Archive for November 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Happy Thanksgiving! This is the time of year to be with family, friends, and loved ones and to reflect on all we are grateful for. It’s also the time of year to lend a helping hand to those less fortunate.  At Holman we are grateful for the opportunity to work with an amazing organization that does just that. Move for Hunger is one of the nation’s largest, year round service programs. They team with movers around the country to collect unwanted non-perishable pantry items (that are usually more expensive to move than to replace anyway) and deliver them to local food banks.

 

Additionally, we are always very grateful for our hard working and dedicated staff and for our loyal friends and customers. We hope that you all have a very happy, safe, and delicious Thanksgiving.

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?”

When Should a Renter Become a Homeowner?

 

 

These days, renting is no longer necessarily the cheaper option. In fact, renters today pay the highest monthly charges in history and so far there is no sign of the cost going down. As rents continue to rise, more and more people are beginning to think about buying a home in an effort to save money. But with overpriced rental charges on top of day to day expenses, many renters find themselves strapped for cash when it comes time to think about a down

When should renters become homeowners?

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payment. Did you know that non-homeowners spend an average of 30 percent of their monthly income on rent? Did you know that the average homeowner only spends about 15 percent of their monthly income on their mortgages? That’s a pretty crazy statistic. It’s no wonder more people want to own. But the issue isn’t whether or not people want to buy, it’s whether or not they can afford to do so. Buying a home is one of life’s greatest financial decisions so it’s important to be sure about the decision from all aspects, including the cost.