33 Moving Tips You Need To Know
- DONATE, DONATE, DONATE…we can’t emphasize this enough…most of the time you can “spring clean and downsize” at the same time and be able to get a tax benefit!
- If your chairs/sofa do not match in color then don’t move them. You may be able to replace your furniture for a more affordable price than you can reupholster it or move it. If you plan on replacing it at your destination anyway, then getting rid of it before the move will save time, money and effort.
- Check with your homeowners’ insurance; they may be able to cover the cost of insurance for your move instead of purchasing the valuation coverage from the mover. This can result in considerable savings.
- Keep records of all expenses that have to do with the sale of your home, including improvements, advertisement and any or all realtor fees. These should be tax deductible.
- If possible, put a floor plan together of your new residence (graph paper works great to try and make it to scale) and place all of your furniture in the room…if it won’t fit on your graph then chances are it won’t fit into your new residence.
- Plasma/LCD TV’s – Since these cannot be tilted for any reason, they must be packed in either the original packaging or in a special carton. If a special carton is needed, there will be an additional cost. Is this TV worth relocating or buying new at your destination?
- Exercise Equipment – Commercial gym equipment or items such as a Bow-flex need to be disassembled and/or reassembled. Chances are this will have to be contracted out to a professional who specializes in this, at an additional cost to you. Is this worth relocating for the cost?
- If you haven’t walked on your treadmill for months and it has become glorified clothes rack, paying to move it doesn’t make much sense financially speaking. Consider selling it or donating it; you could even receive a tax benefit for a donation.
- Consider the age of your appliances and plug connections for them. Does the new location have the same kind of connections as your appliances do? Sometimes, it may be less to replace your appliances at your new location.
- If you have items you’re not moving, make sure these are listed on your quote as “not going” so the weight is not factored in on your total cost. Relocation costs on an interstate basis are based on weight and miles.
- Take a double look at your garage/tool room; you may find that you have not used many items in some time. With workbenches and tools weighing a considerable amount, you may want to reconsider moving them to your new location. Selling them and repurchasing at your new location may be more advantageous.
- While oriental rugs are nice, if you haven’t used them in quite some time, they may not be worth taking with you. Consider if you really want to pay to prepare them to move and move them – it may be more economical to sell or donate them ahead of time.
- Consolidate your items before your move. If you haven’t used something for quite a while, you may want to set it aside to be given away or sold. Everything has a weight, which will add to the total moving cost.
- Hold a yard sale if weather permits.
- Never throw items away. Donate them to various organizations such as Goodwill; this may result in a tax benefit for you and a blessing to someone else…check with your tax adviser about the benefit.
- Many items may be left with the new home buyer of your residence. Consider offers in your contract when selling your home.
- Large heavy items such as yard decorations, riding mowers or hot tubs may not be worth moving. This is especially true if they have not been used in quite some time. Their weight can add a substantial cost to your move.
- Pool tables add considerable weight, and if yours has a slate top then specialty crating needs to be done; this is an additional cost. Reconsider if you really need to take this with you or can you sell this and replace it at your new location; this could save you money in the end.
- If you have a piano and are not using it for anything other than to hold your family photos, then donate it to a church; you can reap the tax benefit and save on additional charges to transport it.
- Do you have holiday decorations that are old, out-dated or just don’t work anymore? If so, sell them or donate them (again, this could prove to be a tax benefit to you). You can purchase new at the new items at your new location and save money in weight and packing.
- Purge or condense your books, CDs and DVD’s/VCR tapes. Consider selling or donating what you don’t use. These add weight and/or additional packing to your move which is an added expense.
- Go through your clothes. This is a great time to clean out your closets and get rid of anything you no longer wear.
- It’s a good time to clean out your children’s toy boxes. Have them help with this and let them know should you decide to donate them to other kids or the local YMCA or homeless shelter. Remind them they will be making another child very happy. Again, this could be a tax benefit to you and will also decrease your weight and/or packing cost.
