Category Archives: Commercial Moving

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7 Ways to Cut Moving Expenses

There are a lot of pieces to the puzzle when it comes to making a move from one location to another. Hiring movers, decluttering the house, finding a new job, enrolling the children in a new school, and packing all the items you have accumulated over time in your current location. The list can be endless and the expenses can add up rather quickly. 

As professional movers for over a decade, we understand the eagerness to try to save or cut costs on moving expenses. Our list for your today comes from our experiences with many families who wanted to keep to their budget while still having professional movers take care of their valuable possessions. 

#1 Purge Your Home of Clutter 

The less your movers have to move from one location to another, the lower your overall costs will be. For this reason, as well as for your own sanity, it is a good idea to declutter your home of items that are no longer useful to you. 

From books to toys and clothes to seasonal items that are no longer used, box it all up and donate for a tax deduction or find a family that could use your items. Not only will there be less to move, but your home will be more organized and neat once you have fewer items to unpack at your new place. 

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#2 Sell Gently Used Items 

As you declutter your home, you may find clothing items, furnishings, and seasonal decor that you can consign or sell on places like Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist

Not only will you be making a little cash, but again, it will mean less for your movers to pack and move. 

#3 Get Multiple Quotes for Moving 

Part of your budget crunching should include finding the best movers for your job. Don’t just go by price alone. Talk to them and find out about any hidden fees, insurance, and long distance moves.

Getting multiple quotes can help you understand what the overall cost of moving will be and allow you to meet the leadership at the company. 

#4 Get Creative with Moving Supplies 

If you are moving an entire home or apartment, you will need moving boxes of varying sizes as well as packing materials to keep your items safe for the move. 

Use social media sites to ask family and friends, who may have recently moved for their boxes.  Look online for department stores that are giving away wardrobe boxes or storage boxes that they use for their company. Many stores allow customers to take boxes such as Costco and BJ’s. Just be sure to call and ask for them to be put aside. 

In terms of tape, labelling supplies, and markers, comparison shop or shop in bulk because most people do not have extras after their move. In this case, more is better. 

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#5 Pack Yourself

At Mastodon Moving, we do offer packing and unpacking services. However, we have many clients who want to organize their items and pack themselves. Doing this can save money and help you have a better sense of what will need to be unpacked in your new home. 

#6 Look for Tax Deductions & Business Reimbursement

If your move is due to work, examine whether the move itself can be used as a tax deduction or if perhaps your company will reimburse for the move. 

According to TurboTax, “if you move to a new location because of work, you could qualify to use “the IRS Form 3903 to claim the cost of your moving expenses as a deduction on your federal income tax return. The IRS allows taxpayers to deduct eligible moving costs from the taxable income they report on Form 1040.”

#7 Research Utility Shut Down Dates 

As you get closer to your actual moving day, start calling your utility companies, including cable, water, electric, and heating to find out if it is better to shut off utilities at the end of the month or if they can prorate your cut off date. 

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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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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.