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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! 

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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. 

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Winter Moving Tips: How to Combat the Elements During a Winter Move

Moving at any time of year can be a tedious and challenging experience. Making a move during the winter months adds another layer of difficulty in three key areas: safety, weather issues, and comfort. 

No one wants to be moving in the middle of a blizzard, but waiting until Mother Nature is ready to cooperate is not always an option. 

Winter moving may not sound like fun, but it isn’t entirely impossible either. Planning and coordination with your moving team is key. Good communication along with a few tips we have put together for you should keep you safe, warm, and organized on your moving day. 

Stay Vigilant of the Weather 

New Englanders know that winter can bring crystal clear blue skies and frosty air. It can also bring howling winds and an onslaught of precipitation ranging from feet of snow to slippery roadway ice. 

When moving during the winter months keep a close eye on the weather in the days leading up to your move. If you are concerned that the weather may hamper your move by shutting down roadways or making travel unsafe, talk to your moving company about a contingency plan should Mother Nature not cooperate. Having a Plan B is always a smart idea when moving during the months of December, January, February, and March. 

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Make Safety a Top Priority 

Mastodon Moving makes safety our number one priority for every move, no matter the season. Winter, however, brings an entirely new set of safety precautions that we take both inside and outside of homes. 

Some of the safety precautions we take include covering floors to not only give traction, but to save the floors from scrapes or marks. We also wrap banisters and door frames when large items will be moved around them to ensure that no chips, dents, or scrapes appear. 

Homeowners can help with safety by ensuring that the walkways and driveways are free and clear of snow or ice on the day of the move. They can also board pets so they are not under foot during the move. Additionally, a spare pair of gloves is a great idea to keep hands warm as going in and out of the elements can cause extremities to get cold. 

Consider Comfort

Winter moves often mean that homes lose heat fast with movers going in and out repeatedly. Doors are left open and homes quickly become cold. 

To make things comfy, consider using a small space heater in the bathroom and kitchen where movers and family members can warm up for a few minutes. Having warm drinks available is also a crowd pleaser for people moving all day in the cold. 

Taking comfort into mind, make sure your new location has the heat and lights on so when you arrive the home is comfortable and accessible for movers and family members. 

Still have questions about moving? Talk to our team about a consultation and we can go over all the elements that can make your winter move go smoothly.