After an exciting and monumental moment in your life, comes the harsh reality that you need to move out of your apartment. With all the excitement in place, you didn’t plan for packing every single possession you own or the cleaning you’d have to do afterwards. Unfortunately, moving can be very stressful, time consuming, and expensive. Here are a few tips to consider as a post grad moving somewhere new.
The first and most important thing to do is to go through all of your belongings and decipher what you do or don’t want to keep. This in itself is not only time consuming but also might send you off into a trail of nostalgia. No, those jeans don’t fit you anymore; yes, this dress still looks cute on you; and no, you’ll never look at those notes again. All that being said, it’s sometimes difficult to let go of items that hold sentimental value but, the reality is most of those things you’re unsure of keeping will never be used. A good method of using when deciding whether or not you will use something in the future is to consider how much you’ve used or even thought of this item in the last 6 months. If you’ve gone this long without remembering it, chances are you won’t use it again. A fresh new start to your new beginning can in fact be just as satisfying as holding on to items.
With this new chapter, comes a long list of expenses required to make your move happen. Consider asking your future employer if they offer any relocation compensation. If they do, often times you won’t receive it until after you’ve started regardless. This is important to keep in mind, as you will likely be fronting the costs of the move until you are compensated. If your employer does not offer any type of compensation for moving, you can always report the expenses when you do your taxes. Saving all the invoices throughout your move and having proof of starting a new job, that is close to a time in which you moved, is further than 50 miles from your previous job, and is full time for at least 39/52 weeks in a year can qualify you for a tax deduction the following year.
Keeping all of your costs low and planning in advance will guarantee a successful move in the long run. With a new job, and a new city, one of the last things you want to be concerned with is being able to pay for the move.