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Is Coronavirus Causing an Escape to the Burbs?

Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and Washington D.C. are just some of the crowded cities that are seeing a new pattern of homeownership develop due to the coronavirus pandemic. More and more families, who once loved city life are headed to the suburbs. 

Are City Dwellers Escaping the Major Hubs? 

According to a May 2020 report in the New York Times, statistics show that between March 15 and April 28 of this year, moves from New York City to the suburbs of Connecticut increased 74 percent over the same period a year ago. They also report that moves from the Big Apple to NJ were up, while relocation to Long Island also increased 48 percent.

While this is only one example of one city, the trend seems to be the same across the country. Families are moving out of cramped cities in search of an area with more space and a sense of security. 

What Factors Are Causing the Migration Out of the Cities? 

The reasoning behind this trend may be rooted in the upheaval of daily life that our nation has experienced due to the stay-at-home orders for many major cities. For example, many city dwellers at once considered living in the heart of the city a perk. Living close to work cut down on the daily commute and the need to invest in a vehicle. 

Now, many businesses that were forced to shift to an all remote workforce have found that this manner of  working is actually going better than expected. In fact, many companies will allow it to continue for positions where it is feasible. This means that more and more former city-lovers are able to look beyond city life. 

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Another factor causing this shift of population to the burbs includes some of the high risk components of public transit. Many people who work and live in the city, as stated earlier, do not have their own transportation but rather rely on public transit to get them where they need to go. Standing shoulder-to-shoulder on a subway or bus is a high risk activity in regard to the transmission of the coronavirus. Therefore, many families who once lived in the city will need to consider investing in their own transportation and parking spaces. This could translate in the need to move further back from the city. 

Yet another factor driving the move to the suburbs is the thought of what may happen to schools in the fall. City schools tend to be more crowded and have a higher teacher-to-student ratio. Families of school age children may be looking to cut the risk by finding a suburb where the class sizes are smaller and remote instruction may fare better. 

Is your family considering a move from Boston to another area? Mastodon Moving can provide safe and efficient moving even during this unprecedented time. Our team has been moving individuals and families throughout this pandemic. We have instituted safety measures that you can visibly see from masks and protective equipment, to hand washing and cleaning of our trucks. Talk to our moving specialists today to book a move for your family. 

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5 Must-Do Tasks Before Moving

If you are moving in the near future, your mind is probably filled with “To-Do” lists that can get a bit overwhelming. At Mastodon Moving, we know what that feeling can be like, so we want to help you get organized and stay on track throughout your move. 

Here are 5 of our “Must-Do” tasks that you will want to complete before moving day arrives. 

#1 – Decide on a Moving Date 

For many people facing moving day this decision may seem like an easy one, but there are several factors to take into account. 

Many people choose the day that they sign the lease or mortgage agreement to make the actual move. Consider all the relevant circumstances of your move including: start date of a new job, end of a lease agreement, and close/start of a school year. You may want to adjust your moving date accordingly. For example, if your new home or apartment won’t be ready until shortly after school starts, you may want to put items in short term storage and start your child when the rest of the class starts. It may mean staying in a hotel or temporary housing, but it could be a smart choice. 

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#2 – Choose a Moving Company 

The sooner you can schedule a mover, the better. Moving companies tend to book up fast, especially around the beginning and end of each month. 

Once you have scheduled a mover, you will be able to get a better idea of what you will need to do for the move. For example, some questions you may have answered are: Does your mover handle high value items? Can your mover help you pack and unpack? Do they handle long distance moves? Does your mover have boxes and storage containers you can use or purchase? 

Mastodon Moving can help you do all of those things and more. Our movers can guide you in each step of this process. 

#3- Inform All Utilities and Relevant Companies 

Get yourself organized before the move by making a list of all utilities such as your water company, gas/oil company, cable company, electric company, and all major credit cards to inform them of your change of address. This is also a good time to fill out a change of address form online and let them know which date the transfer of name will occur. 

A few places that many people forget to inform include: a primary care physician, schools, the IRS, DMV, and car/life insurance companies. Don’t forget to send a digital reminder to friends and family right before your move so they have your new address as well. 

If you get newspaper or magazine subscriptions, change the address now to avoid being charged for items that will arrive at the wrong home and probably won’t be forwarded. 

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#4 Gather Important Documents 

While you are sifting through your past bills, compile a folder or binder that will contain important documents that you will need to bring to your new location. These include: school records, medical records, financial records, and moving documents. Keeping all of these things in one place, along with your important contact numbers, can be a lifesaver when moving. 

#5 – Plan Ahead for Your Pets 

We have mentioned pets in previous blogs and how to help make the move easier for them. Don’t forget to plan in advance to have all the necessary paperwork from the vet transferred, all pet food easily accessible, and any comfort items close at hand that your pet may need during the move. Remember, your pet doesn’t understand why this major upheaval is happening. 

These are so many steps in the moving process that take time and effort on your part. Talk to our team members about ways you can keep it all organized and on track during your move. 

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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.