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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. 


5 Summer Moving Considerations

The peak moving season lies between the months of April and September when an estimated 32 million Americans move every year. Of those months, June, July, and August tend to be the busiest of all for moving companies across the nation. 

Summer, therefore, ranks top among the seasons for Americans to move whether it is across town or across the country. The reasons are varied but mostly center around the fact that children are out of school at that time, making for a good time to make a move. Additionally, many businesses have a lighter than usual workload during the summer months, making it easier for parents to take time off to schedule, plan, and execute a move. 

Unfortunately, summer also comes with some challenges, the first of which is the potential for soaring temperatures and high humidity, depending upon your location. In addition to the heat is the fact that summer is a moving company’s busiest season, which means you will want to book well in advance if you can. 

Here are a few tips for your moving plan if a summer move is in your sights. 

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

Moving is physically and mentally exhausting. Even if you are not the one lifting the boxes or making multiple trips to the moving van, make sure to be aware of your water intake. It’s also a good idea to have a cooler of bottled water for your movers as a way of keeping them hydrated if the temps soar and the humidity climbs. They will greatly appreciate it! 

Reserve Your Moving Company Early 

If you know several months in advance of your moving date, house closing, or job relocation plan as far ahead as you can. Book your moving company and schedule a time when you can have a manager walk through your home to give you an estimate of the cost and time that will be needed. 

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Plan Your Packing 

If you are not planning on having your moving company assist you with packing, you will need to organize your time and plan accordingly to get everything packed in time. Since summer can be brutally hot, get lots of packing done in the early morning hours or late evening hours when it is cooler. 

Arrange for Child & Pet Care 

Moving can be stressful no matter what the weather or temperature. It can be downright torturous if the heat and humidity are high. 

Plan for a playdate for your child where they can stay out of the heat and chaos of a move. The same goes for your pets who may be very unsettled with visitors to the house and the movement of furniture. 

Consider Items that May Suffer Heat Damage

Items like medications, candles, electronics, artwork, records/CDs, and other items can be damaged when exposed to high heat. Be sure to inform your movers of any items you are concerned about. Mastodon Moving has temperature-controlled storage facilities that can be used to keep items out of the high heat during a move. 

Are you ready for a summer move? Check out our ultimate checklist for your move and get planning! 

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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.