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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 Tips for Success When Moving With Pets

The moving company is scheduled, the new home is purchased, and the kids are on board with a new place to call their own! While it may sound like you have all your ducks in a row for moving, you don’t want to forget about your beloved family pets leading up to moving day and beyond. 

Fido and Fluffy are important members of the family. As such, they need some special considerations in the weeks and days leading up to the move as well as in their new environment. 

Here are our 5 tips to help pave the way to a smooth transition from one home to another for your pets. 

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Maintain a Routine

Our pets thrive with routines. From the time they are fed to the time they normally head out for a walk, your pup can tell if a routine is being followed (or not). 

In fact, most veterinarians believe that pets, dogs especially, can tell when something is about to change in a home. Boxes have started to arrive, routines are changed, and things are a little “off.” This slight change in routine can be a great cause of anxiety for a pet. 

Therefore, try to keep your daily routines as close to normal as possible. This may include bathroom breaks, walks, meals, and playtime. If they realize that their routine is being maintained they will have less stress in the weeks leading up to this major upheaval. 

Contact the Vet 

Moving may mean your pet may need to update their medical records, ensure that vaccinations are current, and potentially meet a new veterinarian in a new city. 

To make the transition smooth, contact your vet to find out if shots are updated and if they have any suggestions for helping your pet adjust to the new environment. 

During your visit, you will want to request a copy of your pet’s medical files and records if you are moving away from your current neighborhood. Additionally, it is a good time to ask your vet for a recommendation for a new vet if you haven’t found one in your new community yet.

Arrange For Pet Care on Moving Day 

There’s going to be a lot going on in your home on moving day. New people, boxes, and furnishing are being moved, and doors are wide open. This could be dangerous for your pet not only with the idea that they could be underfoot all day, but that they could get spooked by strangers going in and out all day long. 

To avoid the stress of settling your pet down throughout the day, arrange for a pet sitter to watch your furry friend on the day you plan to move. If this isn’t possible, schedule a day at the groomers or a puppy daycare to keep your pup happy and busy during what will probably be a stressful day for family members. 

Pack a Pet Bag 

Your cat, dog, or hampster will need to have access to certain items during the move. This may include their favorite lovey, dog bed, and (of course) meals and snacks. 

To accommodate these items, pack a separate bag for your pet that can be easily accessed during the moving process. Don’t forget a favorite toy or leash! 

Find Pet-Friendly Accommodations

If your move is taking you across the state or country, be sure to book a hotel that is pet-friendly. It is never advised to allow your pet to sleep in the car and this is no exception. 

A pet-friendly hotel will allow you and other family members to comfort your dog on a night when extra snuggles are needed by your pup and family members alike. 

For more tips and tricks on moving with pets, check out our blog on our site. 


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!