5 Tips for Helping Your Child Cope with Moving

September 24th, 2018

Nearly 40 million Americans choose to move every year. While the stresses of moving are well documented, one thing families realize all too well is that moving can be especially difficult for children, who crave consistency and routine.

How can you help your children to cope with the moving process? Here are a few important things to keep in mind to smooth the transition and make moving an exciting challenge for your kids, rather than a harrowing one.

1) Keep Them in the Loop

Let your kids know as soon as possible that the move will be happening. Why? This gives your child time to process the move and what it will mean for them, so that by the time the big day comes, it’s no longer a surprise. This can also give you time to address any questions and concerns they’ll likely have. Not to mention, little children often have big ears, and it may be harder than you think to keep it a secret.

2) Make Them Part of the Decision Process

If you haven’t yet decided on a house or apartment, let your child express what they think is important in a new home. Even if you can’t honor all their desires, making them a part of the decision process will let them feel more control of the situation, and make the move feel like a choice made as a family, as opposed to something being done to them.

3) Visit Beforehand if You Can

If possible, plan a short trip to visit your new city so that your child can get a feel for their new home. Knowing your child’s interests, do research ahead of time and find activities they can be excited about. Making a fun museum or park visit a part of your trip can be a good idea—it will encourage your child to associate their new home with positive memories.

4) Be Proactive About Staying in Touch

One of the most common concerns children express about the moving process is staying in touch with old friends. Luckily, the technology available today makes it easier than ever to maintain friendships even across long distances. Make sure your child has everything they need—whether that’s phone numbers, addresses, or Instagram handles—to keep in communication. If possible, it can be a great idea to invite one of your child’s current friends for a weekend visit sometime in the future. This will help everyone maintain a positive outlook about what the move will mean.

5) Give Them Something to Get Excited About

What kid doesn’t have a secret wish for what their room could look like? Give your child something to look forward to—their new bedroom. If they’ve been asking for purple walls, dangling beads in the doorway, or even a canopy, this can be an easy way to get your kids to look forward to the move. You can also suggest ideas, such as using chalkboard paint for a “drawable” wall or installing a loft bed for more desk space. Older kids can even be given a budget and the freedom to choose for themselves.

 

When you’re moving your family to a new city, it’s important to take steps to mitigate stress so that the move is a positive experience for everyone involved. For more moving tips and tricks, consult the moving experts at RARE Moving & Storage.

 

Tips for Moving with Pets

August 15th, 2018

catThe moving process is stressful and overwhelming. Pets especially tend to get easily stressed when there is unexpected activity in their home with unfamiliar people.

Here are some tips that will make moving with pets a little easier:

1) Prepare an Overnight Bag

It’s a good idea to pack an overnight bag of essentials for yourself for the first couple of nights, just in case something happens during the move. It’s a good idea for you to do the same for your beloved pet – make sure you have the things that are mission critical for their wellbeing.

Make sure there is enough food, litter, toys, grooming tools, etc. to keep your pet comfortable after the move and for the first couple of days when you’re still getting settled. Rushing to the store to get last minute necessities will only add to an already stressful day.

2) Contact Your Vet

You should absolutely inform your veterinarian before you move! Just like you would update your doctor and dentist with your new address, you should contact your veterinarian before you move so they are aware that your pets will also be undergoing a move.

Your vet may recommend a trusted vet that’s closer to your new location and may be able to give you any records or prescriptions your pet may need. Your vet may also recommend a vet close to your new area.

3) Isolate Your Pets

Moving boxes and keeping things organized is already very stressful – don’t add to the stress by having small animals underfoot. Give yourself and movers room to pack and organize your boxes by keeping your pet in a separate, quiet room.

Having strangers come into their home will naturally stress them out, and they are sensitive to emotions. Give yourself and your movers room by keeping your pet in a separate room that is as quiet as possible. We recommend having your pets stay at a friend’s house for a day or two.

4) Pets Go in Your Car

It seems like common sense, but make sure your pets ride with you, and not in the moving truck. A suitably-sized traveling carrier can be placed in the back seat, or even your lap when you travel to your new address.

5) Don’t Let Your Pet Out

Depending on the distance of your move, you may need to stop for a meal break or to stretch. If you decide to let your pet out to stretch as well, make sure to keep a close eye on them. Animals under stress do unpredictable things (like run away), and you don’t want to add more stress to your move.

