Looking for ways to save money on your next move? Here are some things you might not have thought of.
Clean out your old life
Don’t be a victim of “But I Might Need It Someday.” If you haven’t used something in the past year, chances are pretty good you’re never going to need it again. You don’t need all your old junk in your new apartment so go ahead and organize that garage sale.
Collect your deposit before you move across the country
Getting some landlords to part with a deposit can be worse than pulling teeth from an alligator so make sure to collect any deposit you’re owed before you move away.
Thoroughly clean your old apartment
Go over every surface with a white glove and make sure the place is spic and span. Though this won’t stop every landlord from charging you a cleaning fee, it will increase your chances of getting your deposit back.
Make an appearance at your walk-through
Don’t waive your right to be present when your landlord does the final walk-through. Have the landlord point out any issues that you’re going to be charged for and get everything in writing before you hand over the keys. This can save you from having to fight to get your deposit back.
Turn off your utilities on time
Don’t get stuck paying for two extra weeks of electricity, water, garbage, or cable bills. Contact all of your utility companies as soon as you know when you’re moving and tell them exactly when to end service.
Get out from under old books
The same goes for the books you’ve been carting around for years. Unless you’re really researching the Great American Novel, think about donating your books to your local library or your favorite charity. Or better yet, spread them around to your friends and family on indefinite loan. Remember: books can weigh heavily on your moving costs. Literally.
Cancel all memberships
A membership at a local gym isn’t going to do you any good if you’re moving out of town so be sure to cancel before you move. Though you may be contractually obligated to keep your membership for a year, there should be a clause in your contract that lets you get out of it early if you’re leaving the area. If you have a membership that you can make use of at your new apartment, make sure to transfer all your information to the new location before you move.
Keep a record of your moving expenses
In many cases, you can deduct at least some of the cost of moving from your taxes. Keep all your receipts and fill out the extra forms to get a break on your taxes this year.
Get rid of old media.
Do you have a DVD library, an impressive collection of CDs, or (gasp) an old storage locker full of VHS tapes? It might be time to go digital. You can save a lot of space in the moving truck by turning shelves full of disks into a one terabyte external hard drive.
Get a receipt when you donate.
If you’re giving some of your old things away, you can get a receipt and write off the value of those items as a charitable donation. This can save you some money on your taxes at the end of the year.
Don’t forget to check out V1 of 10 Ways to Save Money on Your Move for more money saving tips!
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