Moving Long Distance? Plan Ahead to Save Time and Money02/15/2018Planning on moving in or out of Michigan? Well, here at Palmer Moving Services we can help you with your long distance move out of state and we can even help with international moves. Because we have been helping people move for over 100 years, we like to have our customers learn from our experience to help them have the best move possible. Considering all the costs and time commitment of the move will help you better plan ahead and save both time and money. This guide will help you to take some of the stress out of your long-distance move. Creating a Realistic Budget Moving costs can add up, so making sure you have adequate funds available for your move, including potential unexpected costs, is a good idea. Some of the expenses of a move can include home repairs, furniture, shipping of household goods, hotels, insurance, gas, real estate fees, mortgage costs, utilities setup/deposits, and more. These cost can really start to add up. It is important for you to have a realistic budget for your move and make sure to have funds set aside so you don’t have a budget shortfall that can cause issues. Think through the cost of each aspect of your move through the entire moving process from any expenses related to preparing your existing home for sale all the way through moving into your new home and having everything setup for living there including utilities, home updates, and furniture. Add up all your expenses to create a realistic budget for your move so you know how much you should save and make sure to leave room for unexpected costs. Check On Company Moving Benefits with Your Employer Some companies provide employee benefits to help financially in some aspects of the move, even if your move isn’t for your job. Some of the costs they may cover include: shipping costs, packing services, transportation/travel expenses, etc. If you are moving specifically for a job relocation, talk with your employer about other costs that they may be able to help with. It never hurts to ask! Plan for Taxes in Your New State When you move to a new state, you may have to pay two separate tax returns. When earning income from two different states within the same year, you will need to file a return in both states to pay for the time you lived there. Save Money On Moving Your Household Goods By hiring a professional full service mover you have the option of relaxing while they do all the work to get your items to your new home including disassembly of any large items and packing all your belongings to ensure they safely make the trip. If you are looking to save money, you can disassemble and pack your things and our movers will only need to load the truck and transport your things to your new home. You can also save money by unpacking yourself. Booking in Advance Many moves typically happen in the summer as it is warmer and the kids are out of school. Considering this, you may want to book flights and hotels early because demand for hotels and flights are high in the summer. Booking late can cost you more or your ideal dates may not be available. The same thing applies for the moving of your household goods, so try to book as far in advance as possible to make sure you get your ideal dates. Update Your Information As you plan your move, updating your new information as soon as possible is important including recurring bills, credit cards, and your bank account. Once you have your new address, notify the people you know and the U.S. Postal Service so your mail will make it to your new home. If you are moving to a new state, get familiar with the small differences in driving laws and laws in general that may be different if your new area. You will also need to get a new license and registration for your vehicle in your new state. You generally have a month or so to get this done at a local department of motor vehicles in your new location. Moving to a new state is a big change, and Palmer Moving Services will be with you every step of the way. Contact us today to find out how you can receive a free quote by filling out our online quote form today.