Reimburse Yourself: Money Saving Tips for Relocating
Note from Chris: Ken is a personal friend and was kind enough to offer these suggestions to help you save money on your upcoming move. Thanks, Kenny-G!
Pack all the small items (breakables, dishes, books, clothing, toys, etc.) into boxes yourself. This is the best way to save money, as having a moving company do the packing can easily cost $25-$30 per carton (labor + materials).
The easiest way to get materials is by going to a grocery store, merchandise store (like a Target or Best Buy) and seeing if these stores have boxes – usually these store will just give cartons away for free.
Use paper/newsprint to wrap or pack fragile/breakable item. Paper is much more protective than bubble-wrap or Styrofoam “popcorn”, and is less expensive to acquire.
If moving locally, move the smaller items yourself. Since a local move is based on time, every trip to/from the truck you can save the movers is savings for yourself. It can take a similar amount of time to move a triple dresser and an end table – but it is much easier to move an end table yourself.
Make sure all dresser drawers, end tables, night stands, desks – anything with drawers – are emptied prior to moving. Not only is this easier on the furniture while in transit from Origin to Destination, the furniture can be moved quicker, because it’s empty.
Use the “$0.60 per pound per article” Valuation Protection option (Insurance) when deciding on Valuation Protection. This can save you hundreds of dollars, and if your Homeowners Policy covers a relocation, you don’t need to purchase the moving company’s valuation protection. There is some risk here, but the moving company still shares in the liability protection on your household goods.
My name is Ken Gottlieb, I am a Relocation Consultant for Guardian Relocation, an Agent for Atlas Van Lines. I have over 25 years of relocation experience, which includes driving, packing, loading, commercial relocations, local, long distance and international relocations.
My goal is to provide the very best service to a family that is relocating either locally or long distance.
You can contact me at the following:
Guardian Relocation / Atlas Van Lines
2710 Independence Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46808
Great news, you sold your home! In today’s busy market that may have happened faster than you or your agent were anticipating, and the thought of having an inspector in your home may be nerve-racking. Here are a few quick tips to prepare your home for the upcoming inspection:
Be your own inspector.Eliminate the clutter from the inspection report. Replace burnt-out light bulbs. Tighten loose doorknobs. Check for any plumbing leaks or non-functioning drain stoppers. Replace your furnace filter. The fewer items that appear on the inspection report, the better. You may also consider having a pre-listing inspection. This would point out anything the buyer’s inspector would find and give you time to make a few repairs. Knowing any major deficiencies beforehand will give you time to fix the problem.
Be upfront about any known issues. Don’t try to hide or cover up issues because the inspector will VERY LIKELY find them. Be honest. Were you planning on replacing the torn screen but haven’t had time yet? Does the dishwasher leak? Leave a note detailing anything you would like the buyer to know. This includes repairs or updates as well. Did you have any recent work done to the home? Leave a copy of the invoice or any manuals for appliances.
Make sure all utilities are on, especially if the home is vacant. This includes lighting all pilot lights.This allows the inspector to put the house through its paces and will eliminate any uncertainty that could delay the sale.
Plan to be away from the home for several hours. Also, make arrangements for pets. Go get some coffee, run some errands, meet a friend for lunch, etc. Typically the buyer feels more comfortable when the seller is not present during the inspection.
Make sure the important areas of the home are accessible. Clutter is understandable while in the process of moving, just be mindful of important areas of the home. A little cleaning goes a long way. The inspector will need to access the electrical panel, furnace, water heater, and any attic areas or crawl spaces, so remove any obstructions. Make sure the washing machine and dishwasher are empty as well since they will also be tested. Leave the keys to any detached garages or sheds.
By taking these 5 steps you can dramatically increase your chances of a successful sale. Good luck!