Prepping For a Move

November 22nd, 2019

Packing up and moving doesn’t need to be as hard as some make it seem to be. There are ways to make it easier on you, as well as keep you organized. Although the idea of moving is stressful, take the time to make it a more enjoyable process. Most of the time, you’re on to bigger and better things, so celebrate it!

Keeping a Notebook

Designate a notebook or journal to your move. This can hold to-do lists, paperwork, or budget information. This way, everything is in one place and other people living with you can access it too. Utilize sticky notes or page dividers to have easy access to certain pages. This notebook is also a good place to write reminders and where certain things are packed to make it easier to organize.

Moving Costs

Before you start your move, it is important to create a budget. This can include the quote for movers, price of boxes, renting a moving truck, cleaning your home prior to moving out, storage units or temporary storage while moving, and more. This costs add up, so it’s important to keep track of where your money is going so nothing gets mixed up. These prices can also be added to your moving notebook or binder.

Changing Your Address Before Moving

Before you even begin packing, write down in your notebook a list of essential utilities, people, or organizations that you need to contact about a new address before your move. This can include your USPS mail, forwarding mail for the first month or so, utilities such as water, gas, electric, garbage, etc., online shopping accounts, notifying bank accounts and your insurance company, updating your address on your license, and any other companies you send bills to.

Try to Get Free Moving Materials

If you can, don’t spend money on moving supplies if you don’t have to. Cutting costs where you can during this process can save you a ton of money in the end. Visit a local store or supermarket to see if they have any boxes they’re giving away. You can get huge boxes from places like this. Smaller boxes are also great for tinier items that are fragile and breakable.

Moving can be a lot, but staying organized will make it better for everyone. Take these steps to relieve some stress and make your move more enjoyable!

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Tips for Moving During the Holidays

November 20th, 2019

Packing up your home and moving around the holidays can be a big pain that no one wants to deal with. Having so much going on and seasonal distractions, it’s hard to focus on this annoying task you might find yourself stuck doing. Luckily, moving around the holidays is a whole lot easier if you know how to be well prepared and organized.

1.Timing of your Holiday Move

While not considered “peak moving season”, holiday time can be a busy season for moving companies. Their workers have holidays to celebrate too, after all! If you are planning on moving around the holiday season, make sure you book a moving company ASAP.

Avoiding Holiday Weekends

Moving on a holiday weekend (i.e, the weekend following Thanksgiving) is pricier than standard weekends. As well as the price, traffic will be a concern as well. Roads will be filled with many people traveling and shopping. The U.S Department of Transportation states that Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years are the busiest times to travel during the year.

2. Packing

Packing up your holiday decor and belongings can be sad. Making sure you are organized enough to unpack them when you get to your new home can make your life a whole lot easier.

Organizing Your Belongings

Keep your holiday decorations and belongings in a separate box or boxes to have easy access when you get to your new place. That way, you’ll be able to get into the holiday spirit in no time. You can also have the movers make sure they place your decorations in your living room to make sure you can unpack them first, if that’s what you want.

3. Safety of Your New Home

Robberies and home invasions skyrocket during the holiday season. Make sure you set up a security system in your new home to be safe. Robbers look for homes that have new owners, so it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Unpacking to stay safe

Try to unpack your big boxes and furniture soon after you move in. This way, people won’t see all of your belongings just sitting there through your window in one area. If you are moving from a long distance and are having your boxes delivered, be sure to take them inside as soon as you know they get there to decrease the change of holiday package theives from taking your household items.

4. Winter Weather

Snow can make moving a hard task, but you sadly can’t control the weather. If you’re in the colder parts of the country (i.e, New England), there is always the possibility of snow and ice. Icy roads and slippery walkways can add to what might be an already difficult move.

Proper Supplies

Make sure you’re dressed correctly for a winter move. If it is snowy and icy, make sure you have winter boots on and gloves. Also have ice melt/salt and some shovels available to make life easier. As for boxes, maybe try to mix in some plastic bins for important items so that your moving boxes don’t get soggy and have snow seep through.

After your move is done, you can finally relax and enjoy the rest of the holiday season!

