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Easily Prevent Moving Scams

Avoid common moving scams and save money in the process

Hiring a moving company without properly vetting them first can be the cause of all sorts of problems. Thousands of people are taken advantage of every year by fly-by-night moving companies that make big promises but fail to follow through. Some common results of moving scams can be large delays in delivery of your stuff, damaged or stolen property, a misleading estimate that ends up being a bait-and-switch, or even having your things held for ransom.

Here are some things you can do to keep yourself safe.

Check the moving company’s rating with the Better Business Bureau. Arrow Moving and Storage is fully accredited with the BBB and handles all customer service with the utmost seriousness and speed.

Get an in-home estimate. Not all moving companies will send a representative to your home in order to provide you with an estimate. This is the only way to get an accurate idea of how much the move will cost. Arrow Moving will have someone from the company available in your home to answer your questions face-to-face and to break down the estimate and make sure everything is easily understandable for you.

Get complete contracts. Some moving scams can start with an incomplete contract. Make sure that your contract doesn’t include any blank spaces that will be filled after the fact. Movers are not legally allowed to charge more than 110 percent of the quoted price no matter what happens. In the end, make sure you feel comfortable with what you are getting into. Our friendly staff are available at any time to answer any questions you might have and make sure you get the best experience possible.

Not only does Arrow Moving offer full value protection but we are also licensed and bonded as well so you know that your are safe with us.

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Moving Insurance and Protection

Full Value Moving Insurance

Protecting your personal belongings during your move is as important to you as it is to us. That’s why Arrow Moving offers a plan to protect you if the unexpected happens to your personal items during your move. Our moving insurance is easy to understand, and it’s included upfront with every Arrow Moving move.

Here’s how it works: The default amount of full-value protection is automatically included with your move using the estimated weight of your total shipment.

  • $6 x 10,000 lbs = $60,000

The protection amount is calculated at a rate of $6 per pound multiplied by the estimated weight of your total shipment.

For example, Arrow Moving will offer $60,000 in shipment protection for a 10,000 pound shipment. During your move: If we cause damage or loss to any of your personal belongings they will be either repaired or replaced up to the total amount of the shipment protection that you select.

Included with Full-Value Protection moving insurance is the High Value Inventory Form. This form must be used to list any items valued greater than $100 per pound. It’s important that each item being moved is carefully considered by you with this in mind. So if an item has a value beyond $100 per pound, be sure to list the item on the High Value Inventory Form. As you can see, your use of the High Value Inventory Form assures you the full benefit of your Full-Value Protection for your valuable items.

At Arrow Moving, we understand that moving can be a stressful time, let Full-Value Protection moving insurance help ease your mind.

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Moving Expenses Tax Deduction

Sometimes Changing Places Can Pay with a Moving Expenses Tax Deduction

You may, under certain circumstances, deduct some moving expenses on your federal income tax return if you complete the appropriate forms. Though Arrow Moving and Storage cannot give you tax advice, we have prepared a summary of some of the issues you should consider about the tax implications of your move. Because laws change frequently, you should always consult the Internal Revenue Service or your personal tax advisor for the most current information about your particular situation

Do You Qualify?

If you are moving in order to start a new job or have been transferred to a new location in your current job, the IRS allows you a reasonable moving expenses tax deduction as an adjustment to gross income if certain conditions, including the following, are met: The change in job location would require you to commute at least 50 miles (one way) farther to work had you not moved. That 50 miles must be based on the shortest of the most commonly traveled routes. The move occurs within one year of the date you begin work at the new location. You work full time (for any employer) in the general vicinity of the new location for at least 39 weeks during the 12-month period following the move. If you are transferred, laid off or become disabled before the end of the 39-week period, you still may claim moving expenses. If you are self-employed, you must work full time for a total of at least 78 weeks during the 24 months immediately after you move.

Deductible Expenses

If you meet the qualifications for a moving expenses tax deduction, the following types of expenses may be deductible if you moved with the United States or from a foreign country into U.S. territory. Packing and Transporting You can deduct the reasonable expenses of packing, crating and transporting your family’s personal effects from your former home to your new one. Moving expenses can also include the transportation of your automobile and pets and the cost of valuation and in-transit storage. For moves within the United States, the deduction of in-transit storage expenses is limited to the cost of 30 consecutive days of storage after your goods are picked up. Guidance about whether particular expenses are reasonable is available from the IRS. Travel You can deduct the cost of your personal, one-way transportation and lodging. The trip should be the shortest, most direct route available for the type of transportation selected. It is not necessary that all family members travel at the same time. However, the expenses for only one trip per person may be deducted. Additional information about particular expenses may be obtained from the IRS.

