Moving can be an expensive process. I'm not even talking about selling the house or buying another one, but simply the process of relocation. Packing up, renting trucks, gas to move to another place, and then restock a new home. That can really add up. There are ways to keep a big move from breaking your budget but it does take some planning on your part beforehand. Here are some simple ways to a budget-friendly relocation.
#1. Clear out clutter first.
Before packing up everything and moving it to the new location only to discover you don't want half of the stuff, is a waste of time and energy. Clear out clutter ahead of time by donating, throwing things away or selling a lot of items. Once you really start digging in closets, garages and cupboards, you find things that you haven't used in years. It's time to toss those things and not just move them from one place to another.
#2. Find out how to get free boxes.
Put an ad out on Craigslist for free boxes. You would be surprised how many people are trying to get rid of the boxes once they have moved. You can throw a request out on Facebook or any of those free marketing sites. Plus, you can check with major retailers and liquor stores for their empty boxes.
#3. Use your personal items to wrap other personal items.
No need to spend a lot of money on bubble wrap or packing when you have it all already in your house. Use clothes and towels to wrap dishes and fragile items. Use blankets to wrap around delicates and things that you want to keep safe and unbreakable. Use what you already have us packing material but, remember to label it.
#4. Label it.
Just like I said above, label everything including the packing material you used in the box. It might be a box full of dishes but if you have wrapped each dish with all of your towels, you may never find your towels unless you label the box.
#5. Should you hire movers?
Moving on your own does require a lot of time and planning but, you know how to pack your items and you know if they are going to be safe or not. Using a mover is a risk that you may or may not be willing to take. Movers can move boxes into the truck and then move the truck for you or they can do it all from dumping everything in a drawer in a box and packing it up and going. If you don't have the time or ability to move yourself you might consider hiring movers but, get a lot of references and referrals because poor movers can damage a lot of your personal things.
#6. Make a moving budget.
Get a few quotes, write down your projected budget, and see how much things will really cost. Don't forget to include gas from one place to another, especially if you are moving long distance. Whatever your budget is, you should increase it by at least 20% to cover any unexpected expenses.
#7. Report a change of address and transfer utilities.
Before you even move in it might be a good idea to start moving mail over to your new location if you can. Make a note of all of your expenses, bills that you've received in the mail and your utilities so that you can check them off as you go.
Remember, moving expenses can be deducted if your move is work-related. If the move is 50 miles farther from your old home than your old job location was from your home you can deduct a lot of your moving expenses but there are eligibility requirements. Be sure to check with your tax accountant on the details of deducting moving expenses.
When you're ready to move, whether it's across town or across the state, contact my office. I'd love to help you find a home in the Palm Beach County area or help you sell your home quickly and for as much money as the market can bear.
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