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RARE Moving & Storage wants to help you out with your holiday move. Give us a call at 617-825-7273, or fill out our contact page. We look forward to hearing from you!

Tips for Moving in the Winter

October 28th, 2019

Nobody likes to move, but it’s even worse if you have to move in the winter. Colder temperatures and harsh weather make a winter move especially daunting, but there are a few ways to make it easier! These winter moving tips may not be able to make it feel like summer again, but they’ll surely make for a better moving experience! 

Hire a Professional 

Attempting a winter move by yourself is not a good idea. You’ll be able to save time and be safer if you hire professional movers. Call different moving companies to find the best value. Remember, the best value doesn’t mean the lowest price! Look for a reasonable price paired with great experience, insurance, and positive references. 

Schedule the Move Early 

Daylight is shorter during the winter so try to schedule your move early in the day. This way, movers won’t be working in the dark or at the coldest part of the day. Account for drive time between your old place and your new place before choosing a moving time. 

Clear the Way for Movers 

Get up before movers are due to arrive and clear the driveway, walkways, and sidewalk from any snow or ice. It’s a good idea to throw down some winter salt too to help prevent slipping. When you arrive at the new location, clear the way there as well. If a mover slips in the snow not only will your personal items get damaged, but they could get hurt too! 

Turn Utilities on Before the Move 

Turn the utilities on in your new home a day or two before you actual moving day. That way, you can have the heat turned up and ensure the movers will have a place to warm up in between loads. It’s always appreciated if you’re able to provide a warm beverage like coffee or hot chocolate too! Keep the utilities on at your current house until the move is over so they’ll be able to stay warm during the initial loading process too. 

When you’re moving in the winter remember that the movers hate it just as much as you do, so getting it over with quickly and safely should be the common goal. Don’t forget to ask about winter moving discounts since it’s a slow time of year for moving companies! Try to watch the weather forecast and if moving day is expected to get a lot of bad winter weather, it may be best to reschedule for a different day.

RARE Moving wants to make your life easier. Contact us to get a free estimate for your winter move!

Surviving a Winter Move

October 21st, 2019

Moving in the winter is less than ideal, but sometimes it has to be done. There are some extra precautions you’ll need to take to keep your winter move as safe and efficient as possible. If waiting for spring is out of the question, follow these tips to help survive your winter move. 

Leave it to Professionals

Moving in the winter calls for the help of professionals. It may come at an added cost, but it will help keep you and your belongings safe. Call around to multiple movers before hiring anyone. Try to find a moving company with reasonable rates, insurance, and positive customer references. Some movers even offer winter moving discounts since it’s a slow season for them! 

Check the Weather

This probably seems obvious, but make sure to check the weather as moving day approaches. If the weather forecast is calling for a lot of snow or especially bitter cold temperatures, ask the movers if they’re able to reschedule for the following week or even just a different day in the same week. 

Clear the Driveway

You should shovel all driveways, entryways, and sidewalks before movers arrive. Put down a coating of winter salt to prevent ice from accumulating during the move. Keep the driveway clear throughout the move, even if that means taking a break from loading and unloading to shovel for a few minutes. 

Keep Everyone Warm 

Staying warm during a winter move is vital. Keep everyone helping with the move warm by making sure utilities are turned on at the new location a couple of days before moving day and the utilities are still on at the old place. Turn the heat up high at both locations and encourage movers to take a break inside for a few minutes to warm up if they need too. Offering hot coffee or hot chocolate is an extra step that isn’t required, but definitely appreciated! 

Protect the Floors 

Protect your floors from moisture and winter salt by laying down tarps or plastic sheeting. This should be done at the old home and the new home before movers arrive.

Remember to be patient during a winter move. Everybody there will want to get it over with but rushing the process could lead to injury or damaged items. When you’re especially cold and ready for the move the be over, just imagine how worth it will all be when you’re enjoying your new home!

For a reliable moving company to help with your move this winter, contact Rare Moving & Trucking! We provide free estimates for your relocation – so call us at 617-825-7273 or use our contact form to start your moving process!

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.