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6 Tips to Packing and Unpacking Like a Pro

Tips for Packing and Unpacking

The proof is in the pudding and when it comes to moving, nothing can throw off your game plan more than a dysfunctional packing system. Packing for the big move is only half the battle, because finding places for everything, knowing where to look and unpacking in your new home or office location is just as important. Use our guideline below for our top tips in packing- and then unpacking- like a pro!


Organize and Eliminate

When you’re moving to a new place, it’s easy to get overwhelmed thinking about ALL of the “things” to move. Of course you will need to keep the major items and big furniture, but this move is truly a great opportunity to organize, sell, donate or trash the things you no longer use.


By eliminating things from your current home before the move, you will have fewer items to pack to bring to your new home! Additionally, throughout the organizing process, you will get a better grasp of where everything is, for when it comes time to actually pack.



Simply put: labeling will be your new best friend. Whether you decided to go the old-school route of permanent marker or get high-tech with a shiny, new label maker, the results will remain the same- success!


Organize and label boxes into specific rooms, such as kitchen, master bedroom and office. Use checklists to make sure that everything is in each box, to be able to account for it, or check it back in, once you’ve moved. This inventory list will save you time and stress throughout your moving process.

For a more detailed list on the packing process, check out this blog post by us at Eastern Van Lines, here!


Loading the Truck

When packing the truck, make sure to load it correctly, so that nothing fragile or valuable can break throughout your trip. Also, you will want to pack the boxes you’ll need first in the front for best accessibility and to save you time and effort, before you start climbing over boxes and bulky furniture.


Unpacking With Purpose

Now that you’re in your new location- be it at a home or office- bring the skillfully packed boxes into the rooms they are pre-designated for. Why pile everything into the living room or community space, when you can save yourself a trip and do it right the first time?


Since you have already pre-labeled the front of the boxes, this step should be a cinch and save you time in the long run!


Prioritize Your Unpacking

Remember, not everything is going to get done in one day, but consider the things you need first. If you have small children, you will want to unpack their favorite toys or sleeping buddies to help them with the new move. If it’s an office, you will certainly need access to your computers, phones and files ASAP.


Take your time to do it right, and understand that your bedroom, or dining table, may not be set up on the first night. Take this opportunity to inject some fun and whimsy into the moving event and set up a picnic on the floor or a sleepover on an air mattress for the whole family. It’s only a few nights at most, but it can truly leave irreplaceable memories for everyone involved!


Take an Inventory

Finally, as you unpack, remember to check your inventory list to ensure that everything arrived successfully. Check for broken items, pieces that have multiple parts and keep a list of things you realize you need to replenish from the move.



Dealing With Taxes After A Move

How Should You Deal With Taxes After A Move?

We all know that moving to another state is expensive. There are costs for transportation, storage, and the new home itself. However, what might not seem glaringly obvious are how taxes can be impacted. Sometimes dealing with taxes after a move can seem like a bit of a hassle, but if you take the necessary precautions, it will be much easier.

Income Taxes

When thinking about relocating, consider moving to a state without income taxes. Alaska, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, Wyoming, and Florida all do not have tax income. While Florida may not have personal income taxes, they do impose taxes on the value of certain business assets. Plus, New Hampshire and Tennessee only tax dividend and interest income. Moving to a state without income taxes can save you a large chunk of money in the long run so take them into consideration when searching for a new location. Unfortunately, if you decided to move twice during the same calendar year and end up having lived in three states, you may end up paying state income taxes in all three states.

Moving Expense Deductions

Federal tax laws allow people to deduct moving expenses if their relocation relates to starting a new job or transfer to a new location for your present employer. There is only one catch, the distance between your new job and your former home must be at least 50 miles farther than your previous employer is from that home. You also have to work full-time for a minimum of 39 weeks during the initial 12-month period that starts the day you arrive at your new locations.

You can deduct quite a bit of the moving expenses. The transportation of household items, renting a storage unit, and traveling to the new location can all be deducted. Plus, if you drive to the new location in your personal vehicle, you can include the cost of oil, parking fees, and highway tolls. For long distance moves, the cost of airline and train tickets can also be deducted. Make sure to keep detailed records and receipts.

Claiming the moving expense deduction is one of the few tax deductions you can claim before knowing whether you satisfy the time test until the following tax year. However, if you do not satisfy all the requirements at the end of the 12 month test period, you must reverse the deduction.

Tax Help

Luckily, many places are able to help with all of this important tax information even though it is still important to take into account before you go through with the move. Don’t be afraid to ask for help since taxes can get a little messy.