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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. 

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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.