Keep it or Leave it? Guide to Hawaii Moving

Keep it or Leave it? Guide to Hawaii Moving

Posted 10.5.2012 in Articles by Neil-Denny

The first step in moving to Hawaii is deciding which items to bring with you and which to replace after your arrival. Sorting your things well before the move will lead to a more accurate shipping price quote. It also gives you the time you need to sell or give away the items you won't be taking with you. Here is a quick guide to help you decide whether to keep it or leave it.

Making a list is the simplest and most effective way to sort your items. Go through each room and take an inventory. By taking inventory, you will already begin to realize which items you absolutely need and those you can do without. It will also help you organize your belongings into groups to save time when you start packing. Once you have made up your list, you can go through all of your possessions and put them into three distinct groups: the Keeper group, the Sell group, and the Donate group.

The key to organizing your belongings into these three categories is to be realistic. You will not be able to take everything with you. The size of your new home can be a big factor. If your new living space isn't big enough, you will have to spend money on storage, on top of the amount you spent on shipping. Weigh the cost of shipping against the price of replacing the item overseas.

That said, there are items that simply cannot be replaced, which can automatically go under the Keeper group. Sentimental items like photos, cards, scrapbooks, and home videos are simply irreplaceable and should be included in the move to Hawaii. Extremely rare items like artwork and valuable collectibles should also be included. Electronics that hold important information and are an integral part of your everyday life are also keepers, including your desktop computer and laptops. If you are unsure if an item is a “Keeper” or a “Leaver,” put it in the Seller group for now. Chances are if an item is a “Keeper” you will know right away.

The Sell group should consist of items of value that could earn you money. This is a good time to compare the shipping cost to the replacement cost. Seller items include clothing, furniture, and recreational equipment. Look up consignment stores in your area. Any items left over can be sold on eBay or at a garage sale. Although it may seem hard to part with certain items at first, you'll soon change your mind when you start to see how much money you'll be saving. The money you earn from the Seller group can be used to cover the shipment along with any other expenses you will make during your transition.

Possessions you don't want and can't sell belong in the Donate group. Make sure the items are in good, clean condition before you donate them. Use your own judgement. If the item is no longer functional or irreparably damaged, throw it away. Don't waste a charity's time by donating items nobody can use.

By taking these steps to organize your household goods, the rest will come easy. You will arrive at a more accurate shipping quote and will have a more organized approach to packing your belongings. Most importantly, you will save a whole lot of money. For a more specific Keep it or Leave it Guide, check out our Keep It or Leave It Checklist.

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