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

What Should Be In My Pockets While Moving Home?

What Should Be In My Pockets While Moving HomeWhen you are moving home, there is a great deal of planning involved. After liaising with removals teams and estate agents, finding the right plan can
often be tricky. Figuring out what you need to do to move home can often be a stressful time and many people wonder what they should be wearing, driving
and doing during a move. But this article will focus on something a little closer to home. What can you have in your pockets in order to enjoy the most
efficient move possible? Read on to find out how to properly kit out your pockets for moving day, and how these changes can help you.

Perhaps the most ubiquitous item when it comes to modern pockets is the phone. Having a mobile phone about your person at all times can provide you with
everything you need. It means that you can be contacted, that you can contact people. It means that you can look up maps and directions, and have access to
your email at all times. While everyone has a phone, not everyone carries them in their pocket. On moving day, taking the phone out of the bag and keeping
it nearby could be the best solution. Watch out during physical activity, however, and make sure
not to let it get damaged. A protective case might be useful.

One of the best tools to use in order to make sure that your house removals experience is as smooth and as efficient as possible is the creation and use of
a moving list. As a detailed itinerary of everything that will happen on moving day, the list can help you keep on top of everything, as well as informing
you of all those little details which you might otherwise have forgotten. Taking the time to not only create your moving list but to stick by it is often
the first step towards an excellent move. As such, keeping it in your pocket allows for easy reference at all times and can mean that the most important
information is never more than a pocket away.

It might seem obvious to say, but one of the most important things to keep about your person is your wallet. In all the upheaval, having access to your
money and cards at all times could be vital. It is also one of the most forgotten items during a move. Packing it away in a box can mean it is difficult to
find in a pinch, while putting it down somewhere safe means you might forget about it. Plus, having the wallet in your pocket means that you are able to
pay for the pizza which gets delivered at the end of a long and difficult day.

When moving home, there are often two sets of keys which you need to be concerned about. In day to day life, it is not uncommon to have your keys wife you
at all times. During a move however, it is easy to forget that there are two pairs that you need to think about. Making sure to have the keys to the new
property with you means that you never need to worry about not being able to access the new home. Likewise, remembering to leave your set of keys behind
for the next occupants can be vital. So in some instances, it is not what is in your pocket, but what you must remember to leave behind.

Because the typical removals outfit amounts of jeans and a t shirt, finding the pocket space for those important items is as easy as it is important.

How to Package Fragile Items

How to package fragile items

Over the course of life, most people acquire precious or valuable or fragile items. They look beautiful on display and may well be a joy to own, however
when it comes to transporting them for whatever reason, they will almost certainly be among your most difficult possessions. Read on for our handy tips on
how best to protect your items, and the various things that you should consider when you decide how best to package your items.

Firstly, if you can, you should make sure to fill delicate items with Styrofoam particles. If you don’t have any Styrofoam particles then do remember that
old newspaper can work just as well. In addition, don’t forget that extra padding can come from bags of ‘soft stuff’, i.e. toys, clothes, bedding, rather
than you having to buy expensive protective material.

Using large bubble wrap, wrap each item up carefully, making sure that it is in a condition to be used safely if you are re-using old bubble wrap. If you
are packaging crockery, such as plates, salad bowls, saucers or soup bowls, etc. – anything that could shatter – they should be packed very carefully and
placed on their sides. It is important not to put them flat on top of each other, as one slight knock could shatter all of the plates. They must always
travel on their ends. Whichever ones go in the same box should ideally be taped together to reduce the risk of damage during transit. If you are
transporting vases, cups or a circular item, you must always lie them on their side once you have used Styrofoam as protection if appropriate and wrapping them in some more of the large bubble wrap.
Ensure that everything is thoroughly protected with Styrofoam if you can around these bubble wrapped items. Once done, tape similar items together inside
separate boxes, again bearing in mind if you do so that the chances of them breaking will be vastly reduced if you add as much extra packaging as you can.

