what to take and not take when you move

April 18, 2013 8:42am CST
I am thinking about moving to a new house. I am not real sure what is okay to take and what should stay. I recently bought several mirrors that go on doors. I nailed them to the door. Can I take them? I also added a lot of wire shelves in closets. Last year I planted a beautiful flower garden and several young trees and rose bushes. Do they all stay? Can I swap out outlet covrs and leave the cheap ones with the old house? We also have a large wooden swing set outside.
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13 responses
@stealthy (8188)
• United States
18 Apr 13
So do you own the house or rent it? If you rent, than some of those things should only have been done with the permission of the owner. Whether you own or rent the house, you should leave the mirrors that you nailed to the doors unless you are going to repair or replace the doors to their original condition. In fact in either case about the only thing that it sounds reasonable for you to take is the swing set.
19 Apr 13
We own our house. We would have to show it and sell it before we move to another house. I have never sold a house before. We moved from a rented apartment well over 10 years ago. I bought a lot of stuff for the house we are currently in. When we moved in here from the apartment not all windows had coverings and there were next to no shelves. If I were to take some plants I would not take all of them just a few.
@jstory07 (65385)
• Roseburg, Oregon
18 Aug 15
If the house is owned by you take what you want to take/
@jmacho93 (16)
• Chennai, India
28 Dec 13
If you had your own house, then you can take the plants and wire shelves with you while moving. But, leave the mirrors that nailed in door as such because if you try to remove the mirror from the door, then it may damages the door look.
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@cgracie97 (172)
• Philippines
19 Apr 13
you just have to take all that is yours.. simple as that.... and if you owned a lot of it, then leave those not so useful stuffs in the old house and free yourself from being a hoarder... :)
@laydee (12815)
• Philippines
19 Apr 13
I think it depends on the contract, you should read your contract first. But if it's just like any other ruling, I think you need to leave everything that you've done permanently (like the plants and bushes). However, I think you could take down the shelves and the mirrors. Just check so that there wouldn't be any problem or tensions. I think you could do the outlet covers, as long as you don't leave them bare. hehe.. Good luck! Have a great mylot experience ahead!
@dream_ozn (1758)
• Singapore
19 Apr 13
Hey maxfashioned, i'm happy to hear that you are moving to a new house. However, i'm curious as to why would you be thinking of that? i'm currently 23 years old and have moved house for close to 5 times becuase my parents needed a bigger house and so we kept shifting. Moving house is definitly a very difficult and big issues becuase there si just so much things to bring over. I think you should bring stuff over to your new house if you think these things are still useful and you will still use it. Otheriwse, just dump it away. you do not want too much stuff to clutter your house ;)
@mermaidivy (15417)
• United States
18 Apr 13
I think it depends on what state right, most of the time, you don't take whatever that's on the wall like curtain rods and stuff. We moved across the country last year, that spring I just planted some Azeleas in my garden, I so wanted to bring them and I could see them bloom but I didn't get to do that... we left all curtain rods in the house also shelves.. whatever it was on the wall. As far as the wodden swing set, I wouldn't leave it since it is individual and it's your property.
18 Apr 13
keep only the things that are useful and important to you the:leave behind those will only be a posible clutter to your new home,
@jambi462 (4598)
• United States
18 Apr 13
My girlfriend and I are moving across country at the end of the summer from Northern Michigan to Washington. We really have to decide what not to take because we are trying to cut down what we are taking to what we can fit into a van basically. We have three reptiles that have pretty big aquariums and that is going to take up most of our space. We are just going to sell pretty much all of our furniture in a garage sale and then just buy new stuff at re-sale shops when we get to Washington. I'm actually pretty excited about being able to buy new stuff for our house because you can find some pretty awesome and unique stuff from re-sale shops.
@timetravel (1428)
• United States
18 Apr 13
If you rented, then the landlord can actually deduct expenses for removing anything you have fixed to the walls or doors that was done without permission from your security deposit. If the wire shelves are removable you can take those and the outlet covers as long as the original ones are replaced. The swing set is yours, too. Can you take clippings from the garden? That way you could leave it intact, and start a new one.
@marguicha (90238)
• Chile
18 Apr 13
Although I haven`t moved for a long time, my rule of the thumb when I moved was that the things I was sentimentally attached to went with me. If other thing did not fit in my new house, they could be replaced.
@mensab (4208)
• Philippines
18 Apr 13
i think one can take those removable and valuable things which were bought during one's stay in the place. or one can also ask the houseowner to reimburse the expenses for some additional fixtures in the place. it must be fair for both sides. i agree that one must take with him/her those things that s/he owns.
@ctryhnny (3463)
• United States
18 Apr 13
I think the rule is anything that you have permanently attached to walls or whatever you have to leave. I think the outlet covers are ok to take as long as the previous ones are there. The swing set is yours to take but I think the garden, trees and bushes have to stay. You need to talk to your landlord about it and maybe you can make some kind of deal with him. I hate moving. I threw away a lot of stuff that I had no use for but kept for some reason.