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!

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.

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.