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Tips to Streamline Your Move

How many times have you moved? According to the United States Census Bureau, the average American moves 11 times in their lifetime. That’s a lot of packing, unpacking, and driving from place to place, not to mention finding new jobs for the adults and schools for the children! 

If you’re spending your free time reading moving blogs, chances are you might be one of those people planning your next move. If so, streamlining, or making your move organized and efficient may be on your list of things to do. 

Read on to find out some ways you can do just that using Mastodon Moving and our expert tips. 

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Hire Help 

Friends are great when it comes to spending an evening out or when looking for a company for a concert or event, but professionals should be called in if you have a move to accomplish. Friends may have good intentions of helping with a move, but far too often timing is off or schedules get too busy. 

Whether it’s across town or across the country Mastodon Moving can help you with downsizing (when necessary), organizing, packing, moving, and unpacking in your new home. We know the right way to pack that will keep your belongings safe along the route and how to make your move go as smoothly as possible. 

Pro tip – schedule your movers early!


Create a Master Checklist 

Two years ago, we published our Ultimate Moving Checklist, and want to remind you that checklists are a great way to stay organized and streamline your move. 

Things that you will want to include on your checklist are: 

  • Names and phone numbers of all companies you will need to complete a change of address form. 
  • Utility companies and when service will be discontinued. 
  • Tasks to complete, organized by month. 
  • Contacts in your new locations such as pet sitters, new dentists, etc. 
  • A breakdown of what areas you will pack first, second …etc. 
  • Lists of supplies you will need to organize your move – boxes, crates, labels, tape, bubble wrap, and moving paper. 
  • Lists of locations where donations are accepted for items like clothing, appliances, and seasonal items if you are planning to downsize. 

Pro tip – go digital with your lists and share them with family who can check things off as you go. There are plenty of moving apps that can help. 

Label Everything 

To streamline your move, be sure to label all boxes and moving containers. There’s nothing worse than taping up a box only to find you can’t remember what’s in it. This process may seem daunting but it will help you easily locate what you need when you move into your new home as well as allow you to access items while you are still packing. 

Pro tip – use color coding to allow movers to know which room boxes should be placed upon arrival at your new location. 

Prepare For Contingencies 

Not all moves happen seamlessly. Be proactive and consider things like changes in weather, heavy traffic, sick children, a pet who gets anxious, and furniture that may be awkward or clumsy to move. Professional movers can adjust their techniques and have helpful ways to counteract each of these scenarios, but you should always have a plan B ready, just in case. 

Pro tip – communicate potential issues with your movers in advance to understand how they would tackle each scenario. 

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The Benefits of Professional Packing Services

What’s the worst part of moving? In our experience, families and businesses that are on the move, report that the most painful part of moving is packing and unpacking years worth of belongings. Thankfully, there’s a solution to this dreadfully slow and arduous process. 

Hire our team to do the packing and unpacking for you. 

Professional packing services are a huge time and energy saver for most families and businesses that find themselves needing to move from point A to point B. Here are the top reasons why many of our clients use our services to pack and unpack their homes. 

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Saves Time & Energy

Moving can be a huge drain on your time and energy. If you are busy with work, family obligations, and children in the months leading up to your move, you could probably use some help to take some of the tasks off your growing list of things to do for your move. 

Using packing services can instantly unburden you and free up your time for managing the other logistics of your move. Professionals know how to sort, organize and properly wrap belongings so they make it to your new location safely. They also know what size box, crate, or speciality container your valuables should be packed in. 

Save Money

While it may not seem like a money saving service, it can be, depending upon the amount of time you would need to take off work and the number of boxes or containers you would need to buy/find. 

Instead of wasting your money buying boxes and using your vacation days to pack and unpack, this service can save you from using that precious paid time off. Usually when you hire your movers to pack/unpack for you, the price includes all the supplies necessary from boxes and tape, to inventory lists and bubble wrap. 

Less Risk of Damage 

Damage to your belongings is always a risk when moving homes or businesses. Thankfully, more experienced packers such as members of our team, know how to pack so that your precious china, pictures, and high valued items make it to your new location safe and secure. 

No one wants the hassle of getting repairs on their tv, electronics, or artwork once they arrive at their new place. Licensed and insured packers can guarantee a safe journey for your valued items.

Reduces Stress

When professional packers take on the task of packing your home, they can take some of the stress off you in trying to carve out the right amount of time to pack all of your belongings. All you have to do is supervise and let them know if any items can be donated, tossed, or are special in any way. Your professional packers can also label and mark each box so you have no stress as to where all of your items are once you reach your new location. 

Gifts for Friends Who Are Moving

Moving can be an emotional time when homeowners need to say farewell not only to a home they have probably grown fond of, but also to friends and neighbors who have become like family. This bittersweet time can be marked by some pretty amazing and heartwarming gifts that could be practical or sentimental for the moving family. 

Today’s blog is focused on gifts you may want to give your family, friends, neighbors, or coworkers as they embark on their next adventure in a new location across town or across the country

Restaurant Gift Cards 

Anyone who has ever moved before knows that there are many days and nights spent cleaning, boxing, and organizing one’s belongings before the big moving day. 

It can be time consuming and exhausting, to the point that for weeks before the move you may find yourself too busy (or too tired) to cook a home cooked meal. Heck, when you pack those kitchen items, you will have no choice but to order out! 

That’s where restaurant gift cards become a great idea for someone you know who is in the throes of moving. They can order delivery and pack while they eat, or they can take some time off from packing and enjoy a relaxing meal prepared by someone else. Either way, this gift will be a welcome one when the date draws near. 

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Moving Materials 

No one likes to stop the packing process by having to go out for more supplies. Gift your friends and neighbors some much welcome packing supplies. For instance, packing tape, moving boxes, sharpies, reusable bags, foam filling, labels, and bubble wrap are all great gifts. Add cleaning supplies and you have a perfect moving gift. 

While these gifts are more practical than sentimental, they may save your friend or relative precious time and energy when they are in the middle of packing. It takes just a few more things off their “To Do” list! 

Local Keepsake 

If someone you love is moving and you want them to know you will miss them terribly, consider finding a local keepsake that will help them remember the town/city and all the fun you had together. This could be an art piece, photography, locally written books, or something more whimsical that will let them know they will be missed. 

A photo book of all the local places may be just enough for them to have something they love to travel with them to their new home. 

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New Home Greeting 

If you are a planner, you may want your friend to be greeted in their new place with fresh flowers or a local delicacy to be delivered on their first night. Plan ahead and research what businesses can deliver food, flowers, supplies, or even a plant to make their new home feel warm and welcome right away. 

Gifts of all sizes and types are cherished during a move. Some gifts don’t even have to cost anything. Give your friends a coupon that states you will pet sit or care for young children while they pack or get the move going. The sky’s the limit with gifts for your moving friends or family.