Debunking the Most Common Moving Myths

image02In many cases, moving home means you’re making progress, creating better living conditions for your family and setting an example to your loved ones how hard work pays off. There are, of course, situations when things are not positive, but whatever the case, the actual act of packing, transporting and unpacking is pretty much the same.

Naturally, everyone you ask has an opinion on how you should go about when it comes to moving. Some advice is based on experience, some not so much. So, if you consult a plumber about installing a fixture in your bathroom and if you hire an electrician when there’s a need for electrical work, why don’t you trust the opinion of people who move entire homes and companies for a living? Let’s hear what they have to say about common misconceptions and myths related to moving.

Rocket science

Unless you are physically unable to pack, carry, load and unload a truck, there’s probably no reason to hire moving professionals, or that’s at least what many people think and say. Of course, it’s usually cheaper to do it yourself or with a little help from your friends. What you need to take into account, however, is the fact that depending on the number of items and people available, your moving might take way too much time.

Also, carrying an object from point A to point B is basically a straightforward process, but you need to think about how many times will you have to repeat that action and whether you’ll be able to do it. You should start with objects that create an obstacle to people moving around your home and those objects that weigh more. The reason is simple: you’re still fresh and full of energy and enthusiasm. Chances are you won’t be feeling like that towards the end. Moreover, if you decide on a fully DIY job, you should protect yourself from potential injuries.

Driving a rented truck vs hiring professionals

Another aspect that divides opinions is whether you should save money by renting a truck and driving it yourself. It’s true that you’d be saving money, but what about the risk? If you have a license, but don’t have a truck, it suggests that you don’t drive such a vehicle regularly, which, in turn, means that you’re not very experienced.

For this reason, transfervans might just be the thing you are looking for. Our online platform help you find the right vehicle at any time and any day of the week, even on Sundays, and most importantly, you’ll pay up to 40% less than an average moving company would charge you.

Packing

Some say that if you load the truck carefully, you don’t need to be particularly careful about protecting individual items. Nothing can be further from the truth! All your valuable possessions need to be wrapped and protected appropriately. You should also wrap up your carpets if you’re taking them, since they can get dirty and stained easily.

Furthermore, if you have some really fragile and valuable pieces, you need to take extra care of them and make sure you have enough bubble wrap. The most critical part is the actual drive from your old to the new home because any sudden braking or swerving can damage and break your belongings easily.

The almighty boxes

Many people don’t have time to pack their stuff properly or they are just too lazy to do that. Not only is it more difficult to protect more valuable items, but you need to check each one individually and carry it to the designated room. What you need to do instead is clearly label each box, stating which room is its destination and, if necessary, whether special care should be taken while handling the box.

Timing

Ideally, you should avoid extreme heat or cold. Rain doesn’t speed up the process either. However, sometimes you just can’t wait for a season to end and you have to deal with the situation. What you can do, though, is move on a Friday. That should give you enough time for final, finishing touches during the weekend when it comes to unpacking and putting everything in its new place. Also, it might be more convenient to get a day off on a Friday than some other day. Naturally, not everyone agrees with this.

Would you know how to react in an emergency? Are you ready to accept the risk of damaging your own stuff? These are just some of the things you need to ask yourself. As you can see, there are some considerations to be made before moving house and you could do worse than ask for professional help. Even if you don’t end up hiring them for the job, you’re bound to pick some invaluable advice.

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The Ultimate Checklist for a Stress-Free Home Move

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Moving home is undoubtedly one of the most stressful activities, as there are so many things you need to take care of and even a slightest problem can aggravate and disrupt the whole process. While it’s true you can’t anticipate every problem, you can greatly reduce the risk of things going wrong by carefully preparing.

So, if you don’t want stress to ruin the day when you’re supposed to start a new chapter in your life, make sure you use a checklist and start preparing well in advance. Here are some things you should do in different timeframes to make the whole process as smooth as possible.

Two months before the big day

This is when you should have the first draft of your checklist ready and, if you’re not doing the whole thing with a little help from your friends, contact a moving company or, better yet, book one of those affordable moving vans. Next, you need to schedule the date and set the budget, which should include the cost of movers, new furniture you’ll have to buy immediately and the food you’ll be ordering, since it’ll take some time before your new kitchen is ready for use. Finally, this is the time when you need to start collecting boxes and getting plenty of packing tape, since that’s what you’ll need for next steps.

