Upsize for Bigger Backyard

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A bigger yard is often on the checklist for homebuyers looking to upsize. They may want a large backyard where kids can play, dogs can run around freely and they can plant a garden. If finding a home with a bigger backyard is on your list, be sure to take the following questions into consideration while house hunting.

  • How much upkeep are you willing to do? When you upsize to a home with a bigger backyard, the level of maintenance needed increases. Mowing the lawn will take longer, trees and bushes will need frequent trimming and the garden will need regular care. Landscaping may also need to be done when you move in and then touched up every year. Considering how much time you’re willing to put into yard work — and how much that yard work will cost — can help you decide how big of a yard you want.

 

  • How do you want to use the yard? Will the yard primarily be a play area for your kids and pets? Do you want to host garden parties or barbecues? Do you want to plant a garden or build a shed? Thinking about the yard’s purpose will help you decide between a medium or large yard, an open yard or one with a few scattered trees, and a low-maintenance yard or a yard needing upkeep.

Contact me today to talk more about your dream yard and to learn more about upsizing options.

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Are moving expenses tax deductible?

Home for Sale If you are qualified, you may deduct the expenses of:

  • Tolls and parking fees on the trip
  • Up to 30 days’ storage of household goods
  • Disconnecting and connecting utilities
  • Packing and transporting household goods
  • Mileage for use of your own car (or gas and oil expenses)
  • Transportation and lodging for yourself and members of your household while traveling to the new home.

Of course, not all moves are deductible. In order to deduct your moving expenses, you have to meet two tests:

Time – You must begin working as a full-time employee within 13 weeks of your move, and you must work at least 39 weeks during the 12 months after your move. And it doesn’t matter whether you were transferred by your employer or you took a brand new job.

Distance – To meet this test, your new job has to be at least 50 miles further from your old home than your old job was. If you didn’t have a job before the move, your new job has to be at least 50 miles from your old home.

 

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© 2018 Century 21 Real Estate LLC. CENTURY 21® and the CENTURY 21 Logo are registered service marks owned by Century 21 Real Estate LLC. Equal Housing Opportunity. Each office is independently owned and operated.