Often, you cannot choose the timing of your move. If the rainy season happens to be in full swing, moisture could become an added challenge to your relocation strategy. Even a drizzle could cause damage to your property but you can avoid issues if you are prepared. Below are tips on how to have a successful move on a rainy day.
Wrap what you can
The best way to protect your valuables from moisture is by wrapping your boxes with plastic wrap before they leave the house. Moving blankets are not usually water-resistant and as such would do little to protect your belongings when it rains. Place smaller boxes in trash bags. For larger cartons and furniture, purchase spools of stretch wrap from your moving store or DIY retailer. In a pinch, use cling film to cover boxes and small furniture. Cover large furniture items such as sofas and mattresses with tarps as you move them from your home into the truck or vice versa.
Line inside your boxes
If you haven’t started to pack yet, consider lining the inside of your boxes before loading them. Line your boxes with trash bags, secure the bags tightly and seal the boxes afterward. For additional protection, wrap the exterior of the boxes.
Have a plan
Have a plan to ensure the rain comes in contact with your property as little as possible. Map out how to load the truck before you begin to avoid having to unload your belongings onto wet pavement or grass and reload in the rain.
Reinforce weak or damaged boxes
Discard or reinforce boxes that might be thin or ripped to prevent damage to the contents inside. Tape the seams completely then apply another line of tape opposite to the seams for added strength.
Line the truck bed with tarps
Water will likely collect on your belongings as they are transported to and from the truck. Arrange tarps around your items as they are loaded to protect them from getting soaked by water puddling on the floor or dripping from other items.
Dry items as you load them
To minimize puddles inside the truck, dry your belongings as soon as you load them into the vehicle. Keep extra towels in the truck bed to wipe off items and keep them as dry as possible during the trip. Monitor the weather closely, whenever possible, schedule your loading and unloading during a clear moment or when the precipitation is lighter.
Moving in the rain might seem very discouraging but it’s an activity that can be completed successfully with a carefully crafted plan.
If you are working with a moving company, check for professionals with experience moving in inclement weather. Secure insurance for your belongings to protect against moisture damage. Your realtor is an excellent resource for finding professionals to make your relocation run smoothly.
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The sky's the limit for cloud-based documents and files. Remote working is on the rise. The ranks of independent entrepreneurs are growing. For many, home is a place to live and work.
Here are three elements to consider for your work-from-home space.
1. Choose Your Workspace
Pick a bright spot. Daylight inspires!
Will you be having clients drop in? Aim to choose a spot near an entrance way, apart from your intimate living spaces.
For tax purposes, this spot can be a dedicated room, or a section of a room—as long as there's a clear division between your working and living space. Other storage areas in the home, or partitioned-off space that's fully dedicated to keeping business items, is also square footage to count in the deduction.
Take pictures each year that clearly show the partitions and the business use of the space. Keep your photos with your tax documents.
2. Furnish the Space
Decorate mainly as you would if your work space were in a corporate building. Keep your desk, professional items, and office-appropriate décor in the space. Don't have a playpen (unless your business is daycare) or a dining table in your designated office space.
Bookcases, wall hangings, mirrors, and framed art all look good, and dampen noise from outside your work space. Succulents or crocus bulbs can make excellent office plants and uplift the mood of your work area.
Protect your health while working at home by using an adjustable (sit-stand) desk. Does that sound too industrial for the look you demand at home? Never fear. Gorgeous, adjustable desks that complement your existing furniture do exist on the market. With a little searching, you'll find yours.
3. Declare Your Tax Deduction
Calculate your home office percentage. If your home amounts to 2,000 square feet and your office space covers 500, declare 25% as the percentage. The deduction may not exceed your year's net business profit.
For smaller home office spaces, the IRS has a simplified standard deduction. Take $5 per square foot, up to 300 square feet.
Speak with your tax pro about deducting a home business percentage from your homeowner's insurance, mortgage interest, utilities, and property taxes. Read the instructions, so you know how to plan your tax return.
Putting It All Together
For a tax deduction, your home office must serve as the core of your business affairs, or the place you do the bulk of your work. Whether you already have a home office, or are thinking of creating one, design your space so it fits the IRS tax deduction requirements—even while it uplifts your home, delights your senses, and inspires your best work.