Category Archives: Move Management

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Moving Soon? Here’s Your Last Minute Prep

Even the most organized people can have their moving day sneak up on them. Face it, moving can be hectic, overwhelming, and takes quite a bit of organizing to make it go smoothly. If moving day is fast approaching, we have the “Last Minute Prep” list for you! 

Whether you are a procrastinator or the date for the movers to arrive has genuinely taken you by surprise, you will want to follow a strict schedule when it comes to crunch time. Panicking is probably the first thing on your list of things to do, but honestly, the last thing you have time for. 

Keep your head level and try these tips to keep that last week on track to make your move successful. 

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Create a Master List

If you are down to the last few weeks (or even days) before your move, the best idea is to get yourself organized. That means a master list of what’s left to do. 

Take a few minutes to go around your apartment or house and create a punch list of sorts including things left to be done in each room. This could include tasks like wrapping the dishes and cleaning out the cabinets in the kitchen, down to cleaning out under the sink in the bathroom. 

The list should be specific to each room and have details that are broken down into small tasks. For example, box books, wrap china, label toys, take down curtains, and empty shed. This list will come in very handy with our next suggestion. 

Enlist Help 

You have heard the phrase, “Many hands make light work.” Well, this is never more true than during a move. 

Enlist the help of professional movers who know how to wrap, box, and crate each item in your home in order to transport it safely to its next destination. Our moving team is efficient and skilled in packing and unpacking services, whether you are headed down the street or across the country.

If you plan to ask friends to help, that punch list that we mentioned above will come in very handy. Assign each friend to a room and give them the list for each respective room. This will allow them to work and not interrupt you as you pack or get organized in another room. 

Don’t just ask friends and family to help you with the packing aspect of moving. They can help by keeping your children and pets happy and busy somewhere else while you take care of the packing. Grandparents are a good choice for this assignment because they usually know the likes and dislikes of the children. You would be amazed at how fast you can check things off your list when you are doing it undisturbed. 

Keep Supplies Handy & Organized 

If you are trying to work quickly and get each item on your list completed, it’s a good idea to have all the supplies you will need including boxes, crates, wrap, and cleaning supplies. There is nothing that can slow down the process more than having to send a person to the store for more supplies. 

Transfer Utilities 

One chore that usually falls near the end of your time at one house is transferring the utilities. Be sure to prepare a list in advance to have the names and numbers handy when the time comes to get through this sometimes cumbersome list. 

Pack an Essentials Bag 

One task that friends and family probably cannot help with is packing an essentials bag that you will need on the day of the move or the day you arrive at your new location. 

In this bag should be a change of clothes, phone chargers, small devices like an ipad or tablet, prescription medication, eyeglasses or contact supplies/solution, bedding and air mattresses, personal hygiene items, toilet paper (you will thank us later), soap, and snacks. 

If you are moving in the next week, try not to panic. Follow these tips and you will find your move will go much smoother. Talk to our team and we can help you with your move. 

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Summer Moving Tips

The weeks between Memorial Day in May and Labor Day weekend in September are the peak moving weeks of the year. According to experts at MovingLabor, between 60-80% of people in America move during those four months. Nearly 40 million people will move during the months of June, July, August, and September. If you are one of the millions who are boxing up your belongings to relocate, we have a few summer moving tips that could save you some time, money, and reduce your stress level dramatically. 

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Why Move In the Summer? 

There are a number of reasons why a summer move is necessary and convenient for many Americans. One of the main factors why this time is such a popular window is the fact that most school children are off during the summer months. It makes for a good time to switch schools and get readjusted to a new town and home before the next school year begins. 

Along with school children being free, work schedules for the adult members of the family tend to get a little more relaxed during the summer months. Due to this, homeowners find it a great time to take a vacation in order to get settled in their new homes.

Add to these reasons the fact that the summer days are longer in terms of daylight and usually have better weather, summer becomes the obvious choice for many families. 

