Stepping away from the business of real estate for a moment, I want to talk a bit about the personal side, the aspect dealing with the tangibles of relocating all of one’s possessions to an entirely different location.
Let’s face it: moving is stressful. Personally, I have moved over 13 times, have hauled my old couch in and out, up and downstairs enough times to rethink the importance of owning furniture wider than what will comfortably fit within the parameters of a stairwell.
But stress, as we’ve all heard, is hazardous to our health:
- Forty-three percent of all adults suffer adverse health effects from stress.
- 75 to 90 percent of all physician office visits are for stress-related ailments and complaints.
- Stress is linked to the six leading causes of death–heart disease, cancer, lung ailments, accidents, cirrhosis of the liver, and suicide.
On to happier thoughts. Practical, pragmatic, and somewhat prosaic thoughts. My goal as a real estate agent is to help my clients maneuver through the stress of buying, selling, and moving. The buying and selling is pretty standard in my industry. However several years ago I decided to offer more than a handshake and a “Good luck!” for number three.
And so I bought a moving van. Here’s where the prosaic part comes in. When my clients have commenced with the packing, taping, and couch shifting, I offer them a moving van. My moving van. For free. Seems kind of a no brainer, really.
Because honestly this has been one of the true joys of my job—handing over the keys and watching some of their stress fade into the background. And since I have such a great relationship with my clients, I’ve taken the offer one step further: you can borrow my truck anytime. As long as it’s not in use, it’s yours to use.
Over the years I’ve lent my truck to people like Monica, Caroline and John, Sherri and Kelvin (who moved from Chicago to Marysville), and Jerry & Keiko (who moved from Japan to Marysville!).
And this makes me happy. Lending my truck, that is. If you are looking to relocate all your possessions (especially to Snohomish County), consider hiring me to help you maneuver through the stresses of moving. And when it’s time, I’ll gladly hand over the keys. Let’s not go overboard, though. I won’t move your couch. I do have my limits.