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Things Your Professional Movers Wish You Knew

If you are planning a move in the near future you may find yourself immersed in an ambitious and somewhat overwhelming to-do list. From packing your belongings to transferring utilities, the list can be long and arduous. Thankfully, the actual moving part can be made considerably easier when you hire a professional and experienced moving crew…like Mastodon’s team of movers. 

Even with a moving crew like ours, there are still some things that homeowners can do to make moving day go as smoothly as possible. During our initial estimate and consultation, we will go over ways to make a move go efficiently and safely. For now, here are a few things that all professional movers wish their clients knew about moving and how they can contribute to making the day run like a well-oiled machine. 

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Packing Yourself? Have it Done Before the Movers Arrive

While Mastodon Moving offers packing services, some homeowners choose to pack their own items prior to the actual moving day. Be sure to have everything packed before the team shows up. If you are still packing boxes, it makes it very difficult for the crew to pack the truck in a way that balances the load and moves the process along at a steady pace. 

If you are packing on your own, be sure to label each box as to where it should go at the new location. This makes unloading go faster and cuts down on items being placed in the wrong room. In addition, a label can help you find items you need quickly as you are settling into your new place. 

Pack Properly 

The safety of your belongings is what really matters on moving day so be certain to pack in a way that allows for optimal safety. For instance, heavy books should go in small boxes. Lighter items like pillows, towels, and bedding can be placed in larger boxes. Valuables should be wrapped and placed in boxes or crates where they will make the journey safely. If you do have valuable items, let your movers know so they can adjust the truck(s) appropriately or even supply custom packing boxes or crates to keep the items secure during the trip. 

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Communicate with Your Moving Team 

If you have high value items, awkwardly shaped items, or specialty items (like a grand piano or chandelier) that need extra care, talk to your moving team before moving day so they can be sure to have a plan and the equipment needed. 

It’s also a good idea to go through your home with a team leader who can take note of any heavy items such as appliances that may need special equipment to remove. Tell your team if you have any concerns about things like parking, weather, or what care will be taken to protect your home during the move. Mastodon Moving always receives many positive comments about our protective neoprene mats that we use so that wood floors, banisters, and carpeting will be protected during the move.

Let The Movers Do Their Thing 

While it might be tempting to help out with carrying your items to the truck, it’s best to let the movers do what they do best. It’s a good idea to stand back and let them do their job. We do, however, suggest that you stay nearby to answer questions. 

Follow these suggestions as your moving day can be less stressful than you would imagine. Our team will treat your belongings like they are our own. We take pride in our work and enjoy working to help our clients move into their new abode. 

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Best Apps To Help You Move Your Home in 2021

How many times have you moved in the course of your lifetime? Once? Twice? More than that? What if we told you that the average American moves 11.4 times? That’s a lot of packing, labeling, lifting, cleaning, and unpacking to contend with. 

What if we also told you that there are some fairly simple software apps that can help you organize your move with to-do lists, calendars, inventory labels, room planning, donation locations, house hunting, and apps to check out schools in your new neighborhood? 

If you and your family are one of the more than 40 million Americans that plan to move this year, you should know about some of the wonderful apps out there that can help streamline your move, whether you are headed across town or across the country. Check out some of our favorite apps that can make all of this substantially less overwhelming and all in the palm of your hand.  

Finding a Home 

There are a lot of real estate apps out there. Many of them are extremely helpful when you want an easy way to see what inventory is available in your area, what price it is listed at, and what the comparables are in the neighborhood. One of our favorites is Zillow since it is nationwide and can provide assistance throughout each of the stages of your home or apartment search.

Decluttering & Donating 

Decluttering and want to donate some great items such as old clothes and home goods? There’s an app for that. 

A new partnership between Goodwill and Roadie Inc. is making it easier for people to donate clothes and furniture to sporting goods and old toys. App-based community Roadie will pick up unwanted items and take them to the nearest donation center. 

Letgo is another free app for selling and buying in your community, similar to Facebook Marketplace. You can take and post photos of your stuff, upload it, and quickly get in touch with interested local buyers. It’s also a great place to shop for items for your new home.

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Getting Organized: To-Do Lists, Checklists, and Calendars

One of the biggest ways that homeowners can streamline their move is to get super organized. The ways to do this include creating: inventory lists for each room and/or box, to-do lists with deadlines, and calendars to remind each family member what needs to be done and by when.  

MoveAdvisor is a comprehensive moving app allowing you to take inventory of rooms in your current home, create an interactive timeline, and input calendar reminders for everyone in your family. Google Keep and Google Calendars can also keep everyone in your family “in-the-know” about what deadlines are looming. 

If you need small handyman tasks done around the house like patching holes or cleaning out the garage before moving day check out TaskRabbit which can match you with freelance labor for projects of all shapes and sizes. 

Do a little research of your own or ask our team here at Mastodon Moving about how we can point you in the right direction to find the apps that can help you make moving day a breeze. 

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How Can I Stage My Home to Sell?

When it comes time to sell your beloved home, you will want it to look its absolute best. A pristinely clean, uncluttered, well-decorated home can impress potential buyers enough so that they see the value in the space and put in an offer! This is where home staging can play a critical role in your home selling process. 

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What is Home Staging? 

According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), “Home staging is a method of decorating meant to highlight your home’s most impressive assets and help buyers imagine themselves moving in and living there. Do it right, and you should have no problem selling your home quickly.”

Home staging generally entails an extremely thorough cleaning of a home from top to bottom. Then, depending upon your home layout, it may include a rearranging of furnishings to make the best use of space and to make rooms appear larger. 

Staging a home often includes decluttering all personal items such as pictures and knick-knacks around the home. Home staging experts suggest reducing personal items to ⅓ of what you had in each room before you decided to list the home in order to eliminate clutter. This may mean packing and storing items before the house even goes on the market.

Most home staging techniques utilize the homeowners existing furnishings and decor to create a homey feel, one that will appeal to potential buyers. However, some experts do bring in home staging furnishings if the owners items are already moved out or in storage. In this case, you will want to carefully store your items temporarily while your home has showings and open houses. 

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How Home Staging Benefits Homeowners 

There is no question that staging a home to look its best is beneficial for sellers. According to the National Association of Realtors, 31% of buyers increased their offer on a home by 1-5% because the home was staged. In addition, 77% of buyers felt more able to see themselves moving into a staged home, and 40% were more willing to get in the car and visit a staged online find.

Statistics show that when home buyers can picture themselves in a home, they instantly become more interested in the property. Home staging can create that illusion that buyers from all age brackets and opinions on decor can see themselves in. 

How Mastodon Moving Can Help With Staging 

While we are not professional staging experts, we can help by providing the services that come hand-in-hand with home staging. As mentioned above, many staging professionals need furniture, personal items and lots of clutter removed from the house before showings begin.

Our close-knit crew here at Mastodon can help with packing, decluttering, moving, and providing the temporary storage for your items if you should choose to bring in furnishings from a professional stager. This is especially handy if you are looking to create space and move many of your items out before you put your home on the market or prepare for your listing photos. 

Home staging is an art designed to show off your home in its best light. Let our moving, packing and storage services help you make the best first impression as you stage your home for sale.