Choosing a Storage Company

Choosing a Storage Company

Most people don’t want to pay a fortune to store the stuff they aren’t using, but that doesn’t mean you have to settle for a cheap storage company. You are putting your items in storage for a reason: Because you want to be able to use them again someday, and it is likely that you want them to be in good condition when you do. That is why it is important to not only choose the most affordable storage company, but also the best one, one that offers the range of services and protection you need.

Here are the top three things our San Diego moving and storage company suggests you look for to find the best storage company for your items:

Movers and Storage
A great storage company offers both movers and storage. This gives you the best of both worlds because they can pick up your household items, take them to the warehouse, and then return them to you when you need them. Many full-service movers and storage companies will even pack your items for you.
Storage Supplies
Another great thing about working with a professional vaulted storage company is that they offer supplies that can help you keep items clean and looking good during storage. From furniture pads to boxes to packing paper, they offer everything you need in a one-stop shop.
Value
These days, it is all about price for most people. So you want to be careful in your preconceptions about how much a good vaulted storage company will charge you compared to what a self-storage place might charge. Some San Diego moving and storage companies, like Move Central, actually offer fully alarmed, manned vaulted storage at great prices over the competition.
Contact us today to schedule your free consultation today and find out what our storage company can do for you.

Tips For Packing Small Appliances

Packing small appliances can actually be quite simple when you know the techniques the pros use.  Here are Move Central, Inc’s tips for packing small appliances such as:  coffee makers, waffle irons, and blenders to prevent damage during your move.

Use Ample Padding

Whether they are made from plastic or glass, all small appliances should be wrapped well to keep them from being damaged, inside or out. Wrap each item separately with bubble wrap to protect it from shock or jarring.

Prepare Items Correctly

When wrapping items, don’t forget the cord. The plug end should be wrapped so it does not nick or scuff other items.

Ensure that coffee makers, irons, and other appliances that use water are completely empty and dry before packing. You may need to check the manufacturer’s instructions for specialty appliances.

As batteries can corrode easily from heat and humidity, causing your appliances to no longer work, they should always be taken out prior to packing.

Once all items are prepared, place them in a box that has been cushioned with bubble wrap or crumpled paper and ensure that they are secure for moving by packing extra spaces with crumpled paper. Seal the box tightly to keep air and water out, and you are ready to go!

As you see, packing small appliances the right way just takes a little preparation and know-how. At Move Central, Inc., professional movers in San Diego, we hope that this makes your next move just a little less stressful.

 

 

Planning a Garage Sale

You most likely have a lot of stuff you don’t use anymore, stuff that you don’t want to pay to have it moved and/or items that you don’t want to waste the time and energy on packing. Having a garage sale prior to your move is a great way to save time and money when moving, as well as get some extra money to spend on stuff for your new home. Here is how we recommend planning a garage sale to ensure a stress-free and lucrative moving experience.

Plan For Success

When getting ready for your garage sale, thinking ahead will help you cover all the particulars that you may not think of if you try to do it in a rush. To ensure that you cover your bases, give yourself at least three weeks to prepare before having your sale.

Many cities have laws for having garage sales or putting up signs on the right of way, so if you do not already know them, you should contact city hall to see what they may be.

See if anyone in your neighborhood would like to get together with you to hold the sale. Neighborhood garage sales are great because, while you can share in the costs of advertising your sale, you can also draw more customers by having a lot of merchandise in a close proximity.

Determine where your sale location will be. If you have a garage, that is a good place if the weather is iffy. If you are having it with your neighbors, a central location may work better.

Determine what day/days your sale will be held, and then determine how long it will run each day. It is best to have your sales during good weather, on a Friday or Saturday, and during a week that is not near a major holiday. Remember to plan a rain date in the case that you don’t have a garage or an indoor location for your sale.

Check to see that your house insurance will cover you in the case of injury on your property.

Set aside used grocery bags or boxes to provide to customers on the day of the sale.

Find Items To Sell

Go from room to room and make a list of the items you want to get rid of. In the case that you have less than 100 items listed, you might want to partner with a neighbor, family member, or friend to have a worthwhile sale.

Organize Sale Items

After you have listed your items for sale, find a spot where you can sort them out, price them, and make repairs or determine if they are not fit for sale. A little glue or a stitch or two can make a sale out of something that would otherwise be considered trash.

Use masking tape or sealable bags to put together items that are sold as a set. You could also get some brown sandwich bags and fill them with small items for grab bags.

