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The recent tax reform efforts for 2018 means numerous benefits for taxpayers for the future.  The Standard Deduction has been increased for everyone. Other deductions have been eliminated with the idea of simplifying the tax code overall.  This article speaks to the moving tax deduction that has been suspended until December 31, 2025.

The tax deduction that would be of interest to people visiting a moving website has to do with moving.  In the past, if you moved because of a job change, and met certain additional requirements, then these expenses were able to be deducted from your annual income.  This has been eliminated for most people, but is still in effect for active duty military personnel who move for a new duty station.  This article at H&R Block has additional specifics to better understand this change.

How to Finance Your Upcoming Move

If you are moving for a job in a new city, then hopefully you’ve found this article before negotiating the terms of your move.  Depending on the situation, employers will often pay for your moving expenses as an enticement to bring you to their company.  Consider this article from Monster regarding moving expenses.  It gives you some ideas about what to ask, and what you might expect from the conversation.

Sometimes people move simply because they want to!  You may have to figure out how to pay for a move yourself. If you have a lot of furniture and belongings to move, this can be expensive.  You may find it necessary to seek out financing for your move.  This article from Bankrate talks further about how to pay for a relocation.

At Garrett’s Moving and Storage, we’ve got a lot of experience in knowing exactly what it takes to get you from point A to point B.  As you compare quotes from different movers, be sure to consider their history, practices, and insurance options.  Contact us today for a free quote.

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Moving for yourself, or your business, to another place or state, can be challenging at best! It’s important to ensure that everything in the house, office or storage is successfully moved from one place to the next destination. For this reason, most people prefer to hire a moving company. Before you hire a moving company it’s important that you know everything about the moving process.

Once you’ve decided to hire professional movers to assist you, there’s a lot to learn.  You’ll want to avoid hiring the wrong company.  The wrong company could result in products being broken or having to deal with other issues. We recommend educating yourself and “The Ultimate Guide for a Successful Move” is a great resource! In this article, you’ll find everything you need to know about this amazing guide.

The Ultimate Guide for a Successful Move

“The Ultimate Guide for a Successful Move” was written by professionals with decades of experience. They noticed how customers were being fooled by unprofessional moving companies. Most customers often do not get all the furniture and items that were present in their house or some of the items get broken.  As a result, they must pay to repair or replace them.

To find the best solution for you, “The Ultimate Guide for a Successful Move” will provide the help you need. These moving professionals considered their years of experience and highlighted all the issues that customers often must face. After working on all the different aspects of moving, the experts were able to write down “The Ultimate Guide for a Successful Move”. It is the perfect guide you need.

Features

Here are some of the interesting features that you will find in “The Ultimate Guide for a Successful Move”.

  • Here you will get all the information and guidance you need to successfully move your belongings to your new home.
  • The best thing about the guide is that it is easy to read and understand. There are no difficult terms that might confuse you. You will feel like the experts are guiding you.
  • You will get the information for moving the house or office yourself, or how you should select the moving company. Additionally, how to adjust the furniture and other items in the truck so that nothing gets damaged.
  • In this guide you will also learn how to remove the furniture from the building and how to put it into place. It will allow you to pay attention to the movers whether they are using the right technique or not.
What makes “The Ultimate Guide for a Successful Move” the best guide

You might have been wondering why “The Ultimate Guide for a Successful Move” is the best guide. The biggest attraction of the guide is that it is available in downloadable version. You can easily keep it in your phone and consult the guide whenever you need. You will be able to find the service you need at the most affordable rates with our expert advice. The most pertinent feature of this guide is that it was written by experts, hence all the techniques, tips and facts available in the guide are authentic and tested.

Bottom line

Stop wasting your time and money on unprofessional moving companies. With the help of “The Ultimate Guide for a Successful Move”, you get the information and guidance you need so you never get fooled again. Ensure that you get moving services from experts whether you need residential, storage or commercial services. Order “The Ultimate Guide for a Successful Move” from Garrett’s Moving and Storage. Get the necessary help and information you need so you can successfully move your home or office from one place to another.

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Contrary to popular belief, your entire moving and packing experience can be as seamless as possible. To achieve that, make sure to follow these tips:

Know that the steps require a lot of money

The first tip here is a fact; if you are to have a seamless and highly effective moving and packing experience, then you should know that you are going to spend quite a lot of money. From hiring moving services and clearing certain processes to buy a new house and purchasing materials like shipping boxes, you need to ensure that you are financially prepared to undertake a project of this magnitude.

