Ways To Save MONEY
There are numerous tips on
saving money during the relocation process. Wheaton has compiled a
list of 72 of those tips that will help you save money moving. While
this is by no means inclusive, it will give you a good place to start
and trigger some ideas that you may not have previously thought about.
Eliminate rather than
Sell it like it is
Miscellaneous money, time and headache savers
The better the packing, the better the move
Save on taxes
Eliminate rather than
While you're organizing or packing for your move, sift, sort and use a
heavy hand toward the trash can. Let common sense and these tips be
1. The Floor Plan.
If possible, get a floor plan of your future residence, or make one to
scale on graph paper. Try to fit your furniture in the mock up. If it
won't fit on paper, it won't fit when you arrive. Get rid of it.
2. Color-Coordinate Your Move.
If the sofa just won't match, don't move it. Often you can replace
furniture and appliances more cost-effectively than you can
re-upholster and move them.
3. Ignore the "I Might Need It
Don't move the riding mower to an apartment. Part with tools you won't
have a place to use. And remember, junk is junk. You don't need a
4. Book Learning.
Condense your library as much as possible and then investigate the
cost of mailing treasured volumes compared to the cost of moving them.
The special postage rate for books may save you money.
5. Plan for Plants.
Check with your mover. It is illegal to bring plants into many states.
Even if it is possible, it may not be sensible.
6. It's Not Dirt Cheap.
If you're determined to take your huge outdoor planters, fill them
with miscellaneous items instead of dirt. Same goes with the sandbox.
There will be dirt and sand where you're going.
7. The Shirt Off Your Back.
While one dress or one suit doesn't weigh much, the average full
wardrobe carton weighs 75 pounds. So if you're never going to wear it,
don't move it. Contact your local Goodwill agency and make a donation
-- there may be tax benefits.
8. The Sound of Money.
Hundreds of CDs and DVDs can make for a heavy box. Burn your favorite
songs to your computer and youíll be able to keep the music without
the bulk of the discs. Go through your DVD collection and eliminate
DVDs that youíll no longer watch. Sell your outdated CDs and DVDs for
9. Toys -- The Kids'.
Now's the time to clean out the toy box. If the kids are old enough,
give them incentive. Let them stage their own garage sale and keep the
profits to buy something special -- after you've moved.
10. Toys -- Yours.
If your treadmill hasn't gone a mile in months, moving it won't help.
Consider selling weight-lifting equipment and replacing it at your
destination. Remember, weight equals cost. Sell any hobby equipment
you no longer enjoy.
11. Food for Thought.
Frozen foods cannot be shipped, so eat up. Consume canned goods and
food staples, and don't replenish them. Plan menus to make the most of
what you have. Be sure to empty your refrigerator completely and clean
thoroughly to prevent odor problems.
12. Handyman Heavies.
The workshop is a storehouse of bulky, heavy items. Evaluate them
carefully -- from the workbench to the tools. It might be advantageous
to replace the massive workbench, etc.
Unless they're valuable, or you're sure they'll fit and flatter your
new residence, get them out from underfoot.
14. The Swing Set.
You'll probably come out ahead with your back, your kids and your
finances if you replace it rather than move it.
Burn your firewood prior to your move. Sell or give remaining wood to
friends or neighbors. Donít move it, especially if your new home
doesnít have a fireplace.
16. Cue Clues.
A pool table requires special handling. Your best shot might be to
sell it and then replace it at your new destination.
17. Musical Notes.
Pianos and organs also require special handling and should be tuned
after a move. If they're an enjoyable part of your lifestyle, move
them. If they're just impressive trimming, you might want to trim your
18. Bah Humbug.
Be Scrooge when it comes to special holiday decorations. Don't move
what you can't or won't use.
19. Don't Be Fuelish.
Do not under any conditions move flammable items. Empty fuel from the
lawn mower, power tools or kerosene lamps. Don't take paints (oil
base), bleach, cleaning fluids, lighter fluids, matches, ammunition or
any other type of combustible. Check the kids' chemistry set. Butane
tanks cannot be loaded into a moving van unless they are certified as
being professionally purged. If you have doubts, don't take it. Better
safe than sorry.
20. Can Your Aerosol Cans.
A seemingly innocent aerosol can of hair spray could explode and
endanger your whole shipment. Eliminate all aerosol cans -- hair
sprays, shaving creams, deodorants, household cleaners, insecticides,
tarnish removers, car cleaners and others.
Once you decide what you're going to part with, decide how. If you're
selling a home, the buyer may be your best customer. Some items that
can often be advantageously sold with the home are listed in the next
section. There are other ways to make a good riddance and a good
profit in the process.
21. Have a Garage Sale.
Organize it, advertise it and manage it. You'll be amazed to see how
profitably your trash can become someone else's treasures.
