5 Practical Pieces of Advice for Moving to a Different State

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Whether you are moving to a different state for work or for a change of scenery, it can be a very exciting time! Follow these tips to ensure your move goes smooth!
 
Do your research
Learn as much as you can about your new city before you move! Search online for restaurants, local services you may need, recreational activities, gyms, etc. If possible visit your new city, ask the locals questions, drive around and get a feel for the area.
 
Important Documents
When packing, place all your important documents in a separate box and clearly labeled. You’re less likely to lose them this way. Things that should go into this box include Social Security cards, birth certificates, tax forms, health records, school records, etc.
 
Mail
Several weeks before you move, notify the United States Postal Service of your change of address. The easiest way to do this is to go online to USPS.com and complete a simple 5 step process.
 
Receipts
Save all your moving receipts! If you donated items prior to moving, you may be able to deduct a portion of their value against your income tax. When moving for work, the IRS allows you to deduct some moving expenses from your taxes if they meet these requirements (More info here: https://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc455.html):

  • Your move closely relates to the start of work
  • You meet the distance test
  • You meet the time test

Your employer may also reimburse you for some of your moving expenses. HR will need to see the receipts if they do.
 
Utilities
It is very important that you notify the utility companies in your new town, of the address you intend to move into. Otherwise you will walk into your new home without any electricity. Also, be sure to contact your current utility companies to let them know to shut off your gas, electricity, & cable the day after you move. You don’t want to be paying for someone else to use them!

How to Reserve Your New Post Office Box Online or in Person

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Many people chose to rent a PO Box (post office box) when they do not have a permanent address in the city they just moved in to. They are also great for people who travel often or have a business setup in their home. So how do you go about getting one? Read on and we’ll show you how!
 
Pros

  • Great for areas that are difficult to deliver mail to
  • For people who travel often
  • Better privacy and security
  • Separate your personal mail from business mail

Cons

  • Need to travel to pick up mail
  • May not be able to access mail during certain times
  • It costs money

Reserve it Online:

  • Head over to https://poboxes.usps.com/poboxonline/search/landingPage.do to find an available PO Box in your city.
  • Search through the available post offices and choose your PO Box size and length of rental. They can be rented by 3 months, 6 months, or 12 months. Prices are listed for each.
  • Sign up for a new USPS.com account
  • After completing these steps, you will need to go to the post office with a printed copy of the form they give you, your emailed receipt, 1 photo ID, and 1 non-photo ID.
     
    Reserve in Person:

    • Print and fill out this form: http://about.usps.com/forms/ps1093.pdf
    • Bring the form to the post office you would like to have your PO Box at.
    • After the post office verifies your address and receives payment, they will assign your PO Box address to you, and begin your service.

     
    Acceptable forms of photo ID: a current driver’s license or state ID card; a military, government, university or recognized corporate ID; a passport, alien registration card or certificate of naturalization.

    Acceptable forms of non-photo IDs: a current lease, mortgage or deed of trust; a voter or vehicle registration card; a home or vehicle insurance policy.

    Non-Acceptable IDs: birth certificates, social security cards, & credit cards.

9 Ideas for Dealing with All Your Bubble Wrap After Moving

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One thing many people forget to think about when moving, is what they are will do with all the packaging after everything has been placed in the home. One item that has many uses is bubble wrap. If you find yourself with a ton of extra bubble wrap after moving, read on for tips on what to do with all of it before throwing it away!

Take it UPS
Some UPS stores participate in the Eco Responsible Packaging Program, and will gladly take your leftover bubble wrap. They also accept clean packing peanuts if you used them in your move. For more info, check out their website here ht tps://www.ups.com/ecoresponsible

Take it Shopping
Off to market? Bubble wrap can be useful for protecting fresh produce from getting squished or bruising, and to keep glass jars from breaking. Bubble wrap is also useful for insulating items to keep them cold.

Sell or Give it Away
You can easily find other people who need bubble wrap for their move. You can place it for sale or for free on websites such as Craigslist. If you are active on Facebook, there are many yard sale groups local to your area, which you can sell or give away the bubble wrap on.

Protect Fridge Items
When your vegetable and fruit bins get overcrowded, consider wrapping the more fragile items in bubble wrap, to protect them from bruising. You can also line the bottom of the bins for added protection.

Insulation
For those frigid winters, you can place bubble wrap on your windows at night to help keep the heat trapped inside. If you don’t mind your window being covered up, add a layer or two of bubble wrap before installing insulating window film.

Recycle
If you really don’t have any need for all that extra bubble wrap in your home, you can just recycle it. Check your local jurisdictions, but many do not allow bubble wrap to be placed with your curbside pickup. Instead, pay a visit to your local recycling center. Rhode Island places bins outside of their grocery stores and retailers, to make it easier to recycle bubble wrap and other types of film.

Store It
If you lease an apartment or condo, plan on moving within the next few years, and have the space for it, consider storing your bubble wrap for your next move.

Get Creative
If you enjoy arts and crafts, or need an activity for you and your children, save your bubble wrap and browse Pinterest for some great ideas.