A new location may be stressful, and it is recommended that you keep your pet in their carrier until they reach their ultimate destination.

6) Keep Your Pet Secluded

“Move the house before you move the pet.”

Your pet doesn’t understand that they are now living in a new location. It will be a new completely new environment, with new smells and sounds and can be overwhelming to them. Make sure you have unpacked a small room with items they are used to seeing and smelling and keep them in there for a day or two. Slowly acclimate them to their new surroundings and help them feel comfortable.

7) Update Their Information

After you’ve settled into your new home, update your pet’s information as you would with your own – update their tags and microchips with your new address and phone number, and find the fastest route to the veterinarians.

How You Can Help Your Movers During Your Move

July 18th, 2018

woman with box

You’ve hired professional movers to help you complete your move. You want to be helpful, but you also don’t

want to get in their way. Here are a few things that you can do to help things go smoother:

Label Everything

Having every box have a clear label is one of the best ways to save time and money on move-in day.

Pack as much as possible the days and weeks leading up to the moving day (we can help).

When sorting things into boxes, label everything with its contents and its intended destination. This way, even if you’re not there to supervise each box, your movers will have the knowledge to continue working hard and know precisely where each box belongs. Not only will they likely appreciate the help, but it’ll save extra work later on.

Pack Fragile and Valuable Items in Your Car

RARE Moving will be extremely careful with your personal belongings, ensuring nothing gets damaged or misplaced throughout the process.

However! Accidents are possible, and even with the best planning and precautions things can still go wrong. If you have items you’re especially concerned about, pack them away in the car with you. These include items such as family heirlooms, specific electronics, and jewelry. Doing this will ensure your already high-stress levels aren’t unnecessarily elevated.

Water and Snacks

Whether it’s the height of summer or the lowest temperature point in the winter, your moving team would likely appreciate refreshments while they give their total effort for your move. Having a few snacks on hand wouldn’t hurt either, even if it’s just a few bags of chips. Showing that you appreciate their work will help the day be better for everyone.

 

Overall, it’s important to not micromanage your movers. After reviewing companies, choosing your team, and working with them through the process, you should trust them to properly move your valuables. Make sure you do your research into moving companies though – a great moving experience is RARE. Call us today at (617) 825-7273.

 

How to Protect Your Antiques While Moving

July 10th, 2018

mona lisaWhen moving, there is always the risk of your items being damaged during transport. Therefore, we recommend that you have your items professionally packed with proper supplies. Many people have artwork and antiques that are irreplaceable and need to be treated carefully.

Get Antiques Appraised

Have all antiques professionally appraised before the moving process begins. Make sure you take plenty of pictures of them before the move. If something happens during transport, you need evidence of what your belongings looked like.

Properly Pack Antiques

Wrap fragile items in bubble wrap, then packing paper. Contact your local antique dealer for all cleaning and packing information if you are uncertain about some of your antiques. Make sure you clearly boxes as “Fragile!”

Point Out the Antiques

On your moving day, you are helping to orchestrate your move. Make a point to point out the antiques and valuables to the moving crew and be clear about expectations. Make sure you stay present, should the moving crew have any questions about your antiques.

Supervise Unloading

This is the time that many accidents happen! The moving job is close to being finished, and many people drop their attention. Make sure everything is securely unloaded and carefully placed in their final destinations.

Four Big Moving Day Mistakes

June 25th, 2018

Preparing for a move is stressful enough, don’t add to the stress by making the following mistakes:

  1. Transferring Utilities: Before you move to your new location, be sure to transfer utilities, otherwise you will be without electricity and heat! There’s nothing worse than moving on a Friday, and settling in your new home without lights! We recommend transferring over the utilities a week in advance to your move, just in case!
  2. Nor Signing up for Insurance Policy: It is important to sign up for mover’s insurance, here at Rare Movers, we have a great insurance program. As careful as we are, accidents happen during the move, and if anything is damaged during your move, having an insurance policy will help cover some of the damage. If you don’t sign up for an insurance policy, and something breaks, let’s say your TV, you will be stuck footing the bill! So we recommend investing in our insurance policy!
  3. Procrastination: Waiting until the last minute to start packing is never a good idea! You do not want to be stuck packing and organizing everything the night of the move; it’ll cause way too much stress. You should really start packing little by little a few months in advance to your moving day! Start with seasonal items, and as you get closer to the moving day start packing the more essential, everyday items. Waiting until the last minute to pack boxes will only stress you out even more than you already are!
  4. Unorganized: When packing boxes, take the extra time to sort them and label them based on the room they belong to; example: keep kitchen items together and label the box “Kitchen Supplies”; this way unpacking becomes a lot easier!

