your search with the Lise Howe Group, Washington Natives who love the city and all its quirkiness! If you are moving or relocating to Washington DC, be sure to ask for our relocation guide. Call us at 240-401-5577 to schedule an appointment or email us at  Too excited to wait to talk to us about a great home? Just click here to start that home search.

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Gita Bantwal is a Realtor with RE/MAX Centre Realtors in Bucks County, a Northern suburb of Philadelphia. You can view 1000s of listings on her web site


She can be reached at 215-343-8200x124 or direct 215-275-8491 or via email


 Gita specializes in Active adult communities and is a Seniors Real Estate Specialist. She holds the ABR designation (Accredited Buyers Representative) and specializes in selling to first time buyers as well as move up buyers.Gita also hold the CRS designation , Certified Residential Specialist and the CDPE designation as well. Information about real estate market is deemed to be correct but is subject to errors and omissions and should be verified independently.. Opinion expressed by me or others  in my post and comments is not to be construed to be  legal advice.I am licensed in Pa. Check real estate laws in your state as they may be different than in Pa.



Comment balloon 18 commentsGita Bantwal • January 06 2019 12:12PM


Gita, great choice for a reblog, and best to start early in decluttering and getting rid of things you no longer need.

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) 3 months ago

Thanks for the re-blog, Gita.  These are great tips for all buyers.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) 3 months ago

I moved a bunch growing up (my dad worked for the railroad). It's amazing how much junk we collect in just a few years.

Posted by Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent (Bayou Properties) 3 months ago

Excellent tips for home sellers that Lise has outlined. Donate, donate, donate is the smart way!

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Home and Condo Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) 3 months ago

Thank you very much, Gita, for sharing this excellent reblog selection.

We need to get rid of a lot of stuff at our house!

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 3 months ago

Hi Gita - fortunately when you have 8 months you have lots of time to prepare.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) 3 months ago

Hi Gita,
Good reblog. Starting early is so important, isn't it? My sis-in-law is moving here (Washington) from Arizona this summer.  I've had her purging since last October.  Hopefully, it will make a smooth move.

Posted by Carol Williams, Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager (Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals.) 3 months ago

Hi Gita Bantwal, these simple tips can be used when decluttering as well, thank you for sharing. Great choice of reblog. 

Posted by Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL (Cam Realty and Property Management) 3 months ago

Good choice for a reblog Gita. These types of tasks are too important to put off. Before you know it you're new home is about ready & it's time to put your house on the market.

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods ( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 3 months ago

Joan, I agree.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) 3 months ago

Gabe, I hope they wil read it.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) 3 months ago

Doug, can you imagine how much seniors who downsize have.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) 3 months ago

Sheila, I agree.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) 3 months ago

Roy, Most of us have to do it.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) 3 months ago

Grant, I agree.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) 3 months ago

Carol, she will , if she takes your advice.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) 3 months ago

Beth, thank you.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) 3 months ago

Debb, I agree.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) 3 months ago