Be careful of giving less than full consideration to your method of packing. For example, it is important to realise that once things are packed as tightly
as possible in one box, then the box itself should also be wrapped in some more large bubble wrap and subsequently be placed inside yet another box with a
good few inches of packaging all around it.

The type of packaging is less important than you may think; many people pack using solely newspaper for their needs, as mentioned earlier. However if you
plan to do this, it is worth noting that newspaper is heavier than Styrofoam so your shipping costs will increase. It is worth noting that different
services have different requirements.

Remember to line your boxes to protect the items as well as wrapping them. Again, bubble wrap or newspaper can be used. Then place as many objects in their
wrapping into the box as you can – maximum items means minimal space for them to rattle around and potentially break. And once you are certain that your
boxes are filled to safe capacity then seal them thoroughly so that no damage can be caused to the contents.

Moving a Relative to a Nursing Home

Moving a Relative to a Nursing HomeFor many it is a difficult time when you have to make the decision to move a relative into a Nursing Home. It may also be a difficult time for the relative
who is being moved for, though it is clear they need to be cared for more closely and you are making the right decision in moving them, they may feel very
anxious at the thought of being confronted with so much change at this late stage in their life – especially when they are already vulnerable. Obviously,
you will be treating this move with nothing but sensitivity and close personal attention but here are some little tips that you might find helpful in
thinking about the specifics of their new space and some general points.

Ask for help:

The Nursing Home will be able to provide guidance on exactly what they provide and the things that they advise you to bring with you for the move. Make
sure that you are fully aware of their policies and exactly how many home comforts they will allow into your relative’s new room. For example it might be really lovely to dress your relative’s bed in some linen from home and maybe
bring some of their own pillows but you don’t want to be overstepping the mark in terms of the infection control measures in place at the home. You would
be best to check and then either have the linen and bedding cleaned to the appropriate standards or ask the home how they would recommend you make sure
everything is appropriate. You don’t to add unnecessary pressure to moving day by arriving unprepared.

Don’t think of it as a house move:

In terms of actual furniture, the chances that you have to bring anything from your relative’s current home are unlikely as it is more than likely they
will be moving into a place that is already furnished. If possible try to visit first and make sure that all the necessaries are there and make a note of
any additions you will need. When a relative is moved into a nursing home, it is unlikely they will be returning to their previous home so it is the
perfect opportunity for a house clearance. In fact, the house clearance may well not be an option if you are selling the previous home. Divvy up the things
your relative will not want with them and then perhaps try to sell the other possessions to help pay for the nursing home.

Surround but don’t smother:

In this new room make sure you surround your relative with pictures and mementos that make it clear just how loved this relative is. Photos of family and
friends, including those who aren’t here anymore are lovely but make sure you’re tasteful about it. You don’t to surround your relative with so many
pictures and reminders of things they can no longer be a part of that their new room becomes unpleasant to them. As many pictures or special ornaments as
they had in their bedroom in the old house are probably a good indication of what they are used to and how they feel about decoration.

The most important thing is treating the whole move with sensitivity and positivity. This move is the best thing for all involved parties and it should
therefore be treated without regret and with the necessary excitement and optimism.


Make Your Moving Process Easy with Recyclable Corrugated Boxes

Relocation is never an easy task. Whether you are moving your home or office, there are many parts to the process that make difficult. Aside from packing and unpacking, you have to make sure you are organized; otherwise, you mights lose some stuff or forget to pack some things. However, using recyclable corrugated boxes can make the relocation process easier. If you want to know why you should use these boxes and how you can make the moving process easy, keep reading.

Why Use Recycled Corrugated Boxes

Many companies sell special “moving boxes” and sometimes at a premium price. There are some benefits to certain types of boxes, like boxes with cell packaging (which is great for wine glasses and other breakables) or garment boxes) which have a hanger rod so you don’t have to fold and unfold you clothes or risk them getting wrinkled during the move). However, for general packing purposes, like clothes or knickknacks, you should consider recycled corrugated boxes. These boxes can be cheaper than these special moving boxes and can be just as strong or stronger than these boxes and give extra protection.

