What to Know When You’re Moving Across the Country

March 18th, 2020

A cross country move can be a tedious undertaking if it is not carefully planned. There are many moving parts to a long distance move, such as packing up for the move, coordinating the move, booking with a moving company, unpacking and settling into your new place, among other necessary tasks. A long distance move should be well thought out, planned and carried out to achieve success. It’s easy to make a mistake, but fixing it might cause you more trouble than you would like. You want to avoid as much frustration as possible when a cross country move is on your to-do list. Here are some things that you should know when planning a move across the country.

Travel as Light as You Can

If you plan on hiring a moving company for your interstate move, the weight of your possessions will factor greatly into the cost of the move. The more items you pack up in the moving truck, the higher the cost will be for transporting those items. The truth is that cross country moves can cost a pretty penny and saving money where possible is a smart move. Don’t try to pack and load every single item you own into the moving truck. Think about needs and wants and what’s trash. Donate what you can to places like Goodwill that accepts gently used/worm items. Also, make use of online marketplaces and consignment stores to rid yourself of some items and lighten the load a little. Take the opportunity to purge.

Let Family Help

Your cross country move may include your family, which can make an already tough move more difficult. However, don’t be afraid to use family members who have the ability to work to pitch in where needed with the packing. More hands on deck, the quicker you can get things done.  If available, get your spouse and kids to play their part; if you have a particular technique that you are using for packing, be sure to demonstrate to them how to do it before starting. If the kids are old enough, allow them to help pack up their own rooms, starting with non-essentials. The essentials can be packed last.

Book Travel Arrangements in Advance 

The last thing  that you want to do when planning a cross country move is to leave tasks until the last minute. That is the worst thing that you could do that could make your move twice as difficult. Book travel arrangements ahead of time. Start by doing your research and do diligence when looking for a moving company. Plan to schedule your move 1-3 months in advance, along with all the travel details. You want your move to be a success, so plan ahead. 

Get More than One Quote For Moving Companies

Moving companies typically offer competitive rates and as such, you should shop around before making a final decision on a moving company. It’s best to get quotes from roughly three or four moving companies so you can compare prices and choose the best offer. Some moving companies may offer special services, discounts and prices, so be sure to speak to a company representative specifically so you can have your questions answered. 

Ensure Moving Company is Licensed and Insured 

Having a reputable moving company to help you with your move is more important than a cheap rogue mover that cuts corners. Moving scams are nothing new, but there are ways to spot one when you know what red flags to look for. For example, a moving estimate that sounds a little too sweet of a deal may be something to think about. Furthermore, with a cross country move, you should ensure that the moving company that you are interested in is licensed and insured to do interstate/cross country moves. You can find out if a mover is licensed to perform cross country moves by visiting the FMCSA’s database where you can check for their U.S. DOT number. Don’t forget to verify if a moving company insurance before booking with them.

Get Moving Insurance

You should do everything in your power to protect your valuables when moving cross country. It’s important to review the valuation coverage available provided by the moving company. The typical basic protection, that often comes free of charge, doesn’t cover much. It’s perhaps best to get “full value” insurance protection that will make your mover responsible for the cash value of any damaged or lost items during the transportation process. You can also opt for full comprehensive moving insurance coverage, which is often best obtained from a third-party insurance company.

Contact Us

To make your cross country move run smoother, plan your trip well and keep things organized. RARE can help you with your moving needs by providing movers that are reliable, who will make your trip much easier with all around high-quality service. Rest easy knowing that RARE Moving & Storage is insured and licensed, leaving you in good hands for a successful transport of your possessions.  

Tips for Moving Your Family

February 24th, 2020

Whether you’re moving across town or to the other side of the country, preparing your family to move can be an overwhelming task. Our helpful tips can help make this transition as smooth as possible for everyone involved. There many things to consider when moving, from deciding what to bring with you, to the date of the move, and so much more. Start making these tough decisions as soon as you can, and get what you can out of the way earlier on so you can spend more time organizing and packing.

Choose an Appropriate Time of Year for Everyone

If you have flexibility, and it’s not an urgent move, choosing the best time of year to move your family can avoid several problems in the moving process. The beginning of summer has been proven to be the best time for families to move, as children won’t miss out on school and can spend summer getting used to their new home and neighborhood. Another popular moving time is towards the end of summer. You’ll have the extra time to pack and prepare for the move in the early summer.

Make a List

Writing out all of your moving tasks can be an easy way to keep track of what needs to be done when going through something as big as moving your family into a new space. Many families don’t think of doing this, but it can make it easier for everyone involved in the moving process. Sometimes kids are left in the dark when it comes to what needs to be done in preparation for moving. Keeping your thoughts organized and written out on paper will ensure that you don’t forget important things, and help you to complete tasks in a timely manner.

Choosing the Best Moving Company for You

Moving your whole family to a new home is never easy for anyone involved. By choosing the right moving company, it can make the transition easier. RARE Moving & Storage wants you to choose a company who can meet your needs, and will make the process a good one. At RARE Moving & Storage, we pride ourselves in customer services. We sure know how hard moving can be, and we keep our customers’ needs in mind throug the whole process. We try to make your move as smooth as we possibly can. Give us a call at 617-825-7273 or fill out our contact form to get started with us!

Deciding on a Moving Day

February 21st, 2020

Setting a moving date is stressful. Knowing the date and then planning around it can make you feel rushed and to your whole moving process in many aspects. You shouldn’t randomly choose a date to move. In fact, here are a few factors to consider when you are deciding when to relocate!