One month before the big day

You need to begin sorting through your things by getting rid of the things you won’t be needing any more. If those things can still be used, consider donating them to someone in need, give them to a friend or sell them.

Make sure various providers (gas, electricity, cable TV and Internet) are informed about the fact that you’re moving. Also, if you have a pet, you might arrange with a friend or a pet sitter to spend those few days with them, because you won’t have enough time.

Inform your bank you’re changing address and, again, try to get rid of as many things as possible before packing and moving. You might have a garage sale and thus boost your budget a bit.

Two weeks before the big day

Now is the time to actually start packing those things that are not essential, and make arrangements with a cleaning company to clean up the place as soon as you leave. The earlier you schedule the cleaning day, the better chances of finding a company that can meet your expectations. Finally, check with your boss if you can get a day or two off for the actual moving day.

One week before the big day

Make sure you properly label each box, writing not only what the content is, but also which room it belongs to. This should ease and speed up the unloading process. It’s also a good idea to number the boxes and know exactly how many of them you’ve got. One box should contain all the essentials that you’ll need for the first night.

This is also the period when you need to make sure you have enough cash for the day of moving to pay the movers and order food for all those landing a hand.

The big day

This is the most critical day, since you have to think about leaving your old home in accordance with the agreement you have with the landlord and about settling into your new home. Once you’ve made sure you’ve left nothing behind, take out the trash and clean up the place. If you have pets and children, this is the time for them not to be with you, since they are likely to cause more problems than help. Switch the lights off, say goodbye to your old home and leave the keys with the landlord.

Before your safely packed belongings arrive in a moving van, you should remember to open any gates that provide access to the building or the house. Make sure you walk through the place with the new landlord before you put a single box in, since you’ll need your security deposit back at some point in the future and you don’t want any disputes to arise.

Your clearly labelled boxes will soon reach their destination, you’ll pay and tip the movers, provide pizza and cold beverages to your tired friends and you’ll unpack your priority box. Depending on the amount of energy left, you may be able to do more, but don’t push it. Your new home is not going anywhere, so get some well-deserved rest and get ready to enjoy your new home for years to come.

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Impact of Sharing Economy on Truck Transportation

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A lot has been written on the impact the sharing economy has had and will have on the logistics and transportation sector. Some have even moved so far as to predict that the sharing economy and the new opportunities it represents will destruct the traditional industry eventually (The New Economy). Others are less extreme in their predictions and talk more about the rise of new complementary business models and opportunities to collaborate (The International Transport Forum; Mckinsey; PWC).

In my view, the transportation sector is well established. Decades of investments, that easily accumulate trillion of dollars globally, are not easily replaced. Most businesses based on the sharing economy (i.e. Zipcar, AirBnB, Yerdle) also exist because they find ways to capitalize on these previous and continuous investments made by the existing industry or private individuals. Hence there should be synergies to be explored between the existing industry and the sharing economy. Let me ask a hypothetical question: What would have happened if Uber and the taxi industry had partnered in the early days. If we assume the taxi industry would have been receptive to new innovations and business models, perhaps both parties would have benefited rather than ending up as rivals. Uber could have saved billions of dollars on driver acquisitions; and expensive head on head marketing campaigns would have been obsolete. However, I did not raise this hypothetical question to encourage further speculation into what-if-scenarios.

I am the founder of Transfervans, which is best described as an Uber style delivery service for over-sized items. The idea came when I bought a new couch from a retailer on a Saturday but was told that they only deliver to my area between 8am – 5pm on Wednesday. Since I am working full-time it meant I would have to be at home the whole day to wait for the delivery. I tried to find an alternative delivery service but did not succeed. Given that everyone we spoke to had had a similar experience, we decided to build a business to solve this problem. Essentially, Transfervans is an online platform that connects customers in need of a delivery with van or truck owners. We solely focus on last-mile-deliveries, which amounts up to 28% of the total transportation cost of goods (Wikipedia). The last-mile-delivery network is also considered the least efficient part of the existing transportation network. Since our launch in June 2016, the market response has been well beyond our expectations.

