Westmoreland and Cambria Counties Among 8 counties added to Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine Ahead of the spring hatch, Westmoreland and Cambria counties are among 8 new total counties in Pennsylvania that have been added to the quarantine zone for the spotted lanternfly. Cambria, Cameron, Franklin, Lackawanna, Montour, Pike, Wayne, and Westmoreland are new to the quarantine for 2021.This puts the total number of counties across Pennsylvania at 34 out of 67. For detailed information, see the alert from the PA Department of agriculture. PDA Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine Alert The 8 new counties are not entirely infested, but there are municipalities in each of these counties that are infested enough to justify being added to the quarantine. These municipalities are detailed in the map below: If you see a spotted lanternfly, immediately report it online or by calling 1-888-4BADFLY. Especially if you are not inside the quarantine zone. What to do I do if I’m moving from a quarantined area? The quarantine order [...]
Ideas on how you can reduce the cost your move Moving can be a costly. Here are some simple ideas that can help cut the cost. a mover that is licensed and insured, for example: 1st Step Movers if your expenses are tax-deductible. You may be eligible to claim some of your moving expenses as a deduction when filling out your federal income tax return, especially if you’ve donated some items to charities. Also check and see if you qualify for any of the deduction illustrated in our post here your unwanted stuff. What better way to help your moving budget than to sell the things you won’t ever need again, online or at a moving sale, and pocket the cash your home. One of the best ways to cut moving costs is to move as few items to the new home as possible. And in order to do that, you need to inventory your entire house and declutter it without delay. [...]
Moving Terms Sometimes we can use a lot of moving industry related jargon when talking and in out paperwork. Here is a list of terms you may encounter and some clarification as to their meaning. Accessorial charges: charges made by the moving company for services such as unpacking and appliance servicing that are charged in addition to transport costs. Appliance servicing: the preparation of large electrical appliances for safe shipment at an additional charge. Bill of Lading: a contract between the moving company and the mover containing the order number used to track your shipment. Binding Estimate: a written agreement with your moving company guaranteeing the total cost of the move based on an estimate of items prior to your move. Carrier: the mover who is actually transporting your items. C.O.D. (Cash on Delivery): when payment is owed to the moving company upon delivery. Destination agent: the agent responsible for providing information regarding your shipment to you and your carrier in the destination [...]
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Tips For Getting Cheaper Rent Are you attempting to move, but are wary because of the cost of rent? With monthly payments at the highest price they have been in 30 years, you are not alone. Rent is climbing every month, but that does not mean finding an affordable rental is impossible. Here are some tips on how to pay less when looking for an place to rent. Late payments can end up costing you more with late fees. Offering to pay early gives a landlord incentive to lower the rent during negotiations. Ask your potential landlord if they are willing to write a trigger clause into the lease contract that if you fail to pay the rent early you get a $100 discount. Landlords usually have full-time jobs. Doing some cleanup and maintenance around the apartment complex can get you a decent reduction. One of the best ways to get a large discount is by splitting it with someone else. As [...]