This is also an opportunity to reduce my own personal clutter of accumulated possessions: I'm retired and this is a chance to eliminate stuff and simplify my life.
- 9 year old "garage frig" (I'm thinking "not")
- 1-2 year old upright freezer ("not")
- 8 year old Sharp 40" LED television ("not")
- my awesome collection of lawn/garden tools: 20 yo mower, older power equipment (blower, trimmer, edger, etc), long handled tools, Japanese tree saw, clippers, trimmers, diggers, etc ("not")
- 50 year old Craftsman tool chest and tool cabinet. Chock full of Craftsman/Snap-On/other high end mechanics tools. My collections of: 14 hammers, 10 various hand saws, etc. ("not")
- random awesome power tools: Makita palm sander, new Makita cordless drill, etc (mostly "not")
- 50 year old larger "All-Steel" 36" cabinet for storage of more tools ("not")
- garden hoses ("not?")
I am adamant on moving my wife's Mason Hamlin Model "A" grand piano (855 lbs)...that's probably several grand right there to move that but it's a keeper.
The items I'm thinking "not" are because of their weight and cost to move, some items are old and may be due for replacement, I'm old enough I don't want to do lawn work anymore. And the appliances may be too old and subject to damage during moving. There's also the issue of storage here at the end; we'll be in a temporary house (no garage!) for several months. I could do the "Public Storage" thing, done that before and it seems like you just pay to store stuff that you get rid of later.
On the other hand, some of these items could be very costly to replace, or impractical or impossible to do so.
But some items may be too fragile/delicate to withstand the handling, or they are old and while working well may be due to replacement (the TV, the appliances, etc)
I'm thinking I should put together a smaller toolbox with my most useful tools for around the house, not those for a mechanics shop. This will reduce weight and bulk immensely. And not bring any of the lawn/garden hand or power tools.
Any comments or insights from similar long-distance moves?