Businesses such as ours that understand the sharing economy and possess the technical know-how to build popular platforms can create new opportunities that would not be accessible to the existing industry. But the existing industry also possesses capabilities and assets (i.e. optimisation, scale and fleet) that would help newcomers to expand faster and create additional value to be shared.

I foresee the sharing economy to become more embedded into the transportation industry in the future. How soon? That depends on the willingness among both the existing industries as well as so called ‘disruptive startups’ to listen rather than ignore each other. I see real opportunities for us, as well as for the existing industry, to focus on creating synergies and opportunities for collaboration rather than trying to compete or destruct what already exist.

Best way to get rid of your mattress

Mattresses are hard to get rid of responsibly. They are bulky and don’t compact well, practically not recyclable.

So what’s the best way to get rid of your mattress you no longer need? Here are a few ways that we think it’s best:

  1. Sell it on Trademe: This is obvious. If you have maintained it pretty well, you can most likely sell it on Trademe. Don’t want to pay listing fee? Use 4tradeit instead! No fee, no problem, though less traffic there so may take a while before someone takes it.

  2. Give it to Salvation Army Family Stores: Salvation Army have 24 family stores located in Auckland. They are great way to not only getting rid of useful things you don’t like, it also helps keep their organisation running. Win Win situation here!
  3. Break it down yourself: If you have the time, energy and tools, you can easily break a mattress down yourself. Simply follow these steps:
    • Cut around the perimeter of the fabric covering and peel the cloth and foam away from the box springs and wooden frame.
    • Roll these materials into a compact bundle and put them in your regular trash can.
    • Take a saw and cut up the frame, which you can then burn or turn into wood chips.
    • Take the box springs to a recycling centre or sell them for scrap.

And that’s it! 3 best ways to get rid of your mattress. If you need help moving the mattress, please don’t hesitate to get in touch us. You can booking your move here or call us on +64 9 9518705.

How to choose the right vehicle for your move

How to choose the right vehicle for your move:

Choosing the right vehicle for your move is tough. Don’t worry, we have got you covered.

If you are moving only one or two items, your best bet would be a van. Our vans can fit quite a few large items. here’s a list of combo that could fit in a van easily:

  • A lounge suite (2+3 seaters)
  • Washing machine and Dryer
  • Queen bed and mattress
  • 10-15 boxes
  • One room moves

Anything more than one bedroom will probably need a truck.

  • 1-2 Rooms: 10-15 m3 truck
  • 2-3 Rooms: 20-30 m3 trucks
  • 4-6 rooms: 30 cubic trucks-50 cubic trucks

When using the above numbers, though, make sure you:

  1. Count every room! Not just the bedrooms.
  2. Don’t forget your garage
  3. When in doubt, upsize the vehicle, it’s not worth getting the wrong truck, as it’s going to end up more costly and more time consuming if you get a truck that is too small for your move

Good luck with your move! Unlike other movers or truck rental companies, we, at Transfervans, will help you pick the right vehicle for your move. If you’d like more help, visit transfervans.co.nz or call us at +64 9 9518705.

Organising a Delivery – Ask a Friend, Rent a Truck or Book with Transfervans?

 

You just won an auction for a double mattress on Trademe. You start thinking about how to get it home?

Most of us are not so fortunate to own a vehicle that is suitable for transporting a bed. What to do? First, think of a friend or family member who has a van. Nobody comes to mind! Surely someone you know must have a car with towbar but does not have a trailer. Easy, just ask your friend to go to the nearest petrol station to rent one. After filling out the paperwork, picked the right size trailer (yep they come in different sizes and not all fit a bed) and paid $40 + deposit, your friend is on his way. 3 hours later, the mattress has been delivered and the trailer has been returned. You empty your wallet for small notes and coins and pay $55.30 to your friend for petrol, use of car and trailer hire. But surely you are also going to shout a few beers for him for helping out. Total price for trailer $55.30 + beers + hassling a friend.

Nah, too much a hassle to ask your friend with the tow bar to help. You research truck rentals and the cost is not too bad – $80 p/day. Do you choose to reduce the excess of $2,000? Nope, you take the risk. Remember to fill up the vehicle with petrol before the return. Should be no more than $10. You need an extra set of hands to help carry the bed, so you ask your friend to assist in return of organising a few pizzas. Lots of time went with picking up and returning the truck. Total price for truck rental and petrol $90 + pizzas + hassling a friend.

