Category Archives: Packing Tips

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Relocating? 5 Questions to Ask Your Movers

Moving to a new city or town can be an incredibly exciting time, but it can also be pure chaos if you don’t plan accordingly. Hiring professional movers, who have years of experience packing, planning, and moving your valued possessions is always the best idea. 

Finding the right movers might seem like an overwhelming task especially when thinking about all the other items on your “To Do” list when you are in the throes of moving. To make things a little easier, we have come up with 5 questions that you will want to ask your moving team before you schedule your moving date. 

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#1 – Who Is My Main Contact? 

During the course of any move, whether it is across the country or across town, there will inevitably be lots of questions for your moving team. We field many important questions in the days and weeks leading up to a move such as questions about: arrival time, how long things will take, preparations that need to be made and the list could go on forever. You will want to know who you should speak to each time a question arises. Having a main contact to ask for can streamline your inquiries. 

#2 – Are You Properly Licensed? 

To avoid moving scams, you will want to ask for proof of licensure and insurance that comes with most professional movers. All professional interstate moving companies should have a license number issued by the United States Department of Transportation. You can check their license number and complaint history here. We also suggest that you check with the Better Business Bureau for business rating and accreditation. 

#3 – Are There Items That Can Not Be Moved? 

Our fully licensed and insured team here at Mastodon is experienced in packing and moving common everyday household items as well as large, priceless items in protected crates. However, some household items such as flammable or explosive items can not go on the moving truck. Before your move we will go over what items you will be moving as well as tips on packing your items, if you are doing it yourself. 

#4 – Do You Have References? 

The items that most families are planning to move are important family furnishings and valuable possessions. Therefore keeping these items safe during the packing process, move, and unpacking process is critical. You will want to know that your moving team is trusted, responsible, and will care for your furnishings and personal possessions as if they are their own. Check those references and online reviews to be sure your team is top-notch. 

#5 – Is Your Quote Binding? 

Before we schedule a move, one of our team members will visit your home and discuss with you what needs to be moved, how long it should take, and an approximate cost of the move based upon the amount and distance of the move. We do our very best to be sure that there are no surprises when it comes to costs along the way and communicate with our clients about what the quote includes. 

If you are moving soon, contact our team about getting a free quote and start looking at how we have helped so many families from the Greater Boston region move into their new homes seamlessly and with great care taken for their possessions. 

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How Can Professional Movers Protect Your Home and Possessions?

At Mastodon Movers, we pride ourselves on our professional, efficient, and personalized moving team. Not only do we work to get the job done, but we do so with a mind toward doing things the way we would, if it was our own home being moved. For us, that means taking extra care of the home in which we are working and around the possessions we are packing.

How do we do this? 

Our team has a few ways that we go above and beyond that has made us a top-rated moving company in the Greater Boston region. Here are a few of the steps we take to make sure your floors, doorways, stairs, and high-value items are protected on the day of the move. 

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Floor Protection 

Moving an entire home means lots of movement and movers going back-and-forth with boxes, crates, and furnishings. This can do a real job on your flooring especially if the weather outside means, snow, rain, or mud could be tramped through the home. 

To protect your hardwood floors, stairs, and carpets, we carefully lay down neoprene floor runners to protect all flooring during the move. The neoprene allows us to move about freely without worry of slipping or dirtying your home. 

In addition to runners inside the house, we also set up rubber floor runners from the truck to your home, especially if the weather is not cooperative. 

Custom Wrapping 

As a moving company, we make it our business to know what ways to wrap each item from carpets to furniture and from high value items to even the rare fish tank! We offer custom crates to place your irreplaceable or high value items in for the journey to your new home. We also offer a wide variety of packing paper, wraps, boxes, and plastic wraps. As a part of our packing services we make sure that each breakable item is wrapped to make the trip safely. 

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Railings and Doorways 

Just like with our attention to your floors, we take care that your stairwell banisters are protected with padding and doorways are passed through without dings, scraped or bumps. We take those extra steps to make sure the home we are moving into or out of is well kept for you and your family during the moving process. 

Check out our Facebook page or contact us for more information about how we take every precaution and go above and beyond during the moving process so that your possessions get from point A to point B safely and securely. 

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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.