Essential Moving Tips For A Winter Move

Snow covered bridge and river in Boston, MA

Fort Point Channel after a snow storm. Boston, MA.

Winter is finally showing its ugly head up here in Boston. We were lucky enough to dodge (most of) the white stuff through January, but it’s still winter in New England, and preparation is key. Winter weather can really throw a wrench into your moving plans. Forecasts change up to and during a storm, so you never really know what you’ll get until moving day. If you find yourself needing to move during winter time, these essential moving tips can help to keep you on the right track for success.

Stay up to date with the forecast

As evidenced with today’s storm, winter weather patterns are very difficult to predict. Just a few days ago, they were expecting very light snow totals in this area, and now they are certain that we will be hit with 8-12″ of fresh powder. If you are planning a move in New England during this time of year, you really need to follow the weather reports as your move approaches. Check in the day and even the night before your move to make sure that there are no major storms coming. If the city declares a state of emergency, you won’t be able to get the move done.

Be prepared to postpone

A heavy snowstorm can wipe out your moving plans. Parking bans, closed roads, and other traffic restrictions would make it impossible to get your move done. It is imperative that you keep backup options available. If you must be out of your place by the end of the month, try to do your move a week (or at least a few days) before that date.

Keep the paths open and clear

You’ll want to make sure that your movers have a clear path from the truck to your door. All snow, ice, and other debris should be fully cleared and treated before the movers arrive. You may need to clear parking for the truck as well. If you are unable to clear snow and ice on your own, you may want to contact your movers to see if they offer any snow or ice removal.

Protect your floors

Even with the snow and ice cleared out, the movers would most likely be walking through wet sand or salt. It is a good idea to set something on the floors to prevent tracking mud and debris through your home. You can set tarps or drop-cloths in a room close to the entry and have all furniture moved into one location. Once the furniture is all inside, you can then begin to move it from there to the other areas of the house. Staging it at the front like this can really help to reduce the dirt spread throughout the house.

 

Do you have any moving tips to help during the winter time? Please leave them in the comments section below!

Parking Permits Are Required When Moving In Boston

The City of Boston has been making sure that all moving trucks have legal parking permits.

The City of Boston has been making sure that all moving trucks have legal parking permits.

Whether you’re moving into Boston, moving out of the city, or going from one neighborhood to another, you need to make parking arrangements for your moving truck on moving day. For most people, that means obtaining Street Occupancy Permits from City Hall in Boston. This year in particular has been very tough to try to get by without a parking permit. Our moving crews have been shuffled away by Boston Police on every move that we’ve attempted without legal parking spots acquired in advance. If you are planning on moving within the City of Boston, these tips will help you make sure that you don’t run into any issues when it comes time to find a parking space for your moving truck.

Who Needs Parking Permits?

It’s actually a little easier to rule out the few people who don’t need to get parking permits. There are basically four exemptions to the rule.

1. Driveway – If your building has a large enough driveway, with plenty of room to turn in and out of, you might not need a permit. You may need to make arrangements with the other tenants or property manager who have access to the driveway as well.

2. Loading Dock – If your building has a loading dock, you will most likely need to schedule a time with your property manager for your moving truck.

3. Commercial Loading Zone – Some buildings will have a designated commercial loading zone. These are not always available for residents to move in or out of a building. Check with your property manager to see if you can have access to the loading zone, and schedule a time if necessary.

4. Parking Lot – If your building has a large parking lot, you may be able to utilize that for your move. Check with your property manager to see if any appointments need to be made.

If you do not have any of those four options available, you will need to get parking permits for your move.

How Do I Obtain Parking Permits?

Parking permits must be acquired in person at City Hall in Boston. Permits need to be obtained at least three business days before your move or they will refuse to issue them to you. If you are unable to obtain permits on your own, Big City Moving Company does offer permit acquisition and posting services. You can request permits now by clicking here.

What Is The Cost For Parking Permits?

