Category Archives: long distance moving

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7 Ways to Cut Moving Expenses

There are a lot of pieces to the puzzle when it comes to making a move from one location to another. Hiring movers, decluttering the house, finding a new job, enrolling the children in a new school, and packing all the items you have accumulated over time in your current location. The list can be endless and the expenses can add up rather quickly. 

As professional movers for over a decade, we understand the eagerness to try to save or cut costs on moving expenses. Our list for your today comes from our experiences with many families who wanted to keep to their budget while still having professional movers take care of their valuable possessions. 

#1 Purge Your Home of Clutter 

The less your movers have to move from one location to another, the lower your overall costs will be. For this reason, as well as for your own sanity, it is a good idea to declutter your home of items that are no longer useful to you. 

From books to toys and clothes to seasonal items that are no longer used, box it all up and donate for a tax deduction or find a family that could use your items. Not only will there be less to move, but your home will be more organized and neat once you have fewer items to unpack at your new place. 

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#2 Sell Gently Used Items 

As you declutter your home, you may find clothing items, furnishings, and seasonal decor that you can consign or sell on places like Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist

Not only will you be making a little cash, but again, it will mean less for your movers to pack and move. 

#3 Get Multiple Quotes for Moving 

Part of your budget crunching should include finding the best movers for your job. Don’t just go by price alone. Talk to them and find out about any hidden fees, insurance, and long distance moves.

Getting multiple quotes can help you understand what the overall cost of moving will be and allow you to meet the leadership at the company. 

#4 Get Creative with Moving Supplies 

If you are moving an entire home or apartment, you will need moving boxes of varying sizes as well as packing materials to keep your items safe for the move. 

Use social media sites to ask family and friends, who may have recently moved for their boxes.  Look online for department stores that are giving away wardrobe boxes or storage boxes that they use for their company. Many stores allow customers to take boxes such as Costco and BJ’s. Just be sure to call and ask for them to be put aside. 

In terms of tape, labelling supplies, and markers, comparison shop or shop in bulk because most people do not have extras after their move. In this case, more is better. 

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#5 Pack Yourself

At Mastodon Moving, we do offer packing and unpacking services. However, we have many clients who want to organize their items and pack themselves. Doing this can save money and help you have a better sense of what will need to be unpacked in your new home. 

#6 Look for Tax Deductions & Business Reimbursement

If your move is due to work, examine whether the move itself can be used as a tax deduction or if perhaps your company will reimburse for the move. 

According to TurboTax, “if you move to a new location because of work, you could qualify to use “the IRS Form 3903 to claim the cost of your moving expenses as a deduction on your federal income tax return. The IRS allows taxpayers to deduct eligible moving costs from the taxable income they report on Form 1040.”

#7 Research Utility Shut Down Dates 

As you get closer to your actual moving day, start calling your utility companies, including cable, water, electric, and heating to find out if it is better to shut off utilities at the end of the month or if they can prorate your cut off date. 

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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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Things to Consider When Moving With Children

Moving can be stressful for adults who are juggling a long list of things that need to be accomplished including packing, arranging for the move, gathering records and paperwork, and possibly prepping for a  new job. There are a million-and-one small details that need to be handled before the big moving day arrives. 

Now imagine, for a moment, being a young child whose entire world revolves around their friends and the routine that they have established in school. Moving for the school aged child is a major transition and can be extremely tough both emotionally and socially. As parents, there are some things you can do to help smooth the transition and make the event less stressful. 

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Set the Tone 

Parents often set the tone for whatever is going on in the family. A move is no different, regardless of whether you are buying a home in your same neighborhood, or moving clear across the country. 

Keep things honest, but optimistic. Every change brings an impact, both positive and negative. Be sure to discuss what is particularly worrisome for your child, but also what they may be looking forward to such as a larger room, better yard, closer to family, or vicinity to parks and entertainment/activities. It’s ok to acknowledge the inherent difficulties of switching schools while still remaining positive about the move in general. 

Give Your Child Some Control 

Some stress in life comes from a feeling like you can not control the things around you. Give your child some control by providing opportunities to make some choices. For example, if there’s an option of which school to attend in your new neighborhood, let your child visit each of them and make the decision themselves. If there’s only one school choice, give them control in smaller ways, such as letting them pick out their new backpack and school supplies. 

At your new home, let your child choose a wall color to paint their room, or decorations that are new to start the school year with a fresh new look. If your child is old enough to do some of the packing or unpacking on their own, let them do that to give them control of what goes where in the new house. 

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Set Up Activities 

Moving often means that sport teams and after school activities are left behind, along with friendships that have been built. In order to get your child back into the swing of things in your new home, check with their new school about what activities are available that will present opportunities for new friendships to blossom. 

Talk to your city or town about the local sports programs that take place throughout the year. The recreation department is always a good place to start as they will have contact names and numbers as well as a list of activities that would be appropriate for your child. 
As you begin to plan your move, talk to our team at Mastodon Moving about how we can help make your transition to a new home go smoothly for all the members of your family. Check out our Facebook page for more tips and ideas.