There must be a easier way to pick up the bed? You search online for delivery companies. You come across Transfervans who delivers anytime anywhere. It says you can book online. You (1) choose the right size vehicle, (2) enter Manukau as pick-up address and City as drop-off address which is 22km in between, (3) add the item that needs delivered and (4) pay. Hmm, that only took 2 minutes and is confirmed minutes later with a text telling you who the driver is! Total price for using Transfervans $71! And the driver will help you carry the mattress to your door.

Time to invite your friends over for beers and pizzas.

More Flexible Delivery Options Required to Support Multi-Channel Point of Sales Strategies

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The retail industry has changed dramatically over the past few years with increasing focus on multi-channel point of sales strategies to reach customers. The growth in multi-channel has been driven by advancements in tech and an increasingly diverse customer base with some still preferring brick-and-mortar shops and speaking to a real person while others are relying on online and contactless shopping. In July 2016, BNZ[1] reported that online transactions were up 13% from the same month last year. A strong indication that online sales is happening on the expense of more traditional shopping methods. How do the multi-channel point of sales strategies affect customers’ expectations to delivery options?

From product and price to service and delivery

The introduction of multi-channel retail strategies is well aligned with the shift from product to customer-focused strategies. Subsequently customer preferences are shifting from focusing on product and price to service and delivery. Customers are increasingly taking convenience and overall experience into consideration when deciding on where to spend their money. ChainLink Research[2] recommends retailers to rethink the whole consumer buying process from the first point of contact to the delivery and end of sales process; focus should not only be on the point of sale. In a survey of US consumers, Pitney Bowes[3] found that shipping is an important factor when buying online for 93% of the respondents. While price of the delivery is the most important factor, speed and reliability also have significant impact on customers’ buying decision. It is stressed, however, that customers are no longer homogeneous, but have different needs:

“Bottom line. Consumers are unpredictable… Therefore, you need a continuous and dynamic approach to scheduling home delivery. Otherwise home delivery becomes a money losing game”
ChainLink Research

Current delivery options incomplete

Most retailers only offer one type of delivery options for their customers. Often this option is very inflexible for the customer in the sense that the customers have no or very limited choice of delivery day/time. This is not very practical for customers who are working full-time during the week. In fact: (1) most customers would prefer to have it delivered either during the weekends or late afternoons to avoid having to take time off work, (2) Some customers also prefer to have it delivered on the same day of the purchase and (3) Others live outside the shops service area and are not presented with alternative delivery options; just to mention a few customer segments that are not currently serviced well with existing delivery options.

Partner with Transfervans to meet the demand of your customers

Transfervans is specialised in providing more flexible delivery options in partnership with retailers. We already work with 10+ retailers who have benefited from being able to offer their customers’ more freedom in terms of how they want their newly purchased furniture delivered.

“I would highly recommend using transfervans service as I was able to purchase the lounge suite from ifurniture and was able to get it delivered the same day as probably wouldn’t have purchased the lounge suite if this service wasn’t available..”
Ruth, 25/03/2016, Manurewa, Auckland


“The service was fantastic – being able to have our furniture delivered straight away instead of hanging around waiting for a delivery was so convenient. Efficient, hassle free and well worth the fee.”
Yvette, 18/04/2016, Milford, Auckland

We are able to deliver anytime and anywhere at affordable prices. Our service can be integrated with the retail store, so customers can make an informed choice of delivery options based on their preferences. Transfervans booking system is online and fits well with retailers who aim at increasing their online sales or simply are targeting more younger professionals or full-time working customers.

[1] https://www.bnz.co.nz/assets/business-banking-help-support/online-retail-sales-index/pdfs/NZ-Online-Retail-Sales-in-July-2016.pdf
[2] http://www.clresearch.com/media/docs/original/HomeDelivery.pdf
[3] http://www.retaildive.com/news/the-looming-limits-of-on-demand-delivery/416198/

Why We Started Transfervans?

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How the Idea Came About?