Another reason to use recyclable corrugated boxes would be because it’s very eco-friendly. Many manufacturers cut down acres of virgin forest to make their boxes, which people usually throw away anyway after they use the boxes. By using recycled boxes, especially made of 100% post-consumer recycled materials, you are doing your part in helping the environment. You can save trees from being cut down and lower carbon emissions from manufacturing new boxes. After you use the boxes, try to reuse them or bring them to  the nearest recycling center, as these boxes can still be recycled, which again is good for Mother Earth.

Using Recyclable Corrugated Boxes

Using recyclable corrugated boxes is just like using any type of box. Ideally, you should first evenly distribute your items. While it makes sense to put things together, you may want to rethink about the distribution of items. For example, you want to put your books together in the same box, but try to mix heavy and lighter books in the same box. You can put paperback books with hardbound books in the same box, for example.

Recyclable corrugated boxes

Next, you should pack room by room and unpack the same way. One problem many people have with packing and unpacking is that they end up not finishing the job (and scrambling last minute or having half-open boxes months after they leave) because they get distracted or suddenly remember something to do or pack in the other room. Set aside time to pack each room individually. Pack up a room and don’t move on until you finish. Also, don’t forget to label each box. Write down the general contents of the box, as well as which room it belongs in so the movers can put it in the right place.

With these tips, you can properly make use of recyclable corrugated boxes. Using these types of boxes can help make moving easier, but also save the environment and save you some money.

Documenting the Move


Documenting The Move

One of the biggest problems you might find yourself having when you get to the new house is not quite knowing where everything is or how it got there.  Another problem is that of potential removals breakages or mishandling resulting in the damage of your property.  And if you can’t prove that you were not at fault in allowing this to happen then you could end up paying for replacements and the actual perpetrators walking away completely free of any associated guilt.


The way to combat these potential moving problems would be to make sure you fully document each part of your move so that you have evidence should you need it against damages and, for yourself, you know what order things went into the lorry and what was in each box and hopefully this will keep moving losses to an absolute minimum.


Photo: The digital camera is, here an invaluable tool, quite apart from the fact that you can get a digital camera on pretty much everything so that you’re less likely to need to invest or lose something, digital cameras mean that the pictures are the

re straight away to browse at your leisure and in great quality.


The advice would probably be to photograph each of your valuables before it’s packed so that all parties have evidence of any existing imperfections, then photograph it packed so that all parties have evidence of all the correct precautions and procedures being followed and finally photograph it unpacked at the other end so that you can compare the before and after photos and see if there are any problems.  You might also want to photograph the lorry or van being packed at its different stages so that you can be sure of where everything is.  This would probably be less of a problem if you are using a removals company as they may provide an inventory or, as they will be packing and emptying the lorry themselves, you don’t need to worry about the same things going out as came in.



Lists: The notion of pen and paper might seem massively outdated but it’s one of those traditions that hopefully is not going anywhere soon.  Lists are one of the reasons that pen and paper isn’t going anywhere because it allows you to deposit different lists in different boxes.  By making a list of what is going into each box then you provide yourself with an incredibly detailed inventory.  The outside of the box would obviously be labelled with the room but once it’s inside that room and you might need to get something in a hurry or just know where to start with your packing then a list of the contents of that box will be extremely helpful.


One thing to remember here is keeping your pad and pen, camera and camera charger in your handbag or the bag of

essentials that you’ll be taking with you.  You don’t know what you might end up needing to write.  You don’t want to be in a position either where you are at the new house, you get out the camera to compare your before and after pictures and discover that actually the camera has died and the charger is in, no one knows which box.

Safe, Successful and Satisfying Furniture Moving


moving furniture safely

In your home and office, getting everything in its proper place is important. You will have to arrange all of your goods so that they are in places that complement and fit them, look good, don’t obstruct anything, allow you to access them easily, match with the rest of the room and so on. This cannot be achieved quickly and will occur over several trials and errors until you get the arrangement of the room to your liking. This can be a fun, frustrating, prolonged and rewarding experience, with the most difficult aspect being rearranging furniture. In a home or office there will be tables, desks, cupboards, sofas, cabinets and more and each can be difficult and dangerous to move from one place to another. When you are moving home you will not openly find yourself needing to rearrange your furniture within your new room but according it inside, from and on the transport vehicle and from your old address. This will include needing to get it through doors, up and owns stairs and because you are moving it so far and for so long, each item can be in danger of damage. If you are about to move home and want the removal and arrangement of your furniture to be successful and safe then read on.


