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Winter Moving Tips: How to Combat the Elements During a Winter Move

Moving at any time of year can be a tedious and challenging experience. Making a move during the winter months adds another layer of difficulty in three key areas: safety, weather issues, and comfort. 

No one wants to be moving in the middle of a blizzard, but waiting until Mother Nature is ready to cooperate is not always an option. 

Winter moving may not sound like fun, but it isn’t entirely impossible either. Planning and coordination with your moving team is key. Good communication along with a few tips we have put together for you should keep you safe, warm, and organized on your moving day. 

Stay Vigilant of the Weather 

New Englanders know that winter can bring crystal clear blue skies and frosty air. It can also bring howling winds and an onslaught of precipitation ranging from feet of snow to slippery roadway ice. 

When moving during the winter months keep a close eye on the weather in the days leading up to your move. If you are concerned that the weather may hamper your move by shutting down roadways or making travel unsafe, talk to your moving company about a contingency plan should Mother Nature not cooperate. Having a Plan B is always a smart idea when moving during the months of December, January, February, and March. 

Padding along stairwell in home

Make Safety a Top Priority 

Mastodon Moving makes safety our number one priority for every move, no matter the season. Winter, however, brings an entirely new set of safety precautions that we take both inside and outside of homes. 

Some of the safety precautions we take include covering floors to not only give traction, but to save the floors from scrapes or marks. We also wrap banisters and door frames when large items will be moved around them to ensure that no chips, dents, or scrapes appear. 

Homeowners can help with safety by ensuring that the walkways and driveways are free and clear of snow or ice on the day of the move. They can also board pets so they are not under foot during the move. Additionally, a spare pair of gloves is a great idea to keep hands warm as going in and out of the elements can cause extremities to get cold. 

Consider Comfort

Winter moves often mean that homes lose heat fast with movers going in and out repeatedly. Doors are left open and homes quickly become cold. 

To make things comfy, consider using a small space heater in the bathroom and kitchen where movers and family members can warm up for a few minutes. Having warm drinks available is also a crowd pleaser for people moving all day in the cold. 

Taking comfort into mind, make sure your new location has the heat and lights on so when you arrive the home is comfortable and accessible for movers and family members. 

Still have questions about moving? Talk to our team about a consultation and we can go over all the elements that can make your winter move go smoothly. 

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Things To Consider For Your Cross Country Move

Moving can be an indicator of an exciting time in a family’s life. It could be the product of a new (or better) job for a family member, a desire to find a better neighborhood or region, or a life event, like a marriage, that causes the move to occur. 

Moving in general, regardless of the exciting reasons behind it, can be a bit stressful. Moving clear across the country, therefore, can be downright overwhelming. 

Long distance moving is probably one of the toughest types of moves, second only to international moving. To make your cross country move less stressful, we have worked with our team on a few things that you should consider should you face a cross country move. 

Mastodon Moving team

Hire Experience Cross Country Movers

All movers are not created equal. 

Some specialize in apartment moving, downsizing, or commercial moving only. Then there are those who are experienced movers who have years of professional practice in successfully moving homes and businesses across the country. 

Mastodon Moving is one of those companies who has been helping people take the stress out of moving locally, state-to-state, or even clear across the country. Our team promises something that not all movers can offer. The same team that packed up your home in one state will be the same group who will unpack you in your new home, no matter how many thousands of miles away that new address is. It’s something that sets us apart from our competitors and allows us to know exactly what special needs each item may have when loading into the new home, because we were the team that loaded it in the truck to begin with. 

Compare Moving Companies 

While you may be able to Google “long-distance moving companies” and come up with a short list of businesses in your area that could move your home, check the details before you hire one of them. 

Ask questions about hidden expenses as well as request a cost calculation. Knowing what items in your home will be difficult to move or cost you more to move than to sell could change your strategy for moving.  Ask about any large items or high value items that may cost more or require special storage, crating, or wrapping for safety purposes. All of this research can help your moving experience be much less stressful. 

Mover packing high value item

Create a Home Inventory 

We are not suggesting you write down every item in your home, but rather take an inventory of items that you will be bringing with you and those that you may be able to donate, sell, or put out with the trash. 