It all started when our Founder, Brian, in the midst of a buying outdoor furniture during the weekend found himself left with very poor delivery options. The retail store only delivered during the weekdays and could not confirm an exact time. Not ideal when working full-time. Finding an alternative delivery company, who was affordable and available in the weekends, was ‘Mission Impossible’. End of story, you end up paying $100 for a delivery which are completely on the terms of the delivery company. Surely there must be a better solution to this problem!

Next Step

Talking and listening to other people only confirmed our experience. Everyone had their own ‘horror stories of deliveries-gone-wrong’ to share, i.e. from deliveries of the wrong items to deliveries to the wrong location. In the early days of 2016 we decided to try to come up with a solution to take the hassle out of moving furniture as well as make it more affordable. We went into the ‘battle field’ with pen and paper to gather a better understanding of what customers really wanted. Already from day one we had customers asking us if we could deliver their newly purchased furniture on the same day or whenever they wanted it delivered. We allied ourselves with a few truck owners and it did not take long before our first delivery was completed. The feedback we received was awesome, as examplified by one of our early customers:

“The Transfervan service was great. We ordered a new bed and an hour later it was being carried up our stairs by the very helpful driver. Very impressive service!” Le Hang, 28/03/2016

These kind of endorsements really motivated us to push forward with the idea. Soon after we started to get inquiries from customers who had just won an auction on Trademe, were about to move to a new apartment or simply just wanted to move something from home to another location. We thought, perhaps we should develop a proper website.

Status September 2016

In just a few months, Transfervans has grown into a ‘real business’ with revenue growing at a very fast pace. We have more and more drivers joining our network as they are looking at making some extra income or simply just want to utilise excess capacity. Transfervans remains an independent platform that simply connects customers in need of facilitating a delivery with one of our verified but independent vehicle owners. The solution is embedded in the sharing economy and is aligned with the principles of 2-sided marketplaces and on-demand models, which have fostered so many successful business in recent time, i.e. AirbnB, Uber and Postmates. Our approach to starting up this business have been inspired by fast-fail, lean startup and agile development.

Our business philosophy is to Empower people in Travel and Transportation. We are committed to make this happening.

Fresh Start: Moving Into A Spotlessly Clean Home

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Moving into a new home can be a stressful experience. On top of that, the first thing you need to do is make the house spick and span. You have two options: DIY or professional house cleaning. Regardless of the option you choose, the key thing is to stay organized.

Clean in logical sequence

You should clean from the inside out, staring with the back of the house and then moving on to the front, including the porch. The same applies to specific rooms – the direction of cleaning is from the highest to the lowest point in the room. Clean the ceiling first. Next, vacuum and mop the floor. After this, do dry cleaning and then finish with wet cleaning.

The kitchen

Before washing the fridge, unplug them the night before to warm them up. Remove the bins and drawers and wash them separately in the sink, or bathtub, and then clean the inside of the fridge. Do the same thing with the stove, washing the metal trays and racks separately. When cleaning appliances, you can use a wax, or paste. If you are in need of deep cleaning, try soaking the oven, top of the stove and the metal trays and the racks as well as the bins and drawers into the mixture of water, a wax/paste and baking soda for 20 minutes.

During these 20 minutes, you can clean the kitchen cabinets. In this case, using baking soda is out of the question because it is too harsh. Choose a mild over-the-counter cleaner. If you have wood cabinets, a wood furniture polish is also effective. When done, finish cleaning the interior of the stove and the refrigerator/fridge and then clean the sides and beneath.

Move to the sink. Add white vinegar/lemon juice, baking soda and soap into the sprayer. Spray the sink as well as the faucets and handles. Let it stay for 10 minutes. In the meantime, clean the walls using a detergent and a sponge if there are hard-to remove stains. When you cleaned the sink, clean the kitchen counter with a mild cleaner. Finally, vacuum and mop the floor.

The bathroom

Let’s concentrate on the mould first. In order to remove it, soak the cotton balls in the bleach, place them on the mould and let them stay over the night. Remove the shower curtain and give it a good wash in the washing machine. If it is made of plastic, do not put in the dryer. Next, remove the stains from the sink and bathtub. Wash them with warm water and detergent and then use the mixture of baking soda, vinegar and soap to remove the stains, and let it rest for 10-20 minutes. The same process is applied to the faucets and handles.