Moving Documents Checklist

You should keep records pertaining to your move in one place, and keep them for at least three years. Those records should include:

Mover’s Documents

• Bill of Lading

• Inventory

• Additional Services Performed form

Travel Expense Receipts

• Personal transportation costs (air, bus or train fares, and/or automobile expenses)

• Lodging

IRS Tax Forms and Information

• W-2 Wage and Tax Statement (from employer)

• 4782 Employee Moving Expense Information (from employer)

• 1040 U.S. Individual Income Tax Return

• Schedule A – Itemized Deductions

• Schedule D – Capital Gains and Losses

• Form 3903 – Moving Expenses

• Publication 521 – Moving Expenses

• Publication 523 – Tax Information on Selling Your Home

• Publication 530 – Tax Information for Homeowners

• Publication 553 – Highlights of Tax Changes

Keep in mind that Arrow Moving and Storage cannot offer specific tax advice and any specific inquiries should be directed to a tax professional.

 

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4 Guidelines for Creating a Business Move Timeline

Business relocation can seem daunting, but it’s often a savvy way to improve how your company runs. A new location can improve employee morale and productivity, enable you to better serve your customers, and expand your client base. But what do you do once you’ve decided to make the move?

To keep your business on track, it’s vital to create a reasonable timeline for the move. This preparation ensures that your location is ready, your employees are on board, and your equipment is available when you need it.

Below we’ll give you some guidelines for creating your business move timeline.

1. Start at Least Six Months in Advance

It’s nerve-wracking enough to make a residential move with little notice. In a professional environment, it’s essentially impossible. You need time to make arrangements at your new location, vet potential vendors and movers, and communicate with your employees. Not only that, but you have to do these tasks while maintaining your usual daily business.

2. Outline Your Plan Fully as Soon as Possible

As soon as you know you’re relocating, begin hammering out the details. Answer questions like the following:

  • Are there any modifications needed in the future location? How long will they take to complete?
  • Are there any items in your office that require specialized moving techniques? Consider your equipment, like computers and furniture, as well as your inventory.
  • Do you plan to move all your employees over to your new office space? If not, while employees will remain at your current location?
  • What steps do you need to take to end your current lease or sell the building? Will they interfere with your finances or allocated moving time?

3. Learn from Others’ Expertise

If you’ve never handled a corporate or office move yourself, it can be an intimidating prospect. But, plenty of professionals have handled this same situation. Here are some recommendations in terms of scheduling:

  • Six Months Before: Contract the vendors you’ll need to renovate either location. Identify which materials and equipment to move and which to sell or discard. Assign an employee to help you coordinate the move.
  • Four Months Before: Hire a mover. Place your orders for any new furniture, equipment, or supplies.
  • Two Months Before: Review moving restrictions and regulations with your property manager and chosen moving company. Decide whether the movers will pack up the office or if each employee is responsible for his or her workspace.
  • Three Weeks Before: Distribute any packing materials, such as labels and cartons, employees will be using. Review your schedule personally and with your employees.
  • One Week Before: Apply labels to items you’re moving, including furniture, electronics, and inventory. Check that packing is on schedule.
  • Day Of: Walk through both locations with moving personnel. Check for any missed items that still need transporting or any damage that needs to be addressed.
  • Day After: Meet with moving personnel or vendors to handle any delivery, unpacking, or installation issues. As you and your employees adjust, designate a specific area for empty boxes and other packing materials.

4. Hire Movers You Can Rely On

Your business’ needs are unique. Consider any factors that would complicate your move before you choose a company to help you. If you handle medical or lab equipment, you need a mover trained in proper safety, adequate packing, and safe transport. If your company has cubicles full of computers, you’ll need to find a mover skilled in transferring and re-installing electronic equipment. If you run a gallery or have lots of art on the walls, choose a company which specializes in protecting and moving fine art.

No matter your goal for your upcoming move, plan within these guidelines to make it a success.

