Thursday, December 8, 2011
Few Things Are Worse Than Moving
I'm moving my office upstairs this weekend and it's reminding me of how much I hate moving. Is there anything that's a bigger hassle than moving? And to think I used to know people who bought and moved into homes so they could fix them up and sell them, and do it all over again. Yech.
I moved to this location in April 2008, just as real estate prices were tumbling. Much of this office complex had been occupied by businesses related to the housing industry, particularly mortgage companies. When the real estate boom ended and prices crashed, this place emptied out. In a big way.
I signed a lease at $1.20 a sq. ft., which the landlord said was a "below market rate." I renegotiated that down to $.75 a foot two years later, when half of the complex was vacant. Our lease ends in a couple of months and they think the space is worth $1.20 again--I don't, thus the move upstairs to a smaller and less-costly space.
Like most things in life, there are good things and bad things about moving.
- It forces you to go through your stuff, thus giving you a chance to weed out the junk. If you haven't opened the box since your last move, and it's not grandma's china or trophies from high school, chances are you should throw it out.
We've already purged several boxes of inactive patient files. The mortgage company that last occupied the space we're moving into left an impressive and powerful shredder. We had our daughters in Tuesday and they shredded for three straight hours, filling a dumpster half full of trash bags full of shredded documents. I felt like the American Embasy as it prepared to flee Iran when the revolutionaries overthrew the Shaw.
- Generally speaking, you'll be moving into a space that's just been painted and had the carpets cleaned. This new space will also have hot water in the break room; no more rinsing dishes off with cold water.
- Is this case, I'll be paying a flat rate for electricity as the space shares a meter with an adjacent space so the landlord pays the utility company. I'm gonna be warm this winter and cooler than I've ever been next summer.
- Also in this case, my office will be larger. Much larger. My wife's office will also be a little larger. I've been cooped up in a too-small space for too long. Bigger is better, right?
- All those address changes... Luckily, all I'm changing is my suite number. And we've been nice to the mail carrier so really all I need to do is make sure he knows I'm moving; he'll see that I get all my mail (which these days is mostly bills).
- Packing and unpacking. Need I say more on this one?
- Hassling relatives to help you move. Fortunately this will be an easy and relatively quick move compared to others we've had.
- My back already hurts thinking about the heavy stuff we have to move.
After typing it all out, it doesn't look so bad, does it? The packing and unpacking are the biggest hassle and take the most time.
Life marches on and changes have to be made from time to time. Sometimes the changes are mundane like this--really just a hassle--while other times they can be monumental.