This month my wife and I moved out of our house we’ve owned for 28 years. When we first bought it in 1989, it had been sitting vacant on the market for 18 months. Being built in 1911, it required a lot of work, which deterred interest from potential buyers. We, however, saw the potential in the house and its craftsmen architecture.
My wife and I created a wonderful home for our four children. We’ve had five dogs over the years and made a lifetime of memories. Over time we invested in projects to improve the house and preserve its character.
Our children are now successful, grown adults with limited rebound potential. For my wife and I, it felt like it was time to move on to the next chapter of our lives. It wasn’t an easy decision to part with such a special home and leave Denver’s Historic Park Hill neighborhood. However, after all the emotions and work, we didn’t realize the most difficult part was going to be ahead of us.
The decision to sell was easy compared to actually moving. For the past five years, my wife has been diligent about “de-junking,” as she calls it, but when it came time to move we still had loads of stuff to sort through. For me, it has always been hard to let go of something I might need down the road. It was exhausting to organize and de-junk before the moving crew arrived. I haven’t felt this tired in a long time. That’s not to say we aren’t happy or excited about this next chapter.
Our new house is in the mountains just west of Denver. It’s still a pretty easy commute and definitely a more nature-filled lifestyle, which we’ve been seeking. I think we are going to enjoy it. As we are settling in, I am recovering from the exhaustion of the move and thought about three key takeaways I could put in a newsletter:
- 1) Don’t be afraid to de-junk and clean out some of the stuff you are not using. Be realistic about whether you are going to use something. If you decide you want to turn some surplus ATE assets into cash, we are here for you.
- 2) If you are trying to maintain something that’s outdated, it’s good to know a pack rat like TEAM A.T.E. You might be surprised at the systems we can support and the inventory we have in the U.S. and Taiwan. Don’t under estimate the effort required to go to a new platform, but rather make new technology make sense for you. Why would I have replaced 100-year-old stained glass windows or the wonderful woodwork in the house when it gave it so much of its beauty and character?
- 3) Making a move is okay. Just make sure you maintain friendships and take your loved ones with you.
I guess there is one more point. We are all going to be moving at some point. Don’t be afraid to be a little more prepared. I hope I have learned my lesson. If we can help, let us know.