Phoenix, AZ, August 29, 2015 --(PR.com
)-- Getting ready to move your household? Don’t just pack up everything you have without getting rid of things you don’t need. Take the time to go through clothing and household items, donate what you won’t need at your new location, and reduce the volume of paper files you have.
You don’t need to take all paper files with you but you should safely store or electronically scan and save certain essential documents, according to Patty Caradonna, director of marketing for ProShred Arizona. For documents that you no longer need to keep that contain personal or financial information, you should arrange to have them professionally shredded.
Individuals can contract for one-time clean-out bulk shredding service done at their home, according to ProShred Arizona. “When you’re busy packing up for a move, having your shredding done on site can save you lots of time,” adds Caradonna.
For customers who have smaller amounts of paper to shred, ProShred offers its drop-off service where people can bring their items for shredding to ProShred during business hours for professional shredding at an affordable price. A certificate guaranteeing that the shredding is done is provided to all customers, and then shredded items are recycled.
ProShred suggests the following guidelines when deciding what to keep and what to destroy:
- Taxes—keep returns and copies of documentation for seven years.
- IRA contribution records—keep a copy of all nondeductible contributions to your IRA permanently to show that you have already paid tax on the money.
- Retirement/savings plan statements—keep the annual summaries until you retire or close the account.
- Bank records—shred those documents and checks that have no long-term tax importance.
- Brokerage statements—keep a copy until you sell the securities.
- Bills—in most cases, once the bill has been paid you can shred it. For larger purchases, keep the receipt in case of theft, loss or damage of the item.
- Credit card receipts and statements—keep the statements for seven years if they have tax-related expenses.
- Paycheck stubs—keep them until you receive your W-2 form from your employer to make sure information matches and then shred.
- House records—keep all documentation for purchase price and cost of improvements until you sell your home.
For more detailed information about what to save or shred, visit www.bankrate.com.
ProShred has been operating for more than 25 years and pioneered on-site shredding services. The local franchise was started in 2012. ProShred Arizona is located in Tempe and provides services to businesses and individuals in the counties of Maricopa, Yavapai, Gila and Pinal. For more information, visit www.phxshredding.com or call 480-427-2733.