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5 Tips for Moving with Food Storage

Rows and rows of canned goods can give you peace of mind-at least until you consider trying to move them. Emergency food storage is a smart safety measure that protects your family from economic hardship and some of the threats of natural disasters. But there’s no denying it’s bulky, heavy, and tricky to move.

When you face this challenge, use the tips outlined below to make the transition smooth and prevent you from having to start from scratch after your move.

1. Check Your Mover’s Restrictions

Plenty of people move successfully on their own, but if you have a significant amount of food storage you’ll want to partner with a professional mover. In addition to their years of experience, they have equipment to handle bigger loads than you could pack and haul on your own. But, most movers have some restrictions on what they’ll move. These may include:

  • Items: Some movers won’t transport fuel, like propane. Some don’t accept food of any kind. Make sure you know what the company will move so you can take care of anything they can’t.
  • Size and Weight: If you’re moving with a storage pod or lots of boxes, many companies won’t take containers over a specified weight. Some movers also can’t accommodate items that exceed a designated height or width, like shelves.

2. Leave Behind Items You Can Easily Replace

It can be hard to part with food items you paid for and spent time organizing. But, when you’re relocating, it’s important to keep things in perspective. If you’ll be able to replace the item for little to no expense in your new town, why pay to move it?

Before you leave, empty your water storage and donate any items you can part with. This should include any opened packages as these may spill or spoil in transit.

3. Pack Wisely

Bins and large cans can be unwieldy. Packing wisely makes the process easier on your movers and ensures you’ll be able to settle in quickly. Here are some packing ideas:

  • Leave packaged cans in their boxes. If some of your cans are already organized, don’t take them out of their containers.
  • Don’t remove boxes from shelves. Instead, use industrial wrap to secure items to their individual shelves to economize your space. If you’re concerned about privacy, use darkly colored wrap.
  • Use plastic bins as a catch-all for other food storage items. Heavy-duty bins are more manageable than, say, a handful of burlap sacks and cans.

4. Plan for Where Your Storage Will Go in Your New Home

Before you leave, think about where your storage will go once you’ve moved. You may decide to use the same space you do in your current home. But there may be a more efficient space. Consider options like these:

  • In the basement. Moving from a one-story house to one with a basement? Move your storage down to open up space for other items in the main part of the house.
  • In the garage. In some climates, garage storage saves space in the home and safely preserves food.
  • Under a bed. This will work especially well in a guest room that receives infrequent use.

5. Shop in Your Storage Before Moving

Most people keep food storage for emergency situations and avoid “shopping” from the stockpile. Before a move, evaluate your food storage. If you have items that will be difficult to move, consider serving them as pre-move meals. This will reduce your load and can help you save time and money during and after the move.

Use these tips to make moving your food storage a doable project instead of an insurmountable challenge.

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A Guide to Hosting the Perfect Housewarming Party

So you’ve just moved in. You’ve figured out the kids’ bus route. You’ve found the nearest grocery stores, libraries, and parks. You’ve even finished unpacking all those boxes! Now for the next task: settling into the neighborhood.

While it’s true that the best relationships often take time to develop, hosting a housewarming party is a surefire way to start you
off on the right foot. Consider the ideas below as you plan your debut into the neighborhood.

Tips for Hosting

Hand-Deliver Invitations

Going to the trouble of printing out and delivering invitations to your housewarming party will pay off in big ways. You will get to personally meet each of your neighbors and might even be able to spend a few minutes getting to know each.

The personal touch of hand-delivering invitations will give guests added incentive to come. And when they do, you will have already had the initial getting-to-know-you conversation, so they’ll come as friends, not strangers.

Invite Old Friends or Acquaintances from the Area

Are there any old work friends that live nearby? What about cousins or old schoolmates? Look them up and let them know you have moved in. It can be quite fun to reconnect.

Plus, having a few familiar faces will ease you into creating new friendships. You’ll be surprised how much fun everyone has meeting each other and making their own neighborly connections.

Prepare Your Home

Though you may not have your entire house perfectly in order, put out at least a few decorations that are unique to you and your family. Pictures of your family vacations or a couple of kids’ soccer trophies prove interesting conversation starters. And make sure the restrooms have enough toilet paper, soap, and fresh towels.

Be a Gracious Host

When your guests arrive, greet them each personally. Look in their eyes and thank them for coming. Offer them a tour of your home. Show them where the bathroom is, and offer them snacks and drinks.

