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  • How to save money during a move

    Moving probably isn’t your number one favorite thing to do. You have to pack up your whole life (your whole life!) and transport it to another place, and then unpack. It’s tedious and it’s time-consuming, but you can make it less of a hassle if you do your research and stay organized.

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    1. Prioritize
    You can bring every single item with you on your move. Alternatively, you can sort through your possessions before your move and decide exactly what is essential with the potential of a cheaper moving bill or simply less clutter in your new home. Plus, you can sell anything you decide you don't need. So, not only will your bill be less expensive, but you'll also have more money to put towards your move.

    2. Assess and research
    Is this a move you can handle yourself? How many friends and family members can you recruit to help you out? If this looks like it's going to be a pretty big task, you might want to look into hiring professional movers. It'll save you time and, if you otherwise would have had to take time off, money.

    3. Adjust
    Movers have an off-season, and it's in the fall and winter. It's not always easy to adjust when you move. But if you can, consider moving in the colder months. You'll have the possibility of receiving a discounted rate, and the movers will probably have more date flexibility since they're less busy.

    Get creative when you're packing. Utilize the space in things you'll be bringing with you, like laundry baskets, dresser drawers, storage containers, etc.-and don't forget to use your luggage! Just be sure you don't make these pieces too heavy to lift.

    4. Be cautious
    If you do decide to move by yourself, make sure you and the people who are helping you are extra careful. If you're not, you could end up with damaged valuables. Do not lose money or items of importance by accidental damages. It's also important to be careful when lifting heaving items. The last thing any you want is someone to get hurt during your move.

    5. Don't forget to write it off
    There are a few restrictions, but generally, if you're moving because you're starting a new job, you can write off the costs. That includes the cost of hiring professional movers, so keep that in mind. In addition, you can write off your personal travel costs if your new job location is at least 50 miles farther away than was your previous job to your previous home [1].

    Make sure you have a smooth move. Analyze your situation and plan efficiently in order to have a successful-and inexpensive-moving day.

    [1] IRS Moving Expense Deductions, TurboTax



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