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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. 

Winter Moving Tips

Moving at any time of year can be overwhelming, let alone when the temperature has dipped and the weather might not be completely cooperative. However, with the right professional moving company that has plenty of experience moving families and businesses in all seasons, you should have no problems, even in less than ideal conditions. 

Winter is not a prime moving season. The spring and summer tend to be the peak of moving as families hope to get settled before school starts for children and the weather takes a turn for the worse. Winter does have some benefits as it is easier to schedule a moving company and, with less demand, comes more options for you and your family. 

Mastodon Moving has years of experience moving residential homes and businesses in snow, rain, sleet, hail and even the most absurd of weather phenomena. We have moved families down the street and across the country and are prepared for whatever Mother Nature has in store for your moving day. In our experiences, we have gathered some tips to make it easier to move in the winter months. Here are a few tips to make your winter move go smoothly. 

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Protect Your Floors 

Moving during the winter months can mean tracking in snow, ice, and de-icing chemicals that are used on walkways and stairs. Protecting your floors from these products and precipitation is of paramount importance to maintaining the health of the floors and the safety of the walkways to and from the moving trucks. 

Something that Mastodon Moving does even in good weather is to prep the floors even before the first piece of furniture is moved. We use nonslip floor runners that are meant to safeguard your wood floors, carpeting, or tile flooring. It’s just one more way we treat your home like it is our own. 

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Prep the Outdoor Entrances and Walkways 

While it is not ideal, moving on the day it snows does happen on occasion. Make sure your walkways, stairs, and entryways are free and clear or anything that could cause a slip and fall. The last  thing you need on moving day is an injury. While you are preparing these areas, you may want to also make sure your personal car is cleared of snow and ice. We will take good care that our trucks are in good working condition, clean, and ready to face whatever weather may occur. 

Rethink Home Heating on Moving Day 

Many homeowners want to make others feel comfortable on moving day, so they turn the heat on especially if it’s cold outside. The truth be told, the doors to your home will be open and you are wasting the energy in heating the home. Our crew and you will probably be toasty warm just walking around, packing, and doing all the tasks involved in the process of moving. 

Plan for Delays 

If the weather isn’t great outside, chances are the traffic may be a little slower and heavier than normal. Plan for a slower than planned travel time to your new location.  If snow is in the forecast just think about the potential backup and adjust your expectations accordingly. Some homeowners opt to reschedule a move if the weather looks extreme, but check with your movers before you make any plans. 

Check out our Facebook page or contact us for more helpful tips of moving in the winter.