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A Few Tips for Peak Moving Months 

The ultimate goal for any family when it comes time to plan a move is to make it go as smoothly as possible. This is in terms of getting furniture and other possessions into the new home on the date desired, as well as helping your family adjust to the changes that inevitably come with the upheaval. 

There are some logistical things you and your family can do to make moving during the often hot and humid summer months a breeze. 

  • Plan ahead and schedule your movers as soon as you can. Since it is the peak season, there is often competition for dates especially at the beginning and end of the month. 
  • Schedule your move for the first thing in the morning when the heat of the day has not yet set in. 
  • Set the stage for efficiency by having all boxes packed (if you’re doing it yourself) and labelled. Don’t be still packing when your movers arrive.
  • Allow for air flow by opening windows, setting up fans, or turn on your AC to a comfortable level to keep everyone cool. 
  • Keep cold waters on hand for your family and movers if you can. 
  • Inform your movers if there are items that need to remain in a cool dry place so they can plan accordingly. 
  • Dress in light clothing and have an extra set ready for when you arrive at the new location. 
  • Plan for your children to go to a friend’s house during the peak moving hours to keep them from getting in the way. 
  • Apply sunscreen as you would be surprised at how much outdoor time is spent when loading a truck or taking care of last minute items. 
  • Put your perishables in a cooler and move them in first when possible. 
  • Pick a day of the week that is the least busy. Avoid holiday weekends if at all possible.

Are you planning a summer move? Talk to our team for an efficient and professional move that will start your summer off right.  

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Things Your Professional Movers Wish You Knew

If you are planning a move in the near future you may find yourself immersed in an ambitious and somewhat overwhelming to-do list. From packing your belongings to transferring utilities, the list can be long and arduous. Thankfully, the actual moving part can be made considerably easier when you hire a professional and experienced moving crew…like Mastodon’s team of movers. 

Even with a moving crew like ours, there are still some things that homeowners can do to make moving day go as smoothly as possible. During our initial estimate and consultation, we will go over ways to make a move go efficiently and safely. For now, here are a few things that all professional movers wish their clients knew about moving and how they can contribute to making the day run like a well-oiled machine. 

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Packing Yourself? Have it Done Before the Movers Arrive

While Mastodon Moving offers packing services, some homeowners choose to pack their own items prior to the actual moving day. Be sure to have everything packed before the team shows up. If you are still packing boxes, it makes it very difficult for the crew to pack the truck in a way that balances the load and moves the process along at a steady pace. 

If you are packing on your own, be sure to label each box as to where it should go at the new location. This makes unloading go faster and cuts down on items being placed in the wrong room. In addition, a label can help you find items you need quickly as you are settling into your new place. 

Pack Properly 

The safety of your belongings is what really matters on moving day so be certain to pack in a way that allows for optimal safety. For instance, heavy books should go in small boxes. Lighter items like pillows, towels, and bedding can be placed in larger boxes. Valuables should be wrapped and placed in boxes or crates where they will make the journey safely. If you do have valuable items, let your movers know so they can adjust the truck(s) appropriately or even supply custom packing boxes or crates to keep the items secure during the trip. 

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Communicate with Your Moving Team 

If you have high value items, awkwardly shaped items, or specialty items (like a grand piano or chandelier) that need extra care, talk to your moving team before moving day so they can be sure to have a plan and the equipment needed. 

It’s also a good idea to go through your home with a team leader who can take note of any heavy items such as appliances that may need special equipment to remove. Tell your team if you have any concerns about things like parking, weather, or what care will be taken to protect your home during the move. Mastodon Moving always receives many positive comments about our protective neoprene mats that we use so that wood floors, banisters, and carpeting will be protected during the move.

Let The Movers Do Their Thing 

While it might be tempting to help out with carrying your items to the truck, it’s best to let the movers do what they do best. It’s a good idea to stand back and let them do their job. We do, however, suggest that you stay nearby to answer questions. 

Follow these suggestions as your moving day can be less stressful than you would imagine. Our team will treat your belongings like they are our own. We take pride in our work and enjoy working to help our clients move into their new abode.