Moving is stressful, if you avoid making the above mistakes, your move will go a lot more smoothly! When you choose Boston RARE Movers as your moving company, we will help ensure a smooth and stress-free moving experience!

For more information or for a free moving estimate, please give Boston RARE Movers a call at 617-825-7273.

What Can I Do With Boxes After I Move?

June 20th, 2018

Stormtrooper made out of boxes

The minute you finish unpacking a box during a move it becomes useless. Very quickly these once essential materials are taking up space and getting in the way. What should you do with your boxes after your move?

Facebook Marketplace/Craigslist

People are now in the same position you were in just a few months ago. Wouldn’t you have appreciated a kind stranger giving away free boxes for moving? To list the boxes is free, and you can even arrange for them to come pick them up. As a mover frantically looking for boxes, they will be eternally grateful.

Reuse

It’s no secret that cardboard boxes are very good for storage and organization of household items of all sorts. Fill some containers with items you won’t need for the time being, tape them well and label them appropriately. Make

sure the storage area where you plan to place those storage boxes, usually a basement or a garage, is dry.

You never know what might happen tomorrow – even if you’re 100% that you won’t be moving house any time soon, it can be a mistake not to keep a decent number of boxes that will easily survive another residential move or two. Set aside the ones still in excellent condition, break them apart carefully, flatten them and store them in a place that stays dry and has good circulation of air.

Repurpose

Sometimes it takes a bit of imagination to re-purpose good packing boxes for home use – cardboard castles, robots, puzzles, you name it. With enough time and efforts, an entire cardboard village can be built for your children or pets.

Recycle

Contact the recycling centers in your area and ask them if they have any specific requirements about accepting cardboard for recycling. Some recyclers require that all the boxes be flattened out, stacked and shaped into a pre-set size while others will refuse cardboard boxes with tape or staples. Some recycling stations may even require you to have a minimum number of boxes to qualify for a pick-up service.

Most moving companies offer the additional service of removing unused packaging materials so that you won’t have to worry.

If you are looking for movers for your move or a debris pickup after, contact Rare Moving & Storage. We will move your belongings efficiently and provide free estimates prior to your move and will help haul unwanted items away. Call us at 617-825-7273 or use our contact form to start your stress-free moving experience!

RARE Moving & Storage: Best of Boston 2017

May 14th, 2018

Best of Boston 2017 “An honor and a privilege,” says Kamaul Reid, founder of RARE Moving & Trucking Company, and Dorchester-native. With over 20 years of experience navigating furniture through Boston’s narrowest streets and apartment hallways, Kamaul specializes in Boston.

While he can’t compete with the larger, national chains, Kamaul is confident that he’s found his company’s niche, “We cater more to the city, and we’re smaller.” RARE Moving’s relatively small size allows it to be much more agile than their competitors, who often give their clients a two to three week window for delivery on interstate moves. The strategy, while cost effective, pushes the frustratingly long wait times to the clients. RARE Moving delivers in as little as 24 hours.

Reid also contracts with nonprofits that help people to move into and out of homeless shelters, as well as battered women shelters. While not as profitable as his other work, those jobs account for nearly ten percent of his business, and is a testament to how deeply he cares about his Boston neighborhoods.

RARE Moving & Storage are influencers in their community, hiring local workers as a way of investing in the community. “They recycle money back into the community,” he says. Most of the 40 employees at RARE Moving & Trucking come from Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan.

His loyal customers and great reviews have expanded his business to include 40 employees, 7 trucks, 2 forklifts and a 25,000-square-foot warehouse and office space in Braintree.

Customers can fill out a form on the RARE Moving & Storage Company website, with customers typically receiving a phone call with a quote within an hour.

Moving Furniture Safely & Painlessly

September 25th, 2017

Moving dollyMoving your furniture around while you settle into your new home or office is a fun and exciting process, but one that has the potential to leave you hurting. It’s important to take measures to move your furniture safely to avoid damage and injury.

