Spring Cleaning Before Your Move

 

 

The first day of spring is this upcoming Sunday! Whether you are moving or not, I highly recommend spending some time going through your home to de-clutter and reorganize but it is especially important to do this if you are planning Spring Cleaning Before Your Movefor an upcoming move. Why waste time and money moving things you don’t want or need anymore, right? Regardless of the size of your home, spring cleaning can come across as a daunting and thankless task but I promise, it doesn’t have to be such a drag. Today I want to share my top five favorite spring cleaning tips.

Questions to Ask Your Mover

 

 

Searching for a moving company can be overwhelming. There are so many options out there and some of them can be really appealing, especially when the services listed are plenty and the cost is low. However, it’s important and very Questions to ask your moverhelpful to ask specific questions to ensure you end up working with the right mover for your needs. The following questions can also help you be sure you don’t end up in the middle of a scam.

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.

Four Lessons for Renter Predicaments

 

 

Last week I mentioned that Matt and I had to move because of some structural damage to our current apartment. It IMG_3290was a hassle to say the least but ended on a positive note. However, I think there’s an important lesson in our story and if you are a renter, you need to hear it. Now, I don’t know your landlord or property management so I can’t speak to his/her/their character and moral compass, but it’s safe to say that as a renter, you always need to know your rights. If you ever find yourself in a situation in which you are forced to move due to circumstances beyond your control (and in control of the owner of your apartment), you have a strong leg to stand on in terms of what needs to be done for you.

A New Packing Tip for Your Move

 

 

Last week, Matt and I were caught off guard when the ceiling over our screened in porch collapsed all over our patio furniture (luckily nobody was hurt!). After the shock wore off and we got in touch with our property manager, we A New Packing Tip for Your Movelearned that the entire roof over our third floor apartment was in pretty terrible condition and needed some major construction. Because of the nature and severity of the project, we were given 72 hours to move into a new apartment for the remainder of our lease. The negotiations that took place because of this situation are a topic for another day but today I want to talk packing. Recently, Paige and I were talking about general move and packing tips and she brought up a really great point that I had never heard of before. We usually talk about packing up your home one room at a time and labeling each box according to the room the items came from, right? But what about labeling boxes according to the room in which they will be unpacked?

Tax Deductible Moving Expense

 

 

Did you move for work in 2015? There are tons of different reasons to move to a new city but I think it’s safe to say Tax Deductible Moving Expensesthat one of the most popular reasons to move is for a job, whether it’s a new job or a relocation through 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 moved for work, some of your moving expenses may be tax deductible.

A Lesson in Property Auctions

 

 

A while ago I mentioned that Matt and I are saving up to buy our first house. As we aim to reach that goal this upcoming fall, I have been spending a lot of time researching the housing market in Saint Petersburg, FL, scoping out different neighborhoods, and making lists of non-negotiables, budgets, and details that we should keep in mind Home-Auctionwhen the time comes to make an offer. Over the weekend, during one of my online fantasy house hunts, I found the most perfect home. The house is a bungalow style home in our first choice neighborhood with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a large fenced in backyard, and a small but sweet front covered deck. I was about to call my Realtor when I noticed that instead of a listed price, the home was up for auction.

Oregon and South Carolina: Top Moving Destinations

 

 

It’s that time of year again: time to break down United Van Lines’ annual National Movers Study. Every year, for 39 years in a row now, United Van Lines conducts this survey in order to uncover migration patterns from state to state United Van Linesin the US. It’s always interesting to learn where people are moving from as well as where they are moving to. In the 2014 survey, Oregon held the title for “Top Moving Destination” for the second year in a row while the northeast experienced quite an exodus for reasons such as retirement and relocation (though in my opinion, it’s the cold that pushed people away). Now that 2015 has come to a complete close, let’s check out what this year’s survey has to say.

Moving Dreams

 

 

I just spent an amazing long weekend in San Jose, California. My friend was relocated there for work a few months ago and has been raving about it ever since. She told me all about her experience living on the west coast and even Moving Dreamsadmitted that she doesn’t think she ever wants to leave. Of course, this led to a discussion about our favorite US cities. I absolutely love Saint Petersburg in Florida but it’s still fun to think, where would we move to if we could just pick up and go?