Hire professional agencies

It goes without saying that any moving or packing agency that you hire must be a professional one. Ensure that you vet from the very best and sift through them based on certain criteria. However, the quality of their service delivery has to be optimal.

You can ask around for advice

If you see that there are certain aspects of the moving process that just seems to be over your head, feel free to ask around for anyone who is able to offer you proper and effective counsel. No one is an island of knowledge; this saying applies to moving and packing as well. If anything seems unclear, don’t hesitate to ask for help.

Save!

Saving here refers to everything.

Money

You need to save money in order to be able to purchase some essential materials in the future. To wit, ensure that you purchase what you need and what you need only.  As stated earlier, moving is not an easy process. This means you’ll definitely need as much money as you can get.

Time

Simply put, the earlier you move, the earlier you are able to set up in your new place and settle down.

Energy

You also need to save as much energy as you can, as you’ll still need to expend a lot of it when you’re moving as well as when you get to your destination. To wit, get as many people as you can to help you out.

Space

Space is another commodity that needs to be saved. You need to ensure that your packing is as space-efficient as possible in order to reduce the number of trips you’ll need to make (as well as save some logistical costs as well)

Ensure quality packing products

Part of ensuring financial literacy is making sure that you get quality products. Moving and packing products include moving boxes, tape, bubble wrap, etc. Ensure that when you’re purchasing these materials, you keep an eye out for product quality.

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Customers often ask us “Do I need to tip my movers when I’m moving long distance?”. Of course tipping is absolutely not required by any means. However, if you feel your movers did an exceptional job, you may want to thank them with a tip.  The next obvious question is “How much to tip movers?”

According to an Angie’s List member survey, the “Movers” category was cited by the highest number of survey respondents as the category in which they were most likely to leave a tip. Reading that made everyone here at Garrett’s feel really thankful for being so appreciated by our amazing customers!

How Much to Tip Movers?

We don’t want to seem biased here, so we turned to a couple of reputable sites in order to get their advice on tipping movers. Here is what we found:

Movers.com – “$5 per hour per mover. This would amount to $50 for a full day’s work , and $100 for two day’s work.”

Angie’s List “For light moves, $10 to $20 tip per mover. For larger moves, a tip of $20 to $50 is appropriate.”

iTipping.com – “Typical ranges run $40 – $200 per person for a multi-day move.”

However, this site did note that many of the major moving companies they spoke to said tipping is not expected, and that it is up to the customer. Also, some moving companies already figure in a tip with long distance moving estimates.

We would advise calling your movers beforehand to see what they suggest on how much to tip movers.

Tipping on Both Ends?

If you do decide to tip, be sure and check if you will have one crew packing and loading your things, and another one that actually drives your belongings long distance. If so, you’ll know whether you need to tip your first crew after they pack the truck or if it can wait until the shipment is delivered.

What About Tipping by Percentage? 

Although a lot of sites out there recommend tipping as a percentage of the total cost of the move, we don’t recommend that, especially if the move is long distance.

Here’s why. The cost of a move includes many different things. It not only includes labor, but the cost of fuel as well. A tip could become very costly if it is done by percentage.

Tipping with Food

If you’ve ever been a part of a move, you know that it’s hard work (that’s probably why you hired a mover in the first place!). And all that hard work is sure to make your make your moving crew hungry and thirsty.

So imagine their delight when you surprise them with a cooler full of snacks and drinks. They’ll really appreciate the fuel for the long road ahead. If you are really happy with the way they loaded your things, consider even buying them lunch and/or dinner.

If you are looking for long distance movers, give Garrett’s Moving & Storage a call at 972-487-5843 for a free quote. We’ve done thousands of long distance moves from New York to Los Angeles and everywhere in between. Or if you would rather get a quote online, click here to fill out our estimate form, and we’ll be in contact with you within the next business day.

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In most of our articles we talk about how moving is a stressful process. That is why we share some helpful tips to make your moving experience easy and stress-free. However, sometimes after the move, most people don’t know where to start to get settled in in their new home.  A year ago, our article discussed some of the things you should do after moving. In this article, we put together a checklist to help you get started on your post-moving tasks.

  1.      Assess your delivered boxes.

After the move, you have limited time to report any damaged or missing items, the wise thing to do is to make sure everything is there and in the same condition.  You can do a quick inspection of your valuables and make sure everything is in same condition as it was when picked up.

Lower the risk of damage to your items by selecting a reputable moving company.  In case you find anything missing or damaged, don’t hesitate to contact the moving company.

  1.      Make sure your utilities are up and running.

Ideally, we recommend activating your main utilities before moving. If for some reason you did not do this, you should do this as soon as you can. You need to have at least the water and electricity turned on and ready for you.

