Category Archives: Commercial Moving

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Questions to Ask Your Movers

Moving is stressful. In fact, moving is ranked as highly stressful according to the “Life Change Index.” Some physicians even put it as a top three stressor after death and divorce. Fear of the unknown is part of the root cause of this stress. That’s why it is important to ask questions when planning for your move – especially questions for the team that will be moving your precious possessions.

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Knowing the right questions to ask moving companies before committing to one is the best way to avoid stressful surprises on moving day. Asking smart questions can not only help you find the right moving company for your needs but could also remove some unnecessary stress.

Ask for References

Do your homework before you hire a moving team to take your possessions across town or across the country. Look on sites such as Angie’s List, the Better Business Bureau, and Yelp to see what people are saying about the companies you are researching. In addition to doing an online search, ask for references from past clients that live in your area.

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Ask for an Estimate

Getting an in-home estimate will not only give you a chance to meet and get to know the moving team that you will be working with but also give you an idea of the cost. Having a moving specialist come to your house and walk through each room can take some of the stress away from thinking about the enormity of the process. Remember that movers do this all the time and they know some pretty handy tips that can make things go smoothly on moving day.

Inquire About Licensing and Liability

One sure fire way to make sure that you are covered in the case of an accident, damage to your items, or injury to a worker, is to ask about licensing and liability insurance. 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. Your moving team should also be insured in case of a mishap during relocation.

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Get Information About Packing Services

If you are overwhelmed with the prospect of decluttering, packing, and then unpacking all of your belongings, it might be a good idea to find out if the companies you are researching have packing and unpacking services as an option. Whether you need a single room, an apartment, or entire house packed and unpacked, our team at Mastodon can handle it. We can quickly and efficiently pack up so you can devote your time elsewhere.

Ask About the Long Distance Moves

Many homeowners who move long distance are pleasantly surprised to find that, with Mastodon Moving, the team who packed you up in one state is the same team who will unload in your new home. That means we know what’s in the trucks and have already worked with the homeowners at one end. It takes some of the stress off when starting the unloading process.

Learn About the Trucks

Not many homeowners facing a move think to ask about the condition of the trucks. At Mastodon Moving, our trucks are regularly maintained and cleaned out so that your furnishings are in a well-washed location during the trip. In addition, we launder the moving blankets and straps to ensure that your furnishings are kept clean. We mean it when we say that we take care of even the smallest details!

Storage Options

On occasion, homeowners find that they need to temporarily store items during the course of selling their home – before a move is even scheduled. A realtor may recommend that your home is cleared of large furnishings and/or personal items so that it can be staged to sell. Storing your items in our high-security storage can help in the weeks and months before your actual move.

Are you planning a move? Use these questions to help you choose a moving company that will relieve some of your stress. At Mastodon Moving we have been doing this for years. We can help you at each step of the process. Call us at 774-421-9004, or fill out a contact form on our website.

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Moving During Winter

We all know that the holidays are coming soon but what comes with it is the Winter season. It is the season where we all feel most comfortable at home, getting cozy up in the blankets by the heat and drinking some hot chocolate. But sometimes, life tells you that you must go, and you have no choice but to move.

If you think moving is difficult, then you will know that moving during winter is something of the next level. There are a lot of reasons why people prefer to move during the summer, but the weather is main the reason of it. Fortunately, moving during winter is not impossible.

Where to start?

First thing you want to make sure is that start packing the moment you know the moving date. This way you can take immediately advantage of the weather if it’s somewhat good.  Once you have that all set up, you must pave the way to your vehicle and be certain that you cleaned off the ice and snow because you wouldn’t want to be slipping while you’re carrying that precious 72-inch smart tv!

Say no to wearing big and heavy coats as you know you will be doing a lot of lifting. Instead, consider wearing several layers to keep yourself warm. This way, when you get too hot, you can just remove a layer and keep on lifting those boxes in the vehicle.

The most convenient option for you during your move is to hire a professional mover. Especially during the harsh winter months, moving could be dangerous. Professional movers are experienced individuals who know what they are doing, whether it be transferring your items to the vehicle or driving in the snow with a huge truck. They would be especially helpful for you especially in this time.

Mastodon Moving

Our company, Mastodon Moving, specializes on making your moving less difficult. Our services are all aimed to satisfy your moving needs and we care about your items as if its they are our own. If you happen to be moving this winter season, don’t hesitate and call us for an estimate!

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Solving Moving’s Biggest Problems

Moving can be a very enticing prospect, especially if you find yourself in a rut. Just think of it, the new environment, the scenery, and perhaps a whole new way of life. If you do make the decision to move, there is a lot to do prior to the day you actually move out. If you have a home or apartment full of furniture and household goods you have accumulated over the years, it can be a bit daunting in deciding where to start the moving out process. If you’re moving for the first time, or haven’t moved in a long time, mistakes can be made that last right up until the move itself. Some unfortunate situations that can be avoided include:

Lack of Preparation

Procrastinating can be helpful in a few limited circumstances, so know that moving is not one of them. If you procrastinate your move it can be both costly and anxiety-inducing. Getting your utilities sorted out on top of everything else can be a lot to handle and there are a lot of things during a move that a homeowner might not be able to handle all by themselves. Even if you plan to perfection, there is still a bunch to do. If you want to ensure the smoothest moving day possible, make a comprehensive checklist. This won’t solve all of your problems but it will keep everything together in a clear list that you can order based on when you need the task accomplished by.

Choosing Any Old Mover

Choosing the first mover you find just because they are cheap isn’t going to make your move any easier. When choosing a moving company, you should be choosing one that is not only highly reputable in your area but also offers plans to make sure your items are covered from damage and loss during the move. When choosing a company, be sure you have a written contract that outlines all costs and itinerary, in addition to responsibilities and obligations the moving must assume if something goes wrong.

DIY Moving

Doing moving yourself can very well work out in the smoothest way possible, but there is a reason why experts agree you should hire a dependable professional company to handle your move. When you take on the move yourself, you may soon discover there are a lot more variables at play than you initially expected. Costs for vehicles, packing supplies, and gas for the trucks are just a few things to consider when conducting a DIY move. Also, if you have never moved before, or even if you have, you may not know how to pack correctly, both in boxes and on the truck(s), and therefore increase the chance of damaging your things. When choosing professional movers, you’ll be ensuring a much smoother move overall.

Moving definitely isn’t easy, but it can be easy for people to get in their own way throughout the process. Take our solutions to these common moving problems and put them into practice during your move. You may just save yourself massive amounts of stress because of it. If you’re in the Greater Boston area and require stellar professional moving services, choose Mastodon Moving! Get in touch with us today for a free estimate.