With graduation right around the corner for most college seniors, a lot of their time is spent looking back and making major life decisions.
Has moving long distance been a dream for you?
We’ve all had those days when we’re sitting in traffic or having a bad day at work and think, What if I just packed it all up and started over? It’s a titillating fantasy. You’ll be free to explore a new, interesting city, fully experience a fresh, unburdened life and reinvent yourself (or so you imagine).
Moving long distance can easily become a reality.
It might take a long time to plan – or it could be a spur of the moment decision. Whatever the circumstances might be there are a lot of positive outcomes to moving long distance.
- Personal Growth When you take on a long-distance move, you are opening yourself up to a world of change. Starting a new life in an unfamiliar place, away from your tried and tested safety nets, you will come to know yourself deeply. While the risks may be great, so are the rewards, and often a drastic change in address will spark more changes in other areas of your life. You don’t have to be a thrill-seeker to appreciate this opportunity to get out of the rut. You just need to remember that life is short and the world is a wide, and wondrous place.
- Career Opportunities Speaking of getting out of the rut, discovering new employment markets can do a lot for your career. You may find yourself exploring new professional avenues, experimenting with unlikely job choices or turning your passion into a source of income. This is especially true if you feel your current situation is somewhat of a professional cul-de-sac.
- Broader Horizons Moving cross-country affords you the opportunity to get to know a place that is probably very different to everything you’ve ever known. Not only is that interesting, it is also a humbling, mind-expanding experience which will make you worldlier and more sophisticated. If life were a school (which in some ways, it is) this would be a bit like the student exchange program.
- New Network A city is ultimately just a city. What’s important about moving is the new people you will meet, the friendships you will forge and the impact they will have on your life. Opening up to new connections could be a huge life changer.
- Out with the Old Moving is a great opportunity to purge unnecessary baggage, and we don’t just mean your worldly possessions. Bad habits, toxic friends and other mental burdens don’t need to be schlepped across the country with you. Running away from your problems isn’t always the best strategy, but in some cases-it works.
If you’re considering taking the plunge and going long distance call Best Deal Movers. We are prepared to assist you from start to finish with the same professionally trained moving crew who will safely pack, load, and move your items from your current location to your new home. Each of our trucks has a GPS tracking system so we always know the precise location of your inventory, giving you peace of mind for the long haul!
There is a way to get a tax deduction for moving.
There’s two things that are unavoidable in life: taxes and death. Mostly taxes, because according to Greek mythology, you still had to pay a tariff to cross the river Styx. However, loopholes abound when getting tax write offs. If you’re moving this year we can tell you how to get a tax deduction for moving that doesn’t require putting two coins on your eyes.
To achieve a tax deduction for moving, you must meet two standards: The distance and time tests.
To meet the distance test, the distance from your old home to your new work place must be at least 50 miles further than the distance from your old home to your old work place.
To meet the time test, you must work as a full-time employee in the new area for at least 39 weeks during the first 12 months after you arrive in the general area. The total weeks can be for more than one employer.
If you are self-employed in the new area, in addition to working at least 39 weeks during the first 12 months, you must also work a total of at least 78 weeks during the first 24 months after arrival. The 78 weeks can be a combination of time worked as an employee and as a self-employed person.
If you are married, only one of you needs to meet the distance and time tests.
Are you pulling your hair out yet? We don’t blame you. While discussing tax deduction forms is great, in general it can be as exciting as watching paint dry. Here are a few more things you should consider when seeing if your move qualifies for a tax deduction.
You can generally deduct your expenses of moving yourself, your family, and your belongings.
This includes the cost of:
- Professional moving company services
- Do-it-yourself moving trucks or pods
- Gas and oil or the standard moving mileage rate, if you travel by car
- Packing supplies (blankets, tape, boxes)
- Move insurance
- Moving help, for example if you pay Best Deal Movers to help you load and unload the truck
- Travel expenses (but not meals) for one trip each; this includes for you and members of your household
- Storage for up to 30 days after goods are moved, before they are delivered to your new home
While moving can be stressful and an expensive investment, knowing how to offset your costs with a tax deduction can relive some of the headaches. Just remember allowing the experts at Best Deal Movers to handle your move offers an affordable and efficient solution for your moving needs.