22. Advertise in the Classifieds or
For more valuable items, post a classified ad in your local paper or
online. Many websites offer free or low cost listings that can reach
hundreds to thousands of people. Including a photo of the item can
enhance its value and exposure.
23. Donate to Your Favorite Charity.
Itemize each donation and keep a receipt. It may help you qualify for
a tax deduction.
Sell it like it is
Before you even put your residence up for sale, carefully consider
extras that can be included to increase the appeal and the value of
your home -- and to cut moving costs. Discriminating buyers will
probably want everything but your family portrait. Many extras add
more value to the house than they actually cost in the first place.
This is even true for apartment dwellers, who may find the future
tenant a ready and willing buyer.
24. From Chandeliers to Ceiling Fans.
Most buyers assume that such fixtures are included with the home.
Unless there's a special sentimental reason, they probably should be.
Bulky, fragile ceiling fixtures require special packing and handling
which costs money.
Consider the age, size and color of your appliances. These are very
heavy items, and usually require professional servicing before the
move and special installation upon moving in. So, if your stove,
refrigerator, washer, dryer or freezer won't fit or match in your new
home, perhaps it's time to start anew.
26. Verify Type of Power.
You can prevent wiring damage caused by temperature changes by
unplugging all electronic items 24 hours before loading and waiting 24
hours at your new residence before plugging them into an outlet. Check
to be sure that you have the proper power connections and sources for
your appliances in your future residence. Don't move a gas stove or
dryer to an all-electric house.
27. Hearth and Home.
They go together. Special fireplace screens and tools are hard
to move and may not fit where you're going. Sell them with your home.
28. Shelving Systems.
If you have a built-in shelving system, leave it that way. No
new owner will appreciate holes in the wall where the shelves used to
29. Satellite Dishes.
Be sure to check to see if the same cable company services your
new city before you move your satellite dish.
30. From Flag Poles to Basketball Goals.
We've been asked to move them before! Sell them with the house
and save yourself time, trouble and money.
31. Arrange for the Transfer of
Start with the contents of your safe deposit box. Carry with
you or send by insured or registered mail, small valuables such as
jewelry, insurance policies, legal documents, stocks and bonds, etc.
Items of such unusual value should not be included in your shipment.
The same is true for important computer disks and CDs which can warp
and become unreadable.
Miscellaneous money, time and headache savers
Once you've organized your belongings, it's time to organize your
move. The things you don't do can cost you both money and time. Here's
a listing of small details that can save you dollars and headaches.
32. Coordinate Your Move.
Give your mover plenty of notice and, if possible, arrange occupancy
dates in your new residence to avoid storage or delays.
33. Notify Telephone, Electric, Gas
and Water Companies.
Set a specific date for service discontinuation on a specific date.
Request a final meter reading. Donít forget to connect utilities in
your destination city prior to your arrival. Otherwise, you might have
to stay at a hotel until they are connected. Use Wheatonís helpful
Utility Connection Center to disconnect and reconnect many of your
34. Notify Your Cable Company and
local Newspapers to discontinue service.
You can use Wheatonís Utility Connection Center to do these tasks as
35. Change Your Magazine Subscription.
Make sure to change the address on your magazine subscription in
advance to ensure you donít miss any issues.
36. Cancel Security Company, Lawn
Service or any other type of regular service.
37. Check Your Bank and Savings Accounts.
Arrange to transfer deposits so that you don't lose interest. Use your
bank as a credit reference.
38. Advise your Post Office,
Publications and Correspondents in advance.
This will prevent a delay in service.
39. Contact Former Employers and the
Social Security Administration.
This will simplify obtaining future information for income tax
40. Collect Any Deposits.
Whether it's a landlord or a utility company, it's easier to get
deposits back in person than via long distance.
41. Check with Orthodontist,
If any members of your family require ongoing medical or dental
treatment for which you have paid, arrange with the practitioner to
pro-rate payments with a professional in your destination city.
42. Check Your Homeowners Insurance.
It may be possible to have it applied to your future residence, or
reassigned to the future owners and pro-rate payments. If not, you may
qualify for a partial refund. Be sure to coordinate insurance so that
you're covered in your new residence immediately.
43. If You Sold It, Don't Move It.
Be on hand moving day to make sure that anything which was supposed to
stay with the home doesn't go on the van. If these items are shipped,
itís going to cost time and money to send them back.
44. Membership Fees.
Depending on the clubs or organizations to which you belong, you may
be able to sell memberships or get a partial refund on dues.
45. Lockers and Cleaners.
Be sure to collect all your belongings in club or school lockers and
at the cleaners.
46. Call Toll-Free.
Any time you need to make a long distance phone call, use the
47. Check on Car or Installment Loans.
You may be required to notify the lending company of your move.
