NEW YORK – Sept. 2, 2015 – Moving can be a stressful undertaking, but there are simple ways to make the process more organized. CityLab recently asked moving experts to share their top tips.
- Document all your cords: “Take photos or make notes on the way all your media equipment is set up: television, sound equipment, modems and computer equipment,” says Lior Rachmany, CEO of Dumbo Moving + Storage in New York City.
- Update your address: Streamline the change of address process by using Updater, which saves time and money by forwarding mail. It also updates numerous businesses including alumni associations, charities and professional organizations with your new address. Updater even shares moving announcements with friends and family.
- Create a pet plan: Consider leaving pets with a friend or a boarder until the move is complete.
- Schedule touch-up paint jobs: If you’re renting, you will need to see if you’re responsible for paint job touch-ups before moving out. If so, schedule a painter before the move. “Once you have a moving date set, get a painting bid and plan for the painter to be the last person in before you turn the keys over,” suggests Brendon DeSimone, author of Next Generation Real Estate. “Waiting until the last minute could be a logistical nightmare.”
- Recruit some help. Not using a mover? Make sure you repay family and friends for their help.
- Pack a “first night in the new house” box: The last thing you want to do after moving all day is dig through boxes to find your toothbrush. Designate a box for toiletries, medications, deodorant and a change of clothes so they’re easy to find.
- Suitcases are your friends: Use your large suitcases as easily transportable storage. Fill them with clothes, towels and lightweight items.
- Remember important documents: Don’t toss birth certificates or other important but easy-to-lose documents in random boxes. Make a folder to hold anything important and carry it with you.
- Strategize your layout: Label items so movers don’t put them in the wrong room. You can also make signs showing where large items need to go.
- Save all receipts: “In many cases, moving expenses are deductible from federal income taxes,” says Rachmany of Dumbo Moving + Storage. “If you’re moving because of a change in employment, you may be able to claim this deduction even if you do not itemize.” Try to keep track of all moving costs for your accountant.
Source: “13 Tips to Make Moving Slightly Less Hellish,” CityLab (Aug. 6, 2015)
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