Moving can be one of the most stressful times in your life. SO many things to organize and pack, utilities to shut off, mail to be forwarded, where’s the dog?, did we let everyone know our new address and on and on. Anyone who’s gone through a move before knows there is a lot more that goes into it than there used to be when it was just a matter of finding a buddy with a truck who could be suckered into toiling their weekend away.
To help make your next move easier we’ve put together a few good ideas to keep things going smoothly:
Give Yourself TIME
Moving day will be here sooner than you expect! It seems like there is never enough time to get it all done – so be sure to start early! If you start off from a rush you will only end up making things more difficult on yourself along the way. Start early, do little things each day even if the exact move date isn’t yet set in stone.
Look for Ways to Save
This can be anything from packing your boxes yourself rather than paying the movers to do it, or cleaning up your old house rather than hiring a service before you leave. Packing your own stuff can help insure your things will be safe, and doing your own cleaning will help make sure you get any deposits returned and also save you cost. In many cases there is no need to pay for packing supplies if you are doing it yourself – try hitting up your local appliance, grocery, or department stores to find free boxes!
Keep Your Receipts
Save receipts for moving boxes, packing services, anything that goes into your move, because these things may be tax deductible. To determine who’s eligible, the IRS has set up two tests. Pass them and you can cash in; fail and you have to eat all the costs of your move. Keep in mind, the IRS lets you take this deduction only if you are moving because of a job. And it doesn’t matter if it’s a new job, the same job or your first job.
Make a Checklist
For the super-organized: make a checklist inventory of your packed items. This will help you know exactly what you’ve got to move, and where it needs to go. If you’ve got a lot of stuff a itemized list of your things will make it much easier to move; if you are using a moving service this may be essential if items do get lost.
Give each room in the new house a color. Mark the boxes that have the items for those particular rooms with a matching color sticker or tag them with a matching color marker. This is a great way to save time when it’s time to move everything in – you can even assign each family member their own color responsibilities so they can help with the unpacking!
No move is ever 100% for sure hassle free, but putting these tips to work can at least help soothe some of the insanity that usually comes along with the relocation process. If you are moving to Idaho and want to find out more about the area we have a great deal of FREE Idaho Relocation Info on our website; we hope you’ll feel free to contact us if we can be of any help in getting you into the home you’ve been dreaming of.