The first step to make the entire process easier is to reduce the work you have to do. Moving into a new abode can be the opportunity to revaluate your style so you can take the opportunity to but new furniture and have it delivered straight to your home. You should dispose of, sell or donate your old furniture so you don’t have to transport any at all, cutting put all the work and living you new fixings to boot.


Before you begin shifting furniture, you should research it extensively. It can be a tough job so you should know all the precautions and techniques necessary to complete it. See what materials you will need, what things you have to do to keep you and your goods safe. You should look into the transport you use at this point, ensuring you have transport available tight can container everything securely. You may need several vehicles and or the help of professional moving firms so you should ask friends, relatives and look into different firms.


When all this is sorted, you should start to guarantee that your goods will be safe. This will involve using various materials to wrap up your goods, such as cloth, bubble and old sheets. These will keep everything clean and they can protect against dents and scratches. When considering all this you should take into account other items that might be necessary for moving your goods such as ropes and pullies.


With all of this done, you can finally begin to move things. Before lifting any item you should asses how many people will be needed to carry it, if any loose parts can be removed, that any contents are emptied, the route it will be taken through is clear and those involved know the course. This will cut down on problems, as will taking time to move it. Make sure the vehicle is waiting when you are taking it out and you keno where everything is going in your new home or office.


It’s important to remember that a removal firm can handle all of this for you and that storage can be useful, so bear all this in mind for a safe, successful and satisfying move.

When Should You Get A Parking Permit For Your Move?

J.S. submitted the following question:

I am moving from Allston to Back Bay. Will I get a ticket if I don’t get a moving permit for either location? I am planning on starting the move around 9am on a Saturday. 

In short, you’re going to want to obtain parking permits for this move. A parking permit will reserve the best possible parking space for the truck on your move, which will reduce the move time. There will be no wasted time searching for a parking spot, which will also reduce the time. Obtaining a permit will also help eliminate the risk of a parking violation, which can be quite costly for a commercial moving truck.

If you’re planning a move in Boston, there’s only a few scenarios where we would not recommend getting a parking permit for the move:

Driveway – if you have your own driveway that can accommodate a large moving truck, no permit will be necessary. Be sure to measure out all three dimensions – a lot of people overlook the height issue, but a low hanging wire or branch can prevent you from parking the moving truck in the driveway.

Parking Lot – If your building has it’s own parking lot, you might not have to get a permit. You should check in with the property manager and find out if you are allowed to park the truck in the lot, and make a reservation if necessary. Some parking lots are not made for a large truck, so be sure to check with the property manager in advance.

Loading Dock – If your building has a loading dock, you should not need a parking permit. In most cases, the loading dock will need to be reserved in advance, so make sure you reach out to a property manager well in advance of the move.

Commercial Loading Zone – In some rare cases, a building will have its own commercial loading zone available to tenants. Find out if this space needs to be reserved in advance so you can decide if you can use that, or if you’d be better off getting a parking permit.

Other than those (somewhat rare) scenarios, we always suggest obtaining a parking permit for your move. If you need help, Big City Moving Co. can help obtain permits for Boston (all neighborhoods), Cambridge, Somerville, & Brookline. There’s also The Permit Guy or Permit Puller, who can be hired to obtain permits in the Greater Boston area as well.

Thank you, J.S., for submitting a question! We appreciate the chance to answer all your moving questions right here on our blog. To submit your own question, click here

Tricks To Experience A More Stress-Free Move

Coldwell Banker’s ‘Best Places to Live for Social Seekers’ lists Manhattan, San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles and Seattle as the top five places to live based on nightlife, entertainment and cultural experiences. Whether you are married and relocating for family and job responsibilities or single and looking for a city with a lively nightlife, moving can be a hassle. No matter the age bracket or social scene you find yourself in, here are four tricks that will help you have a stress-free move.

