Gifts for Friends Who Are Moving

Moving can be an emotional time when homeowners need to say farewell not only to a home they have probably grown fond of, but also to friends and neighbors who have become like family. This bittersweet time can be marked by some pretty amazing and heartwarming gifts that could be practical or sentimental for the moving family. 

Today’s blog is focused on gifts you may want to give your family, friends, neighbors, or coworkers as they embark on their next adventure in a new location across town or across the country

Restaurant Gift Cards 

Anyone who has ever moved before knows that there are many days and nights spent cleaning, boxing, and organizing one’s belongings before the big moving day. 

It can be time consuming and exhausting, to the point that for weeks before the move you may find yourself too busy (or too tired) to cook a home cooked meal. Heck, when you pack those kitchen items, you will have no choice but to order out! 

That’s where restaurant gift cards become a great idea for someone you know who is in the throes of moving. They can order delivery and pack while they eat, or they can take some time off from packing and enjoy a relaxing meal prepared by someone else. Either way, this gift will be a welcome one when the date draws near. 

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Moving Materials 

No one likes to stop the packing process by having to go out for more supplies. Gift your friends and neighbors some much welcome packing supplies. For instance, packing tape, moving boxes, sharpies, reusable bags, foam filling, labels, and bubble wrap are all great gifts. Add cleaning supplies and you have a perfect moving gift. 

While these gifts are more practical than sentimental, they may save your friend or relative precious time and energy when they are in the middle of packing. It takes just a few more things off their “To Do” list! 

Local Keepsake 

If someone you love is moving and you want them to know you will miss them terribly, consider finding a local keepsake that will help them remember the town/city and all the fun you had together. This could be an art piece, photography, locally written books, or something more whimsical that will let them know they will be missed. 

A photo book of all the local places may be just enough for them to have something they love to travel with them to their new home. 

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New Home Greeting 

If you are a planner, you may want your friend to be greeted in their new place with fresh flowers or a local delicacy to be delivered on their first night. Plan ahead and research what businesses can deliver food, flowers, supplies, or even a plant to make their new home feel warm and welcome right away. 

Gifts of all sizes and types are cherished during a move. Some gifts don’t even have to cost anything. Give your friends a coupon that states you will pet sit or care for young children while they pack or get the move going. The sky’s the limit with gifts for your moving friends or family. 

A photograph of overflowing boxes stacked on top of one another.

Why Do-It-Yourself Moving is a Mistake

If you watch any HGTV or home improvement shows, you know how deceptively easy many of these programs make the process of moving appear. Unfortunately, there are many pieces to the moving puzzle that need to fall into place for it to go smoothly without losing or breaking possessions or potentially harming oneself. 

On the surface, moving may look like the perfect DIY project. After all, how hard can it be to gather up your own belongings and move it to a new location? 

Unfortunately, this common thought process is flawed for many reasons. The difficulty level of moving from one home to another may actually surprise you! 

A photograph of boxes sitting in the living room of an apartment on move-in day.

Mistake #1 Pro- Movers Are Too Expensive 

Like everything else in life, cost is relative. It’s a fairly common misconception that hiring a professional mover is more expensive than getting a few of your buddies to help you move with a rented truck. 

Let’s let this scenario play out. 

Assume that on the day of your move you have everything perfectly packed and ready to go for your friends and family to transfer into the van that you scheduled for the day. 

Any number of things could go wrong that could cost you more in the long run. For instance, if expensive, hard-to-replace items are damaged or broken during the moving process, you need to replace or repair your items, costing you more. 

If your friends damage the walls, floors, or other components of the home you are leaving you will need to repair before the new owners move in. Not only is that a hassle, but a cost that you would want to avoid on your moving day. 

Professional moving companies are experienced in how to move high-end, high value, and awkward items in tight places. Mastodon Moving prides itself on its moving excellence and has insurance to cover incidentals that rarely occur. 

Mistake #2 Packing Mistakes 

Mistakes having to do with packing usually fall into two major categories. 

The first mistake many homeowners commit is improperly packing boxes. These types of mistakes could range from overpacking boxes or bins that make them too heavy and unsafe to lift, or forgetting to label or mark each box so you can find your stuff at the new location. 