Most moving trucks in Boston will require the smallest available parking permit – two consecutive parking spaces. The typical cost for this would be a total of $69 ($61 for the permits plus $8 for the two signs you will need to post). If your permits are for metered parking spaces, the cost would be +$40, or $109 total. Big City Moving Company can obtain and post your permit for you for an additional $75.

What If I Can’t Obtain Permits?

Any time you attempt to do a move in Boston without proper parking arrangements, you are taking a number of risks.

1. Parking violations – Parking without a parking permit leaves you vulnerable to getting hit with parking violations.

2. Wasted time – If you can’t find a parking spot, you may be forced to drive around in circles, waiting for something to open up. You may also not be able to park close, and the added distance between your location and your parking spot will make your move take longer than it needs to.

3. Forced cancellations – In extreme situations, we have been forced to leave a job by the Boston Police Department. They don’t want to have moving trucks double parking, clogging up the streets, potentially putting other motorists in danger. They have been taking this very seriously over the last couple months. As a moving company, if we are forced to cancel because proper parking permits haven’t been arranged, you are still responsible for the minimum charge.

In short – if you are unable to acquire a legal parking space for your truck, you’re taking some potentially costly risks. We strongly urge everybody to do things the right way by obtaining all legal parking spots needed in advance of the move.

Discount Moving Services for Social Media Users

facebookIf you’re in need of some moving service to help with a move, or any home projects you may be working on, you’re in luck! Big City Moving Company is one of Boston’s most trusted, reliable movers. New this spring, they are offering exclusive discounts for people who follow their Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ pages.

Big City Moving Company will be publishing links or articles that will help reveal exclusive discount codes. One of Boston’s most affordable moving companies is helping to keep the cost even lower this spring! Great savings on all moves, twitterwhether residential or commercial, from student housing to full houses.

Big City Moving Company offers anything from simple labor to full-service moving. They can help with packing or unpacking, assembling furniture, arranging furniture and interior design, junk removal, hoisting, and much more! People have called upon Big City Moving when doing home projects such as re-flooring, painting, or other renovation projects. You don’t need to be moving to need a moving company! Our crews are very experienced and can be a tremendous asset for these home projects. google_plus_logo-400x434

These discount moving services will only be available for a limited time. Act today and save money on your move, or other home project!

Tips For Moving To Boston This April

April is here, and with it, the hope of some warmer, spring-like weather. After the record-shattering winter that we had here in Boston, we deserve a little warmth and sunshine. With the great thaw that we are experiencing, many people are finally getting to those home projects. Whether it is picking up new furniture, swapping winter gear for summer stuff in the toolshed or garage, or just planning a move – Big City Moving Company is here to help! If you are planning on moving to Boston this time of year, there are some things that you will need to consider. Don’t fret – we can help! Just read on for some great tips to help your move go as smoothly as possible.

Fenway Park Is Open For Business

The Red Sox will be kicking off home games at Fenway Park starting on Monday, April 13. When the Red Sox are playing at home, it can be difficult to get around that part of the city. There can be heavy traffic, and it can be very difficult to find any parking at all (you can expect to shell out roughly $30 to park in the Fenway neighborhood on game night, if you’re lucky enough to find a spot). If you are able to avoid moving during a home game, it would probably be in your best interest. We recommend taking a look at the 2015 Boston Red Sox schedule and trying to plan around their home games.

Obtaining Parking Permits

If you are planning on moving to Boston at all, you’ll need to consider whether you need parking permits or not. Basically – if you do not have a large enough driveway, or a loading dock, or a commercial loading zone for your building, you will most likely need to obtain a legal parking permit. Without one, you can risk the possibility of very expensive parking violations. You may also not be able to park close to your building, and forcing a longer walk will make your whole move take longer and cost more money.

Permits can be obtained in Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, or Brookline. Each city has its own methods for obtaining and posting permits. If you are moving to any of those cities, we strongly urge you to secure a legal parking spot for your truck prior to your move.