Wash, iron, and fold or hang any clothing, sheets, or towels. Arrange clothing by size so it can be easily seen. Put shoes together in pairs and mark what size they are.

When partnering with others, put a distinguishing mark, like an initial or special color on each item. Then write down each sale in a book, so the money can be split correctly after the sale.

Price everything clearly and put it where you want it to sit until time for the sale. Be sure to put tags where they won’t damage delicate items when removed.

Determine Prices

You should consider your buyers when pricing your items. Remember, you want to get rid of them, and people often don’t like having to haggle a lot, especially when what they think an item is worth and what you have it priced at are too far apart.

For nice items, you may be able to get 20-30% of the retail price. Clothing and books will go for even less.

To keep things simple, price items by 25 cent increments or by the dollar.

Try to remember that you are selling used items, and the price should reflect that. But don’t start out too low, as you want all of your hard word to be worth it. Also, you can leave some room for negotiation; just don’t price things so high that you scare buyers off.

If you are trying to sell something that doesn’t work or is broken in some way, write as is on the sticker, so buyers will know that it may not work correctly.

For easy and secure pricing, use the round stickers you can get at dollar or office stores. You can also use masking tape, as it will release easily when pulled, but stay on tight for the sale.

Advertise Your Sale

Build it and they will come is only partly true for garage sales. You also need to advertise it, as the garages sale business can be competitive. Make your ads stand out, and make sure they are in places people will see them. One tactic is to use a slogan and put it on large, visible signs, as well as in your other ads. Also boast your best merchandise, including hot or rare items.

Here are just a few ways to tell people about your sale:

  • Put an ad in the newspaper
  • Announce it to clubs you are in
  • Put signs on store bulletin boards or in shop windows
  • Announce it on social media sites and online forums

On the morning of the sale, put signs out at the major intersections and corners of nearby streets. Also put a sign at the sale.
Large, clear, easy to read black lettering on white or yellow poster board makes a great sign for garage sales.

Make sure your signs are consistent, and only put one sign in each spot, so people don’t get confused and think there is more than one sale or that another sale is yours.

Tell people in your ads if you don’t accept early buyers. Otherwise, you will have people at your door before you have even considered getting out of bed on the day of the sale.

Be considerate and take down all sale signs once your sale is over.

Set Up Your Sale

Create a clean, open area for your sale, removing any items that are not for sale. If you have items in your sales area that cannot be moved, simply drape a sheet over the top of them and put signs on them stating that they are not for sale.

Hang clothes on an apparel rack or clothes line. Make sure to hang them from smallest size to largest size, so they can be seen and easily accessed.

If you don’t have a lot of tables, you can use sawhorses with wood placed on top of them for displaying smaller items.

Put items in groups with other items that are like them (kids toys, kitchenware, books, etc.) You can use boxes to group items like books and records. Place books spine up so they can be easily seen, and make it easy to flip through records by not filling the box too full.

Have an extension cord or power strip handy so customers can test appliances and electronics.

If you are selling nice clothing, you might want to make a changing area with a mirror. Have someone to watch the area and hand out pieces of paper with the number of clothing items going in to the area, to prevent theft.

Make signs for items that are not priced individually. For example, you may say Four Books For $1 or Everything In This Box $.50.

Make sure everything is arranged so that customers can walk around easily and without tripping or having to squeeze through.

Operate Securely

Some people see yard sales as a good way to make off with something they didn’t pay for. To keep yourself safe from thieves, follow these tips:

Have more than one person watching the sales, so there is always someone present.

Keep in mind that people intending to shoplift may work in twos or in a group. While one person distracts you, the others conceal items in their purses, bags, or sleeves.

Keep your change in your pocket or in a money belt, instead of a cash box that someone could easily make off with. Keep about $20 worth of ones on you at all times, and when you get over $100, take it and secure it somewhere safe.

If someone has a large shopping cart or bag, ask that they leave it with you until they are ready to purchase.

Watch out for people who seem to stay longer than they should, especially if they just seem to be waiting on other shoppers to leave.

Put small valuable items close to where you are checking people out so you can monitor them.

Lock the doors to your home and keep a phone on you.

If you think people are trying to steal, follow them around and ask them if you can help. They will get frustrated and leave.

Get Ready To Sell!

You will want to get things ready the day prior to your garage sale, so it can start on time. Be sure you have:

Enough change. Since you have priced things in $.25 increments, you will only need a few rolls of quarters, plus about $50 in ones and fives. People always bring change to yardsales, but one $20 bill early on can wipe out your change if you don’t have enough.

