How to Make Your Summer Move Go Smoothly

June 12th, 2020

Moving in the summer is a common thing to do. With the nice weather and no chance of snow getting in the way of getting from point A to point B, this is the prime moving season. If this is your first summer move, here are some tips to make it go a bit easier for you:

Book your movers in advance

With summer being the most popular time for moving, the best moving companies are likely to get booked. Decide which moving company will fully suit your needs, and get on their schedule well in advance.

Have a yard sale

On a nice weekend, get rid of all of your extra belongings in a yard sale. Try to have the yard sale a few weeks before you have to pack up the moving truck since you might be left with at least a few things that you might not want. If you still have items you want to get rid of, consider donating them.

Pack Efficiently

Make sure that everything is absolutely ready to go on moving day. That means emptying all of your drawers and packing up everything except your essentials so the movers can do their job without having to wait while you rush around. Spreading out your packing over a week or more will help you avoid the night-before shenanigans.

Double Check Before You Pack Up the Moving Truck

There’s a chance that you’ll be packing some heat-sensitive items for your move. If you are moving long-distance or there is a chance that the truck will sit in the sun for an extended period, think of another way of packing sensitive electronics or things like candles that could melt. You should take them in your car, or if you have to pack them in the moving truck, keep them in the cold house and put them in last, labeling the boxes so you can quickly unpack them first when you get to the new place.

Stay Cool and Hydrated

It can be secure in the bustle of moving to neglect to drink enough water and take breaks to cool off. Make sure to use your air conditioning and cool down the house before the movers come, or at least have one cold room where they can take a break if the weather is hot. Try to keep lots of water accessible for everyone to stay hydrated. Don’t let heat stroke to ruin your moving day!

Plan Around Traffic

In the winter, there are weather delays. In the summer, people are traveling nearby for vacation. Plan your move to bypass any weekends or popular vacation weeks, like the end of August, to avoid getting stuck in vacation traffic. If you certainly must move on a weekend and live in a common vacation area, plan to avoid peak traffic times.

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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.

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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.  

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.