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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.


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. 

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Relocating? 5 Questions to Ask Your Movers

Moving to a new city or town can be an incredibly exciting time, but it can also be pure chaos if you don’t plan accordingly. Hiring professional movers, who have years of experience packing, planning, and moving your valued possessions is always the best idea. 

Finding the right movers might seem like an overwhelming task especially when thinking about all the other items on your “To Do” list when you are in the throes of moving. To make things a little easier, we have come up with 5 questions that you will want to ask your moving team before you schedule your moving date. 

A woman sitting in front of several cardboard boxes looking inquisitive.

#1 – Who Is My Main Contact? 

During the course of any move, whether it is across the country or across town, there will inevitably be lots of questions for your moving team. We field many important questions in the days and weeks leading up to a move such as questions about: arrival time, how long things will take, preparations that need to be made and the list could go on forever. You will want to know who you should speak to each time a question arises. Having a main contact to ask for can streamline your inquiries. 

#2 – Are You Properly Licensed? 

To avoid moving scams, you will want to ask for proof of licensure and insurance that comes with most professional movers. All professional interstate moving companies should have a license number issued by the United States Department of Transportation. You can check their license number and complaint history here. We also suggest that you check with the Better Business Bureau for business rating and accreditation. 

#3 – Are There Items That Can Not Be Moved? 

Our fully licensed and insured team here at Mastodon is experienced in packing and moving common everyday household items as well as large, priceless items in protected crates. However, some household items such as flammable or explosive items can not go on the moving truck. Before your move we will go over what items you will be moving as well as tips on packing your items, if you are doing it yourself. 

#4 – Do You Have References? 

The items that most families are planning to move are important family furnishings and valuable possessions. Therefore keeping these items safe during the packing process, move, and unpacking process is critical. You will want to know that your moving team is trusted, responsible, and will care for your furnishings and personal possessions as if they are their own. Check those references and online reviews to be sure your team is top-notch. 

#5 – Is Your Quote Binding? 

Before we schedule a move, one of our team members will visit your home and discuss with you what needs to be moved, how long it should take, and an approximate cost of the move based upon the amount and distance of the move. We do our very best to be sure that there are no surprises when it comes to costs along the way and communicate with our clients about what the quote includes. 

If you are moving soon, contact our team about getting a free quote and start looking at how we have helped so many families from the Greater Boston region move into their new homes seamlessly and with great care taken for their possessions.