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Realtor Tips About the Moving Process


Moving can be the start of a new adventure, but the actual moving process can be a bit daunting if you don’t get organized and have some help along the way. Realtors have been helping harried homeowners prepare for the moving process for decades, so they are a great resource to gain helpful hints and advice about how to make the process go smoothly. 

Clear it Out and Pack Light 

broom-1837434__340One of the first things your real estate agent will tell you when you are prepping your house to go on the market is to declutter and clear out any unnecessary items from your house. This serves several purposes. For one, it will clean out any stuff that is laying around that could make the area look cluttered and overcrowded. Plus, taking down personal items will make it much easier for a new family to be able to picture themselves and their “stuff” in the space. Additionally, it will make packing much easier if there is less volume to pack into a moving van. 

Many homeowners find that decluttering is a huge task that can be overwhelming. Some find it easier to separate items into donate, sell, and trash piles in order to make the process go faster. There are many programs in our area that will take used furniture, gently worn clothing, and household items. For example, GoodWill, Salvation Army, the Epilepsy Foundation, or Big Brother Big Sister have free programs that will come right to your door to pick up donations. As an added bonus there is a tax deduction that can be taken every year for material donations. 

Hire A Mover 

home-3370178__340 (1)Realtors know that there are many components to moving that need to come together seamlessly. Having a professional mover can take the mental and physical weight off a family who want to get packing, moving, and settled in a short period of time. Movers can ensure that all valuables are carefully wrapped and crated for moving so they arrive safely to your new home. Having a moving team also means that you are free to direct where you want furniture placed or even where to unpack the dishes, clothing, or special items. Hiring a mover can be a game-changer when it comes to staying on task and on-time for your move. 

Transfer Utilities Before the Move 

Before you make the big move, make a list of all your utilities and get going on changing over your services to the new house. This will ensure that you’ll have the proper functions up and running by the time you arrive. This can include internet, electric, gas, cable, mail delivery, recycling programs, and possibly garbage collection. Don’t forget to also change your mailing address and notify all of your credit cards of the address change. Doing this earlier rather than later can help keep you organized and pay your bills on time. Plus, who wants to arrive at their new home and not have television access during the first week?

Are you planning a move and need help packing, moving, and unpacking? Mastodon Moving offers many services including long-distance moves, moving high-value items, packing/unpacking, and storage options. Call us if you would like to schedule a walkthrough of your items and we can help you begin your next adventure. 

Downsizing Your Aging Parents


Moving is one of life’s top stressors. It can be both physically and mentally exhausting. This is certainly true when you are working with your aging parents in downsizing to a smaller home or senior living housing. The process of sorting through decades of family history can be a huge challenge and one that may require assistance.

moving-boxes-4118678__340At Mastodon Moving, we have helped many clients in the packing, moving, and storage aspects necessary to downsize aging parents to a more manageable residence, an adult child’s home, or even to a senior living community. We have worked closely with family members about what items need to be packed and unpacked, and what items are going to a new location. We have also provided temporary storage for high-value items, family heirlooms, and sentimental items. We pride ourselves on communicating and working with all members of the team to make this a smooth transition.

Downsizing can be difficult, especially since items will need to be either moved, sold, donated, gifted, or handed down to other family members. Here are some suggestions from our team to help you in this emotional and physically demanding labor of love.


Create a Space to Get Organized

Create a space where you can begin to categorize each item. Some people find a cleared out garage, a basement, or even a guest bedroom works as a good sorting area. When categorizing, families find it helpful to sort items by category such as keep, discard, to-be-gifted, items to sell, and items that will be packed for moving. This is probably the most difficult part of downsizing – deciding on what should be passed on and what should travel to the new location. Take it slow and use the time to reminisce about items that have sentimental value.

declutter signMake Some Ground Rules

Since decluttering and downsizing can be emotionally tough, decide on how many boxes can potentially fit in the new location and how long you will work on decluttering each day. We recommend, if you have time before the move, to only do a few hours a day rather than a marathon packing day. Knowing when to call it quits each day can save you a lot of hardship. If there are many prized possessions that will not be making the move, decide with family members how you will gift them and who will get the items.


Consider Temporary Storage

If there are high-value items, larger items that may be needed later, or family heirlooms that will be handed down, consider storing them until the time comes to pass them on to the next owner. Our short-term storage means that these items can be taken off site, thus allowing for more room to sort and catalog what is left.


Manage Paperwork

One thing that can get overwhelming (in any home) is the amount of paperwork that can build up over the years or decades. Shred or toss obvious items such as old canceled checks, old bills, and papers that are not needed for taxes. If you’re not sure, ask an accountant or tax professional what records need to be retained. For paperwork that remains, sort it into labeled files so that accessing it in the future is easier.

Mastodon Moving has a team of professionals who can help at each step of the way from packing and unpacking, to accessing our storage facilities. We can help make this transition easier for the whole family. Contact Mastodon Moving at 774-421-9004 today for senior moving, move management, long distance moving, and storage services.