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Winter Moving Tips

Moving at any time of year can be overwhelming, let alone when the temperature has dipped and the weather might not be completely cooperative. However, with the right professional moving company that has plenty of experience moving families and businesses in all seasons, you should have no problems, even in less than ideal conditions. 

Winter is not a prime moving season. The spring and summer tend to be the peak of moving as families hope to get settled before school starts for children and the weather takes a turn for the worse. Winter does have some benefits as it is easier to schedule a moving company and, with less demand, comes more options for you and your family. 

Mastodon Moving has years of experience moving residential homes and businesses in snow, rain, sleet, hail and even the most absurd of weather phenomena. We have moved families down the street and across the country and are prepared for whatever Mother Nature has in store for your moving day. In our experiences, we have gathered some tips to make it easier to move in the winter months. Here are a few tips to make your winter move go smoothly. 

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Protect Your Floors 

Moving during the winter months can mean tracking in snow, ice, and de-icing chemicals that are used on walkways and stairs. Protecting your floors from these products and precipitation is of paramount importance to maintaining the health of the floors and the safety of the walkways to and from the moving trucks. 

Something that Mastodon Moving does even in good weather is to prep the floors even before the first piece of furniture is moved. We use nonslip floor runners that are meant to safeguard your wood floors, carpeting, or tile flooring. It’s just one more way we treat your home like it is our own. 

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Prep the Outdoor Entrances and Walkways 

While it is not ideal, moving on the day it snows does happen on occasion. Make sure your walkways, stairs, and entryways are free and clear or anything that could cause a slip and fall. The last  thing you need on moving day is an injury. While you are preparing these areas, you may want to also make sure your personal car is cleared of snow and ice. We will take good care that our trucks are in good working condition, clean, and ready to face whatever weather may occur. 

Rethink Home Heating on Moving Day 

Many homeowners want to make others feel comfortable on moving day, so they turn the heat on especially if it’s cold outside. The truth be told, the doors to your home will be open and you are wasting the energy in heating the home. Our crew and you will probably be toasty warm just walking around, packing, and doing all the tasks involved in the process of moving. 

Plan for Delays 

If the weather isn’t great outside, chances are the traffic may be a little slower and heavier than normal. Plan for a slower than planned travel time to your new location.  If snow is in the forecast just think about the potential backup and adjust your expectations accordingly. Some homeowners opt to reschedule a move if the weather looks extreme, but check with your movers before you make any plans. 

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Moving Chronicles: Packing and Unpacking Blunders

Moving is extremely stressful and can be overwhelming for many families trying to balance work, home, and packing all at the same time. If your budget allows, hiring your moving company to also pack and unpack your belongings can be worth its weight in gold. Mastodon Moving offers not only moving services but also packing and unpacking services that can ensure that your boxes are organized and packaged appropriately. 

Over the years, we have encountered many families who have successfully managed their own packing. Unfortunately, we have also experienced first-hand incidences of packing blunders that have made for disasters in the making. Read on to avoid some of the biggest packing and unpacking blunders made so you can prevent them from happening during your move. 

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Poor Labelling Techniques 

Moving is all about organization and preparedness. One of the best things that homeowners can do to make the packing and unpacking process go smoothly is to properly label boxes. This includes not only clearly marking what room the box should be placed in but also having an inventory list taped to the side of the box. This can save some serious time when movers are trying to determine where to place your boxes in the new home. Some homeowners even put signs on each room to tell movers which is the den, office, bedroom 1, 2 and so on. 

Heavy Boxes 

Movers are used to handling weighty items, but boxes over 50 pounds are a pain! Be sure to lift your boxes to ensure that they are not too heavy for your movers. Heavy boxes can cause injuries and can become a hassle after they have been placed in your new home. For heavy items consider smaller boxes, especially when it contains books, cans, or items that can be separated. For awkwardly shaped heavy items, talk to your movers about special arrangements that can be made to safeguard the pieces during the moving process. 

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Improper Packing Materials 

During the last few days before a move, many homeowners run out of supplies. Always ask your mover for boxes and packing supplies so you don’t end up with a situation where your possessions could be damaged. We have seen tape peel off boxes, breakables placed in garbage bags, and dishes packed without cushioning. Always ask for supplies that can mean the difference between your items arriving safely or needing to be replaced due to breakage. 

Hazardous Materials 

Some materials should not be packed with the rest of your belongings. For example, household cleaning materials, nail polish, and some paints should make the journey in separate packaging to ensure a safe trip. 

Do you need packing and unpacking services for your move? Mastodon Moving can help from supplying materials to getting everything packed up to unpacking down to the last item. Talk to our crew today about scheduling and services. 

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5 Home Improvements to Make Before a Move

If you are preparing for a move from your starter home into your dream home, you may want to consider some small home improvements to boost the value and create a positive first impression. As professional movers, we have seen some beautiful homes that have amazing curb appeal and a fresh new look. Here are five home improvements that we agree are important to consider before you make your move. 

# 1 Paint Projects 

One of the most transformative projects that’s also cost-effective is painting. Whether you are painting an entire room, the exterior of the home, or just one aspect of the house, you will find that it may give a great first impression. Adding a fresh coat of paint is a simple and affordable home improvement project that can add color and refresh the look of a home that may be dated or worn. 

#2 Make Electrical Upgrades

If you are trying to sell an older home, you may want to consult an electrician about upgrading or adding to your current electrical panel. Today’s homeowners have many more devices and demands on the power grid than in past decades. An electrical upgrade can make your home more valuable as buyers can check off electrical from their list of improvements they may need to make. One less-=expensive improvement may make your house rise to the top of the list. 

Packing & Moving In Your Luxury Home with Mastodon Moving LLC

#3 Strategic Bathroom and Kitchen Improvements 

Selling your home is a massive project. The two rooms that potential buyers examine for upgrades and improvements are the kitchen and the bathroom. Completing a full renovation may not be in the budget, but small, strategic changes can help your home sell. Start with doing upgrades to fixtures, tiles, and hardware that can make a major difference to the overall look of these two rooms. Small changes can make a big difference. 

#4 Clean and Update the Entryway 

Curb appeal is extremely important in the real estate world. One of the first things potential buyers look at is the home’s exterior, more specifically the entryway. Before your move, paint the front door, add new numbers to the exterior, update the mailbox, and add a few colorful plants along the walkway to make the area shine. 

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#5 Declutter 

Just as it is important for the packing process of a move to declutter, it is equally important in the selling of a home. The less “stuff” in your house, the easier it is for a potential buyer to see themselves and their furnishings in the home. Use a moving company that offers short term storage for some of your larger items and box up items that you will not need during the selling process. The cleaner your home, the easier it is for a family to envision themselves in the space. 

Mastodon Moving works closely with realtors and homeowners to make sure that the home is ready for the selling and moving processes. Talk to our team today about our storage and packing services before putting your home on the market.