A paper and pencil for writing down sales items and a calculator for adding up prices.

A wastebasket nearby to keep things clean.

Newspaper, bags, and boxes for wrapping fragile items and customer convenience.

A sign that states that you take cash only.

A policy for holding items. We suggest taking a small deposit and setting a definite time limit on holds. If someone pays you in full, also set a time limit on when they can come back to get it.

Put your pets up in a safe place. Many shoppers are allergic to, scared of, or just don’t like pets. Your pet could also get hurt or go missing in a crowd.

Negotiate on Prices

People are looking for deals, so you will want to be negotiable on price.

Giving discounts on things that are not moving quickly or have not had a lot of interest can make you the sale.

Shoppers might want to get great deals on all of your good stuff right when the sale opens, but it is a better idea to wait until later in the day to start giving deals, so you can make as much money as possible off of your items.

After The Sale

Take out the amount of the change you started with, and if you worked with a partner or group, split up the remaining monies appropriately.

Put the cash somewhere safe and deposit it into the bank ASAP.

Go around and pick up any signs you put out.

Find a way to get rid of the leftovers. Many charities will come and pick items up, and you can even get a receipt for the items’ value to deduct from your taxes.

As one of the top moving companies in San Diego, Move Central, Inc. is all about making your move a great one. We hope that this advice will help you plan and have a successful garage sale before your next move.

 

 

How To Get A Tax Break On Moving Expenses

Interested in learning on how to get a tax break on moving expenses?  In some instances, it is possible for you to get a tax deduction for the expenses associated with moving when you file your federal income tax. If you are not familiar with the procedures or rules for claiming your move on your taxes, then you should consult your accountant for the full details. But as far as getting a general idea of if and what you can claim when it comes to moving expenses, our San Diego local moving company, Move Central, Inc. is going to provide that information to you in this article.

How to Get a Tax Break on Moving Expenses

Determine If You Qualify

In the case that you are moving to a new area because you have gotten a new job or are transferring within your current company to a new location, you can deduct your moving expenses by making an adjustment to your gross income. The following conditions must apply:

  1. Your new job location requires more than a 50 mile drive (one way)from where you currently live, based on the most direct and common routes.
  2. You are moving within 365 days of your start date at the new workplace.
  3. You will work at least 39 weeks out of a 12 month period in the new area after the move and   are considered a full time employee. In the case that you are self-employed, you must work full time for 78 weeks during the 24 month period after you move.
  4. Different rules may be applicable to those in the military, those who have retired from the military, and their survivors living outside of the U.S.

Go to IRS.gov for full details on the qualifications.

Allowed Deductions

If you qualify for getting a deduction on your moving expenses, you may deduct the following if your move was within the U.S. or if you moved from another country to the U.S. or its territories.

Packing & Transportation Expenses

The reasonable expenses associate with the packing, crating, and transportation of your belongings from one home to the next can be deducted. This can include transporting your vehicle or pet and any in-transit storage. When moving inside the U.S., in-transit storage deductions for the expenses for thirty successive storage days from the time your items are moved. To find out the guidelines about reasonable expenses, go to IRS.gov.

Travel Expenses

The expenses associated with your travel and lodging can be deducted. This includes travel expenses for only the most direct route depending on your mode of transportation. You and your family can travel at separate times if needed, but only one one-way trip for each person can be deducted.

Expenses For The Self-Employed

Any of the previously mentioned expenses can be deducted if you own your own business and are considered self-employed, as long as you are relocating your business as well. For the self-employed, there is no limit to the deduction available for moving personal belongings and travel expenses.

Expenses That Are Not Deductible

  • Food
  • Trips to find a new home
  • Deposits lost
  • Deposits required
  • Lost membership dues
  • Temporary housing
  • Fees, costs, or losses for buying, selling or leasing a home
  • House repair or improvement
  • Drivers licenses or tags
  • Penalties on early mortgage payments
  • Real estate tax (though these can be claimed as itemized deductions)

How Are Moving Expenses Reported?

Moving expenses are deducted as adjustments to your gross income. In most cases, you should use the moving expenses form 3903 from the IRS to list your moving expenses and their amounts. There may be special cases where another form is necessary, so you should always contact your tax preparer or the IRS website to find out which for is appropriate for your situation.

