Get Ready to Get Moving in Livermore!

California home expensesWhether you are buying or selling a Livermore home, moving your household can be a challenge. Moving can be hard work, expensive, and stressful – and if that isn’t enough, moving fraud is a growing problem. Fortunately, there are ways to save yourself money and headaches if you are moving within California or across the country!

1. Get familiar with the American Moving & Storage Association. Their website has a wealth of information about preparing for a move. Members of the association adhere to a code of ethics and standards of professional practices.

2. Professional movers are regulated by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Visit protectyourmove.gov to find out how to screen your moving company and protect yourself against fraud.

3. The peak moving season is May through September. Don’t wait until the last minute to reserve your moving truck and storage units.

4. Consider using moving pods. The mobile storage unit is placed on your property for you to load. When you’re ready to go, the pod is loaded to the truck and transported by a professional driver to your new home. The pod is left at your new location for however long you specify, giving you plenty of time to unpack. If you are doing a multi-stage move, secured storage of your belongings is also available.

6. If you rent a truck, be sure to read the fine print carefully and look for fees that are piled on for extra miles, late return, re-fueling, ect. Don’t skimp on the truck size; making multiple trips with a smaller truck can be more expensive. Hand carts, furniture padding and cords may also cost extra.

7. Plastic, stackable moving containers make a great alternative to cardboard boxes. If you go with cardboard, avoid the temptation to see how much you can fit into the box or how high you can stack them. Cardboard isn’t always as tough as it looks – especially if you’re moving on a rainy day.

8. Verify if your move is tax deductible in advance of making your moving plans. If it is, document your expenses and keep receipts!

Ready to get moving? Let’s talk! I’m here to help you whenever you are buying or selling a home. I will share the latest market data for your neighborhood and help you make the most of today’s opportunities. Always feel welcome to contact me for real estate guidance in LivermorePleasanton or Dublin!

John Kurtzer
Your Livermore Real Estate Expert
RE/MAX Accord

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