48. Transfer all Insurance Records.
Verify that your car insurance is adequate, as rates vary from city to
49. Close any Revolving Charge
Accounts with department stores or specialty shops without
locations in your destination city.
50. Notify National Credit or Charge
Card Organizations to change the address on your account.
51. Try to Complete Closing and
any other legal matters before you move.
It's costly to make a return trip to take care of details.
52. Arrange for Payment of Your Mover at Destination.
Unless charges are to be billed to your employer or the cost of your
move has been charged to your personal credit card, payment by cash,
certified check or money order is required at your destination.
The better the packing, the better the move
Professional packing is an added expense, but it often pays for itself
in convenience and safety. Your mover has the expertise and materials
to protect your possessions. Even if you have the time and energy to
pack, consider leaving your delicate or fragile items (china,
glassware, silver, clocks, etc.) for the professionals. If you're a
determined do-it-yourselfer, do it right. Ask your Wheaton Agent about
specially designed containers and materials. You can buy them at a
minimum cost to assure maximum protection of your belongings.
53. Don't Use Newspaper for Packing.
Newsprint fades and the ink runs easily, possibly ruining the items it
was supposed to protect.
54. Pack Toiletries separately in
Be sure corks and caps are secure.
55. Don't Pack Too Compactly.
Give fragile items "breathing room" to avoid breakage. You can leave
clothing in drawers, but remember -- overstuffing can cause drawers to
56. Arrange for Proper Servicing of
Contact a professional or ask your Wheaton Agent to arrange service
57. Leave Fitted Sheets on Mattresses
to protect them.
58. Spread Your Linens Around.
Instead of putting them all in one carton, use your linens as fillers
to cushion other items.
59. Put Heavy Items on the Bottom and
Then Fill Up with Lighter Things.
Use smaller cartons for books, cast-iron cookware, etc.
60. Package Stereo Equipment and
Plasma Televisions in Original Packaging, if possible, or have them
serviced by professionals.
61. Indicate Contents on the Outside
of the Carton.
If possible, designate which room the carton should go in; it'll
simplify things at your destination. Be sure to indicate on the
outside of the carton if the contents are especially fragile.
62. Combine Items You'll Need
Immediately Upon Arrival in One Box.
Designate it "Unload First." Include necessities like toilet paper,
paper towels, cups, a can opener, soap, etc.
Save on taxes
There are many small things that could save you big money on your
taxes at the end of the year. Be sure to keep track of each of these
63. When You Donate Items to Charity,
Request and Keep an Itemized Receipt.
It might help you qualify for a tax deduction.
64. Keep a Detailed Record and
Receipts of Your Moving Expenses.
Include transportation, lodging, meals, etc. If you are moving
because of a change in principal place of employment, such reasonable
expenses are deductible. Check with the Internal Revenue Service or
your accountant for specifics.
65. Keep a Record of the Costs of
Improvements Made in Your Home Through the Years and any expenses
associated with the sale of your home, including realtor fees or
66. & 67. Insurance and Inventory.
The two go together. Your possessions are worth as much in transit as
they are in your home. Make sure they're insured accordingly. Talk to
your insurance agent if you have any questions. Your Wheaton Agent
will be glad to give you a complete inventory form. It can save you
money moving -- and afterward. The ideal time to prepare this
inventory is while you organize for your move. List your possessions
and their approximate value. Photograph or videotape your items room
by room. You'll probably be amazed what your possessions are really
worth. Keep your completed inventory in a safe place. If you have
extensive household damage in the future, you can establish accurate,
comprehensive insurance claims.
68. Pick Your Mover Like You Picked
Your Possessions. Very Carefully.
Because it's not just anybody's furniture -- it's your collection.
Trivia or treasures, miscellaneous or heirlooms, your possessions are
a part of your personality and lifestyle. They're what will make your
new home uniquely you. A proven, professional mover is your best
assurance of a good move.
69. Don't Be Sold By a Low Estimate.
Estimates are exactly that. The actual cost of your move will be
determined primarily by weight and distance, plus the cost of any
extra services you require. So if one estimate is significantly lower,
be suspicious. That way you won't be surprised on moving day.
70. An Estimate Is Only as Accurate as
Be precise and thorough when you show your Wheaton Agent what is to be
moved, and what, if anything, is not to be moved. Canvass everything
from the attic to the basement. The more thorough you are, the more
accurate your estimate will be.
71. Check the Record.
Although movers are no longer required by the government to furnish
customers with information about their performance, it's a good idea
to compare movers. You'll find that Wheaton Van Lines has one of the
best records in the moving industry for estimating accuracy, as well
as on-time pickup and delivery.
72. Ask Someone Who Knows.
At Wheaton Van Lines, most of our moves come to us as repeats or
referrals. We are proud of this fact, and strive to perform our
services in a way which gives our customers the confidence to
recommend us to their friends and colleagues.