  1.      Get your essential rooms ready.

Unless you plan on staying in a hotel until everything in your new home is organized, the bedrooms and the bathrooms should be set up for normal use. You can also start unpacking any essential boxes like your bathroom supplies, bed covers and sheets to help you get going.

The kitchen is also an essential room, but depending on your needs, you may decide to organize it later. Especially after cleaning and unpacking most of your boxes.

  1.      Inspect your new home.

Any new place of residence is an unknown territory to you.  We recommend making a thorough inspection. Find every secret of the house including:

– Locating the circuit breaker or fuse box
– Checking to see if anything needs to fixed or replaced
– Check any sign of pest infestation
– Uncovered electrical wires
– Leaking faucets…

This will not only help you know how to organize and clean your home after you have unpacked everything, it will also help you avoid any safety hazards.

  1.      Start arranging everything.

Now that you’ve covered the basics, it’s time to start putting everything in place. However, before assembling the furniture and setting up major appliances, you might need to do a thorough cleaning of the house while you still have the open space. This will help you even more if you have pets. Some animals like dogs and cats have a developed sense of smell and you don’t want them smelling the traces left by the previous pets.

The process of organizing and arranging might take long so plan it carefully. You might choose to also do your decorations during this process to give your new home the look you’ve always wanted.

  1.      Get to know your neighborhood

After the move and making sure everything in your home is in its place, you should explore your new neighborhood.  You can use this time to:

– Familiarize yourself with your new neighborhood
– Look for the nearest stores and pharmacies
– Update your postal information (change your address)
– Make necessary adjustments on your insurance (health, home, and auto)…

If you have kids, you probably already made arrangements for their new school before the move; if not, this is the time. Most people decide to plan their move during the summer when kids are not in school. This gives them time to get familiar with the neighborhood before school starts, and perhaps make new friends.

  1.      Make sure everyone feels at home

Moving to a new location affects everyone in the family, even pets. If you have kids, you may need to help them feel comfortable in their new home. It might take some time for your pets to get used to the strange new environment. Sparing some time and planning activities that will help you spend a lot of time together will help everyone adjust quickly. After all, the only familiar thing you’ve got in common is each other.

  1.      Open that Champagne bottle!

You did it! You are finally done with moving. I think that is a good cause for celebration. (Even if some adjustments might take a while to be made.)  At least you’ve got the basics done and are ready to move on with your normal life.

If you have any questions about your future moving plans, give us a call today at 972-487-5843.

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A recent study shows that moving houses is polled to be more stressful than both divorce or starting a new job. Do you feel as though you agree? Moving your home is one of the most exciting experiences you’ll face in life, although it can be difficult to enjoy the process as we charge toward that relaxing and comforting reward. Believe it or not, the average person moves 11 times throughout a lifetime and the average weight per move is approximately 6,500 pounds. That could surely add up to a lot of heavy lifting and unneeded worry and stress. Be certain you’re prepared, nothing is worse than a disorganized and poorly planned transition. Fortunately, today, there are many conveniences and a variety of services available that help make moving simple and easy.

Regardless if you are moving down the block or across the globe, consider these 6 planning insights to ensure the unknowns are limited and your move is as seamless as possible.

  1. Store It:

    Storage units are a big business in America and still growing. Did you know that you could combine three islands of Manhattan and that is still less than the country’s total self-storage rentable space? There is over 2.3 billion square feet of storage unit space available nationwide.

  2. Ship It:

    If you’re moving long distance, consider packing your stuff and shipping it to your destination. Speaking of shipping, if you already have in mind the things you’ll need for your new space, don’t purchase these prior to your move and then have to haul extras around with you. Simply order necessities online, today essentially anything can be shipped to your new doorstep. From cleaning supplies, unpacking day groceries/snacks/wine, to boxed up mattresses sent by mail, save the hassle of packing the things that will be replaced anyway.

  3. Sell It:

    Purge your unneeded items. Moving is an ideal time to lighten the packing load. Try to take the time to scale back on items you own that you don’t use or have any need for. This is a great way to make a little cash for the move while saving yourself from moving extra items.

  4. 24hr Essentials:

    Nothing is worse than needing something and not being able to put your hands on your own belongings. With moving this is a necessary evil. Consider putting together a 24-hour survival kit with the necessary items while you’re in transition. Things like toiletries, cords, valuables, and move related documents.

  5. Lighten the load and strategically replace:

    If you plan on buying new furniture or other large items soon, there is no need to bring your old sofa with you for a few weeks. A move is a great time to replace commonly used and overlooked interior necessities. Treat yourself and upgrade your essentials during your moving phase.