While the sink and the bathtub are soaking, move on to the tile grout on the bathroom walls. Mix bleach, baking soda and water and then use a floor sweeper with a long handle and apply the mixture on the tiles. While the cleaning solution is drying, rinse the bathtub and sink. Move to the toilet bowl you can also wash with the vinegar and baking soda mixture, or a bowl cleaner. Refresh it with homemade toilet fizzies. Rinse the bathroom walls and reapply the tile grout cleaning process on the bathroom floor

The rest of the house

Have the carpets and curtains professionally cleaned and steamed. For windows, you will need a Windex/vinegar solution and a microfiber cloth. If you have fabric blinds, vacuum them, while metal and vinyl blinds can be cleaned with a sponge and a mild cleaner. For doors, do not use vinegar, or baking soda, but a mild cleaner instead. Clean the baseboards with a cleaner and a microfiber cloth. Lighting fixtures can be cleaned with a microfiber cloth, or dusted with a duster. Finally, vacuum the floors and properly mop them.

Professional house cleaning

Hiring a professional house cleaning service will allow you to focus on other aspects of moving into a new house, as getting a transfer van for all your items. If you opt for this option, make sure you know what is included in the price, what is considered extra and what is not done by cleaners. For instance, some house cleaning companies include cleaning windows, the interior of the oven and the balcony as extra services.

Washing dishes, cleaning inaccessible areas, such as the ceiling and lifting heavy furniture are usually not done by professional cleaners. Most house cleaning companies have several options you can choose depending on your needs.

With this step-by-step house cleaning guide, you can finish get your new abode sparkling clean in a day provided that you work in sequence and plan in advance.

Smooth Relocation On A Shoestring: Tips & Tricks

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Getting a job in another city means that you will probably have to move, especially if the new place is more attractive than the town you are currently living in. However, the procedure of moving is not as simple as you might think beforehand. Many tiny details have to be sorted out to make the whole process as smooth and economical as possible. This is even more important when you have to start working at once and get packed in a few days.

Boxes for safe packing

No moving procedure can be done properly without appropriate boxes. They are the essence of every relocation process. Moving companies have realized their importance and they charge an arm and a leg to provide boxes for moving. However, you should depend on them, but you can get your own boxes and save a substantial sum of money.

Firstly, ask your friends and relatives if they have any empty boxes or know where they can be purchased at low prices. Secondly, go round the neighborhood and check if the supermarkets have any free old boxes. Finally, visit the Internet sites that sell boxes at reasonable prices. Additionally, make sure to recycle the boxes properly once you have finished with the moving.

Get rid of old stuff

There is hardly a better opportunity to ditch your old stuff than when you are packing to move to a new home. The advantage of such a proactive approach is multifold. First of all, you will leave the old energy behind you, which will help you start over in a more successful way.

In addition to this, you could earn some money from selling the things you no longer need. For instance, organizing a pre-moving garage sale could be a practical way to say goodbye to your neighbors and turn the old belongings into cash.

Moreover, you could also sell your old car, offering it for sale at one of those increasingly popular online car auctions, then simply rent a spacious relocation van to make the moving process much easier and cheaper, and purchase a brand new vehicle once you have moved and fully settled in at the new location.

Cancel utility contracts on time

When you are moving, you have to burn all the bridges that connect you to your old location, utilities-wise. Every mover should contact their electricity, heating and cable TV providers on time, to ensure that they do not charge them for the period after the moving.

It might not save you a fortune, but you can redirect the money saved that way to pay the new utility bills in your new home. Also, when you move, you should choose the most affordable gas and electricity providers, so have a look at some guidelines for that procedure.

Use the tax deductions

Believe it or not, the authorities offer interesting tax deductions for certain types of moves. The aim of every government is to encourage people to move to passive areas and boost their development. So, if you agree to move to a less developed area or a region that has a special status, you might even be allowed to claim some unusual tax deductions.

Moreover, there are also some tax regulations that determine tax deductions on the basis of the distance between your previous home and job and your new home and work premises. Also, have a better look at some tax deductible features you can claim when moving to a new home and town.

Relocating is a great chance for a fresh start. If you manage to handle the whole procedure in a smooth way and save some money in so doing, your new start will be even more pleasant. In this way, you will truly be ready for a new career in a new place.

Article by Lillian Connors.