Q: Can the movers arrange the furniture in my new home?
A: Yes. However, keep in mind that you are being charged by the hour, so a significant amount of time spent arranging furniture will add to the total cost of the move. Having a plan in mind before arriving at your new home can save time and money.
Q: Can the moving company dispose of excess trash or unwanted furniture?
A: Yes, but there is a charge for items taken to the disposal location, which includes the labor involved in driving to and from the location as well as the fee imposed by the management of the disposal location.
Q: Are any of my moving expenses deductible?
A: The moving process can be costly. However, some moving expenses can be tax-deductible. Job-related relocation. If your new job is at least 50 miles away from your old job, the IRS allows you to claim some expenses as tax deductions. i.e. Packing and unpacking expenses. Includes materials and services, such as boxes and moving services. Transportation to your new home. Includes moving trucks, rental vans, and personal travel. Lodging is also deductible. Moving insurance. Either standard, declared value or full replacement value. Storage. Up to a month during the relocation.
Donations. Moving is the best time to rid yourself of unwanted possessions. Toss aside everything you don't want to bring with you. If you give your unwanted items to charity, you can deduct your donations. Keep a list and approximate value of what you've donated, along with the receipt from the charitable center, and submit both items with your tax return. However, there is such a thing as too many donations.
Q: How much are you supposed to tip movers?
A: Tips differ depending on the size and difficulty of the move, as well as the efforts put forth by the movers. An honest day's work should not go unnoticed. The average tip for local moves is 7-12% of the total bill. The average tip for long distance moves is $3-5 per hour based on the labor. It is best that you compensate each mover separately to acknowledge the hard work by everyone involved in the relocation.
Q: How do I begin packing for a move?
A: Packing is one of the most important aspects of your move. It is recommended that you have the proper moving boxes. The ones you can get from supermarkets may be free but they're not nearly as strong or padded. They are more susceptible to causing damage to your valuables in transit.
Always remember that the heavier the item, the smaller the box that it should occupy. Buffer and separate fragile objects with sheets, blankets, pillows and towels. Fill in empty spaces to minimize movement during transit. Always mark the boxes containing fragile items.
Q: How much does a move cost?
A: This is the most frequently asked question and it has no definite answer. The cost of a move is based on many factors: weight, distance, length of time and the manpower involved. The best option is to contact each prospective mover and request a free estimate. However, don't let price be the deciding factor. It should be about getting your family and your items safely to your new residence. The reputation of a good moving company should go a long way.