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Steps to Take Before and After Moving to Keep Your Security Deposit

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A security deposit is the money that you give to the landlord of a rental property as proof that you intend to move in and also take care of the property you are moving into. The security deposit can be refundable or non-refundable. Before you move out in the case of a refundable deposit, the landlord will investigate the property to check if there are any damages before he or she can give you back your money. Often equaling an…
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Often Unexpected Moving Costs to Factor Into Your Budget

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While budgeting for moving expenses, there are some common fees that many people tend to overlook. Most of these unexpected costs come in the form of fees for extra services that don’t come standard when working with professional movers, and these additional services usually depend on individual circumstances as well as the kind of items that are in transit. One good example of such an extra service is moving items upstairs. If the building does not have an elevator, moving…
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Deciding What to Keep and What to Ditch Before a Move

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Moving is never fun. Whether its across town or across the country, moving is stressful, expensive, and a lot of work. Don’t make it harder on yourself. You don’t need to take everything you own with you. Consider this an opportunity to purge and finally throw out the things you never use or don’t really need. If you are hiring a company or doing the work yourself, the more you take the more expensive the move will be. Movers typically…
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Decluttering Before a Move Part 2

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In a culture like ours that tends to throw away so many things that other people could use, it can be nice to know that perfectly good items are not just ending up in a landfill—and it’s even nicer if you can make some money while you’re at it. In part one of our series on decluttering before a move, we talked about some of the ways that you can get rid of your items and make money through online…
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How to Make Money While Decluttering Before a Move

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Everyone has heard of or seen the show Hoarders, and we always think, “at least I don’t have that much stuff!” The reality is that we often don’t truly realize how many items and possessions we have until we try to move and have to deal with the organization and moving of all of it. This leads many people to consider decluttering as a means to lighten their moving workload—but what most people don’t realize is that they might be…
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What Price Factors Affect Moving Costs

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Moving to any new residential property can be quite frustrating. It can be frustrating to go into relocation without having any idea of the costs that may be involved, too. If you want to feel confident about an upcoming move, then you should put a lot of time into assessing things that may influence your expenses when all is said and done. The better you understand price matters, the better you’ll feel going forward. Essential Cost Components You should think…
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