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What to do with my house and all my stuff before moving

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Iowano
4/13/2017 13:21 EST

Hi

I need direction. Someone please tell me where to go (e.g. existing thread).

I know where I want to retire and how to live there (I've already spent 2 1/2 years there), but I don't know what to do with our house and all our stuff! I'm not as bad as some Americans, but I have accumulated lots of stuff.

Is there a discussion on storage, renting, property management, etc., in the home country?

Thanks

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Hillemeem1935
4/19/2017 08:59 EST

Hey mate, for example i would decide before i leave, i sell everythink or i just leave it home for rent or relatives!

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LeesaJohnson254
4/25/2017 05:08 EST

You should sell out everything and move ahead in your life.

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annawarren
6/16/2017 06:53 EST

100% :)

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erichunter
10/19/2017 05:58 EST

When I moved from Britain, I sold my property on various thematic sites - antiques, used furniture, records. You can also give some of the things to charity.

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webexperts
11/20/2017 04:40 EST

Great!

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shgannon
11/20/2017 12:31 EST

Check the discussion forums to see what items people who have moved to another country, wish they had brought with them, because they can't be found in the new location, or are prohibitively expensive.

I foolishly lugged my stuff to 3 different countries in my 30 years overseas, and wish I had the money I spent on shipping instead!

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CrazyWorldTraveller
5/1/2019 20:58 EST

lowano ...
I had a big workshop full of tools and furniture in FL and I found the best way to clear it out was on craigslist or to have a garage sale. I made a couple thousand bucks.

Then what was decent and remaining, called up VETS, Salvation Army, etc to donate. Rest in the dumpster.

Was a wonderful feeling to be rid of all that stuff. I hate stuff owning ME.

People who need to bring their stuff with them should just stay home, they don't have what it takes.
I do have a rather short list of things I NEED to take with me though.

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CrazyWorldTraveller
5/1/2019 21:03 EST

My list ;
** I like the idea of a multi outlet strip with a longer cord. You can also buy a transformer 220 to 110v for your 110v only items. Mark it with a label maker ' 110 volts ONLY' so you don't get confused. You can cut the plug off and wire on an EU plug.
** Your USA bank DEBIT card, to easily use in a local bank to withdraw from your home checking account, usually only certain banks where it will work, might not in federal banks. Should work in private banks.
** Hand tools and electrical tools - very cheap in the US, expensive elsewhere ; Voltmeter, screwdrivers, pliers, wire cutters, strippers, drills, battery powered drill with charger.
** Rolls of wide sticky blue tape
** Kitchen stuff ; heavy duty non stick frying pan big as possible, small tools like pizza cutter, veg peeler, your fav hamburger flipper.
** Plenty of bottles of over the counter pain pills you normally use ; Naproxen Sodium (ADVIL), regular asprin, Ibuprofen, Acetaminophen, all so cheap at US drug stores and Walmart / Dollar Stores.
** Numerous quality charging cables for your cellphones, I like Dollar Tree. You can probably even SELL some of these that cost your a dollar !
** Windbreaker and heavy coat

As far as your prescription drugs, probably pretty cheap overseas and over the counter except for psych drugs. Kitchen stuff like blenders, juicers, all pretty cheap overseas.

Sorry to get carried away, I've listed things I was pissed I left behind because they were either expensive or hard to find overseas.

Like Rick Steeves says, IF 740 million people in Europe can live without, you probably can too. He is a very good source of what to do travelling, check his website. He packs a regular carry on for his 3 month trips.

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