Annual Spring Cleaning Tips Whether You’re Moving or Not

 

Annual Spring Cleaning TipsMarch comes in like a lion and out like a lamb, right? Regardless of the weather, the official first day of spring is Friday, March 20 this year. Since it really is right around the corner, it’s time to at least start thinking about some spring cleaning. In fact, I just spent all of this past weekend cleaning, organizing, and sorting through everything in my apartment. I was blown away by how much excess I have collected even though I’ve moved TWICE in the past year, but that’s a story for another day. I found (thank you Pinterest) and tested all of the following spring cleaning tips so that I would be 100 percent confident in passing them along to all of you.

Moving and Downsizing

 

De-cluttering your home for movingMy parents are starting to think about and plan their retirement. The plan includes a move and a new house. They are excited to start this next chapter in their lives and I am thrilled for them. 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.

How to Get the Most From Your Move Coordinator

 

How to Get the Most Out of Your Moving CoordinatorA move coordinator is your lifeline during what can be an incredibly stressful process; moving. Their job is to arrange and manage your entire move including estimates, payment, scheduling, and all the behind the scenes planning and organizing to ensure your move runs smoothly and efficiently.

Moving and Your Taxes

 

Tax deductible moving expensesIt’s that time of year again; time to file our taxes. Nobody likes to do it but there’s no way around it. Since my boyfriend and I moved for his job earlier this year, he can deduct a lot of our moving expenses on his return. I know that Matt and I aren’t the only two people who have moved for work related reasons so I thought today would be a good time to talk about the related tax implications.

Are Pet Expenses Tax Deductible?

 

 

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 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 to a New Climate? Protect your Furniture!

 

moving to a new climateThis past weekend I had a few of my friends from New York come down to visit me in Florida. I heard a lot of talk about moving down south because of how harsh this winter has been on them up north. While my friends were joking, this isn’t an uncommon thought process and a lot of people actually follow through with the idea. In fact, we moved hundreds of people to Boca Raton, FL from Chicago in 2014.

 
I figured that since the northeast is getting hit with yet another snow storm (my parents in New York have already seen over 14 inches today) that it might be fitting to talk about moving from cold to hot. More specifically, I thought it would be fitting to discuss how to handle moving and storing your furniture during such a move.

Holman Moving Delivers 1,064 Pounds of Food to the Food Bank of Delaware

 

Holman Moving Delivers 1,064 pounds of food at the Food Bank of DelawareWe at Holman have been working with Move for Hunger for years now in an effort to help our local community food banks provide nourishment to those in need. Our drivers collect donations and we make deliveries all year round to the Food Bank of Delaware but the holiday season is always our biggest donation of every year. I am grinning ear to ear as I write this next sentence because our 2014 holiday food drive was our most successful yet!

 
We usually run the holiday food drive through mid-January so that our final donation will help restock the food bank’s shelves after a hectic holiday season. This year, I am beyond happy to announce that we collected 1,064 pounds of food!

 
Thank you to our customers, our local communities, our friends and employees, and our online communities for helping us not only beat our donation record, but for helping us help those in need. Every contribution makes a difference and we are so grateful for all of your help and support.

Why You Need to Keep Your Mover Informed on Home Inventory Changes

 

inventoryA while back I wrote a post on how to create your own home inventory and the benefits that come along with doing so. What I didn’t mention was why your home inventory is equally as important to your mover. Before signing a contract to work with any mover, you should receive an in home estimate to establish how much the move should cost. This cost is based on the amount of things you are moving, the weight of these things, the distance, and the services requested (packing, loading, unloading, unpacking, etc.). So what does this have to do with your home/move inventory? A lot of people assume that making “small” changes after your estimate won’t have an impact on your move or the cost. But it’s important to understand exactly what impact it does have.

Who is Moving Where? Trends from 2014 National Movers Study

 

Migration Map

Photo credit: 2014 National Movers Study

At the close of every year, for the past 38 years, United Van Lines conducts a National Movers Survey to uncover migration patterns from state to state. I always find the survey to be very interesting and had a particular curiosity about it this time around since I myself moved out of state. So where are people moving to? Where are they moving from? And why are they moving?

Your 2015 Moving Resolution

 

moving resolutionHappy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful, happy, and safe holiday season filled with loved ones, laughs, good food, and some relaxation. I’ve been thinking a lot lately, as I’m sure many of you have been as well, about New Year’s Resolutions. What promises do I want to make myself for 2015 and what can I do to make sure I keep them? Most people go the fitness and healthy eating route, which is great! But I think it’s important to think of the other areas of our lives too. Are you saving up to buy a house? How much do you want to save by the end of the year? Are you moving for your or a spouse’s career? What can you do to stay happy in your career if you are moving for a loved one? Are you moving into a smaller home? How will you de-clutter and downsize without hurting anybody’s feelings? Whatever your situation may be, make yourself this moving resolution: “I will prepare.”