Important Things to Tell Your Movers About Your Home

 

Important Things to Tell Your Movers About Your HomeCongratulations on your new home and your move! Now it’s time to pack everything up, move, and get settled in your new abode. While I know the entire process is time consuming and can leave you feeling a little scatter brained, there are some important things to tell your movers about your home. Specific details about your homes, both old and new, can make a huge impact on your move.

 
For example, a couple of my friends just moved into a beautiful apartment in the East Village in New York City. Unfortunately, they failed to mention to their movers it’s a very narrow, six story walk up on a street with no available street parking. The movers arrived as scheduled but, since the proper arrangements hadn’t been made, ended up having to leave and come back at a later time. Talk about a headache – for both parties! Don’t make this mistake. You’re stressed out enough, right?

Tips to Save for a Down Payment on a New Home

 

Tips to Save for a Down Payment on a New HomeLately, it seems like all of my friends are either getting married, having children, or buying homes. A lot of my friends down here in Florida work in Real Estate, and according to them, Millennials, at least in the Tampa Bay area, are leaning towards buying a home rather than renting one. With affordable mortgage rates, tons of inventory, and rent rates continuing to creep up, home buying here really is the best option. That is, of course, if you have enough for a down payment.

Five Reasons to Move to New Jersey

 

5 Reasons to Move To New JerseyWe recently published a post that went over the 2014 National Movers Study conducted by United Van Lines that taught us that 65 percent of moves originated in New Jersey were outbound moves. While the study proves that many people chose to move to a more affordable housing market and stable economy, it also told us that 25 percent of those who moved out of New Jersey did so because of their retirement, so there are a few different factors at play here. Regardless of the outbound moving trend that New Jersey (and much of the northeast in general) has seen over the past few years, there are still tons of reasons why moving IN to New Jersey is a great idea!

The Best Time of Year for Renters to Move into New York City

 

The Best Time of Year for Renters to Move into New York CityMore often than not, when people move, they are moving because of something; a new job, a relationship, or any major life change. Because of this, the time of year in which we move is often set. There are, however, cases in which the timeline is flexible. People move all the time for reasons that allow them to decide exactly when they are ready to go. So, if you are one of the lucky ones who can control your timing, you should know the optimal time to move to your destination. For example, if you are planning a move into a big city, like New York City, it makes a lot of sense to time it appropriately so that it is easier on you, your family and, potentially, your NY movers. So when is the best time of year to move into New York City?

How to Find Reliable Movers in New Jersey

 

How to Find Reliable Movers in New JerseyIt only takes a matter of seconds to find a list of movers in your area on the Internet. Seriously, type in “movers near me” into Google and a huge list will come up. However, it’s not as easy to find a reliable mover in your area. Between all of the different sites, incentives, and discounted offers, it can be confusing to select the right mover. But, it’s important that you do because the last thing you want is to get caught in a moving scam.

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?”