Tax Implications For Reimbursements

If your employer has reimbursed you for your expenses, there will be tax implications. These can be discussed with your tax preparer or your employer.

Discuss Your Moving Expenses With Your Accountant

Though we are here to help you in any way we can, our moving company in San Diego is not a legal tax advisor and cannot give tax advice for your specific situation. The advice given here should be used only as a guideline, and you should always talk with your tax advisor or the IRS to get advice on your taxes.

Here are just a few more things to remember when claiming your moving expenses on your taxes:

  • Save all of your receipts for your moving expenses, including those for hotel rooms, plane tickets, gas, cabs, as well as the bill of lading and additional services receipt from your moving company. All of these will be necessary for proving your expenses and claiming them as a tax deduction.
  • It is good to consider ahead of time how your moving expenses might affect your tax liability. If you were reimbursed for any moving expenses that cannot be deducted on your taxes, these could be taxable. In this case, you would need to put aside the extra money to pay your taxes or start having additional money withheld by changing your W-4 form. Again, your accountant is the best person to help you make these decisions.
  • In the case that you have sold your home, you will need to put this information on Schedule D when filing your taxes. Publication 523 from the IRS can help you in correctly filling out of this form. Additionally, Publication 521 from the IRS can help you to fill out form 3903 to claim your moving expenses.
  • – To request any federal tax form or publication, you may call your local IRS office, dial toll free at 1-800-829-3676 or go to IRS.gov. For additional help or inquiries, you can call the IRS helpline at 1-800-829-1040.
  • At the beginning of each new tax season, the Internal Revenue Service releases its annual Highlights of Tax Changes booklet, also referred to as publication 553. This booklet can be helpful in determining what changes may have been made to the deductions allowed for moving expenses.
  • Since there are special allowances for members of the military or civilians moving outside of the U.S., if either of these situations applies to your case, you should contact your tax preparer for more information on how to quality and claim the expenses associated with your move.

We hope that this article has helped you to gain a better understanding of your tax exemptions for moving. Even though our San Diego moving service, Move Central, Inc., is not able to give you legal advice for your move, we want to help you in any way we can to make your move easier and better.

New Home Moving In Checklist

Once you have moved in to your new place, there are several things you will need to take care of that you may or may not have previously thought of. In this article, San Diego moving service, Move Central, Inc., is going to give you an easy-to-follow, new home moving in checklist of these sometimes overlooked items.

Get Your Utilities Turned On

Before the move, if possible, have your electricity, water, gas, and other needed services and utilities scheduled to be turned on as soon as possible, if not before you arrive. You will not want to go even a day without lights, air conditioning or heat, a warm shower, or your Internet service.

Start Rebuilding Your Support System

Once you have moved, you will want to start making new friends and meeting people. Introduce yourself to your new neighbors and people at work, go to local restaurants and coffee spots, and join clubs or gyms where you can get to know the locals.

Register Your Car

To ensure that you don’t fall behind on taxes or licensing fees, you will want to contact the local revenue office and the state revenue office to give them your new address. This way, they will know where to contact you, and you won’t have to pay penalties or need to worry about fines for not being properly registered.

Update Your Voter Registration

If you will be absentee voting, make sure that you are registered well ahead of the day elections are held. You will need to check with the voting commission in your area to find out what the rules are, when election and absentee voting will be held, and where your designated polling station is. In most states, the National Mail Voter Registration Form is all you will need to complete, but you will need to determine the rules for your state.

Have Your Mail Forwarded

Once you fill out a change of address form at your local post office or online, you can have your mail forwarded to your new address from your previous address for six months. If you still need more time to update your address with your contacts, you can request a renewal that will extend forwarding services to a full year.

Find New Medical Providers

You never know when a medical need will arise; that is why it is best to always have your new family doctor or pediatrician lined up once you reach your new destination. You will also need to transfer all prescriptions to a new pharmacy and find out where emergency or urgent medical resources are located. And don’t stop with your human family, your fur babies will need to have a new veterinarian lined up in case of emergencies and to get any needed shots or medications.

Talk With Your Insurance Agent

You are likely moving everything you own to a new home, and you will want to make sure that everything is fully covered. Before the move, find out what your insurance will cover during the move and give the company your new address so they can update your home and auto insurance.

Subscribe For Newspaper Delivery

Call the local newspaper office and subscribe for newspaper delivery.

Keep All Receipts

A large manila envelope is a great way to keep any job-related moving expenses together so you can use them for any tax write-offs you may be eligible for.

 

 

 

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