Marking your boxes for your move

It is important to mark the contents of each box legibly and prominently on the side of each box. Remember, the person marking the box may not be the person handling the box later in the move. Use labels or Sharpie permanent marker to mark directly on the boxes. Place the labels or marking on the SIDE of the boxes. Tops and bottoms can be obscured by other boxes that may be stacked on top during the move. If you have the patience, it is be a good idea to mark more than one side of each box. Room from whence the content came Things to include in your description: Contents The room in the old location where the box originated The room in the new house in which the box should be placed for unpacking Number each box in sequence e.g. 1,2,3 etc. Use a color-coding system. Pick a color code for each room and label that room’s boxes accordingly. A pack of mixed color magic markers will do the trick. Label the door of each room with the corresponding color code so that movers know where to place the boxes. Sticky notes and magic markers will do nicely. Make a list of what’s in each box by number. Use this list to note anything of value that you do not want to mark on the outside of a box for security reasons. Check off each box on the list as it arrives at the new location. Related articles Prepare Your Move Survival...

Prepare your move survival kit

Moves don’t always go smoothly so, it is important to anticipate as many scenarios as possible including late arrival that prevents you from unpacking on the move day. When that happens, it is best to feed everyone, go to bed and be prepared to tackle the job the next morning when everyone is rested and in better moods. Even if everything goes smoothly, moving days can be hectic involving many people, hectic activity, tired and cranky children and impatient spouses, You will be tired and tense and in no shape to deal with everybody asking you questions at the same time. Where is this? Where is that? Where are the children? Where does this go, Honey? Where do you want this lady? One of the most important things you can do is to create a “move survival kit”, containing all of the numerous essential move items that can make your move so much less hassle. Pack the items you will need when you first arrive at the new location Make sure it is different from all other bins and containers so that you can find it easily; a clear plastic storage bin is ideally suited to serve as your move survival kit. Make sure that you take it with you in your car or move vehicle so that it is with you at all times. When you arrive place it in the kitchen and make that your move-in command center. That way, everyone will know where it is. Things you will need when you arrive at your new move destination: Toilet paper, tooth brushes, tooth paste, shaving cream, razor, deodorant,...

Beware of Mover Scams

Scam movers rely on the Internet to get their customers. They know you are looking for the cheapest price and they know what the real cost of a move should be so – they lowball their bid and reel you in. Here’s how moving scams work Moving scams are very simple. Scam movers give you a low ball quote and once they have your property on their truck, they raise the price and demand to be paid in cash before they will unload. If you fail to pay, they will drive off and either sell your valuables to pay their new bill or, more often, will drive to the nearest self-storage facility that will rent to them where they will unload your property into a storage unit. Since they will default on the self-storage lease, the self-storage owner will auction your property to pay for the unpaid rent. You might think that you can buy your property back at the auction but you would be wrong. Any proceeds from the auction in excess of the unpaid rent due must go the renter (the scammer), or deposited with the county clerk of court. “The Russians are Coming, The Russians are Coming” This was a very funny 1966 movie but the moving scams perpetrated by the Russian scam movers, usually from the Bronx or Queens New York, is anything but funny. We strongly recommend not using them under any circumstances, regardless of their quote. Do not accept quotes based on cubic feet Moving contracts are based on weight, period. If a mover gives you a quote based on cubic feet you...

IRS Moving Expenses

IRS Topic 455- Moving Expenses IRS Topic 455 – Moving Expenses If you moved due to a change in your job or business location, or because you started a new job or business, you may be able to deduct your reasonable moving expenses but not any expenses for meals. You can deduct your moving expenses if you meet all three of the following requirements: Your move is closely related to the start of work You meet the distance test You meet the time test Your move must be closely related, both in time and in place, to the start of work at your new location. Closely related in time generally means you can consider moving expenses incurred within 1 year from the date you first reported to work at the new location as closely related in time to the start of work. Closely related in place generally means that the distance from your new home to the new job location is not more than the distance from your former home to the new job location. For exceptions to either of these requirements, seePublication 521, Moving Expenses. The distance test: Your new workplace must be at least 50 miles farther from your old home than your old job location was from your old home. If you had no previous workplace, your new job location must be at least 50 miles from your old home. The time test: If you are an employee, you must work full-time for at least 39 weeks during the first 12 months immediately following your arrival in the general area of your new job location. If you are self-employed, you must work...