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33 Moving Tips You Need To Know

  1. 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!
  2. If your chairs/sofa do not match in color then don’t move it. You may be able to replace your furniture cheaper than you can reupholster it or move it. If you plan on replacing it at destination anyway then this is more weight that you have to pay for and will be disposing of at the destination.
  3. 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 be a considerable savings.
  4. 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.
  5. If you possibly can, 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.
  6. 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 destination?
  7. 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?
  8. If you haven’t walked on your treadmill sitting in the corner in months, paying to move it doesn’t make money sense. Consider selling it or donating it, you could even gain a tax benefit for a donation.
  9. Consider the age of your appliances and plug connections for them. Does the new location have the same kind of connections as your appliance do? Sometimes, it may be less to replace your appliances at your destination location.
  10. If you have items not moving, make sure these items are listed on your quote as “not going” so the weight is not factored in on your cost.  All the relocation cost on an interstate basis is based on weight and miles.
  11. 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 double think moving them to your new location. Sell them and repurchasing at your new location may be more advantageous.
  12. When preparing for your location, if you have decorative oriental rugs rolled up in a corner then do not plan on taking them with you… the cost is additional due to weight and also protecting them. Again, consider donating them or selling them.
  13. Consolidate your items down. If you haven’t used an item in some time you may want to set it aside to be given away or sold. Everything has a weight to it and adds up.
  14. Hold a yard sale if weather permits.
  15. Never throw items away: Donating items to certain organizations such as the Goodwill, this could be a tax benefit for you and a blessing to someone else…Check with your tax adviser on the benefit. moving tips
  16. Many items may be left with the new home buyer of your residence. Consider offers in your contract when selling your home.
  17. Large heavy items such as yard implements, riding mowers or hot tubs – Keep in mind if these items have not been used for some time nor will be used in the near future consider selling them. Their weight can add a substantial cost to your move. Once again donating may be a better tax advantages them selling them.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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 location, you can save money in weight and packing.
  21. Purge or condense your books, CD’s and DVD’s/VCR tapes. Sell or donate what you don’t use. These add weight and/or additional packing to your move which is an added expense.
  22. Go through your clothes. This is a great time to clean out your closets and get rid of anything you no longer wear. Once again another great tax advantage by donating.
  23. 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 some place such as a YMCA or homeless shelter they may be making another child who has nothing very happy. Again, this could be a tax benefit to you and will also decrease your weight and/or packing cost.
  24. Something else that you can do with your child, if you will be holding a garage sell and they decide to sell some of their toys, then tell them they can keep the money and it can go towards a special item of their choosing, this will give them the incentive to clean out that toy box!
  25. This brings up an interesting point and one of the most important parts of the relocation process and that is the children. We can easily forget how this affects them. Pulling them out of their environment they have been used to. Having strangers come into the home and packing and removing items they play with daily and then placing them into a whole new environment. Make the children a part of the move as much as possible. Explain in detail what will be happening so it is not devastating to them when it does happen. Anything special you would like performed by the movers for the children’s benefits please ask your move coordinator to assist in making it happen. 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.
  26. 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, sell them. If you take them for the move then you will have the added expense as well as having to worry about storage for these items.
  27. When it comes to plants, don’t plan on moving them. They add to your weight and movers are not liable for their transport. Many states have laws about transporting plants across state lines and it just is not practicable and economical to take the chance.
  28. If you decide to transport planters/containers make sure all the dirt is emptied out. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. 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 and they are not light by any means… this could add a couple of hundred dollars onto your bill quickly. If your children no longer use these items, then consider leaving them with your house.
  31. Firewood, again another very 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 $80.00 a core to buy $400.00 a core to move.
  32. 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 so not to go to waste.
  33. 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.

If you have any questions regarding any of our moving tips, contact us!

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