After searching high and low, you've found your perfect piece of Jefferson County real estate. Congratulations! New home buyers are usually looking to cut costs in any way possible after making such a big ticket purchase. With a little planning, there are many ways to save money while moving. Here are tips:
Don't buy moving boxes
If you start looking for cardboard boxes ahead of time, you can avoid paying hundreds of dollars to buy them. Ask friends and family members if they've bought any larger items recently and have boxes you can have. Stop by local grocery and retail stores and ask if you may pick up boxes before they are crushed. Many towns have recycling centers that will give away cardboard boxes for free when asked.
Don't buy packing peanuts or butcher paper
There are cheaper ways to protect your fragile items than buying packing peanuts or butcher paper. Do you receive a daily newspaper? If not, does one of your neighbors? Save those papers and use them to wrap the wedding china. Also, think creatively about how you can use other belongings to cushion the breakables. For example, a bath towel can be used to protect glassware and t-shirts can protect crystal. This option also reduces your total number of boxes because you are combining items that would've been packed separately otherwise.
See if you qualify for a tax credit
Are you starting a new job after your move? Is your new home more than fifty miles closer to that job than your old home was? As long as your move and the start date of the job are within one year of each other, you will probably qualify for a tax credit. That means you can claim moving expenses as a deduction. Be sure to keep track of all moving expenses, whether you hire movers or rent a moving van and do it yourself.
Get rid of everything you don't need
Before a move is the perfect time to go through everything you own and evaluate whether or not it is still useful to you. Have you used it in the past year? Do you enjoy looking at it? Is it in working order? It is better to get rid of things before you move rather than during unpacking because then you will have fewer things to move and lower moving costs. Lightening your load could even make you money if you sell some things on ebay or throw a garage sale.
Move at an unusual time
Most people move at the very beginning or end of the month, June through September. If possible, move sometime between October and May to get lower prices on movers. If you can move mid-month, even better. If the moving company doesn't seem very busy, don't hesitate to try and negotiate a bit on the cost. They just might go for it.
Hopefully these tips help you save money as you move onto your new piece of Jefferson County real estate! If you have any questions about the local community or about buying or selling real estate, do not hesitate to contact us.
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