Don’t Blame It On The Rain

We all know that April showers bring May flowers, and that the Mayflower brought pilgrims. April can be one of the wetter months, precipitation-wise, for the Boston area. If you are planning on moving to Boston during this time of year, you’ll want to prepare for some wet weather, just in case. (Personally, we hope that it is a beautiful and sunny April, but you can never be too sure!)

If possible, keep a backup plan handy – Our crews are used to moving in everything from blizzards to heat waves. If you have to do your move on a certain day/time, we can do it for you. However, if you can maintain a little flexibility with your move, you can avoid having to transport your items in the rain.

• Wrap everything – If you do have to do your move on a rainy day, you can help protect your items by wrapping them. Mattress covers and couch covers are great for those respective items. Stretch wrap can be used on pretty much everything to give a layer of plastic between your stuff and the elements.

 Set a ‘Staging Area’ – Setting a staging area in your home can help to prevent tracking mud and dirt throughout your home. Whoever is moving stuff for you is going to have to put items from the truck into your home. If you have space, you can stage your areas in the room nearest to your door, and that way the movers will not have to walk through your home with dirty feet. Once enough items are inside, they can then clean off their shoes or boots and bring everything where it needs to go. This can dramatically reduce the amount of dirt and debris that could get tracked through your home.  

Tips For Moving To Boston This January

Moving during the harsh New England winter can be tough. Luckily, we had a reasonably mild December, but there is snow and brutally cold weather on the horizon. If you are moving to Boston (or the surrounding area) this January, there are some things that you need to do! This handy guide will help get you on the right track to a successful move.

Keep Things Flexible

One of the most important rules to follow when planning a winter-time move to New England – you must be flexible! Trying to hold steadfast to deadlines and moving dates, faced with unpredictable weather, can be a recipe for disaster. You should always have a backup plan available just in case things get nasty on you.

Get Your Moving Permits

If you’re moving to Boston (or one of the other cities that requires permits: Cambridge, Brookline, or Somerville) – it is very important to obtain your parking permits. Once the snow starts to pile up, parking becomes a premium for everybody. Reserving your own spot is going to save a lot of stress and make things easier and faster for you during your move.

Prepare For The Worst

Our recent article, Cold Weather Moving Tips, has some great advice on how to properly prepare for a move during the winter. Make sure you’re wearing the right gear, and that you have properly cleared all of the necessary walkways.

 

BBB Accredited Movers For Six Years (and Counting)

BBB Accredited Movers For Six Years

Big City Moving Company is celebrating six years of accreditation with the Better Business Bureau this week! Through our steadfast commitment to customer service and providing a great product, we have maintained and excellent rapport with the BBB and with our clients. In fact, Big City Moving remains one of the few A+ Rated Movers in the Boston area.

Why Does It Matter? 

To us, being BBB Accredited movers means that we are committed to our customer. We will do everything within our power to provide the best product to our clients. If any issues do arise, we act fast to find a resolution to keep our customers happy. Having the seal of the BBB to back us is a reminder that our reputation is in you (our clients) hands. We believe that we can and will provide the best service possible.

Although we have been in business longer than six years, we feel like this is a huge milestone for our company. As a younger company, there can be a sharp learning curve. Some mistakes needed to happen in order to better ourselves and figure out what it takes to provide the best service. We got accredited to show that we are a “Better Business” and that we have excellent business practices. We aren’t afraid for people to look in at our company and learn more about us, because we believe that people will be very happy with what they learn about us.

What Does It Mean For You? 

Discount time! Just because we are so excited about our six years with the Better Business Bureau – we will take $6 off of the rates for all of our services! Just mention code BBB-6 to apply the discount to your move!

Moving To Cambridge, MA? Read This First!

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Are you moving to Cambridge, Massachusetts? If so, then you came to the right place. We have just updated our ongoing series, The Ultimate Guide For Moving To Boston, with an entry specifically for Cambridge.

