Season’s Tips

January 25th, 2019
top tips with microphone

There is no way to get around the rain, snow and icy weather for the next few months if you must move. We all know how New England weather is so unpredictable, if you’re new here, I wish you the best of luck. Just a couple days ago, we went through a snow storm, a negative degree weather, a 50-degree weather, and lastly mucky rainy day. All in a span of 5 days. However, you can properly prepare with a few quick tips to alleviate frustrations. 

Work That Shovel

1. Shovel your walkway, driveway or parking area where the truck needs to park.  The last thing you want to do is pay for the movers to start the day performing this task. However, if you are not capable of shoveling, call the moving company and inform them so they can get a team out to perform the task the day prior. This goes for both houses.

Small steps, Big Effects

2. If you have hardwood floors go to your local hardware store and place down contact paper for the movers to walk over. This simple step avoids the interior floors pooling water and salt being tracked from room to room throughout your home. If you have carpets seek carpet shield.

Daylight Is Your Friend

3. Utilize the daylight. Since daylight is scarce during the winter solace, you want to start as early as possible so you can also finish as early as possible. Keeping in mind, once the night approaches the temperature drops significantly resulting in icy conditions. No one wants to fall and run the risk of causing damages. Everyone seems to remain smiling and positive with energy while taking in sun rays.

I hope these tips help during the winter moves. If you have any other questions or simply want to pick my brain to contact me and I will gladly make some suggestions to optimize your moving experience.

Decluttering Your Home

December 13th, 2018

woman in peace after decluttering

Most of us are guilty of hoarding things at some point. We tend to keep stuff because of their value, whether sentimental or not. This was the year that you started living on your own and we get it, you are still kind of in the trial phase. But now, you are ready to face the new year in a clean slate, literally. Unworn clothes, unused bags, and hundreds of documents just lying around your household and it makes your home smaller to move around in. The moment you hold off on folding your clothes or disposing of papers bags or boxes, that where it usually begins. If you understand what I am talking about, then it is time to start decluttering!

Where to begin?

The first step is always the hardest. But you can make the entire process as organized as possible. Start by separating your house into sections. You can either start from one room to the next or pick a section such as clothes. The easiest way to look at things without being sentimental is by asking basic questions while sorting them out like “Have I worn this piece of material the past year?”. Doing so will not only make your process quicker but also more effective. You can also take the extra step and donate old clothes or other things to a Goodwill store or charities. You will not only be helping out other people but the environment as well!

Go Paperless!

Living in the world of technology, you would think that we are all digital now, but think again. Most of us still choose to have our mails sent to us physically. If you don’t clean them up on the regular, these paper mails tend to pile up pretty quickly, especially if you hoard even the junk mails. A good start to this problem is to allot a like an hour or two in a day to sort out these mails and organize them by their importance. Once you have sorted them out, go through each one of them and get rid of the mails that you can toss out! Assign a place in your household where you can store the important documents for future reference. Once you start this one out, it is important to stay committed to this routine. Pick a day, allot an hour or two, and stick with this routine! These will help you not get stuck in this mess again in the future.

Exceptions?

After following through on these steps, you still find yourself stuck with a couple of things that you just cannot get rid of. Your grandmother gave you this piece of furniture, but it just doesn’t go with your room. There are some things that we cannot just part with. Renting a storage is the best solution for this. With a storage rental, you can toss away these things out of your house but still be in possession with it. It is just good to take it out of your eyesight.

Rare Moving and Storage in Boston offers storage rentals that are safe, secured, and climate-controlled so you do not have to worry about the things you put in there. Each unit offers plenty of room for all kinds of belongings! If you ever decide on cleaning up your household, check our website or call us to get more information about our storage rentals.

Moving Household Appliances

November 19th, 2018

household appliances in green background

When you are moving, everything is just extra difficult for you and everyone involved. You literally must plan everything from the beginning and try to follow that plan as much as you could. If you think that packing your clothes or your kitchen items are hard, wait till you have to pack and move your large appliances to your new home. The process of moving appliances requires a great deal of planning and lots of extra precautions. These huge household appliances need more than just brute strength to be safely moved from point A to point B.

A lot of movers don’t tend to move with their household appliances for a couple of reasons. One is that they already have new household appliances included in the new place they are moving in to. Second, the household appliances they currently own are somewhat outdated and are inefficient anymore. In addition to that, the place that they are moving into might have a different set-up, which won’t allow the current appliances to fit as nicely. There are more reasons why people do not tend to move with their appliances, but these are the main ones.

Here are a couple of tips and tricks to move your household appliances to your new house safely.

Get proper equipment first!

As I have mentioned earlier, moving appliances requires a great deal of planning. A part of this is getting the necessary equipment to allow safe and easy move for your large appliances.

  1. Make sure to purchase or rent a high-quality dolly. This is something you cannot afford to forget. A dolly will be your extra person in this difficult time.
  2. Straps! Do not forget to acquire some appliance straps for when you are moving those big appliances
  3. Sliding Pads are the next helper you are going to need. These will allow you to slide the appliances without damaging your floor.

Refrigerator

Moving this big household appliance is a process. Although when done right, it’s just all about the heavy lifting and proper moving. There are just a couple of things you have to keep in mind.

  1. Make sure to disconnect your refrigerator to its power supply a day before you are moving.
  2. Take out all removable parts and empty the content!
  3. Clean the inside thoroughly and let it dry.
  4. Coil and tape the cord so it won’t be hanging out while you are moving.
  5. Before loading it up on the dolly, use the straps to secure the doors and keep it from opening.
  6. You don’t want to damage your appliance and have oil leaking inside it so make sure to keep it upright on all times.
  7. Once you’ve settled in, keep it unplugged for at least a couple of hours to make sure the oil is stabilized.

RARE Moving and Storage has a team of highly-experienced professionals when it comes to moving appliances. Combined with our skills and proper equipment, we move huge and large household appliances of all types safely and efficiently.

Winter Moving Tips

November 7th, 2018

cars parked in the snow

Most people plan their moving dates during the summer season mostly because kids are out of school or in camps which makes it easier for parents to focus on packing the household. Also, the weather allows them to move freely and there are technically less dangers in the road, especially if moving far away. But sometimes, you get that unexpected promotion and you decide to move during the winter season. Although it is possible to do, there are a couple of things to consider before doing so.

Listen up!

First thing to consider is the weather. The temperature is going to drop really bad especially if you’re in Boston or moving to Boston. Best thing to do is to put aside a bunch of layers for your moving date. Layers are better as opposed to wearing one thick winter coat. You will be lifting a lot during this time and your winter coat will be in the way while you are doing so. Layers allows your body to be free, plus, if you get a little heated up while you are lifting, you can always remove one layer of clothing to get you back in the groove.

Secondly, consider packing your things the second you know when the moving date is. It is way easier to pack your stuff in advance you can be more organized, especially if you have more than one room to pack. Our advice is to dedicate an hour or two a day per room to packing. You can get a lot more done this way instead of allotting a day or two for the entire house.

Once those things are done, next thing you want to consider is your drive and this includes your path going to your vehicle. Winter season’s cold temperatures causes the driveways to ice, so you have to keep in mind to clear the path of ice and other obstacles before moving stuff to your vehicle.

Who are you going to call?

In any season, consider hiring Rare Moving for our services. Our professional team of movers are experts in their jobs and are here to help your move to be as easy as possible. We will be with you every step of the way, from packing to driving to unpacking. This is why we won Best of Boston Moving Companies in 2017.

 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!