You should make sure you follow proper lifting practices by lifting large and heavy items gradually with your knees, while keeping your back straight. Lifting with your knees will limit strain on your back muscles. It’s better to lift furniture with someone else to evenly distribute the weight. Carry furniture at angles to maintain better control while walking it to its proper place in your new home, especially when going up and down stairs. You can also make inexpensive ramps and use straps to move your furniture. Straps allow you more control when lifting with your forearms and shoulders.

If you are struggling to move a box or piece of furniture too heavy to lift, use a dolly. Dollies are available at most home improvement stores and can be beneficial to have around after a move because they put heavier items on wheels and further encourage better lifting habits.

The easiest way to move your furniture around is to hire a moving company. Professionals will be able to move without damaging your property or injuring themselves or others. Rare Moving & Trucking will gladly assist you with your move. We will wrap your furniture to protect from scratches and tears and safely move it from place to place and pack your belongings efficiently for harmless transport. Rare Moving & Trucking can also provide you with a free estimate for our packing, moving and storage services. Call us at 617-825-7273 or use our contact form to start your stress-free moving experience!

Prepare for Your September 1st Move!

August 23rd, 2017

September 1st is Boston’s unofficial moving day, with 70% of leases beginning. It can be a stressful day to move, but Rare Moving & Trucking has some tips to make the day as painless as possible!

Plan ahead. If you need to park a van or UHAUL, you may need a permit. This is based on the neighborhood you are going to be moving to, and reservations for trucks fill up fast.  If it’s an option, see if you can move early or late. You’ll still need to fill out necessary paperwork and acquire permits, but you might be able to dodge the crowd. Traffic restrictions may be in place for your new or previous neighborhood, particularly in Allston/Brighton, Fenway and Mission Hill. A full list of restrictions for this moving season are available on the City of Boston website. Residents of Boston should also look at Boston 311 to request inspections. You must post permit signs on your new street at least two days before you move in a legal parking spot.

Don’t wait until the day of to pack. The only belongings that should remain unpacked are essentials that you will be using that day. If you hire movers or ask friends to help you move, you’re inconveniencing everyone and are more likely to hit peak traffic. Throw out any belongings you feel unsure about beforehand to expedite the moving process, and make sure all trash is properly disposed of. If you are using a van or UHAUL in the Fenway area, avoid Storrow Drive. The low bridges will cause your truck to get stuck, causing potential damage to your belongings and increasing traffic jams throughout the area.

If you are looking for movers this September, contact Rare Moving & Trucking. We will move your belongings efficiently and provide free estimates prior to your move. Call us at 617-825-7273 or use our contact form to start your stress-free moving experience!

Seven Things to Do Before the Professional Movers Arrive

April 4th, 2017

To ensure your move goes as smooth as possible, follow these seven steps to prepare for professional movers!

Get Rid of Useless Items
Really consider the items that you never use, and whether you want them packed up. It doesn’t make much sense to spend the extra time and money to move them with you, if they’ll just be creating clutter in your new home. Set these items aside and either sell, donate, or throw away.

Dispose of Certain Items
There are some items that professional packers will not box up and move for you, for safety reasons:
Hazardous Items: corrosive, explosive, or flammable materials, such as weapons, ammunition, chemicals, oils, cleaning fluids, & paint.
Perishables: frozen, fresh, or refrigerated foods.
Plants: plants are very fragile, consider donating them to a friend, hospital, nursing home, or school.

Take Inventory of Your Things
Keeping a detailed list will allow you to check the delivered goods against what you originally had packed in case of a damaged or missing item. It will also make filing a claim with your insurance company or a damage claim with your mover a lot easier.

No Pack Room
Designate a room with all the items that you will be moving yourself, and let the movers know before they start working. You can tape a piece of paper to the door labeled “do not pack” so that they won’t forget.

Essential Boxes
Your belongings will take time to arrive and unpack, so use a few boxes to pack essential items you’ll need to survive a day or two without your stuff. Things to put inside the box can include: prescription medicine, food, bottled water, kitchen utensils, towels, bed sheets, spare, toiletries, books, games, and tools.

Take Photos
Having “before” photos of all your stuff will make filing a damage or insurance claim easier, should you need to. Items to take photos of can include art, antiques, electronics, and other valuable items.

Be a Good Host
• Show your movers around and let them know your expectations
• Provide them with water, snacks, and show them where the bathroom is
• Tip them if you enjoyed your experience and they performed their job well
• Have a way to communicate with you should any questions arise and you are not there