Although Big City Moving Company is technically a Boston company, with our primary location in Allston, we do more jobs in Cambridge, MA than in any other city. Cambridge is home to wonderful homes for young professionals, students, and families alike. It is also a great place to run a business, with a booming industrial area and plenty of great locations for storefronts, restaurants, bars, offices, and much more.

If you’re planning on moving to Cambridge, you should start with this entry here!

The Ultimate Guide For Moving To Cambridge

Moving Your Home Based Business Seamlessly

For those that work from home managing a business, the move to a new house can create a bit of stress. Often times business owners will misplace an important document or much needed supplies that can hinder continued practices. If you’re selling products from home using an eCommerce site, losing inventory could lose a sale. How do you go about moving your home-based business efficiently allowing you to quickly get back to work once the last box is unpacked?

1. Categorize the Packing – Keep your business functionality separated. This means you don’t want to pack eCommerce inventory items with random stuff. It could make for a confusing search if you sell something you can’t find. Keep the desk items together, files in a separate box and other tools in their own area.

2. Inventory the Boxes – When you begin packing your boxes, create a list of the inventory within each. Even if the item is as small as a pen, you’ll never know what you may need immediately. While some people may write this list onto the box itself, others will put the inventory in a notebook. Either of these methods can be ideal to keep you informed of what you have.

3. Loading the Truck – If your business is still active during the move, you want to load those boxes last. This will allow you to keep them in an area that is easy to get to in the event you need a file, information or product. This will help keep you efficient when moving.

4. Unloading the Truck – Since the business boxes were added last, they should be the first thing to be unloaded. Place these near the door or other inconspicuous place that is easy to get to in the event you need to get into them. You don’t want to bury these boxes under all of the others and/or furniture that you are unloading from the truck.

5. Backing Up Important Files – If you have a home-based business, you may have files that you need access to continuously. Using free backup services such as iDrive, you can synchronize online folders and save those important documents in the Cloud. This means you can have access to those files from your smartphone or tablet without setting up your computer in the event you need them for a client.

6. Office Equipment Completely Separate – Another method of remaining efficient while moving is to transport your home business equipment and supplies prior to the move. You could essentially have your business up and running in the new location before loading personal belongings onto the truck.

7. Addresses – If you use social media or shipping methods for your home-based business, don’t forget to change the addresses of your online and offline accounts. This can make a great difference in your future marketing practices as many tools and information are available to you depending on your location.

While many of these ideas may seem like common knowledge, home based business owners tend to forget the essentials. Whether it is due to the time constraints of a move or the stress of making sure everything is packed up, sometimes things can easily slip the mind. Try to keep focused when it comes to moving your business. You could save yourself lost income if everything is in its proper place.

Ken Myers is a father, husband, and entrepreneur. He has combined his passion for helping families find in-home care with his experience to build a business. Learn more about him by visiting @KenneyMyers on Twitter.

Tips For Moving To Boston This Spring

Spring time in Boston might be the best time of the year. As the temperatures rise, you can expect to see the city come out of it’s cold winter thaw; sailboats soaking up the sun on the Charles, Landsdowne Street coming alive when our World Champion Boston Red Sox are in town, patio decks filling up with people enjoying the weather… it really is a great time to be in Boston. It can also be a great time to plan your move, as long as you follow a few key rules.

1. Obtain a legal parking space

As the city springs to life, it can just get tougher and tougher to find a good parking space. If you’re in a moving truck, it’s only worse. Make sure you do whatever you have to do to secure a parking space for your move. If you’re moving to a place with a commercial loading zone, or loading dock, you will most likely need to make a reservation for your moving date and time. If you have a driveway, you should be in the clear, as long as it is wide enough and doesn’t have low hanging branches or wires that the truck might hit. For everyone else, you’re going to want to obtain a parking permit from City Hall. Permits must be obtained at least three days before your move, so plan accordingly.

