Everything you need to know in one place.
A MONTH BEFORE THE MOVE:
- Get change of address kits from the post office and notify friends, relatives, magazines and credit card companies.
- Schedule all utility disconnects.
- Pack essential and non-essential items separately so you can get to the important boxes first.
TWO WEEKS BEFORE THE MOVE:
- Reconfirm your schedule with your mover. Clarify payments, check insurance and make sure all paperwork is in order.
- Transfer bank funds and arrange check cashing at your new location.
- Notify insurance companies of your new location and check coverage for damage to goods during moving.
- Transfer car title registration, driver’s license and motor club memberships.
- Contact new utility companies for service.
- Obtain or transfer your children’s school records.
- Obtain medical, dental and prescription records. Ask doctors for referrals and prescription transfers.
- Transfer church, club and civic organization memberships and get letters of introduction.
- Find out about pet regulations, licenses and vaccinations.
THE DAY OF THE MOVE:
- Empty freezers and refrigerators.
- Carry currency, jewelry and important documents with you.
- Carry travelers checks for quick, available funds.
- Let close friends or relatives know your travel routes and schedules. Have them be your message headquarters.
- Double-check closets, drawers and shelves, make sure the house is empty.
- Leave old keys with new owner or Realtor.
FAST SALE, 8 TIPS TO GET YOUR HOME SOLD QUICKLY
Time and time again we find some sellers don’t know how to stage a home for sale. Months later, their home still hasn’t sold, and when they finally take the necessary steps to prepare the home for sale, the optimum “first 30 days” have gone. Make sure you take these steps to increase your chances for a quick and profitable sale.
INSPECT CONDITION CAREFULLY
- Price the home realistically. Putting in a “cushion” only tells buyers you’re not realistic about the value of your home.
- Get the optimal exposure by using a proven marketing plan created by real estate professionals.
- Paint the inside and out where needed, including the garage and outbuildings. Don’t forget repairing and restaining the deck and fence.
- Keep the lawn in tip-top shape (think about your visit to a new home development, is their grass ever overgrown?). Trim back bushes and trees.
- Seal gutters and clean down spouts.
- Clean all windows (inside and out) including screens and storm windows.
- Fix all broken items, including leaky faucets, squeaky hinges, loose door knobs and cabinets.
- Clear out the junk (and that means out of the closets, too.) Three to six months of storage space rent will pay off quickly, plus make moving much easier.
NOT ALL EXPENSES ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE
Keep in mind the Internal Revenue Service does not allow deduction of all moving expenses.
HERE’S A LIST OF EXPENSES FROM IRS PUBLICATION 521:
- Pre-move house hunting expenses
- Temporary living expenses
- Meal expenses
- Expenses of buying or selling a home
- Security deposits (including any given up due to the move)
- Home improvements to help sell your home
- Loss on the sale of your home
- Mortgage penalties
- Any part of the purchase price of your new home
- Real estate taxes
NO DOUBLE DEDUCTIONS
You cannot take a moving expense deduction and a business expense deduction for the same expense. You must decide if your expenses are deductible as a moving expense or as a business expense.
For example, expenses you have for travel, meals, and lodging while temporarily working at a place away from your regular place of work may be deductible as a business expense if you are considered away from home on business.