Time to Downsize

This is the perfect time to get rid of some extra baggage you’ve been carrying around with you. Eliminate things you haven’t used in a while, clothes that may not work in your new climate and stuff that just doesn’t make sense to take. If there are items you are unwilling to part with, use a self storage unit to store your things until you find a place for them. Storage facilities are great options if you haven’t found a permanent residence yet and are renting a furnished place until you get acclimated to the city.

Moving Your Pets to Your New Home

When moving to a new city, you want to make sure your pets will have everything they need. Remember to bring food, toys, medications and bedding along for the journey to your new city. Make sure they have all of their current shots and are wearing proper dog tags that identify them and have your new contact information visible.

Take Your Plants With You

You don’t have to leave your house plants when you move. Take them with you to spruce up your new digs. Contact a local nursery for some tips on the best way to transport them safely. One tip for a successful plant move is to secure the base of the plant’s pot by covering it completely with a plastic garbage bag and then tying it around the stem or stalk to secure it.

Research Your New City

The Internet is the perfect place to scope out your new city. You can find places to live, things to do, job opportunities, information on utilities and more. You can also see what others are saying about the area and find out what part of town you may want to live in that is close to the activities you like most.

Moving to a new city can be an exciting adventure and can provide you a great start to a brand new life of doing all of the things you love most.

Thanks to guest blogger Ashley White! Ashley is a blogger and self-described HGTV addict. She scours antique and resale shops for goodies to fill her family’s eclectic home in upstate New York.

How To Avoid Getting Depressed During Your Move

Moving to a new home is the start of a new phase in your life. By all logical reasoning, it should be an exciting experience. However, moving to a new place also means leaving the old home behind, and with that you also leave friends, neighbours, an established community identity and so much more behind. Sometimes, the move itself might not be caused by a happy, positive event.

In any case, it is not entirely unheard of to find yourself feeling depressed and under the weather during and after a house move. To help you cope with these worrying feelings, here is a list of some fantastic mood-boosting tips that will help you focus on the positive side of things and make the most of house removals experience.

The first tip is the simplest, and yet the most effective: be positive and focus on the good things. Whether the reason behind the move is a positive one or not, as long as you put your mind to it, you can easily transform the change into something happy and uplifting. You have to focus on the good parts about the move and look at all the ways in which you stand to benefit from it. Even the smallest things count, so make sure you’re grateful for all that this new place is going to mean to you!

Spend time exploring the neighbourhood. One of the best things about living in a place for long is the familiarity that comes with it. Now, when you’re in a new home, you no longer have your favourite haunts to rush to. However, instead of looking at this like it is a sad thing, look at it like an adventure: you get to discover new treasures and make new choices! Take a walk in your new neighbourhood, plan a trip to the local marketplace and plan an outing to the local picnic spots. These are fun ways to find out more about your new neighbourhood and have a great time doing so.

Focus on building new relationships. One of the most heartbreaking aspects of moving to a new home is that you have to leave your old friends and neighbours behind. Instead of focusing all your attention on the losses you experience, put your energy into making new friends. Visit your neighbours, host a get-together once you’ve settled in properly and make it a point to stop and chat with people. Very soon you’ll find yourself enjoying the company of new people and the loss will hurt much less. You can always stay in touch with and visit your old friends and neighbours too, but don’t pass the opportunity to build new bonds!

Sign up for different services and activities in your new locality. If you’re a bookworm, head to the library to get a card made and start issuing some good reads. If you are a fitness buff, find a gym or a sports complex in your locality and spend some time on getting in shape. If you’d like to get involved in a charity, locate an NGO or a charity institution and start volunteering your services and time. Doing these things will not only help you stave off the depressing effects of moving to a new place, but they will also quickly set you on your way to becoming an active, engaged and happy member of the new society and neighbourhood.