The second mistake is a bit more dangerous and involves packing the truck improperly so that items might shift, fall, or potentially become damaged during the drive from one location to the next or even unsafe for driving. 

Professional movers are experienced in how to not only pack individual boxes so they are manageable to move but also the right order to pack the moving truck so that items remain safe and secure throughout the trip whether it is across the country or across town. 

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Mistake #3 Planning & Time Management Blunders

If you have ever moved, you know that it takes weeks of planning and gathering of supplies to make moving day go smoothly. 

The clock starts ticking once you have confirmed that the move is imminent. That may mean weeks in advance finding packing boxes and materials, starting the process of downsizing your belongings to remove extraneous items, and packing boxes, crates, and bags so that they are manageable. Even the “last minute” items should be packed and ready to go in the days before the move so you have plenty of time to oversee the process rather than be madly packing in one room whilst they move another. 

Professional moving companies like ours can help you plan what needs to be done and when.We can not only help you with the actual packing but can give you endless tips on strategies that can help you make your moving day one that is as stress-free as possible. 

Don’t make the costly mistake of DIY your next move. Talk to our team at Mastodon Moving about how we can help facilitate your move. 


The Procrastinator’s Guide to Moving

No matter how excited you are for your big move, procrastination can be a huge problem when it comes to getting the boxes packed, areas decluttered, or the long list of things-to-do completed. We’re here to help all those procrastinators out there stay on task and successfully move without losing your mind. 

Before you Begin

Ok procrastinators, we see you. Yes you.

We know your tricks and all the pitfalls that occur every time you try to get something accomplished. We have a few suggestions before we give you our professional advice on getting your packing and moving project completed. 

  • Put away all distractions including the tv, phone, tablet, and anything shiny that catches your attention. Having your full attention on the task of packing and moving is best, especially if you are in a time crunch. 
  • Get your comfy clothes on…this could get messy. 
  • Call up a few friends that can keep you on track and help you pack. 
  • Don’t “panic pack.” That’s when you will make mistakes like over pack boxes with heavy items or start shoving your belongings in trash bags. 

Prepare Before You Start 

We know preparing in advance is not the strength of a procrastinator’s tool kit. In fact, quite the opposite is true, so you may want to enlist the help of a few organized friends who can get you started. 

  • Schedule your moving company. They can help with packing as well as offer lots of tips on how to efficiently get the move completed with as few hassles as possible. 
  • Buy or gather your supplies for moving. This should include boxes (of all sizes), bubble wrap for those breakables, packing tape, labels, and lots of coffee. 
  • Declutter while you prepare to pack. 
  • Clear an area of one room (preferably near a door) that you can start stacking all the boxes for your moving company. 
  • Make a checklist that you can add too and cross off as you go. Seeing your progress can be a great motivator. 
  • Buy or make labels that can help you keep track of what has been packed in each box. 

Work Your Way Down 

Now that you have all of your supplies and equipment needed (along with some friends to help) you should create a plan on which rooms you will pack first and the ones that can wait till closer to move day. 

We always suggest starting with your most difficult room and working your way down to your easiest room. For most people, the kitchen proves to be the most difficult, with its myriad of items in cabinets, all the way down to the bathrooms that tend to be smaller and often have their own storage containers to begin with. 

Make a list of rooms and start packing away, making sure to label each box and keep an eye on the clock as you do each task. 

Warning: As you pack, you will inevitably find nostalgic pieces that may deter you from getting the job done. Avoid losing too much time by placing those pieces aside for the time being to take a look at during a break. 

Purge As Much As Possible

People who tend to be procrastinators in the moving process also tend to be procrastinators in the cleaning process. With this in mind, we suggest that you clean and purge as much as you can as you pack. The less you have to move, the better. 

Keep two trash bags near you as you pack each room; one for donations and one for things that can go out with the trash. 

Save Time Where Possible 

Taking each item of clothing off the hanger and folding it for boxing can be time consuming. If you have the ability to skip the step of folding and moving your items on the hanger either in garment bags or by getting creative with plastic bags, do it! 

The same goes for clearing our bureaus and dressers; if your moving company plans to wrap the items you may be able to move them with the clothes already inside! 

Talk to our experienced team at Mastodon Moving for more tips that will get you moving successfully.