Category Archives: Apartment Moving

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Moving Soon? Here’s Your Last Minute Prep

Even the most organized people can have their moving day sneak up on them. Face it, moving can be hectic, overwhelming, and takes quite a bit of organizing to make it go smoothly. If moving day is fast approaching, we have the “Last Minute Prep” list for you! 

Whether you are a procrastinator or the date for the movers to arrive has genuinely taken you by surprise, you will want to follow a strict schedule when it comes to crunch time. Panicking is probably the first thing on your list of things to do, but honestly, the last thing you have time for. 

Keep your head level and try these tips to keep that last week on track to make your move successful. 

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Create a Master List

If you are down to the last few weeks (or even days) before your move, the best idea is to get yourself organized. That means a master list of what’s left to do. 

Take a few minutes to go around your apartment or house and create a punch list of sorts including things left to be done in each room. This could include tasks like wrapping the dishes and cleaning out the cabinets in the kitchen, down to cleaning out under the sink in the bathroom. 

The list should be specific to each room and have details that are broken down into small tasks. For example, box books, wrap china, label toys, take down curtains, and empty shed. This list will come in very handy with our next suggestion. 

Enlist Help 

You have heard the phrase, “Many hands make light work.” Well, this is never more true than during a move. 

Enlist the help of professional movers who know how to wrap, box, and crate each item in your home in order to transport it safely to its next destination. Our moving team is efficient and skilled in packing and unpacking services, whether you are headed down the street or across the country.

If you plan to ask friends to help, that punch list that we mentioned above will come in very handy. Assign each friend to a room and give them the list for each respective room. This will allow them to work and not interrupt you as you pack or get organized in another room. 

Don’t just ask friends and family to help you with the packing aspect of moving. They can help by keeping your children and pets happy and busy somewhere else while you take care of the packing. Grandparents are a good choice for this assignment because they usually know the likes and dislikes of the children. You would be amazed at how fast you can check things off your list when you are doing it undisturbed. 

Keep Supplies Handy & Organized 

If you are trying to work quickly and get each item on your list completed, it’s a good idea to have all the supplies you will need including boxes, crates, wrap, and cleaning supplies. There is nothing that can slow down the process more than having to send a person to the store for more supplies. 

Transfer Utilities 

One chore that usually falls near the end of your time at one house is transferring the utilities. Be sure to prepare a list in advance to have the names and numbers handy when the time comes to get through this sometimes cumbersome list. 

Pack an Essentials Bag 

One task that friends and family probably cannot help with is packing an essentials bag that you will need on the day of the move or the day you arrive at your new location. 

In this bag should be a change of clothes, phone chargers, small devices like an ipad or tablet, prescription medication, eyeglasses or contact supplies/solution, bedding and air mattresses, personal hygiene items, toilet paper (you will thank us later), soap, and snacks. 

If you are moving in the next week, try not to panic. Follow these tips and you will find your move will go much smoother. Talk to our team and we can help you with your move. 

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Things Your Professional Movers Wish You Knew

If you are planning a move in the near future you may find yourself immersed in an ambitious and somewhat overwhelming to-do list. From packing your belongings to transferring utilities, the list can be long and arduous. Thankfully, the actual moving part can be made considerably easier when you hire a professional and experienced moving crew…like Mastodon’s team of movers. 

Even with a moving crew like ours, there are still some things that homeowners can do to make moving day go as smoothly as possible. During our initial estimate and consultation, we will go over ways to make a move go efficiently and safely. For now, here are a few things that all professional movers wish their clients knew about moving and how they can contribute to making the day run like a well-oiled machine. 

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Packing Yourself? Have it Done Before the Movers Arrive

While Mastodon Moving offers packing services, some homeowners choose to pack their own items prior to the actual moving day. Be sure to have everything packed before the team shows up. If you are still packing boxes, it makes it very difficult for the crew to pack the truck in a way that balances the load and moves the process along at a steady pace. 

If you are packing on your own, be sure to label each box as to where it should go at the new location. This makes unloading go faster and cuts down on items being placed in the wrong room. In addition, a label can help you find items you need quickly as you are settling into your new place. 

Pack Properly 

The safety of your belongings is what really matters on moving day so be certain to pack in a way that allows for optimal safety. For instance, heavy books should go in small boxes. Lighter items like pillows, towels, and bedding can be placed in larger boxes. Valuables should be wrapped and placed in boxes or crates where they will make the journey safely. If you do have valuable items, let your movers know so they can adjust the truck(s) appropriately or even supply custom packing boxes or crates to keep the items secure during the trip. 

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Communicate with Your Moving Team 

If you have high value items, awkwardly shaped items, or specialty items (like a grand piano or chandelier) that need extra care, talk to your moving team before moving day so they can be sure to have a plan and the equipment needed. 

It’s also a good idea to go through your home with a team leader who can take note of any heavy items such as appliances that may need special equipment to remove. Tell your team if you have any concerns about things like parking, weather, or what care will be taken to protect your home during the move. Mastodon Moving always receives many positive comments about our protective neoprene mats that we use so that wood floors, banisters, and carpeting will be protected during the move.

Let The Movers Do Their Thing 

While it might be tempting to help out with carrying your items to the truck, it’s best to let the movers do what they do best. It’s a good idea to stand back and let them do their job. We do, however, suggest that you stay nearby to answer questions. 

Follow these suggestions as your moving day can be less stressful than you would imagine. Our team will treat your belongings like they are our own. We take pride in our work and enjoy working to help our clients move into their new abode. 

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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. 

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#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.