Planning Your Move – Page 2

Three Ways to Avoid Identity Theft During a Move



Between packing, cleaning, planning, and keeping your normal life in order, protecting yourself from identity theft is three ways to avoid identity theft during a moveprobably not high on your moving to-do list. But it should be. Though you may not realize it, you are vulnerable to identity theft during a move. Important documents are moved from their safe and secure location and are more likely to be left out in the open while you prepare to (hopefully) carry them on your person on moving day. People are in and out of your house, things get misplaced, and if you’re stressed you may end up forgetting where you put certain things. Then there’s the mail forwarding: there could be a delay in your request leaving important private mail in the hands of your home’s new tenants or there could even be a mistake in the rerouting. These are all reasons to take the initiative to protect yourself.

Sorry, We Can’t Move That



I live in a fairly large apartment complex community. There are 13 buildings, each with three floors and 24 apartments and the community as a whole is known for its high turnover rate as the majority of people living here Do not pack itemsare saving to buy their first home. I’ve lived here for about a year and a half now and have watched dozens of movers come and go as singles, couples, and families move out of their apartments and into their homes. Blame it on my industry, but I am always intrigued by the moving process and have been able to talk to a lot of the people moving out about their experience. This past weekend I was shocked by one woman’s outrage toward her mover. She was incredibly upset because her movers would not move her exotic plant collection across state lines. An upset like this is easily avoided, as long as you are aware ahead of time of the things your movers cannot and will not move for you.

How to Move Wine



Happy New Year! I hope that you all had a wonderful holiday season and are ready to take on 2016 stronger than ever. I spent the holidays up in New York with my family and it appears that they know me quite well. Between relatives and my fiancé (Matt and I got engaged a few weeks ago!), I was gifted 15 different bottles of wine and how to move winechampagne. I obviously could not fly back to Florida with over a case of wine so I am having it all shipped down in the next week or so. But, what happens when you move? How do you properly pack, ship and store your beloved collection? It’s important to use care when moving your wine because as Paige says “Moving and wine are enemies.”

Seven Tips for Moving in the Winter


So, don’t hate me because I’m in Florida but, I know that up north, winter is in full effect and that means moving in the cold, rain, snow and ice. Moving is hard in nice weather, but when it’s miserable outside the challenge is Moving in Winter Weathermagnified. In order to successfully move in the winter movers have to be prepared for all conditions and customers have to have a clear understanding of their responsibilities.

How to Downsize Before Your Move


My parents just built their retirement home! While they aren’t retiring for another few years, they are anxious to De-cluttering your home for movingmove into their new house and they’re excited to start this next chapter in their lives. I grew up in my parents’ home, a farmhouse about an hour north of Manhattan. The house sits on 2 acres of land on a small lake and includes a small cottage that my parents rent out to other locals. The property includes the house itself, the cottage, a one car garage, and a barn that was converted into my father’s workshop downstairs and my brother and my playroom upstairs. Now that my brother and I are both grown and living on our own, the house is too big for our mom and dad.

Are Pet Expenses Tax Deductible?


I’ve posted in the past about tax deductible moving expenses. The post discusses which incurred costs are deductible if you move for work related reasons. For example, if specific requirements regarding timing, distance moved and Are pet expenses tax deductible?length of employment are met, certain travel expenses, household goods transportation, storage, and utility set up fees may be eligible for deduction on your tax return. If I am being totally honest though, I never considered whether or not pet fees could be deducted. Last week, a colleague of mine sent over an article that answered the question I didn’t even know I had: “Are pet expenses tax deductible?”

Moving Lessons from the Busy Summer Season


Moving lessons from the busy moving seasonsWe talk all the time about how the summer season is the busiest time of the year for the household moving industry and that’s because it’s true. Every year from May through August, professional van lines all over the country are working endless hours to ensure that individuals and families have seamless moves into their new homes. Now that the dust has started to settle and the season is winding down, I wanted to take a moment to go over some key lessons learned over the past few months.

Is Holding an Open House Worth It?


The home sale process is, without a doubt, the most stressful part of moving. While the market is improving, it’s stillIs Holding an Open House Worth It? not great, meaning even the best Realtors are facing a major challenge. There are several aspects of selling a home that we could dive into but today, I want to talk about open houses. Is holding an open house worth the cost, time, and effort? Or should those selling their home try and save a little money and skip it? Exposure is typically a good thing, but before making a decision, you need to decide if an open house is really right for your situation.

Don’t Forget Your Tax Deductible Moving Expenses!


People move all the time, especially in the summer. There are tons of different reasons to move to a new city but I think it’s safe to say that one of the most popular reasons to move is for a job, whether it’s a new job or a relocation Tax deductible moving expensesthrough a current job. While moving for work can often be stressful – it’s not easy to balance your job responsibilities, packing, finding a new home, and your family – there is one very important (and helpful) thing you absolutely must remember. If you are moving for work, some of your moving expenses may be tax deductible.

Military Moving


Military MovingMy best friend Malcolm has been in the Army for just about five years and is currently preparing to move to a new base before heading out on his fourth deployment. I am so grateful for his service, and the service provided by all of our country’s military men and women. In fact, there is nothing more important to all of us here at Holman than taking care of our military heroes so today I thought I would share some information on Military Moving .