When guests compliment you and your home, you may be tempted to make excuses or comparisons. Try
not to. Instead, smile and thank them sincerely. After the evening is over, pen a few thank you notes to your guests to thank them for coming and to tell them how much you look forward to being their neighbor.

Three Unique Housewarming Party Ideas

The Game Night

What better way to build instant connections than to let loose and laugh? Invite your neighbors over for an evening of desserts and fun party classics. After some initial introductions and party chitchat, sit everyone down for some group games. Consider games like Speed Scrabble, Catch Phrase, Charades, Pictionary, or Spoons. Games are a great way to break the ice and create
meaningful, happy memories with new friends.

The Family Barbeque

Enjoy the warm weather with a rambunctious family barbeque in the backyard. Invite the whole street to come eat burgers, hot dogs, and ice cream. The kids can throw water balloons, hit around a beach ball, and play tag while the adults get to know each other.

The Saturday Brunch

A small afternoon get-together is perfect for creating a comfortable environment. For the women, consider inviting all the neighborhood ladies over for a light meal around your table. Think small sandwiches and strawberry cake. Or for the men, call the neighborhood dads over for chips and dip in front of the football game.

Whatever kind of housewarming party you throw, let it be true to you and your family’s style of entertaining. Your guests will get to know more than just your home: they’ll start to know you as well. Once they do, you’ll be well on your way to making meaningful friendships in your new home.

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3 Undervalued Ways to Ease into a New Neighborhood

If you’re about to move to a new home, or have recently moved, you may be feeling some anxiety. Leaving behind the familiar for t he unknown would intimidate most people.

While you may be moving to be closer to a new job, adjusting to the demands of your new workplace are likely the least of your wo rries. New friendships for you and your family may concern you much more.

Moving to a new neighborhood can be intimidating, but remember that there is reason to be optimistic too. You never know what g reat people could be waiting just around the corner.

Consider these 3 ways to get to know your new neighbors.

1. Stage an Activity Focused on the Neighborhood’s Kids

Children tend to be a soft spot for their parents. Maybe your greatest concern about moving is whether your kids will be able to find new friends. But other parents are probably worrying about their children finding friends too.

So why not help everyone out? Stage a creative activity to help neighborhood kids get to know each other. Here are a few ideas:

  • Pirate theme party
  • Bingo tournament with white elephant gifts
  • A “Just Dance” (video game) contest

When your kids make friends in the neighborhood, you may find their parents are much easier to meet and be friends with too.

2. Enjoy Outdoor Interests and Activities

Friendships often grow from familiarity. We like feeling comfortable, and we feel comfortable with what we know. The more we know someone else, the more opportunity your friendship has to grow.

So how do you become familiar with your neighbors?

Try sharing your outdoor interests. Doing what you enjoy gives others a chance to get to know you. Plus, if you’re having a good ti me, you’ll be more approachable.

Consider the following simple activities:

  • An evening stroll about the neighborhood
  • Exercising locally, whether running, cycling, or playing Frisbee at a nearby park
  • Playing with your kids in your yard

Sharing a genuine interest is a great way to make a friend.

3. Watch for Other Mutual Interests

If you feel shy, know you’re not alone.  Your indoor hobbies-while less obvious than outdoor ones-can help you befriend neig hbors. Many of them may be shy as well.

A survey done by Meyers-Briggs showed that the ratio of introverts to extroverts is about 1:1. In other words, for everyone strolling around the block, there is someone else inside reading a book.

Over time, your neighbors can come to appreciate who you are. If you would like to speed things up, consider making a special effor t to get to know neighbors soon after arriving. The following ideas can help the introverts out there:

  • Pay attention: Someone else may share an interest you have in watching sports or even playing Gin Rum my.
  • Join a local club: What better way to find a friend who shares your interest? Maybe the neighborhood ha s a book club.
  • Visit a senior citizen who lives nearby: A visit to someone who may not be able to visit others can mean a lot. And connecting to one person can make you feel much more at home.
  • Invite a neighbor over: When you’ve made an acquaintance, invite them over to a casual activity, even if it’s just watching a ball game.

Don’t Forget to Be Optimistic

There are plenty of ways to meet people without knocking down their door to introduce yourself-although that would probably wor k too. Friendships will form as you remain open to them and make sensitive efforts.