  6. Schedule Service and Appointments in Advance:

    Perfect planning pays off. When it comes to utilities, you don’t need to wait until you’re in your new home and unpacking to call and set up appointments that will only be projected out a week or two further. Consider getting ahead of the curve and lining up appointments prior to your move, this way the cable guys arrives during the week you already have off for unpacking rather than at their earliest convenience.

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Most moving sites you see online are run by what is professionally known as moving brokers.

Moving brokers act as the middleman between a customer and a moving company. They are not the actual moving companies, they do not own moving trucks and equipment or have the professional moving staff.

How do moving brokers work?

Moving brokers are mainly salespeople. In an ideal world, they will help you find a good moving company at a low price and ask for a fee in return.

Here is how it works:

A moving broker will give you an estimate mostly over the phone or online. When you accept the estimate, you will be charged a fee. The brokers will then bid the job to moving companies based on the estimate that they have.  This is how they are able to get you the cheapest move possible. So, what could go wrong you ask?

The risks of using a moving broker are much higher than the benefits. Since they use the lowest estimates to lure customers, moving companies might not accept the job at all; and this could leave you without a moving company on moving day.

An uninsured or unlicensed moving company may be hired to do the job since no one else is doing it. This is not a company that you want to trust with all your belongings.

Moving Day Blues

When working with a broker and something goes wrong, instead of taking responsibility, they will blame it on the moving company. Consider this, the moving company that is hired to do your moving job has only the information that the broker has provided to them.

Upon seeing the totality of the job, they might charge you more for the job. Moving brokers do not take responsibility for any negligence or discrepancies between the estimate and actual load once the moving company is hired.

We recommend that you always get a quote from the same entity that will be moving you.  The logos on the website, the truck, and the employees should all match, and if they don’t, this should be a red flag.

Call Garrett’s Moving and Storage today for a free estimate, or use our online contact form to get started.

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Let’s play these scenarios, you just got a job nice offer in another city, state or country; your current employer asks you to relocate; or your job hunt in your current location has been unsuccessful so far. What do you do? Should you move for a job?

Relocating for a job is one of the main reasons that most people move. In fact, a Consumer Insight Study conducted on 8,000 consumers, revealed that a new job transfer is one of the top 5 reasons people move as reported by mymove.com. Since there is a lot more involved when you decide to move for job than just financial reasons this article will give you some points to consider before making the decision.

  1. Current personal circumstances

We all have personal circumstances that affect the way we make decisions. When it comes to moving, your current personal situation plays a big role in deciding whether, when and where to move. For someone younger and in the early stage of their career it might be easier for them to move, especially if it means advancing their careers. On the other hand, someone older with an established career might need to be careful before making the decision to move.

Things might get even more complicated if you are a long-term resident, you might have close friends and family living nearby. You might be involved in your local community. This is why you need to consider the long-term outcome from you move. You can make a Pros and Cons list of benefits and obstacles that come with moving.

Things to think about before you decide to move for a job:
  • Is the new location a good fit for me and my family?
  • Will my family be happy at the new location?
  • Will we be able to make friends easily?
  • Do the benefits of moving for the job outweigh the problems?
  • How happy are you with your current situation?
  • Do you know someone in the new location that will help you adjust?
  1. Financial and career reasons.

Career advancement and financial stability is at the top of the reasons people often consider when moving for a job. However, before making the big decision, you need to have all the right information about the new job offer.

Some companies offer relocation assistance. If your company is offering to cover the costs of your moving expenses, it’s usually a good sign. It shows how much the employer is committed to you. No matter how great the relocation assistance package looks, don’t let it blind you and forget about the other aspects involved in the relocation. There might be better job opportunities that might not be offering such packages.

Here is what you should consider:

  • What is the cost of living in the new location?
  • Will your new salary cover the cost of living and still save you some money?
  • Where do you see this company in the next 5 years and where do you see yourself in this company?
  • Will this job help you learn and advance your career?
  • How easily will you adjust to the new company’s culture?

After considering the benefits and obstacles that comes with moving for a job to the new location, you will be able to determine if moving for the job is the right thing to do.

If you decide to move give us a call at 972 487 5843, or click here for a free quote.

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Just like there’s a magic day to buy a plane ticket, there’s also a specific time when moving that can be a little less costly or stressful. The only difference is that the specific time when it’s the best time to move can be different depending on who’s moving.

When is the Best Time to Move?

When planning a move, preferences may vary from saving money, school calendar, the weather or move in date flexibility. This article discusses which time is the best for each type of preference.

