Category Archives: Home Moving

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Why Hiring a Professional Moving Team is Best

Moving is a huge undertaking. Most people who are changing their address, whether it is making the move into a first home from a rental apartment or downsizing from a well-loved home to something more manageable, wouldn’t even consider making the change without a professional moving team to help safely get possessions from one location to the next. 

Some homeowners, however, make the choice, either due to budget or simplicity to ask friends and relatives to help them. This is a huge task. 

While this action may save a little money, in the long run it may be a dicey choice at best. Here is why…

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Experience

How many times have your friends or cousins packed an apartment or house? Do they know how to safely pack breakables, high value items, and sentimental keepsakes? Do they understand the need to prep the floors, as our team does? Do they have the right equipment and know-how to get awkward furniture pieces into or out-of tight spaces? 

Chances are that the professional team you hire will have years of experience in packing, unpacking, prepping the house, and in safely getting items to and from the truck without damaging the home or the items themselves. 

Insurance Protection 

Professional movers have a license and liability insurance that not only protects the possessions they are moving but also the people doing the moving in the case of an unforeseen accident.

When family and friends help complete a move, instead of professionals, the damage that occurs to a home or items being moved falls to the owner. If boxes shift in the moving van and cause damage, the professionals are insured to repair or replace the belongings. 

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Proper Supplies and Equipment 

Our team here at Mastodon Moving has a wide variety of moving supplies to make your move go smoothly. This includes boxes, crates, dollys, palette jacks, lifts, wrap, packing buffers, straps, and the list could go on and on. 

By asking family members to help with a move, you could risk having boxes being overpacked or lost in the shuffle. Our team will prep your house, help you box appropriately, label, and move all of your items, whether it is across town or across the country. We have years of experience with packing items and specialty vans that can protect your valuables, furnishings, and keepsakes. 

Storage Capabilities 

Relocating can be a multistep process depending upon where you are moving and if “signing days” coincide from one location to the next. Many homeowners find that they need storage accommodations for a few days or weeks until they can settle into their new digs. 

Mastodon Moving offers storage that is safe and climate controlled to keep your items until they are ready to be unpacked. If you are considering a move in the future and are weighing whether to hire professionals or using family and friends, consider these scenarios as well as this article from Consumer Affairs

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Is Coronavirus Causing an Escape to the Burbs?

Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and Washington D.C. are just some of the crowded cities that are seeing a new pattern of homeownership develop due to the coronavirus pandemic. More and more families, who once loved city life are headed to the suburbs. 

Are City Dwellers Escaping the Major Hubs? 

According to a May 2020 report in the New York Times, statistics show that between March 15 and April 28 of this year, moves from New York City to the suburbs of Connecticut increased 74 percent over the same period a year ago. They also report that moves from the Big Apple to NJ were up, while relocation to Long Island also increased 48 percent.

While this is only one example of one city, the trend seems to be the same across the country. Families are moving out of cramped cities in search of an area with more space and a sense of security. 

What Factors Are Causing the Migration Out of the Cities? 

The reasoning behind this trend may be rooted in the upheaval of daily life that our nation has experienced due to the stay-at-home orders for many major cities. For example, many city dwellers at once considered living in the heart of the city a perk. Living close to work cut down on the daily commute and the need to invest in a vehicle. 

Now, many businesses that were forced to shift to an all remote workforce have found that this manner of  working is actually going better than expected. In fact, many companies will allow it to continue for positions where it is feasible. This means that more and more former city-lovers are able to look beyond city life. 

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Another factor causing this shift of population to the burbs includes some of the high risk components of public transit. Many people who work and live in the city, as stated earlier, do not have their own transportation but rather rely on public transit to get them where they need to go. Standing shoulder-to-shoulder on a subway or bus is a high risk activity in regard to the transmission of the coronavirus. Therefore, many families who once lived in the city will need to consider investing in their own transportation and parking spaces. This could translate in the need to move further back from the city. 

Yet another factor driving the move to the suburbs is the thought of what may happen to schools in the fall. City schools tend to be more crowded and have a higher teacher-to-student ratio. Families of school age children may be looking to cut the risk by finding a suburb where the class sizes are smaller and remote instruction may fare better. 

Is your family considering a move from Boston to another area? Mastodon Moving can provide safe and efficient moving even during this unprecedented time. Our team has been moving individuals and families throughout this pandemic. We have instituted safety measures that you can visibly see from masks and protective equipment, to hand washing and cleaning of our trucks. Talk to our moving specialists today to book a move for your family. 

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5 Must-Do Tasks Before Moving

If you are moving in the near future, your mind is probably filled with “To-Do” lists that can get a bit overwhelming. At Mastodon Moving, we know what that feeling can be like, so we want to help you get organized and stay on track throughout your move. 

Here are 5 of our “Must-Do” tasks that you will want to complete before moving day arrives. 

#1 – Decide on a Moving Date 

For many people facing moving day this decision may seem like an easy one, but there are several factors to take into account. 

Many people choose the day that they sign the lease or mortgage agreement to make the actual move. Consider all the relevant circumstances of your move including: start date of a new job, end of a lease agreement, and close/start of a school year. You may want to adjust your moving date accordingly. For example, if your new home or apartment won’t be ready until shortly after school starts, you may want to put items in short term storage and start your child when the rest of the class starts. It may mean staying in a hotel or temporary housing, but it could be a smart choice. 

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#2 – Choose a Moving Company 

The sooner you can schedule a mover, the better. Moving companies tend to book up fast, especially around the beginning and end of each month. 

Once you have scheduled a mover, you will be able to get a better idea of what you will need to do for the move. For example, some questions you may have answered are: Does your mover handle high value items? Can your mover help you pack and unpack? Do they handle long distance moves? Does your mover have boxes and storage containers you can use or purchase? 

Mastodon Moving can help you do all of those things and more. Our movers can guide you in each step of this process. 

#3- Inform All Utilities and Relevant Companies 

Get yourself organized before the move by making a list of all utilities such as your water company, gas/oil company, cable company, electric company, and all major credit cards to inform them of your change of address. This is also a good time to fill out a change of address form online and let them know which date the transfer of name will occur. 

A few places that many people forget to inform include: a primary care physician, schools, the IRS, DMV, and car/life insurance companies. Don’t forget to send a digital reminder to friends and family right before your move so they have your new address as well. 

If you get newspaper or magazine subscriptions, change the address now to avoid being charged for items that will arrive at the wrong home and probably won’t be forwarded. 

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#4 Gather Important Documents 

While you are sifting through your past bills, compile a folder or binder that will contain important documents that you will need to bring to your new location. These include: school records, medical records, financial records, and moving documents. Keeping all of these things in one place, along with your important contact numbers, can be a lifesaver when moving. 

#5 – Plan Ahead for Your Pets 

We have mentioned pets in previous blogs and how to help make the move easier for them. Don’t forget to plan in advance to have all the necessary paperwork from the vet transferred, all pet food easily accessible, and any comfort items close at hand that your pet may need during the move. Remember, your pet doesn’t understand why this major upheaval is happening. 

These are so many steps in the moving process that take time and effort on your part. Talk to our team members about ways you can keep it all organized and on track during your move.