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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. 


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. 

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Where to Start Pack For Your Move

Undoubtedly, moving is one of the great stressors in life. Knowing what needs to be done and when things need to be done can be absolutely overwhelming. Getting organized can be the first step in reducing your stress and making the move less of an anxiety-ridden experience. Let’s review what to pack first and how to streamline your move overall. 

Where To Start? 

When you begin to sort through your belongings for packing it may feel like you don’t quite know where to start. Experts suggest doing some major downsizing of your possessions in order to simplify the process. 

Start by systematically going through your kitchen cabinets where there tends to be lots of unused and duplicate items. Weed out the items you no longer need. Go with the policy of sorting items into: keep, trash, donate, and recycle. 

Then go through your home’s closets to do the same for clothing, shoes, and storage items. The more you can discard or donate, the easier your packing and unpacking will be. 

Seasonal Items 

One of the best places to start packing is with the items that you are currently not using. For example, your seasonal decorations should be organized, packed, and labelled. Seasonal items to pack could include: sports items, holiday decor, lawn equipment, beach items, and off-season clothing. Be sure to remove items that are in disrepair, need to be discarded, or could be donated. 

If you have fine China, fragile art pieces, or high value items that need to be carefully wrapped and packed, talk to your movers early to get your items packed and safely put away in storage to keep them secure during the moving process. 

Knick Knacks 

Every home has them. Keepsakes, treasures from vacations, family photos, and knick knacks of all shapes and sizes. Some may be valuable items collected over the years, while others hold sentimental value. Pack all of these up in smaller boxes with packing wrap to keep them safe on the journey. 

These small pieces that are probably scattered all around your home make for a good grouping to get packed among the first items. It’s really hard to think about moving the big stuff like shelves, bookcases, and dining room cabinets when there are a million keepsakes and knick knacks laying around. 


Whether they are your college texts or your favorite beach reads, books are another item that can be a good starting place when prepping for your move. Shelves and bedrooms can quickly look less daunting when the books, keepsakes, and seasonal items have been neatly packed and labelled. 

Linens and Towels 

Obviously you will need to continue to sleep on sheets in your bedroom and use towels after showering, but maybe start gathering all of your extra linens and towels including beach towels. Wash, fold, pack, and label these so that when you arrive in your new home, you will be able to place them immediately in your new linen closet. 

Packing is a process that can be made easier by starting with the items you don’t use as often and working your way down to the items that you need on a daily basis being packed last. 

Do you need assistance with packing, storage, unpacking, and moving into your new home? Mastodon Moving can help you get organized and do all the heavy lifting for you.