Relieve Stress
If all else fails, keep your bubble wrap around to pop when you need to relieve a little stress!

Seven Things to Do Before the Professional Movers Arrive

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

Tips for Downsizing into a Tiny Home or Smaller Living Space

 

In an effort to reduce their debt and carbon footprint, many Americans are opting for tinier homes. On average, the American home is around 2,600 square feet, whereas these tiny homes typically range from 100 to 400 square feet. The change is drastic but many find themselves living happier this way.

The biggest challenge with a tiny home is getting creative with storage space. If you are in the process of moving into a tiny home, or transitioning into a smaller living space in general, here are some tips to downsize your belongings!

Take Inventory
Whether you use a pen & paper or notepad app, make an inventory list of all your belonging using the categories “Must Have”, “Can Live Without”, and “Replaceable”. Everything in your “must have” list will include special items that cannot be replaced such as photographs, documents, and work related items such as a laptop. In the “can live without” category, place items that you can sell, donate, or give away. When space starts to get, tight these should be the first to go! Lastly, in the “replaceable” category, write down things that can get replaced for smaller versions such as a TV, furniture, and dishware.

Do you really need that many?
Using your limited space wisely is essential to living in a smaller space. Really consider how much you need of each item. When it comes to dishware, have a set for each person in the house, and 2 more in case of guests. If you have more than two guests over, you can always buy disposable. A similar practice can be applied to towels and bedding.

Sell Your Stuff
Selling your unwanted items has never been easier! If having a yard sale is too much trouble, use the power of technology to make some cash! Local listing sites like Craigslist allow you to post almost any type of item for sale. You can also use Facebook’s market place and local yard sale groups to sell items online. Another useful app is OfferUp which allows you to buy and sell locally.

If you do decide to have a yard sale, one way to sell more items is to allow guests to pay with a card. The best option is to use “Square”. This little device connects into your phone through the audio jack, and allows customers to swipe their credit or debit card. There is a small 2.75% charge per swipe however.

Off Site Storage
If needed, rent out a storage space for storing things like large sporting equipment, tools, and seasonal clothes. Use the same practice as you would for items in your tiny home!

12 Things We Bet You Didn’t Know You Could Recycle!

 

While packing up for your move, you might find yourself with a bunch of stuff that you might not want to take with you. Before you just throw away all of the things you don’t need, consider recycling them! Too much junk gets thrown into landfills where they sit for years and years. Why not do something good for the environment and turn your unused items into something useful? Read on to find out some surprising items you may not have thought could be recycled!

Running Shoes – If you still keep your old running shoes, they can be donated to someone in need or sent to recycling to create athletic courts and flooring for playgrounds.

Batteries – Old batteries can be used to create reinforcement steel bars for the masonry industry or broken down and sold to steel mills.

Glasses – The glass from your old glasses can be ground down to create new lenses! You can also just donate your unused pairs to someone in need or to a secondhand store.

Wine Corks – Wine Corks can be made into many things you didn’t know about such as sports equipment, floor tiles, insulation, & auto parts.

Crayons – Just because they might be broken or too small doesn’t mean they have no use! Old crayons can be melted down to form new crayons.

Keys – Old and broken keys can be sold as scrap metal.

VHS Tapes – With modern technology, many people have been left with VHS tape collections that sit in storage over for years. When recycled, VHS tapes can be made into packaging for various products.

CD’s – Along with VHS tapes, many people still have large collections of compact discs lying around. Recycled CD’s can be made into automotive materials, building materials, and even pavement!

Greeting Cards – Organizations like St. Jude’s Ranch for Children take in new and old greeting cards to be recycled into new ones. The recycled cards are then sold to support abused, neglected and homeless children, young adults and families.

Motor Vehicles – If you have any old vehicles such as a car, jet ski, boat, motorcycle, they can either be sold for scrap metal or donated to an organization such as Kars 4 Kids and Helping Hands of America.

Tennis Balls – There are companies who specialize in restoring old tennis balls back to new again. If they are torn up, they can be broken down and made into new balls too.

Credit Cards – along with ID’s and Hotel Room Keys, are often times made from PVC and can melted down to create new cards.

If you are interested in hiring quality professional movers & truckers, give us a call at 617-825-7273 or visit our website today!

My Summer Moving Experience

As we all know in New England, especially in Boston, August is known to be the peak season for people moving to new homes. With students coming back to school, young professionals and adults alike all usually have their leases end near the end of August which makes it even more necessary to reserve reliable movers ahead of time! As an independent woman living by herself, it was crucial for me to get movers that were efficient and affordable. Luckily, I found Rare Moving & Trucking who was timely and has exceeded my expectations!

After researching various moving companies last minute in August, I decided to go with Rare Moving & Trucking since they gave me a quick response back and was the most cost effective for me. I even got a FREE estimate off their site! On August 31st, the second busiest day to move in Boston, the Rare Movers came an hour earlier than our said time. This was perfect since I got to have an earlier start on moving into my new apartment and we got to beat some of the rush hour traffic. I had two movers who were friendly and moved my things effectively without any problems! We communicated very well as to where my things were going to go for each room and they made sure everything was safely placed in my new apartment.

