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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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Spring is the Best Time To Sell Your Home

The warmer weather has arrived and for those who are looking to move soon, it’s prime time to get your house up on the market. Our Real estate sources say this spring is going to be a competitive market, which means you are most likely going to get the selling price you’re asking for. But why is spring the perfect season for selling a home?

Why Choose Springtime to Sell a Home

When it comes to home staging, there’s no better backdrop for your staged home than during the spring. If your yard is in tip-top shape, then prospective buyers will be drawn to your home simply from it’s outward appearance. Landscaping is everything these days: buyers are looking for aesthetics, privacy, and functionality of space. If your realtor says that your home could benefit from a quick outdoor makeover, then consider adding more color to your garden and more privacy hedges.

Buyers tend to taper off during the colder months mostly because their children are in the middle of the school year. Although there is still a market in Boston all year long, spring is definitely when things start to get busy. Home buyers who are already planning to move towards the middle or end of summer are going to be anxious to start looking at homes. We highly recommend having plenty of open houses throughout the spring season in order to get as many interested buyers as possible.

When to Call a Moving Company

If you’ve already purchased your own home and you are currently in the process of selling your existing home, then now is the time to contact a moving company to book a moving date. If you haven’t sold your home yet, or perhaps you’ve just listed it, then we recommend holding off on setting a specific moving date, but you should start searching for a reputable mover in the area. Mastodon Moving provides both local and long distance moving services for residents and we will always provide a moving estimate.

Contact us today if you are in need of a moving company or are looking for recommendations for a trusted Realtor in your area!

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2018’s Interior Design Trends

Planning on moving soon or doing a major remodel to your current home? Both situations are the perfect opportunity to start fresh with your interior. If you’re looking to have a more modern appearance for your home, here are a few hot trends that we think you’ll love.

Must-Have Home Design Features

Neutral, Relaxing, & Soft Colors. As far as wall color is concerned, it’s still all about the gray tones, but many homeowners are mixing things up by also complementing their neutral wall color with warm beige and browns to mix things up a bit. Adding hints of blue-green or dusty rose colors are also a great focal point.

Gold Accents for Any Room. Gold is still in and always looks great against neutral tones; it’s eye-catching and sophisticated without being overly showy. Mastodon Moving has seen a lot of gold accents in bathrooms, living areas and kitchens. Interior designers that we work with have often stressed gold hardware or accent pieces such as vases or picture

Natural Themes. If edgy gold accents and dark hardwood flooring and cabinets aren’t your style, then the soft, organic look may be more to your liking. Homeowners are often gravitating towards spectacular indoor plants in neutral-colored vases as well as unfinished or distressed wood furniture. This will provide a sense of relaxation for you and the family while keeping your space more casual in appearance.

Ready to make a major upgrade to your existing home or ready to start fresh in your new home? Contact Mastodon Moving today and we’ll get you in touch with a local interior designer in the Boston area. We can also provide in-home moving services and staging services as well as home moving. Get your free estimate and an interior designer recommendation today!