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How To Say Goodbye To A Family Home
Dated: June 12 2017
Whether you are moving your family to a new home or your children have since grown up and moved out, there are no doubt a great deal of memories that made your house home for so many years. These moments can make saying goodbye to that home an extra challenge. If you, your partner, or you kids are having a difficult time saying goodbye, here are some ideas for bidding your home farewell before you get swept up in the chaos of moving.
1. Take photos. Sure, you have a hard drive full of pictures already, but make sure to take some of the house itself. Before you begin the process of packing, go around and snap photos of the rooms and the exterior so you have something to look back on.
2. Do a home video tour. If you have kids, this one can be especially fun. Have the kids give you a tour of the house while you follow them around with the camera. Not only will you get to have a video memory of your hold home, but you will get to a time capsule of your kids at that age.
3. Bring a piece with you. If there’s something special from your home that can act as a keepsake, find a place for it at your new home. Maybe there is a tomato plant or shrub from your backyard you can replant at the new house. If you have little kids, help them create a memento box. Add items like favorite rocks from the backyard, photos of them in the house, etc. If you are leaving the city or the state you can include postcards, local business stickers, or school paraphernalia as well.
4. Leave a piece behind. Write a welcome note to the new owners explaining any tricks or secrets to the property. Even sharing your favorite things about the home to the new owners can be a great way to say goodbye. The process of writing the note can also be a great excuse to take a breath in the middle of the moving insanity and reflect one what you loved about living there.
5. Don’t procrastinate decorating your new home. Many of the little things that made your old house feel like home- the curtains in the living room, the artwork in the dining room, the rugs in the bedroom- came with you. Surrounding yourself with the furniture and photos you are use to seeing all the time can play a huge role in transitioning from old to new.
For Mark Ross, founder of Ross NW Real Estate and professional real estate broker, real estate has always been the career of choice. During his 30 years in the industry, Mark has gained experience in ....
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