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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. 

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#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. 

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How to Keep Your Sanity During a Move

We know that moving can be one of the great stressors of life even if you are moving to your dream home, in the perfect neighborhood. There are so many parts of the puzzle that need to come together in order to make the move happen. Thankfully, after years of helping families move across the state and across the country, we have a few tips to help you keep your sanity during this exciting but anxiety ridden time. 

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Start Packing Early 

If you are a world-class procrastinator, this may be the hardest part of the move for you. Start packing your items as early as possible. Pack up items that you are not currently using first such as seasonal items, seasonal clothing, storage items, and books. Get as many keepsakes wrapped and packed before you even start to think about packing large items. 

You may not think that packing will take long, but once you open up those closets you will realize that you have more possessions than you know what to do with. 

Stay Focused 

For many of us, moving means a growing list of things to do that is constantly running through our minds. Create a list of things to accomplish such as a list of utilities you will need to transfer, address changes you will need to complete, and packing that needs to be done. Check each off as you go. 

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Purge, Purge, Purge

Sometimes, our clients tell us that they get caught up in the packing because they are looking at old photos, memory items, or just trying to sort through what they feel they will need/use in the new place. We suggest purging as much as possible. Recycle, donate, or trash items that are no longer used or you have duplicates of. This downsizing of your possessions can make packing and the moving process easier. 

Take Breaks 

While getting the packing and all the other things on your “To Do” list completed is important, it is also important to take frequent breaks. Give your body and mind a break so that you don’t get overwhelmed and allow anxiety to spiral out of control. 

Enlist Your Family or Friends 

Part of staying sane during a move is having your friends or family members help you out. Assign close friends to tasks that will overwhelm you. Ask anyone and everyone who is willing to help to do so. The more hands, the lighter the work. 

If you want to leave your family out of the packing chaos, consider hiring a moving company that also offers packing and unpacking services along with temporary storage or coordination of your move. Mastodon Moving does all of this! Contact us for help with your next move.