Enjoy Moving Day and Save Some Money Too

Anticipating a move, whether across town or to another state can be both exciting and a little scary. Cost can add stress to your move. Leaving what you know for a journey to the unfamiliar might also make you a little nervous. However, when you do your research and plan ahead, you can reduce the stress associated with moving and save some money along the way. Consider the following advice for taking the worry out of your move.

Get help with your move

Consider hiring a professional moving company. Many families have found that using a moving company takes the stress out of a move whether the trek is across town or across the country. Moving companies employ professionals who are skilled at packing your belongings, loading them on to a moving truck, and transporting them safely to your new home. When your belongings are delivered to your home, the movers will handle the work of placing your furnishings and other items where you want them.

Imagine feeling relaxed rather than exhausted when you move into your new home. If you have never used a moving company or are not sure what to expect, Allied Van Lines is an example of a mover that can help you plan and execute your move seamlessly. If you want to save money while using a moving company, you can pack your own items. Ask your moving company about special discounts. It is possible that you might be able to save on moving costs if you can avoid a move during peak moving times.

Another money-saving tip is to avoid moving items you don’t need in your new home. The fewer items you move, the lower your moving costs. Sell extra items or donate them to charity.

Make a moving day checklist

Once you decide how you will move your belongings, make a checklist of other things to do on or before your moving day. The following are a few items to consider.

  • Contact the utility companies
  • Set up mail delivery at your new home
  • Decide whether you will need storage
  • Contact the utility companies

When you get to your new home, you will want to feel as comfortable as you did before moving. Electricity may already be available, but you may have a short time before you will need to have the account changed from the previous owner or builder’s name to your name. It may also take a few days to get telephone, cable, satellite TV or internet services started, so contacting those companies as soon as possible will ensure that you can enjoy these amenities shortly after your move.

Cable and internet providers sometimes give discounts when you move. Even if the discount covers s few months, you can save substantially on the costs of these services.

Set up mail delivery at your new home

Getting your mail is important too, so avoid interruption to your mail delivery by completing your change of address form before you move.

Decide whether you will need storage

If you are moving into a new home, you find that you have items you no longer want to use. You can store those items temporarily until you can decide what to do with them. Your moving company can provide information on storage solutions that will fit your budget. If your home is custom built much of what you had in your previous home may not work, so why move in items that you don’t need. In fact, once you get settled into your new dwelling, consider selling extra furniture. You might be surprised at the money you will make to help offset moving expenses.

Determine if you can take tax deductions for moving expenses

In certain circumstances, you may be able to claim a tax deduction for moving expenses. If your move is due to a change of employment, you should refer check current IRS guidelines regarding moving expenses. Past IRS rules may not apply since there have been recent changes in the tax code. A qualified tax preparer can advise you regarding current deductions allowed for moves associated with employment.

 

What to know about remodeling your home

When it comes to our homes, we want to have the best-looking place there is. That is why sometimes the idea of wanting to remodel is a good thing. This could be adding on a patio or simply re-doing the entire paint job on your home. When you decide to take on this task, you should try to consult with a good contractor to give you a quote that makes sense. Here are some things you need to know about remodeling your home.

Cost

You need to get a good idea of what you want to remodel and what isn’t going to break your wallet. You need to create a budget so you know what you can afford and don’t go overboard. Once you find a contractor, you can work with them so they can give you a quote to work with. Take this and compare it with other quotes so you know you can get the best price. If you are deciding to get copper sinks, then make sure you cost them out.

Contractors

Find a contractor that has a good reputation and has been doing home remodeling for years. Don’t settle for the first two people that show up with tools and a truck. A well-rounded contractor will give you not only a quote but a realistic idea of what they can do for you. Check online and read reviews of past customers who have worked with the contractor. This is a great thing because then you can find out how they handle their jobs and treat their customers. No one wants to hire a contractor where you end up in a dispute and you find yourself in court. Be as thorough as possible in your selection and you won’t have any problems.

Where should you start?

You need to look at your home and make the hard decision on where to begin. It’s best to focus on one area and stay with that. If you try to do too much, you might find yourself overwhelmed. It can cost twice as much when you are trying to put in a patio, pool and redo your entire kitchen. This might work for you but plan on moving out of your home while the work is being done.

Time

Most remodeling will take some time and your entire family needs to be prepared for the long haul of work. You can work with your contractor and workout a schedule. This is a good thing because maybe you won’t have to leave and can adjust your schedule around the work being done. It’s best to call a family meeting to make sure everyone is up for this intrusion in their lives. If you do one thing at a time, it may not be that much of a big deal to stay home while the workers get busy. Remodeling your home doesn’t have to be a hassle. Take your time to understand what it all entails so you are not in for a big surprise.

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