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Moving in the Winter: What You Need to Know

Snow, ice, and freezing temperatures — oh my! Moving any time of the year can be a stressful situation, but moving in the winter adds another level of nervousness as it presents different challenges.

Thankfully, we have a few tricks up our sleeves that all homeowners should know regarding moving during the winter months.

  • Check the Weather. It may be a mild December this year, but don’t expect the weather to cooperate in the winter — it could change at any moment. Check the 10 day forecast and then check it again the day before your move as well as the day of. You won’t have much daylight to work with, so it would be best to hire a professional moving company to quickly move all your belongings for you.
  • Wear Layers. Because the weather is unpredictable, it’s best to be prepared and wear more layers than necessary on moving day. You can easily take layers off if you get overheated. Don’t forget the hat and gloves!
  • Bring Emergency Supplies. Piling your car up with a bunch of moving stuff and driving it across town in the snow or sleet can be dangerous. If your car or truck gets stuck, make sure you’ve got shovels and sand on hand to get yourself out. However, you could simply eliminate the issue of getting stuck by hiring a moving company that has the proper equipment to get your belongings safely to their new destination.
  • Have Towels on Hand. You’ll never realize how dirty your belongings will get by simply moving them out of your old home and into your new, especially during the winter. Have rags and towels on hand to wipe off all the mug, salt, snow or ice before giving them a permanent location inside your new home. Any boutique moving company should have moving supplies on hand that will protect your belongings from the winter elements.
  • Keep the Path Clear. When the weather calls for snow, be sure to shovel pathways to your home’s entrance ways. Parking in the garage or street will ensure that any plow service you have can come and clear the driveway. Don’t forget to shovel at your new place, too!

Of course, one of the best ways to have a successful and stress free winter move would be to hire a full service moving company. Hiring quality local movers can significantly reduce the amount of time you need to be outside in the cold and you’ll be less likely to injure yourself. At Mastodon Moving, we take extra care to wrap valuables and secure them safely in our trucks. Give us a call and we’ll lend you a hand this winter!

Downsizing Your Home Without Going Crazy

Is this the year you’ve finally decided to downsize? Perhaps all your children have left the nest, or you’ve just decided to scale back on a more lavish lifestyle. Either way, you’re not alone when it comes to making this decision. According to real-estate site Trulia, the average home size has dropped nearly 2,100 square feet, with 33% of Americans stating their preferred home to be under 2,000 square feet.

So if you’re looking to be a part of the growing number of Americans opting to live more frugally, then downsizing is a great choice. At Mastodon Moving, LLC, we understand that it’s a massive task, especially for those living either in Wayland, Weston, Sudbury and other suburbs who are looking to move into the city of Boston. Here are a few helpful tips to downsizing without going crazy.

Inventory all your things. This is the first thing you should do — and do it at least three months prior to your move. Having an inventory will make you realize how long of a list of stuff you have and it will also tell you whether or not you have duplicates of something. Imagine if you’ve lost all your possessions in a fire; what would you repurchase? Don’t forget that the smallest of items in a larger house will look massive in a smaller house. Organize everything into piles of “Need” “Maybe” and “Don’t Need.”

Donate, sell or dump. This is another tedious but necessary step for the downsizing process. Take a look at that “Don’t Need” pile and figure out whether or not you can donate or sell some of these items. Clothing can usually be donated, and furniture and toys can be sold. It is often easy to just dump everything in a trash can, but think of this step as making money you can use for new experiences. Don’t hesitate to call up Mastodon Moving for junk removal, either.

Get rid of the duplicates. Whether you’re new empty nesters or just wanted less house to maintain, getting rid of any duplicate items will help free up space in your new place. Ask yourself if you’ll really be needing two or even three sets of dishware, or two coffee tables. Always communicate with your significant other or family to make sure everything is on the same page with reducing duplicates.

Opt for storage space. If you decide that keeping duplicate items around is beneficial (perhaps you have a college student right now who will one day have their own apartment), then be sure that your new home has places to store that extra stuff. If you believe your new home doesn’t have the storage space you’re looking for, there are always alternative storage space options that are guaranteed to keep your stuff safe and dry.

5 Things to Know for Moving Day

Perhaps you’ve moved a few times in the past, but each time you catch yourself thinking “Next time, I’ll be more prepared and organized.” Here are a few tips and tricks to get you more mentally prepared for your next move.

  1. Don’t Procrastinate
    As soon as you and your family make the decision to move, get started on the packing and organizing. Settling things far in advance, such as a change of address and forwarding mail, will prevent you from needing to make those changes when problems occur down the road.
  2. Decluttering
    Recruit friends or family and pick a room a week to go through. Assess each item and decide whether or not you can see yourself using it in your new space. Figure out what can be tossed, donated, or put in storage for later use. Don’t forget to ask others if they have any use for lightly-used items.
  3. Purchase Moving Materials
    Be sure to buy moving boxes in every size, bubble wrap, sharpies for labeling, and packing tape. Using moving boxes is a great way to stay organized and they can be stacked in a corner as you begin to pack up the house over a long period of time. Many professional moving companies can also provide these materials.
  4. Make a Floorplan
    Drawing a floorplan of your new place and handing out copies to your movers will decrease the amount of time it takes to get settled and organized. Full-service moving companies have no problem setting up furniture exactly where you want it, but having a floor plan can reduce the amount of thinking effort you need to do on moving day.
  5. Hire Professionals
    Sure, it can be great to get friends, families, and neighbors to help you and your family move, but that’s such a hassle — and an accident waiting to happen. Professional movers are professionals for a reason: they know exactly how to wrap expensive pieces of furniture or kitchenware and they will always come prepared with padding and other materials to keep your floors, walls, and ceilings safe from nicks and scratches.