Category Archives: Apartment Moving

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How Can Professional Movers Protect Your Home and Possessions?

At Mastodon Movers, we pride ourselves on our professional, efficient, and personalized moving team. Not only do we work to get the job done, but we do so with a mind toward doing things the way we would, if it was our own home being moved. For us, that means taking extra care of the home in which we are working and around the possessions we are packing.

How do we do this? 

Our team has a few ways that we go above and beyond that has made us a top-rated moving company in the Greater Boston region. Here are a few of the steps we take to make sure your floors, doorways, stairs, and high-value items are protected on the day of the move. 

Custom wood crate

Floor Protection 

Moving an entire home means lots of movement and movers going back-and-forth with boxes, crates, and furnishings. This can do a real job on your flooring especially if the weather outside means, snow, rain, or mud could be tramped through the home. 

To protect your hardwood floors, stairs, and carpets, we carefully lay down neoprene floor runners to protect all flooring during the move. The neoprene allows us to move about freely without worry of slipping or dirtying your home. 

In addition to runners inside the house, we also set up rubber floor runners from the truck to your home, especially if the weather is not cooperative. 

Custom Wrapping 

As a moving company, we make it our business to know what ways to wrap each item from carpets to furniture and from high value items to even the rare fish tank! We offer custom crates to place your irreplaceable or high value items in for the journey to your new home. We also offer a wide variety of packing paper, wraps, boxes, and plastic wraps. As a part of our packing services we make sure that each breakable item is wrapped to make the trip safely. 

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Railings and Doorways 

Just like with our attention to your floors, we take care that your stairwell banisters are protected with padding and doorways are passed through without dings, scraped or bumps. We take those extra steps to make sure the home we are moving into or out of is well kept for you and your family during the moving process. 

Check out our Facebook page or contact us for more information about how we take every precaution and go above and beyond during the moving process so that your possessions get from point A to point B safely and securely. 

Winter Moving Tips

Moving at any time of year can be overwhelming, let alone when the temperature has dipped and the weather might not be completely cooperative. However, with the right professional moving company that has plenty of experience moving families and businesses in all seasons, you should have no problems, even in less than ideal conditions. 

Winter is not a prime moving season. The spring and summer tend to be the peak of moving as families hope to get settled before school starts for children and the weather takes a turn for the worse. Winter does have some benefits as it is easier to schedule a moving company and, with less demand, comes more options for you and your family. 

Mastodon Moving has years of experience moving residential homes and businesses in snow, rain, sleet, hail and even the most absurd of weather phenomena. We have moved families down the street and across the country and are prepared for whatever Mother Nature has in store for your moving day. In our experiences, we have gathered some tips to make it easier to move in the winter months. Here are a few tips to make your winter move go smoothly. 

Custom wood crate

Protect Your Floors 

Moving during the winter months can mean tracking in snow, ice, and de-icing chemicals that are used on walkways and stairs. Protecting your floors from these products and precipitation is of paramount importance to maintaining the health of the floors and the safety of the walkways to and from the moving trucks. 

Something that Mastodon Moving does even in good weather is to prep the floors even before the first piece of furniture is moved. We use nonslip floor runners that are meant to safeguard your wood floors, carpeting, or tile flooring. It’s just one more way we treat your home like it is our own. 

Mastodon Moving truck at residence

Prep the Outdoor Entrances and Walkways 

While it is not ideal, moving on the day it snows does happen on occasion. Make sure your walkways, stairs, and entryways are free and clear or anything that could cause a slip and fall. The last  thing you need on moving day is an injury. While you are preparing these areas, you may want to also make sure your personal car is cleared of snow and ice. We will take good care that our trucks are in good working condition, clean, and ready to face whatever weather may occur. 

Rethink Home Heating on Moving Day 

Many homeowners want to make others feel comfortable on moving day, so they turn the heat on especially if it’s cold outside. The truth be told, the doors to your home will be open and you are wasting the energy in heating the home. Our crew and you will probably be toasty warm just walking around, packing, and doing all the tasks involved in the process of moving. 

Plan for Delays 

If the weather isn’t great outside, chances are the traffic may be a little slower and heavier than normal. Plan for a slower than planned travel time to your new location.  If snow is in the forecast just think about the potential backup and adjust your expectations accordingly. Some homeowners opt to reschedule a move if the weather looks extreme, but check with your movers before you make any plans. 

Check out our Facebook page or contact us for more helpful tips of moving in the winter. 

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Things to Consider When Moving With Children

Moving can be stressful for adults who are juggling a long list of things that need to be accomplished including packing, arranging for the move, gathering records and paperwork, and possibly prepping for a  new job. There are a million-and-one small details that need to be handled before the big moving day arrives. 

Now imagine, for a moment, being a young child whose entire world revolves around their friends and the routine that they have established in school. Moving for the school aged child is a major transition and can be extremely tough both emotionally and socially. As parents, there are some things you can do to help smooth the transition and make the event less stressful. 

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Set the Tone 

Parents often set the tone for whatever is going on in the family. A move is no different, regardless of whether you are buying a home in your same neighborhood, or moving clear across the country. 

Keep things honest, but optimistic. Every change brings an impact, both positive and negative. Be sure to discuss what is particularly worrisome for your child, but also what they may be looking forward to such as a larger room, better yard, closer to family, or vicinity to parks and entertainment/activities. It’s ok to acknowledge the inherent difficulties of switching schools while still remaining positive about the move in general. 

Give Your Child Some Control 

Some stress in life comes from a feeling like you can not control the things around you. Give your child some control by providing opportunities to make some choices. For example, if there’s an option of which school to attend in your new neighborhood, let your child visit each of them and make the decision themselves. If there’s only one school choice, give them control in smaller ways, such as letting them pick out their new backpack and school supplies. 

At your new home, let your child choose a wall color to paint their room, or decorations that are new to start the school year with a fresh new look. If your child is old enough to do some of the packing or unpacking on their own, let them do that to give them control of what goes where in the new house. 

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Set Up Activities 

Moving often means that sport teams and after school activities are left behind, along with friendships that have been built. In order to get your child back into the swing of things in your new home, check with their new school about what activities are available that will present opportunities for new friendships to blossom. 

Talk to your city or town about the local sports programs that take place throughout the year. The recreation department is always a good place to start as they will have contact names and numbers as well as a list of activities that would be appropriate for your child. 
As you begin to plan your move, talk to our team at Mastodon Moving about how we can help make your transition to a new home go smoothly for all the members of your family. Check out our Facebook page for more tips and ideas.