Whenever you’re planning a move, the first thing you should do is create a moving budget.
Most people who move feel they don’t have time to set up a moving budget, however, not preparing financially could cost you more in the long-run. Small items such as buying a new shower curtain, sheets or restocking your shelves after you move all adds up. I recommend setting a budget first, before you do anything else.
Create a Moving Budget Template
Software programs are probably the easiest way to create a budget template; Microsoft Word or Excel are the best programs to use, with Excel allowing you to use formulas for easy calculations. We’ve provided a pre-made moving budget courtesy of military one source.
If you’d rather have something more portable or if you don’t want to spend the time setting up a document on your computer, purchase a bookkeeper’s record book at your local office supply store. You may need to make a few adjustments to the column titles or entry boxes, but it will provide you with the basic outline of expense tracking that you’ll need.
Moving Company Expenses
If you’re hiring a moving company, you’ll need to include the following amounts:
Moving Company Fee: Includes fuel charges and labor. Ask for estimates from three and even if you haven’t decided on which company you’ll choose, add the highest quote to your budget.
Additional Insurance: If your items are worth more to you, you may need to add this on to your total moving costs.
Extra Services: Could include preparing appliances, moving a piano, etc. Ask the moving company for quotes if these services apply.
Extra Charges: These may include accessorized charges, expedited service charge, flight charge, long haul charges, long carry charges and shuttle service.
Claims/damage costs: you may not need to include an amount here, but to be safe, add in a 5 percent contingency rate based on the total moving company fees.
Have you started to think about downsizing your home?
The first time I ever started truly feeling like an adult—even after working a full time job, paying my bills, and making a weekly grocery list—was when I started to discuss buying my starter home. Nothing was more exciting me than settling down in a place that was truly mine. A home wasn’t just a place to live in— it was a future I can truly invest in and gain something back rather than throwing money away on a temporary residence.
I found myself growing emotionally attached to pace I didn’t even live in yet.
That’s why I can see the difficulty for people who have reached the age of retirement. Whether you’ve lived in a home all your life, or you’ve upgraded, or you’ve had to travel for work, every home is a space to create memories. Perhaps, you raised your children in that home, or it’s a place you’ve always dreamed of living, or you’ve been there so long you really have gotten to know the neighbors like family. It’s hard moving from something familiar. Particularly, when you’ve reached the age of retirement, and you’re trying to figure out what to do with the new free time you have.
“Downsizing” often has a negative connotation. It is a signal of the end, a word associated with deteriorating, the ‘loss’ of a former life. However, it’s time to change the nature of that discussion. Downsizing isn’t the end. It’s not a mark of fragility or herald as being too weak to run a household. Sarah Lawrence Lightfoot put it best in her article with the Wall Street Journal,
“Rather than downsizing, let’s talk about “clearing” and “composing.” As we excavate the layers of our former life, we must clear a space, by getting rid of the baggage that has weighed us down—physically, emotionally and spiritually—for too long.”
The new chapter when coming into retirement shouldn’t be a source of anxiety. Rather, it’s time to start rethinking what your values, to revisit some things you may not have had the chance to experience or accomplish—a time of rebirth. By downsizing your home you cut the cost of living, you have less housework to manage, and therefore you have more time to focus on the things that are important to you.
Downsizing is far from the end. In fact, it’s the opposite. It’s the opportunity to begin a new future. To start fresh. And to enjoy all the things you have earned in your lifetime – to reflect on precious memories and make new ones.
When I moved into my apartment, after an entire day of lifting heavy boxes and furniture, all I wanted to do was sleep. Unfortunately, I cheated myself, because I didn’t have an “Unpack First” box. Thus, I was without essential items that would have made finally getting some rest a lot easier. Instead of crawling into my comfy new bed I had to drive in the middle of the night and buy these five items to get me through the day.
Toilet Paper. We don’t really think about it when we’re packing. It’s all about the big stuff – couches, plates, etc. Don’t forget your TP in the Unpack First box!