Remember, moving long distance may mean a change in climate and a change in thought process. For instance, will you really need your snow blower in San Diego if you are moving from Maine? Probably not. 

Make a list of items that are high priority to bring with you such as personal items, furniture, artwork, children’s items, seasonal items, and the list could go on and on. 

While making this list, however, you may find that you are willing to let the buyers of your current home have the 10 year old refrigerator and the air conditioning units you have stored in the garage rather than haul them into the moving truck. Your new home may have better appliances or central air that will allow you to offer some items to the new owners of the house or donate them to a worthy charity. 

Make Advance Plans for Children & Pets 

If you think moving is hard on you, think about the anxiety your children and pets may be going through not knowing the details or being able to control any of the outcomes. 

Therefore, it is imperative that you make plans to alleviate some of the stress. To do this, you may need to make a trip or two to your new home to introduce your child(ren) to the new neighborhood, school, or house. Just seeing what is yet to come can put some children at ease and let them know that the move is a good thing and not something to be feared. 

For pets, you may want to arrange for care during the packing and moving portion of the event. This can be a very anxious time for your pet and they can sense that something is about to happen. Read our blog on moving with a pet for more ideas on comfort measures. 

A Final Word…

Moving long distances is undoubtedly going to be stressful. Choose your moving company carefully and arm yourself with knowledge about what the move will be like to make your change in location a happy one. 

washer and dryer

Things to Leave Behind When Moving

Usually when a family considers moving they think about all the items that they want to safely pack and bring with them to the new home. But did you know that some of those items could be left behind, donated, or sold in order to save you time and money on moving day? 

Let’s explore what those items are, from the bulky and awkward couches to the specially made curtains for that off-size window. We have some ideas on how you can leave items behind during your big move. 

What Do You Mean “Leave Behind?”

As professional movers, we have seen many families ask us to load items onto the truck that they will probably get rid of once they get to their new home. Things that don’t match their new decor or items that are past their prime are typically what we mean by items that can be left behind. 

We are, in no way, telling homeowners to leave their junk for the next owner. However, there are some items that could (and should) be sold, donated, or gifted to the new homeowners. Here are those items. 

Curtains and Shades 

Think about the windows in your home and the windows that you will have in your new home. What are the chances that the curtains will match the right size and functionality in one home to the next?

Once you realize that your curtains no longer coordinate with the color scheme of your new home or fit the existing windows, you may want to ask the buyers if they would like you to leave the curtains. This way, they will have something on the windows in the first few weeks, until they can find something that they want to replace them with. 

Appliances 

Refrigerators, stoves, and microwaves are bulky items that take some effort to move and take up some serious real estate in your moving van. If your new home already has appliances or you plan to purchase new ones, you may also want to consider gifting your current appliances to the new owners to save space on your moving truck. 

Old Furniture 

If you plan to purchase a new couch, chairs, or rugs for your new place, consider donating your current furniture to a nonprofit like: the Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, AMVETS, and Goodwill. Not only will you get a tax deduction on the donated goods, but you will save space on your moving truck. And think of the fun you will have picking out new furnishings!

Garage Tools 

The garage tends to be the dumping grounds for old and damaged items in any home. Take a look around your garage and be realistic about what tools should be trashed and which ones you will want to bring with you. 

Cleaning out the garage of rusty, damaged tools can save some serious space and time on moving day. 

Books & Clothing 

I like to group these two types of items together because they are easy to donate to a charity or sell on Facebook Marketplace or a local consignment shop. 

Books tend to be very heavy and can take up space in moving boxes very quickly. Clothing that is out of style or no longer fits can clutter up a closet in no time. Therefore, we suggest taking some time to go through each closet and bookshelf to determine what you really want to bring with you. 

Papers 

Finally, the bane of every family’s existence – the never ending pile of papers, bills, and mail! 

If you have files and piles of papers, now is the time to sort through them, get organized, and maybe consider going digital (or at least scan your bills) to be able to shred the years worth of documents you may have before you. 

Take each of these categories and consider what items you can leave behind either by donating, trashing, or gifting. You will be surprised how your moving load will decrease as you tackle each area.