Be optimistic about your new home and neighborhood. As good neighbors get to know you, they will value your goodwill and desir e to be part of the neighborhood.

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“What Are Men to Rocks and Mountains?”: Explore the Rocky Mountain Region

Have you ever heard the phrase “fly over state”? It’s something that people say when they don’t know what they are missing, and some people apply this term to the Intermountain West. You may not know it, but the West has its own regionalisms and offers different types of activities for its residents to enjoy.

Because of these regional differences, when people from outside the West move here for the first time, it can be a bit disconcerting for them. However, new residents can find their footing once they explore the area. This blog will discuss some of the most popular places you can visit in your new Rocky Mountain home. Take the time to explore some of the areas closest so you can get comfortable in-and start to love-your new community.

Indulge in the Local Cuisine

Whenever someone talks about delving into another culture, the topic of food inevitably arises. A region’s culture means many things such as language, art, attitudes, and values. But one of the most common and apparent manifestations of a region’s culture is its food.

You can find nearly any type of food you crave here. From curry and paella to yassa and tamales, global cuisines find their home in local eateries throughout the area.

However, when you first arrive, try some of the unfamiliar foods that you find. Some are more exotic than others, but you may find that you like them once you give them a chance.

Fry Sauce

Utah’s famous fry sauce may sound a little odd at first blush. Sometimes called burger sauce, this condiment is a regional favorite. In 1948, the restaurant chain Arctic Circle blended one part ketchup and two parts mayonnaise together and started a cult following.

Meat, Meat, and More Meat

You’ll have plenty of veggie options here, but the Rocky Mountain food culture centers around meat. And not just any meat. While you may encounter delicious steaks throughout the country, have you ever tried deer (venison) or a pheasant? What about an elk or bear steak? Here, you can take advantage of the big game meats you would rarely see in other areas of the country.

Food with a Modern Flair

If fry sauce and big game don’t fill you with anticipation, you may need something with a big more flair. You can explore the Rockies’ modern cuisine when you visit The Food and Wine Classic in Aspen. Food and Wine magazine started the Classic over 30 years ago. Chefs and foodies alike flock to this event to eat delicious food, learn new cooking techniques, and watch demonstrations.

Get Some Fresh Air

When you first move to your new home, you have to unpack your belongings, familiarize yourself with the commute to work, and complete other important tasks. However, give yourself a break when you finish so you can enjoy the area more fully.

Set your personal land-speed record when you drive your case on the Bonneville Salt Flats. Or ski down any one of the region’s hundreds of slopes. Enjoy the sophistication of Vail’s ski lodge or cozy up by a fire near Wyoming’s Grand Teton mountain range.

If you hike, ski, swim, sail, or enjoy any other form of recreation, the Rocky Mountain region has a place for you. Speak with your local parks and recreation department or research online for information about options near you.

Festivals and Events

Cities, charities, religious groups, and other organizations plan festivals and events you can attend. Here, you can get a taste of local restaurant styles and get involved in the community.

  • Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival: If you want literary culture and beautiful scenery, look no further than this festival. Here, thespians put on the Bard’s plays with Lake Tahoe as the backdrop. Gather around the stage to enjoy the fresh air and a classic story.
  • Sundance Film Festival: Get a head start on the movies everyone has to wait another year to see. Celebrities, filmmakers, and cinephiles travel to Sundance and Park City every year to see the films and the winter fashion statements.
  • Montana Pro Rodeo Circuit: Feel the excitement as you watch ranch cowboys hold on for dear life on a bucking horse, riders fly past as they spur their horses on during timed events, and racers move with precision as they circle the barrels.  
  • Viva Las Vegas: Looking for something more daring? Travel to Vegas for music, shows, fashion, gambling, and competitions. This event comprises three days you’ll never forget.  

Historical Landmarks

The Rocky Mountain region has a varied history that spans centuries. Speak with your local tourism board to find a landmark close to you. Just some you might encounter include:

  • The Hoover Dam
  • Pompey’s Pillar
  • City of Rocks
  • LDS (Mormon)Temple Square
  • Brent’s Old Fort

With a little research, you can learn more about your new home’s local history. Once you do, explore it. Whether you start with the food, go for a hike, and then make your way over to a historical site, you’ll find yourself becoming more invested in the region.

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