Silverware. Pots, pans, and plates are all well and good but it’s hard to eat without a fork or knife isn’t it?
Shampoo/Soap. After a day of heavy lifting you’ll want to hop in the shower. Instead of rummaging through boxes to find your soap put them in the first box along with . . .
Charger. Yes, don’t let your charger to your computer or phone get lost in the mix! An Unpack First box should have essential technology items so you can reward yourself with a post moving Netflix binge watching. I recommend Stranger Things.
Having an elderly loved one move into your home is an emotional transition for all parties involved.
While the occasion is often satirized in pop culture as a hilarious debacle, the situation can be very delicate, deeply affecting—and yes, stressful. Perhaps the older family member no longer has the capability of doing everyday tasks such restocking their own fridge, paying bills, or taking medication. They might find it painful to go upstairs or difficult to drive. When the decision is made for an elderly family member or even close friend to move in there are several issues you must consider.
Is your house accessible to their needs? If your elderly loved one needs easy access to the bathroom will their room be on the same floor? Will they have wheelchair access—do certain utility or kitchen items need to be hidden? Can they drive on their own? These are all very difficult questions that must be answered before your elderly loved one moves in.Make sure your home has what they need in order to function with dignity and as independently as possible.
Make sure everyone is on the same page. Their condition will greatly change the environment of your household when they move in. communication with the members of your household is key. Everyone must come to an understanding of what to expect when an elderly loved one moves in. When talking with your spouse it may be good to set boundaries and decide ahead of time what they are willing to do to help out and what their limits are. You may need to set in place a schedule and list of duties.
Hire a moving company. Already, you are probably under an extraordinary amount of stress dealing with the sudden change of your elderly loved one moving in. You could have family members assist with the move but the easiest thing to do—for all parties—is to hire a professional moving service to handle everything from packing to unloading. That way you can focus on giving your aging parent, grandparent, relative, or other loved one the time and attention they need.
Best Deal Movers has the best reputation for handling moves of all scale. Let us focus on the move so you can focus on the important details.
Moving last minute should be a last resort.
Moving last minute is tedious and brought about by extreme circumstances.
I speak from experience.
The last straw for me was the smoke alarm.
It beeped incessantly for over an hour. I couldn’t get it to stop—even replacing the battery didn’t help. My dog had an accident because she was so nervous from the noise. I don’t blame her. Eventually, the neighbors—bless their heart—came to see what was happening.
I told them the frustrating fact: management refused to come and fix my smoke alarm. The landlord told me it wasn’t their issue. He suggested replacing the batteries . . .even though I already had. Twice.
Luckily, my upstairs neighbor was a lawyer. She called management and with a fair amount of legal threatening had the landlord not only send the maintenance guy but pay for a dog friendly hotel room for me.
Yet between the smoke alarms confusion with rent renewal, the refusal to fix the lock on the entrance to the complex, and other poorly run inconveniences, I was done.
Two days later I had moved out of that apartment into a new one.
Moving last minute is not an easy choice. In fact, most people only vacate immediately under extreme circumstances. Most smart moving takes time and careful planning. Admittedly, my decision to move out immediately may have been impulsive and emotional, but I don’t regret it. While it was stressful I did manage to have everything under control.
My experience was not normal I hope no one has to be in my position. It wasn’t impossible, however. And it doesn’t have to cost you.
Hire the professionals.
I hired a professional cleaning and moving service to handle everything. It was reasonably priced and far less of a headache had I gone in blindly. The moving company unloaded, packed, and stored all of my items. I was lucky I got them so quickly. The cleaning company came in afterward and made sure my apartment was presentable for inspection.
Sometimes, moving out last minute cannot be avoided. Other times, it’s an impulse decisions. Whatever the cause it’s best to have someone by your side who can help alleviate the stress of moving. I know it saved me.
We’ve discussed moving with pets and moving a couch. Now, it’s time tackle a factor that could really make or break a move depending on how you approach it: moving with kids.