- If you are having a yard sale, you can also include your child with this and encourage them to sell some of their toys. Let them keep the money, and you will have fewer toys to move.
- This brings up an interesting point and one of the most important parts of the relocation process: your children. It can be easy to forget how this affects them. Pulling them out of their environment can be confusing and scary. You can help make the transition easier by making the children as much a part of the move as possible. Explain in detail what will be happening so it is not devastating to them when it does. You can talk with your moving coordinator to make special accommodations for children to make this easier on everyone. We understand that children are a part of the move process and will work with you to help them understand what will be happening through the process.
- Keep in mind if you are moving to an apartment, and you have yard tools/lawn mowers etc. and you won’t need them anymore, which is why you should sell them. If you take them along, then you will have the added expense, as well as having to worry about storage for these items.
- When it comes to plants, don’t plan on moving them. They add to the moving weight and movers are not liable for their transport. Many states have laws about transporting plants across state lines, and it just is not practical or economical to take the chance.
- If you decide to transport planters/containers, make sure all the dirt is emptied from them ahead of time. Dirt can be bought at Home Depot for $5.00 a pound, and it can cost you up to a $100.00 a pound to transport it.
- Swing sets and similar outdoor play gyms should be disassembled prior to load day, or there may be an added expense to have them disassembled/reassembled.
- Swing sets/Trampolines… most of the time it’s cheaper to replace these items than transport them across country. You have to pay to have them disassembled/reassembled, clean all debris from them. Remember, they are not light and this may add a couple of hundred dollars onto your bill. If your children no longer use these items, then consider leaving them with your house.
- Firewood, again another heavy item. You also take a chance of transporting bugs and infestation and then getting that into your household goods… leave this with your house. Also, consider the facts: $80.00 a core to buy $400.00 a core to move.
- Most of your food cannot be shipped. It’s suggested that any food you have in your refrigerator or freezer be eaten or given to friends or family.
- The best way to save money during your relocation process is to minimize what items you place in storage and verify you are utilizing a PRO MOVER. Ask for a binding estimate so your cost of relocation is fixed from the beginning. Even if you receive a binding estimate and delete items originally planned on being relocated asked for a revised estimate to be done eliminating those deleted items. ONLY PAY FOR WHAT YOU ARE RELOCATING AND NOT WHAT YOU ORIGINALLY PLANNED ON RELOCATING.
Tips for Moving Out of State
Moving to an entirely new state requires careful preparation and planning. If you want everything to go smoothly, you cannot leave things to chance and hope for the best. Instead, begin planning a few months before the big move. Believe it or not, you could even start making plans up to a year in advance.
Start with the basics. You’ll want to prepare a moving checklist to ensure that you complete every little task before you have to start loading boxes. This checklist should include changing your address, canceling subscriptions, alerting utility companies, etc. Furthermore, you’ll want to carefully lay out a budget for the big day. Moving to a new state can be costly if you’re not careful. Seek out affordable, high-quality services to make the most of your money. Avoid hidden fees and charges for services you don’t require. You’re moving to a new state, not out of the country. Read the fine print!
Tips for Moving Across Country
Whatever the reason for your big move, relocating across the country is a significant step that requires detailed planning. If possible, leave behind any unnecessary items. Either sell your old furniture and closet clutter or just put it into long-term storage for the time being. Even better, see if any friends or family could use the items before you pitch them.
Next, pack as efficiently as possible. Everything you are bringing with you cannot take up more space than the moving truck allows. You’ll have to make use of any crates or cardboard boxes. Put as many items into a single box as you can manage without causing any damage. Most moving companies charge by the box, not by weight. Of course, you’ll want to be extra careful with valuables; a long road trip cold jostle them around in the truck.
If you have any questions regarding any of our moving tips, contact us!
American Way Van & Storage at 937-898-7294 or 800-726-1631