4 Steps to Take When Organizing a Move for Work

Moving for work is pretty common. There are plenty of good reasons to move for work, especially when it comes to cutting down the commute time or just making traveling to work actually feasible. However, the actual moving can be a major problem, and if you do not prepare for it can be a major problem. Fortunately, there are a lot of moving companies that are willing to help you, but you still need to do a lot of the heavy lifting yourself. If you keep in mind some basics, the moving will actually go relatively smoothly.

1- Can You Live There?

Do not forget that you will need to live there. This means that you should look at where the grocery is, where the convenience stores are, and where your new doctors will be. Before you inspect a new home, map it out and see where everything is; you want to avoid as many surprises as possible and a little research can kill a lot of them before you even arrive.

2- Make Sure that the Travel Time is What You Expect

When you are just looking for a place, remember that part of the reason you are moving is to make the commute easier. This means that you should take a test drive to determine the best path from the potential location to the new workplace. If possible, time it so that you are traveling it at the same time as your planned shift so that you look for potential issues, but at least make sure you look at traffic reports of the planned route. This is definitely one time when you need to look at the details to help you later on.

3- Remember the Basics

When you move you should start with the USPS moving kit. Besides making changing your address easier, it includes a lot of valuable moving tips. A lot of them are pretty simple, but as most people do not move that often as adults it can only help to get a refresher in the basics. Just remember to set up a checklist, organize your boxes by room, and double-check the house before you leave and you should be reasonably okay. Also, make sure you time the shut-off at your old place and the turn-on at the new place so that your lights are on when you arrive.

4- There Are Some Tax Issues to Remember

Keep in mind that because you are moving as part of employment you may qualify for a tax deduction for moving. There are a number of issues to keep in mind, ranging from how far you are moving, the distance you are moving, and how long you have been at the new location, but these are usually not a major issue for most people moving to a new home for business purposes. But keep in mind that you only get the deduction for moving itself; this is a one-time deduction; while you can deduct almost all of your moving costs, you only get this deduction once per location, so do not waste it during the search for a new home itself.

With all of this in mind, your move should be relatively simple. Try to keep the move itself simple, and allow for meals on the road, and you should do well. This does not need to e a traumatic experience, and you should be able to enjoy our new home for more than just the easier commute.

Brett Sartorial

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