When my parents moved out of our old home— a very large farm to an upscale neighborhood—they sent me off to live with my aunt for two weeks. When I came back the sudden change was very disorienting! I once had so much room to explore—now we had neighbors. Luckily, my sister helped me adjust. There was no furniture in my room so every night the AC sounded like a helicopter landing on the roof of our house. My sister and I would pretend to be the secret service evacuating the White House. The whole process was a lot to take in as a child.
Not all parents have the luxury of sending their kids off with a relative, of course. Especially if you are traveling long distance! When you have to organize and coordinate and plan the move, it is important to keep everything normal with your child. Here are some important tips to help your child adjust to a big move.
Discuss It With Your Children.
Involving kids in the planning as much as possible makes them feel like participants in the house-hunting process or the search for a new school. This can make the change feel less like it’s being forced on them. If you’re moving across town, try to take your kids to visit the new house (or see it being built) and explore the new neighborhood.
Purge Before Moving With Kids.
Get the kids to help you go through the house, room by room, to identify what should go with you and what you could get rid of. Let them know that you don’t want to toss everything. It’s OK to keep certain things that hold important memories. However, items — be they clothes, toys or electronics — that are no longer used, should be closely considered for the toss pile. And you don’t have to toss them … you can sell them.
Organize Their Room.
To get your children excited about the new house, make room plans. You don’t have to limit yourself to their rooms only. If they’re interested in helping arrange and decorate other rooms in the house, let them. Take a trip to the hardware store to look at paint swatches. If you’re going to purchase new furniture and the kids are interested, take them with you.
Moving is difficult especially when you have to consider all other outside factors. Best Deal Movers can take the stress out of your transition so you can spend more time with your kids! Contact us today for a free quote.
Despite the challenge you’re moving a sofa. YOUR sofa.Why? Because to you it’s more than a piece of furniture.
It is the fixture you’ve become emotionally attached to even though it is coming apart at the seams. The moment you walk into your home or apartment that particular piece instantly brings back fond memories and you hope—despite the fact any normal person would have condemned it years ago—you can pass it on to your children or a generous craigslist buyer.
Pop culture has picked up on the emotional connection between people and their furniture. Just like our own special pieces, there are furniture pieces in TV and movies we recognize without hesitation. Not only that, but we have an instant response to it. Here are some of the most iconic pieces of furniture in pop culture—specifically couches (and one chair).
The Simpson’s Couch
Present in the beginning of (almost) every episode the Simpson’s couch has set the stage for some very memorable couch gags.
It is often the location of the center of conflict in the Simpson’s household. More importantly, the Simpson family gathering together on the couch is indicative of the modern family spending quality time pre-Netflix. Although it is not flashy it is an essential piece of pop culture.
The Iron Throne
Hate it, love it, never seen it before your life, Game of Thrones has dominated pop culture ever since its shocking debut. So what is the center of conflicted in a show known for its vast, intricate, and complicated story line, gruesome violence, and other things we probably shouldn’t mention? The Iron Throne – made from a thousand steel swords.The Iron Throne represents power in the world of Westeros and fans have been waiting six seasons to see who will finally claim their spot on the most uncomfortable piece of furniture ever.
The Central Perk’s Couch
Will we ever know how all the ‘Friends’ managed to occupy their spot every single time without waiting? Maybe. Maybe not. However, the Central Perk couch was the place of many intellectual discussions among the iconic group. Fact: Gunther sat on the couch one time for the entire duration of the show. In fact, a few couches were used throughout the series run to keep it in good TV shape. I guess not all of us can be Jennifer Anniston.
Holly Golighty’s Bathtub Couch
The cool grandmother of hipster romances, Breakfast at Tiffany’s is rife with iconic style. Equally as memorable as Audrey Hepburn herself was her quirky, disorganized apartment. Along with milk in fancy wine glasses, she also had a bathtub cut in half with a few pillows serving as the beautiful—but tragic—Holly Golighty’s couch. It is actually possible to create this couch yourself if you have some heavy duty tools. This couch perfectly captured Holly’s devil may care persona.
Do you value your couch above all other furniture? When moving a sofa, it’s probably best to have the experts help. Best Deal Movers guarantee your precious, memorable sofa will be handled with the utmost care so you can continue making memories. Who knows—maybe one day it’ll have its own notoriety.