  1. If you are looking to save money
    1. If you would like to save money on your move, the best way to plan your moving date is to target the time when moving companies are the slowest. The key here is to avoid the time when everyone else is moving. Summer is the most expensive moving season. Moving companies are busy and charging their highest rate, kids are out of school and everyone is moving.
    2. The ideal time to move would be spring or late fall.  Also, you should consider moving in the middle of the month and avoid weekends or holidays if at all possible.
  2. School calendar
    1. Most parents prefer to move in summer. During summer, kids are out of school and you don’t have to worry about them experiencing much sudden changes in the middle of the school year. It also gives them time to get to know their new neighborhood and make new friends.
    2. Moving in summer can also be beneficial since your kids can help and you are not worried about picking them up after school or helping them do their homework.
    3. However, some parents found that moving in the middle of the school year is the best time. Teachers are more likely to give more attention to new kids in the middle of the year than in the beginning of the year when everyone is new. Also, moving in the middle of school year can help our kids meet and make new friends faster than they would in summer.
    4. Parents might need to consider what works best for their kids; and if possible, involve them in the decision making.
  3. The weather
    1. The weather can have a great impact on your moving experience. Bad weather will not only make the moving process hard for you, it can also affect your belongings. In some states, summer heat can be extreme, and in the others winters are so extreme you can’t even drive.
    2. Also, if you have valuable items that can be affected by the weather, you might need to wait for seasons with favorable weather conditions.
    3. If you are worried about extreme weather condition, this is another scenario where moving in spring or fall might be a good Idea.
  4. Flexibility
    1. Sometimes, situations like limited apartment availability, change of employment or divorces might give you less wiggle room to plan your move based on your preferences. In this case you might end up taking what’s available or what you can afford. However, you can still plan your moving day in the time of the week or month when moving companies are less busy. Remember the “middle of the week or middle of the month ” rule.

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Moving might be one of the hardest things family have to go through at some point in their lives. As hard as it can be for adults, it might be even harder, and take longer, for children to adjust to change. Especially if they don’t understand why they must move. In this article, we make a few points that can help you prepare your kids for an imminent move.

Discuss the move with kids and keep them involved

For families that have gone through major life changes like losing a loved one or divorce, parents might find it helpful to postpone the move. However, in many cases, moving is the last option.

Whatever the conditions that are necessitating your move, keep a positive attitude about it. Consider the changes your kids will have to go through; and create a good environment to talk to them about the move.

Give them as much information as you can. Answer their questions openly and truthfully. Anticipate both negative and positive reactions and be prepared to deal with them. Inform them about some changes that they might have to go through, like sharing rooms or getting their own rooms…  Tell them about the arrangements that will be made for them to participate in their favorite activities.

Keep them involved in the process as much as possible. You can let them participate in house hunting or the search for new school. You also can take them to explore the new neighborhood, or visit the new house/apartment (or show them progress if it’s being built). This will make the move seem less forced on them.

Keep their age in mind

The challenge of discussing the move with your kids may be different depending on their ages.

For kids younger than 6, it can be easy for them to move as they don’t fully understand the changes involved in moving and they adjust faster. It is still important to help them transition during the move. Try to hold off any additional changes like training toddlers for toilet or advancing them from crib to bed.

For kids old enough to be in school, there may a lot more to consider. They might need to change schools, make new friends and adjust to the new neighborhood.

To avoid any unnecessary drama, try to consider which is the right time to move for your kids. Some parents may find it better to move during summer because it will not disrupt the school year. Others may find it helpful to move in the middle of the year because the child meets other kids faster and makes friends.

Teens might even be more difficult to approach with the idea of moving. They might rebel against the move. The move might cost them their social activities, their friends, long waited events like prom…

It is important to let them know that you want to know their concerns and that you understand and respect them. Try to make adjustments for them to return to visit if possible. Also, you can promise them to return for their events only if possible.

Help them to see that this move might prepare them for bigger changes in the future like going to college or new jobs.

Here is what you can do for helping child cope with moving:
  • Give them as much information about the move as you can and do it as soon as you can.
  • Keep your explanations clear and simple.
  • Be prepared for both negative and positive reaction.
  • Keep them involved in the process.
  • Keep their interest like sports and social activities in mind.
  • Give them moral support during the transition.
  • Let them know that you understand their concerns and that you’re there for them.

After the move, try to keep changes minimal if you can. You can try to maintain regular meals and bed time. Be realistic about the transition.

Even though the move might present some challenges, sometimes good things come from such changes. Families grow closer and learn a lot from each other by going through it together.

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