Overall, this was the best moving experience I have ever had and will definitely be contacting Rare Movers if I ever need to move again! The movers knew exactly what to do when loading the truck with my things and were great listeners which are hard to come by these days! Contact Rare Moving & Trucking for your next relocation at 617-825-7273 or use their contact form for more inquiries about their moving services!

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Tips on How to Get a Trusted Moving Company

When it comes to moving, you make a decision whether to handle the move yourself or to hire professionals to help! You might think that having a DIY move will help you save money but it’s usually better to invest in reliable and professional movers to take care of your fragile or high valued items.  There are many moving companies to choose from in the New England area, however, who do you choose to trust? At Rare Moving & Trucking, we have put together some tips to help you find reliable and quality movers in your area.

 

BBB-Accredited

To know that your potential moving company is trustworthy, check to make sure they are BBB-Accredited before making any calls. This accreditation is a great indicator that the moving company has quality service and isn’t getting a large amount of complaints from past clients.

Customer Reviews

We live in a day and age where feedback is everything. We love reading and writing our opinions about our personal experiences with company services about everything. That’s why it’s important for businesses to have a lot of positive reviews. It’s helpful for users to see what other people had to say about their moving experience with a particular moving company.

Detailed Free Estimate

A good way to evaluate if the moving company is right for you is how they treat you during your moving quote, which should be for free.  If you are not getting timely answers back to your questions or you are getting little to no detailed replies to your requests then they are probably not the right company for you.

 

For a seamless and reliable moving company for your relocation this summer, contact Rare Moving & Trucking! We are BBB-Accredited and provide free estimates for your move, call us at 617-825-7273 or use our contact form to start your stress-free moving experience!

 

Top Truck Maintenance Tips for the Summer

Make sure that your truck is up to par for the summer with these simple tips before heading out to your scheduled routes! Even though summer might have better road conditions than the winter time, it can still lead to dangerous results if your vehicle isn’t running properly. With these maintenance guidelines, you’ll be safer making new deliveries in the summer heat!

Cooling System: The anti-freeze concentration levels should be proper and all cooling systems should be in order since its summer weather outside. If the anti-freeze level to water ratio is off, the cooling system won’t be able to function properly in the warmth. For your safety, be sure to inspect the radiator mounts, fan shrouds, and fan clutch as well.

Tires: Heat can make the rubber that the tires are made up of burn fast. So in the summer, check your tire tread depth occasionally.  Another issue heat can cause problems with is your tire pressure. Your tires can blow out if it is under or over inflated due to the heat. Ensure your safety and successful deliveries by checking your tire tread depth and tire pressure consistently!

Air Conditioning: Summer weather brings in heat and humidity, so air conditioning is essential when on the road with your truck! Check for any leaks, condenser blockage, clogs in filters, hoses and more since a dysfunctional A/C unit in your truck can be disastrous!

Battery: Battery sulfation and the conducting grid of your vehicle’s battery can corrode due to extreme heat. The summer’s heat can cause corrosion of batteries and if it is not treated properly, it can lead to lower voltage from the battery. Maintain your battery life by inspecting your battery often and brush off the corrosion.

Have a safer drive this season and make your truck last longer on future deliveries with these maintenance tips! Contact Rare Moving and Trucking at 617-825-7273  or use our contact form for professional moving services!

Tips for a Summer Move

Relocating to a new area and a new apartment is an exciting process in one’s life! However, moving in the summer heat and humidity can make your move become stressful and uncomfortable. But don’t you fret, here are some moving tips from Rare Moving & Trucking that’ll help you stay cool and collected during your summer move!

  1. Hydrate: Remember to stay hydrated! The most important tip for a summer move is keep drinking water throughout the whole moving process. Keep a water bottle on hand to stay hydrated and energized through the process.
  2. Dress Appropriately: Stay away from wearing black or dark colored clothes in the summer as it attracts heat. Choose garments that are light-weight and comfortable to move in. Wear sunscreen to protect your skin from sunburn since you’ll be spending a lot of time outside carrying your belongings.
  3. Air Conditioning: Make your summer move more bearable by turning on the air conditioner as soon as you get to your new place. This will make the unpacking process less uncomfortable and less sweaty!
  4. Move Month: Try to plan your move in the middle of the summer months so that you don’t have to move during the busiest time of the months which is either the beginning or end of the summer. By moving in the middle of the summer month you’ll have an easier time renting moving trucks and dealing with less traffic on the road.
  5. Pack Carefully: Check the weather and if it’s going to especially hot and humid during your move, be cautious to what you leave in the moving truck. Don’t put anything in the truck or your belongings that could potentially melt!

Contact Rare Moving & Trucking to have professional and reliable movers for your summer move! We offer a free quote and experience driving in and around The Greater Boston Area. Call us at 617-825-7273 or use our contact form to hear more about our moving services!