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Moving Chronicles: Packing and Unpacking Blunders

Moving is extremely stressful and can be overwhelming for many families trying to balance work, home, and packing all at the same time. If your budget allows, hiring your moving company to also pack and unpack your belongings can be worth its weight in gold. Mastodon Moving offers not only moving services but also packing and unpacking services that can ensure that your boxes are organized and packaged appropriately. 

Over the years, we have encountered many families who have successfully managed their own packing. Unfortunately, we have also experienced first-hand incidences of packing blunders that have made for disasters in the making. Read on to avoid some of the biggest packing and unpacking blunders made so you can prevent them from happening during your move. 

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Poor Labelling Techniques 

Moving is all about organization and preparedness. One of the best things that homeowners can do to make the packing and unpacking process go smoothly is to properly label boxes. This includes not only clearly marking what room the box should be placed in but also having an inventory list taped to the side of the box. This can save some serious time when movers are trying to determine where to place your boxes in the new home. Some homeowners even put signs on each room to tell movers which is the den, office, bedroom 1, 2 and so on. 

Heavy Boxes 

Movers are used to handling weighty items, but boxes over 50 pounds are a pain! Be sure to lift your boxes to ensure that they are not too heavy for your movers. Heavy boxes can cause injuries and can become a hassle after they have been placed in your new home. For heavy items consider smaller boxes, especially when it contains books, cans, or items that can be separated. For awkwardly shaped heavy items, talk to your movers about special arrangements that can be made to safeguard the pieces during the moving process. 

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Improper Packing Materials 

During the last few days before a move, many homeowners run out of supplies. Always ask your mover for boxes and packing supplies so you don’t end up with a situation where your possessions could be damaged. We have seen tape peel off boxes, breakables placed in garbage bags, and dishes packed without cushioning. Always ask for supplies that can mean the difference between your items arriving safely or needing to be replaced due to breakage. 

Hazardous Materials 

Some materials should not be packed with the rest of your belongings. For example, household cleaning materials, nail polish, and some paints should make the journey in separate packaging to ensure a safe trip. 

Do you need packing and unpacking services for your move? Mastodon Moving can help from supplying materials to getting everything packed up to unpacking down to the last item. Talk to our crew today about scheduling and services. 

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5 Home Improvements to Make Before a Move

If you are preparing for a move from your starter home into your dream home, you may want to consider some small home improvements to boost the value and create a positive first impression. As professional movers, we have seen some beautiful homes that have amazing curb appeal and a fresh new look. Here are five home improvements that we agree are important to consider before you make your move. 

# 1 Paint Projects 

One of the most transformative projects that’s also cost-effective is painting. Whether you are painting an entire room, the exterior of the home, or just one aspect of the house, you will find that it may give a great first impression. Adding a fresh coat of paint is a simple and affordable home improvement project that can add color and refresh the look of a home that may be dated or worn. 

#2 Make Electrical Upgrades

If you are trying to sell an older home, you may want to consult an electrician about upgrading or adding to your current electrical panel. Today’s homeowners have many more devices and demands on the power grid than in past decades. An electrical upgrade can make your home more valuable as buyers can check off electrical from their list of improvements they may need to make. One less-=expensive improvement may make your house rise to the top of the list. 

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#3 Strategic Bathroom and Kitchen Improvements 

Selling your home is a massive project. The two rooms that potential buyers examine for upgrades and improvements are the kitchen and the bathroom. Completing a full renovation may not be in the budget, but small, strategic changes can help your home sell. Start with doing upgrades to fixtures, tiles, and hardware that can make a major difference to the overall look of these two rooms. Small changes can make a big difference. 

#4 Clean and Update the Entryway 

Curb appeal is extremely important in the real estate world. One of the first things potential buyers look at is the home’s exterior, more specifically the entryway. Before your move, paint the front door, add new numbers to the exterior, update the mailbox, and add a few colorful plants along the walkway to make the area shine. 

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#5 Declutter 

Just as it is important for the packing process of a move to declutter, it is equally important in the selling of a home. The less “stuff” in your house, the easier it is for a potential buyer to see themselves and their furnishings in the home. Use a moving company that offers short term storage for some of your larger items and box up items that you will not need during the selling process. The cleaner your home, the easier it is for a family to envision themselves in the space. 

Mastodon Moving works closely with realtors and homeowners to make sure that the home is ready for the selling and moving processes. Talk to our team today about our storage and packing services before putting your home on the market. 

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Why Hiring a Professional Moving Team is Best

Moving is a huge undertaking. Most people who are changing their address, whether it is making the move into a first home from a rental apartment or downsizing from a well-loved home to something more manageable, wouldn’t even consider making the change without a professional moving team to help safely get possessions from one location to the next. 

Some homeowners, however, make the choice, either due to budget or simplicity to ask friends and relatives to help them. This is a huge task. 

While this action may save a little money, in the long run it may be a dicey choice at best. Here is why…

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Experience

How many times have your friends or cousins packed an apartment or house? Do they know how to safely pack breakables, high value items, and sentimental keepsakes? Do they understand the need to prep the floors, as our team does? Do they have the right equipment and know-how to get awkward furniture pieces into or out-of tight spaces? 

Chances are that the professional team you hire will have years of experience in packing, unpacking, prepping the house, and in safely getting items to and from the truck without damaging the home or the items themselves. 

Insurance Protection 

Professional movers have a license and liability insurance that not only protects the possessions they are moving but also the people doing the moving in the case of an unforeseen accident.

When family and friends help complete a move, instead of professionals, the damage that occurs to a home or items being moved falls to the owner. If boxes shift in the moving van and cause damage, the professionals are insured to repair or replace the belongings. 

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Proper Supplies and Equipment 

Our team here at Mastodon Moving has a wide variety of moving supplies to make your move go smoothly. This includes boxes, crates, dollys, palette jacks, lifts, wrap, packing buffers, straps, and the list could go on and on. 

By asking family members to help with a move, you could risk having boxes being overpacked or lost in the shuffle. Our team will prep your house, help you box appropriately, label, and move all of your items, whether it is across town or across the country. We have years of experience with packing items and specialty vans that can protect your valuables, furnishings, and keepsakes. 

Storage Capabilities 

Relocating can be a multistep process depending upon where you are moving and if “signing days” coincide from one location to the next. Many homeowners find that they need storage accommodations for a few days or weeks until they can settle into their new digs. 

Mastodon Moving offers storage that is safe and climate controlled to keep your items until they are ready to be unpacked. If you are considering a move in the future and are weighing whether to hire professionals or using family and friends, consider these scenarios as well as this article from Consumer Affairs