2. Try to avoid major events

Patriots Day sounds like a great day to do your moving. It’s a Monday that a lot of people don’t have to work. However, with the Boston Marathon taking place on that day, getting around anywhere from Boston all the way out to Framingham can really be tough. We would recommend getting your moving done by the Sunday before that, and you can utilize the day off to do some unpacking or other tasks relating to your move, that don’t involve driving!

Aside from Marathon Monday, you really should check to make sure there aren’t any other major events. With the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup playoffs, you can expect it to be difficult to get around the North End whenever there is a home game. And now that the Red Sox are in full swing, you know that the Fenway area is going to be tough to get through whenever they’re at home. If you’re moving near either of these places, you’ll want to try to avoid doing your move whenever there is a game at home.

3. Be prepared for all kinds of weather

We’re now just about one month into spring, and we’ve already seen the weather run the gamut. We’ve had days pushing 80° without a cloud in the sky, we’ve had lots of torrential downpours, and we’ve even had some freezing rain and snow. You most likely won’t know what the weather will be like when you’re planning out your move, so it’s a good idea to have some plans in case we’re facing some dirty wet stuff. You might want to consider some Masonite Floor Protection, or even have a backup day just in case it’s really bad. Our movers will go out in just about any weather conditions, but movers can’t be held responsible if any damages occur due to exposure to rain.

5 Things to Do Before You Move

You definitely don’t want to forget something during a move. WomentoWomen.com reports chronic stress can change the hippocampus in your brain and affect memory, and moving is definitely stressful. Whether you move across town or across the country, consider five things you don’t want to forget as you move:

Transfer Medical Records

After you catch the flu or while your pet has a seizure, is not the best time to realize that you’ve never transferred medical records. At least a month before the move, choose a new primary care physician, pediatrician, dentist, OB/GYN, and veterinarian. The Medical Board of California advises patients to ask their new doctor to request all previous records.

You won’t have control over how fast your previous doctor sends the records, but you typically won’t pay for records transferred among doctors. After transferring records, remember to write down your new doctor’s address and phone number and share relevant information with your babysitter, school and others who provide care for your family.

Dig Up Plants

Leaving behind the flowers your kids gave you for Mother’s Day is heartbreaking, so take them with you. If possible, follow University of Vermont’s guidelines, and wait until your flowers are finished blooming. Then, snip off the leaves, and dig up the plants. Ideally, perennials can be planted immediately in your new home. For best bulb results, replant daffodil bulbs within three weeks. Wrap tulips, irises and dahlia in a paper bag, and store them in a cool place before planting irises and tulips between July and October and dahlias in the spring.

Turn Over Home Accessories

How many friends, neighbors and family members have a spare key to your old home? The new homeowners may change the locks, but you’ll still feel more peaceful if you gather all those spare keys. Remember to turn over the garage door opener, too, and any keys to outbuildings, sheds or interior doors. These items are important features of your old home, and the new owners will want them. Trash old, decrepit coat hangers, fans, lamps and other eye sores. You can always find these items when you get to where you’re going. There are places like Interior-Deluxe.com where you can purchase modern light fixtures and have them shipped to your home.

Visit Local Businesses

Don’t forget to visit your dry cleaner and pick up your laundry before you move. While you’re in town, return books and videos to the library or your kid’s school, and cancel your newspaper subscription.

You’ll also want to change your address at the post office and arrange for mail forwarding. You face a huge library fine if you forget to return library books, but your identity is in jeopardy if the new owners of your home misuse utility bills or credit card offers with your personal info printed on them. You don’t need that hassle, so learn facts about identity theft, and take action to protect yourself before your move.

Gather Contacts

You may have a photographic memory and never need to look up a friend’s phone number, but as chronic stress affects your memory as you move, it can also make you forget things such as names, phone numbers and emails. Store all those contacts in a folder in your phone or on paper. Then, when you need to call a former neighbor or catch up with a yoga friend, you already have the number, and can stay connected after you move.