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The Benefits of Professional Packing Services

What’s the worst part of moving? In our experience, families and businesses that are on the move, report that the most painful part of moving is packing and unpacking years worth of belongings. Thankfully, there’s a solution to this dreadfully slow and arduous process. 

Hire our team to do the packing and unpacking for you. 

Professional packing services are a huge time and energy saver for most families and businesses that find themselves needing to move from point A to point B. Here are the top reasons why many of our clients use our services to pack and unpack their homes. 

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Saves Time & Energy

Moving can be a huge drain on your time and energy. If you are busy with work, family obligations, and children in the months leading up to your move, you could probably use some help to take some of the tasks off your growing list of things to do for your move. 

Using packing services can instantly unburden you and free up your time for managing the other logistics of your move. Professionals know how to sort, organize and properly wrap belongings so they make it to your new location safely. They also know what size box, crate, or speciality container your valuables should be packed in. 

Save Money

While it may not seem like a money saving service, it can be, depending upon the amount of time you would need to take off work and the number of boxes or containers you would need to buy/find. 

Instead of wasting your money buying boxes and using your vacation days to pack and unpack, this service can save you from using that precious paid time off. Usually when you hire your movers to pack/unpack for you, the price includes all the supplies necessary from boxes and tape, to inventory lists and bubble wrap. 

Less Risk of Damage 

Damage to your belongings is always a risk when moving homes or businesses. Thankfully, more experienced packers such as members of our team, know how to pack so that your precious china, pictures, and high valued items make it to your new location safe and secure. 

No one wants the hassle of getting repairs on their tv, electronics, or artwork once they arrive at their new place. Licensed and insured packers can guarantee a safe journey for your valued items.

Reduces Stress

When professional packers take on the task of packing your home, they can take some of the stress off you in trying to carve out the right amount of time to pack all of your belongings. All you have to do is supervise and let them know if any items can be donated, tossed, or are special in any way. Your professional packers can also label and mark each box so you have no stress as to where all of your items are once you reach your new location. 

Gifts for Friends Who Are Moving

Moving can be an emotional time when homeowners need to say farewell not only to a home they have probably grown fond of, but also to friends and neighbors who have become like family. This bittersweet time can be marked by some pretty amazing and heartwarming gifts that could be practical or sentimental for the moving family. 

Today’s blog is focused on gifts you may want to give your family, friends, neighbors, or coworkers as they embark on their next adventure in a new location across town or across the country

Restaurant Gift Cards 

Anyone who has ever moved before knows that there are many days and nights spent cleaning, boxing, and organizing one’s belongings before the big moving day. 

It can be time consuming and exhausting, to the point that for weeks before the move you may find yourself too busy (or too tired) to cook a home cooked meal. Heck, when you pack those kitchen items, you will have no choice but to order out! 

That’s where restaurant gift cards become a great idea for someone you know who is in the throes of moving. They can order delivery and pack while they eat, or they can take some time off from packing and enjoy a relaxing meal prepared by someone else. Either way, this gift will be a welcome one when the date draws near. 

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Moving Materials 

No one likes to stop the packing process by having to go out for more supplies. Gift your friends and neighbors some much welcome packing supplies. For instance, packing tape, moving boxes, sharpies, reusable bags, foam filling, labels, and bubble wrap are all great gifts. Add cleaning supplies and you have a perfect moving gift. 

While these gifts are more practical than sentimental, they may save your friend or relative precious time and energy when they are in the middle of packing. It takes just a few more things off their “To Do” list! 

Local Keepsake 

If someone you love is moving and you want them to know you will miss them terribly, consider finding a local keepsake that will help them remember the town/city and all the fun you had together. This could be an art piece, photography, locally written books, or something more whimsical that will let them know they will be missed. 

A photo book of all the local places may be just enough for them to have something they love to travel with them to their new home. 

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New Home Greeting 

If you are a planner, you may want your friend to be greeted in their new place with fresh flowers or a local delicacy to be delivered on their first night. Plan ahead and research what businesses can deliver food, flowers, supplies, or even a plant to make their new home feel warm and welcome right away. 

Gifts of all sizes and types are cherished during a move. Some gifts don’t even have to cost anything. Give your friends a coupon that states you will pet sit or care for young children while they pack or get the move going. The sky’s the limit with gifts for your moving friends or family. 

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Winter Moving Tips: How to Combat the Elements During a Winter Move

Moving at any time of year can be a tedious and challenging experience. Making a move during the winter months adds another layer of difficulty in three key areas: safety, weather issues, and comfort. 

No one wants to be moving in the middle of a blizzard, but waiting until Mother Nature is ready to cooperate is not always an option. 

Winter moving may not sound like fun, but it isn’t entirely impossible either. Planning and coordination with your moving team is key. Good communication along with a few tips we have put together for you should keep you safe, warm, and organized on your moving day. 

Stay Vigilant of the Weather 

New Englanders know that winter can bring crystal clear blue skies and frosty air. It can also bring howling winds and an onslaught of precipitation ranging from feet of snow to slippery roadway ice. 

When moving during the winter months keep a close eye on the weather in the days leading up to your move. If you are concerned that the weather may hamper your move by shutting down roadways or making travel unsafe, talk to your moving company about a contingency plan should Mother Nature not cooperate. Having a Plan B is always a smart idea when moving during the months of December, January, February, and March. 

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Make Safety a Top Priority 

Mastodon Moving makes safety our number one priority for every move, no matter the season. Winter, however, brings an entirely new set of safety precautions that we take both inside and outside of homes. 

Some of the safety precautions we take include covering floors to not only give traction, but to save the floors from scrapes or marks. We also wrap banisters and door frames when large items will be moved around them to ensure that no chips, dents, or scrapes appear. 

Homeowners can help with safety by ensuring that the walkways and driveways are free and clear of snow or ice on the day of the move. They can also board pets so they are not under foot during the move. Additionally, a spare pair of gloves is a great idea to keep hands warm as going in and out of the elements can cause extremities to get cold. 

Consider Comfort

Winter moves often mean that homes lose heat fast with movers going in and out repeatedly. Doors are left open and homes quickly become cold. 

To make things comfy, consider using a small space heater in the bathroom and kitchen where movers and family members can warm up for a few minutes. Having warm drinks available is also a crowd pleaser for people moving all day in the cold. 

Taking comfort into mind, make sure your new location has the heat and lights on so when you arrive the home is comfortable and accessible for movers and family members. 

Still have questions about moving? Talk to our team about a consultation and we can go over all the elements that can make your winter move go smoothly.