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Well now that 2 of our girls are out and on thier own and the youngest just graduated college, me and the lil' Mrs B. decided there's no longer need for a 4 bedroom house. Yep' we're downsizing.

Now I can rattle on for paragraph's about the housing market in Jersey but safe it to say trying to get a fair price for a 4 bedroom's like pulling teeth but we're really happy with how it all turned out.
We thought selling would be the hard part until we tried to find the place we were satified with buying - yeesh!! Just as we were about to "settle" for this one in Flemington, God smiled on us this past Monday. The house we Really Really REALLY wanted came back on the market at a reduced price.
We snatched that baby before the ink on the listing dried!
A perfect little ranch house right outside of Branchburg.

Among the emenities (and qualifying this post to this forum) is the fact that the previous owner was a model builder. I haven't met him and never will (unfortunately he recently passed away) but there's evidence all over the place. The best part is the ready-to-go workshop in the basement. It a seperate room from the rest of the basement. Built in workbench, shelves, cabinets, the works.
Jimmy B very, very happy

ANYWAY - that brings us to moving. Among the things to go are 80 to 100 built models. Some of which the glue's so old a stiff breeze will knock a part off.

If anyone has ever had to move a huge lot, I'm open for advise
Thanks Guys
 

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Are you moving them? Or an outside firm?

If YOU will be transporting them, cut styrofoam to fit the inside of a box or plastic container. Arrange your kits and use toothpicks pushed into the foam, but around the model to hold them into place. You can get creative and arrange a number of them in a small space this way.. keep the boxes upright during transport!
 

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You will want to pack your own kits even if you have having someone else moving your stuff. If possible, move them yourself too. If not, pack them as if you were putting them in the mail...


Funny I am moving UP this week. Next Friday the new furniture is being delivered to my new 3000 sq foot house. I need to pack up my built kits too. Fortunately the new place is about 5 minutes from my apartment.
 

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It's time consuming, but for shows Dave Metzner at Polar Lights would pack one or 2 models per box. He would first put them in flimsy plastic bags, lay some noodles in the bottom of the box, place kit in box then finish filling with noodles.

Good luck and congrats getting the house you want.
 

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Well now that 2 of our girls are out and on thier own and the youngest just graduated college, me and the lil' Mrs B. decided there's no longer need for a 4 bedroom house. Yep' we're downsizing.

Now I can rattle on for paragraph's about the housing market in Jersey but safe it to say trying to get a fair price for a 4 bedroom's like pulling teeth but we're really happy with how it all turned out.
We thought selling would be the hard part until we tried to find the place we were satified with buying - yeesh!! Just as we were about to "settle" for this one in Flemington, God smiled on us this past Monday. The house we Really Really REALLY wanted came back on the market at a reduced price.
We snatched that baby before the ink on the listing dried!
A perfect little ranch house right outside of Branchburg.

Among the emenities (and qualifying this post to this forum) is the fact that the previous owner was a model builder. I haven't met him and never will (unfortunately he recently passed away) but there's evidence all over the place. The best part is the ready-to-go workshop in the basement. It a seperate room from the rest of the basement. Built in workbench, shelves, cabinets, the works.
Jimmy B very, very happy

ANYWAY - that brings us to moving. Among the things to go are 80 to 100 built models. Some of which the glue's so old a stiff breeze will knock a part off.

If anyone has ever had to move a huge lot, I'm open for advise
Thanks Guys
Jimmy,
When I was planning to move from Minn to the Oregon coast (back in 2000) I got a table at Wonderfest and sold most of my collection, thinking my built-ups wouldn't make the move. The built-ups that I did keep, I packed in sturdy boxes with packing peanuts. I labeled those boxes with RED TAPE and wrote FRAGILE MODELS on all sides of the boxes. When I finally got to unbox the kits here in Oregon, not the smallest twig of a branch was broken. (We moved ourselves...no moving company)
I wish I hadn't sold off most of my collection at that Wonderfest:(. Although, the cash I went home with was a great help towards the down payment on our house (in Oregon):thumbsup:. Since then, I have rebuilt my collection (with most of the kits I had before "the sale") and then some.
Looking to the future, and retirement...We are planning on moving to the Portland, OR area after retiring (our kids and grandkids are there). The house we are in now...I have a bedroon that I paint and display my figures and half the garage is set up (left to us by the previous owners) with workbench, storage, etc. where I am able to pour, grind, drill, sand resin to my heart's content, leaving the mess outside the house.
Congrats on scoring the modeler's "dream house"! I hope when it comes time for us to "house hunt" in Portland that we are as fortunate.

Phil K
 

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Are you moving them? Or an outside firm?

If YOU will be transporting them, cut styrofoam to fit the inside of a box or plastic container. Arrange your kits and use toothpicks pushed into the foam, but around the model to hold them into place. You can get creative and arrange a number of them in a small space this way.. keep the boxes upright during transport!
Thats a REALLY good idea, in the past I always did what chris suggested by packing them in grocery bags ( handy when small parts fall off, at least you can find them) But it seemed parts always fell off, meaning repairs to 50 % of the kits. LOL. But looking back I'd always put as many in a box as I could fit instead of one or two. ( bad idea) Of course when your moving 100+ builtups I didnt have much choice it seems. I'd never let the movers pack or even touch them, they always rode in my van or car. One move I packed most of my kits myself, and let the movers pack and move the sturdier kits I didnt have room for. Not only was every model broken, but several missing parts wouldnt even be in the packing box! LOL. And congrats on the new home!
 
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