It doesn’t matter if you are up sizing, downsizing, staying in the same area, or moving across the country, save yourself time and headache by using some of these simple tips. Get your garage sale, estate sale, or whatever set up for anything you’re not taking with you. Why not make a little money to help pay the movers and gas.
Chart the course.
In other words, have a plan. Schedule your move as far in advance as possible. If you’ve sold your home, you probably have at least 30 days prior to closing. Further, if you sell/sold between May and September, be prepared for a wait list or to make multiple calls to find a mover. The summer may be the best time to move since kids are out of school; however, you’re not the only one with that idea. Some estimates indicate 80 percent of all moving and storage business is done when schools are out.
Get as much info as possible from each moving company. Inquire about:
- truck size
- moving supplies, such as boxes, dollies and furniture pads
- find out about protection plans for your possessions
- ask about lost or damaged property claim procedures.
- determine price differences in packing the truck yourself or having it professionally packed.
- get estimates.
Keep your silent partner in mind
Many of your moving expenses are tax deductible, so hang onto your receipts. Consult with your tax adviser to find out what is deductible, or call the Internal Revenue Service and request Publication 521: “Tax Information On Moving Expenses” to find out which moving expenses are deductible.
It’s not just about the stuff in your home
If you’re moving out of the area, you’ll need to gather
- your family’s personal records
- medical and dental records
- school transcripts
- legal documents
- bank records
- tax returns
- stocks and bonds certificates
- birth certificates
- insurance documents.
- Be sure to empty your safe deposit box
Consult with your real estate professional on your new residence. Some things to consider:
- What days off do the schools have in the new school district (if applicable)?
- Where are the hot, new restaurants? What kind of food do you like?
- What did you like most about your former residence? Where can you find it with your new place?
- Where does traffic congest?
- How much street traffic do you get at your new home. Did you check it out during rush hour when looking?
- Host a welcome to the neighborhood party and ask your agent to help. If I were your agent, I’d jump on the opportunity to introduce myself to the neighbors!
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