Cost: How much you’ll pay for your move is in direct correlation with the date or time of year you choose to move. There are specific days during the year that will be more expensive than others due to a peak in demands for movers. These days can include holidays, weekends, summer months, and beginning and end of months is when moving companies will be at their busiest. Moving during the winter months is the best idea to avoid paying more for your move – although there is always a chance of snow and other temperature issues. 

Your Needs: Along with creating a moving budget, your personal needs are the top factor in choosing a date to move. Are you starting a new job or need to look for one once you get settled? Are there any holidays coming up that I’d like to be able to put my full attention to? These are some basic questions you can ask yourself when deciding what moving day is best for you and your family (if applicable).

Mover Availability: Not only is coming up with a moving date important to figure out for yourself, but it’s important to the moving company you are planning on using. Make sure your desired moving company is available for the time you need them by booking them at least two or three weeks in advance. You might be able to find movers at the last minute, but it’s risky, especially if you need to be out of your old place by a specific date. It’s best to book in advance to know you are all set and have one less thing to worry about during this stressful process.

Rent: If you are currently living in a rented space, make sure to check your contract before setting up a moving date. You might have to need to ask your landlord for permission to leave your apartment, or need to send a month’s notice before completely leaving. Rental contracts tend to have a set period of time where you still hold the lease, so be sure to have your apartment situation squared away with your landlord before picking a date to clear it out.

Planning out everything is one of the keys to having an organized move. Once you figured out a moving date, contact RARE Moving & Storage at (617) 825-7273 for a professional and reliable moving company in the Boston area.

Best Way to Pack a Storage Unit

December 9th, 2019

Storage units can be expensive, so maximizing space in a smaller unit can make a difference. You can keep more in the unit if you can learn to pack your belongings neatly and efficiently!

Size of the Storage Unit

It’s important to consider the size of the unit you want to rent. If you think you’ll need two of them, just opt for a larger one to save money.

Make sure to walk around your home and see what items you are putting in storage, and try to figure out which ones can be stacked or which ones will take up the most space. If you are putting items in storage for a move, try to see which ones the owner of the new home will let you place in the garage or other areas of the house before completely moving in. That way, bigger items won’t have to go in paid storage and take up that space.

Storage Boxes

Make sure to pack strategically. Pick boxes that are roughly the same shape and size as each other. This way, they will be easier to fit in the storage unit. If you don’t get moving boxes, try plastic totes with an actual cover or lid.

If you are looking for free boxes, stop by fast food restaurants and ask for old food boxes and have the manager hold them for you.

Always remember to never pack liquids, chemicals, batteries, food, aerosol cans or sprays, etc., in a storage units. These are usually on the list of items not allowed in a storage unit facility.

Order of Packing the Storage Unit

Packing up a storage unit can seem like playing Tetris. You have to find out what fits where, but always make sure boxes go in the back. Furniture and oddly shaped items go towards the front. If you are using a storage unit for a move, you’ll need the furniture first anyways. Boxes and bins can fit in a car rather than putting them all in a moving truck.

Materials Needed for the Unit

Make sure you keep a step ladder handy, as well as a tape measure. The step ladder can help you stack your boxes, and the tape measure can help you figure out how much space you have to work with. Maximize your space so that you can get your moneys worth!

Contact Us

RARE Moving & Storage is here for all of your moving and storage needs. Contact us today at (617) 825-7273 or fill out our contact form. We look forward to hearing and working with you!

Moving Your Car Across the Country

December 9th, 2019

Once you figure out how to move yourself across the country, you may need to figure out about your car if you aren’t driving it to your new space. Some people even opt for selling their car and getting a new one once they get to their destination, especially if it’s very far. Whatever you choose to do, there are some important things you need to know:

Deciding on Car Shipping

Should you drive your car to your new house, or get it delivered? It all depends on how far you’re willing to drive. If you’re moving somewhere in the same state you’re already in, it’s only logical to drive it yourself. Even if you’re just going to a neighboring state, as well. Shipping a car to a home that is pretty nearby can be a waste of money and an extra cost you don’t need.

States Away

Getting your car shipped states away is very convenient and can save you time and effort. A entirely cross-country move could take days to drive yourself, because of stopping and having to sleep. This can add up – hotel rooms, gas, and food. Sometimes shipping your car is the way to go if you’re really going the distance.

Using a Car Transport Service

Using a car transport company can leave you with peace of mind that your car gets to your destination safe and sound. Car transport companies have experience and professionalism so it’s easy to trust them with your vehicle. They will be able to give you a quote based on your type of vehicle and how far the distance is from point A to point B. Make sure to also read reviews and check out multiple companies before making a final decision.

The Cost

The price of getting a car shipped can vary from anywhere between $400-$500 for short hauls, to around $1,500 for long cross-country moves.

West Coast to East Coast (or vice versa)

The price is generally around $1,200 for a sedan and $1,400 for a pickup truck or SUV

West Coast to Midwest (or vice versa)

The price is generally $800 for a sedan and $900 for a pickup truck or SUV

East Coast to Midwest (or vice versa)

The price is generally around $1,000 for a sedan and $1,200 for a pickup truck or SUV

North to South (or vice versa)

The price is usually around $1,000 for a sedan and $1,200 for a pickup truck or SUV

Contact Us

RARE Moving and Storage can help you figure out your moving needs. Call us today or fill out our contact page!