MAJ Speaks: Moving From Home A to Home B

We are speaking with a growing number of people who are moving from an old home to a new home. And when we asked our friends on Instagram “who wants to learn about transitioning from Home A to Home B”, we had an overwhelming response!

Some people are interested in the nuts-and-bolts (see video!), while others wanted to address the biggest hurdle, the emotional process of moving. For a broad overview on the nuts and bolts of moving from one home to the next, watch the video above. To read more about the emotional process continue reading.

Most folks fall into one of two categories: either they have outgrown their starter home and seek their “forever home”, or they are downsizing and seek a home where they can age gracefully, oftentimes near family and grandchildren.

All circumstances where someone moves from one home to the next requires smart planning. Of course, we can tailor a step-by-step plan for any circumstance where someone wants to move into a new home. But that’s the easy part, believe it or not!

The true hurdle for these folks can be much more emotional than logistical.

It’s helpful to remember that the concept of “home” isn’t actually about the physical space. Home is much more than that - it’s the place where you got engaged and dreamt of a family with your partner (and then brought that baby home for the first night!), it’s the place where your friends held you in a difficult moment as you said goodbye to a loved one, it’s the backyard where you threw a graduation party for your newly-minted college kid and held your breath as they flew the nest - the big moments and the small rituals make up HOME.

It’s really only possible to say goodbye to a home when you’re deeply compelled in a new direction. Because saying goodbye is hard.

Most of our clients take a long time to reach the point where they are ready to take action. It’s quite common to consider a move for a very, very long time before picking up the phone and calling us. It’s the late night conversations about wanting “just one more bedroom”, or one-too-many missed birthday parties for the swiftly growing grandchildren that will throw someone into action.

There are two common paths to transition from one home to another - and we can talk your ear off about both - but here’s the truth: there is no amount of planning that will take the place of emotional readiness.

Planning a move is very important - don’t get us wrong. Understanding risk tolerance, finances, timelines, and the market is crucial for a successful transition. But none of that matters if a client is still on the fence about letting go of their old home to seek out a new home.

We can help with the logistics. But oftentimes the best thing we can do for our clients is to give them the space, the grace, and the time they need to feel confident about their move.

Because any way you cut it, a move is an expensive proposition. The justification is in the why, not in the how.