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!

Save On Boston Moving Services This Fall With Our New Promo!

autumn in BostonToday is officially the first day of Autumn 2015, and we have been loving the cooler, drier weather. The summer vacations have turned to memories, and the college classes are filled with students once again. Here at Big City Moving Company, we would like to take this opportunity to begin a whole new promotional campaign to usher in the changing weather.

Beginning today, September 23, you can use the promo code “FALL5” to save 5% off the cost of your move. This promo will combo with other promotional offers that we have (repeat customer, student moving, etc), so it is a great opportunity for you to get the best rates of the whole year.

Big City Moving Company has been providing moving services to the Boston area for over ten years now. We have maintained an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau and we have great reviews on numerous trusted websites. A large portion of our business comes from repeat customers, as well as people that are referred by our customers. We believe this speaks volumes about the quality of service that we provide to our customers.

If you are planning on moving to, from, or near the Boston area this fall, take the opportunity to experience A+ service for the lowest rates available all year. Fill out an estimate request or give us a call at (617) 209-9226 to get information about our services or to book a move. Remember to mention the promo code “FALL5” to receive your discount!

Parking Permits For Moving In Boston Now Available Online!

The process of obtaining parking permits for your move in Boston has gotten a bit simpler today. For the first time, residents of Boston are able to obtain single-day moving permits through the City of Boston Website. As always, there are certain guidelines that must be followed, but this should make your permit acquisition easier, and you can save the money that it costs to hire a service (like our own) to do this.

To be eligible for online permits, you must be getting single day moving truck permits, and it must be 2-4 weeks in advance of your move. If your move is in less than two weeks, you must still obtain your permits in person at City Hall. The permits are also not available for the North End, and for certain streets and areas (such as Park Drive).

That means that all of you looking for help with permits on September 1 can apply today and save yourself the trip to City Hall (or possible posting fees of hiring somebody). There are lots of people moving in Boston this busy summer, and this should alleviate some pressure for a lot of them.

Parking permits have been a requirement for parking a moving truck on-street in Boston. Up until now, if you wanted to obtain your permit for a move, you would have to go to City Hall in person, or at least hire a person or company who would be willing to make the trip for you. Online permits have been available in Cambridge, Brookline, and Somerville for some time now, and it is a great step forward to see Boston finally streamlining this process for its residents.

If you have a move scheduled and it is at least two weeks away, you can use this simple online application to obtain your permit. And if you’re still looking for movers for your August 31-September 1 move, Big City Moving Company has limited appointments remaining. Contact us today to secure your appointment for the busiest moving week of the year in the city of Boston.

For more great information about this new policy, check out this article by Sanjay Salomon over at Boston.com.

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.

Winter Moving In Boston – 3 Tips To Help You Deal With The Snow

It looks like the snow is finally here. We saw the first glimpses of Boston snow for 2012 when we looked out the windows this morning. While we didn’t get very much, we know that it will surely be a harbinger for what New England’s winter will offer us this season. Now, before we get snowed in – we’re going to offer you a few tips on how to deal with the snow when you’re planning your move.

There are two incredibly important things that everyone needs to do when you’re moving in the wintertime. One is to stay as flexible as possible. Try to pick a few days together that could work for your move. If there is a blizzard and the conditions just will not allow for moving, you’ll be glad that you have a plan to fall back on.

The other incredibly important thing to do is to prepare for the weather. How can you prepare for the weather? Just follow these tips!

1. Keep your shovels, rock-salt, snow blowers, and winter attire accessible

This is especially important before the first big snowfall. Usually, if it’s not snowing, we keep our snow gear in the basement, in the back of the garage, in a shed, or in some other place that it can be stored until it is needed. Make sure that you can easily get to these things that you need during a snow storm, if you have to. You don’t want to be caught off-guard when the snow falls, and taking these preliminary measures will save you a lot of stress and frustration when the white stuff starts piling up.

2. Use waterproof, non-slip boots 

If it is snowing on the day of your move, you definitely want to play it safe. It can be incredibly dangerous to walk down a slightly icy moving ramp, or onto stairs or a walkway that hasn’t been completely cleared (or has had fresh snow fallen on top of it once it had been cleared). Waterproof boots will keep your socks and feet dryer, warmer, and overall more comfortable, so that you will be prepared to move for as long as you need to. Try to ensure that your boots are non-slip and have great traction. Slipping can be bad enough when you’re just walking, but if you’re lifting a refrigerator or a heavy piece of furniture, you can really hurt yourself or the items being moved.

3. Protect your floors

Usually, those boots that are great for moving outside in the harsh weather can be not-so-great for moving inside the house. The thicker treads, while necessary for keeping your footing through snow and ice, tend to pack a lot of snow, dirt, and debris in them, and will easily track it throughout your house.

We recommend using Builder Board for the floors (great for carpets, hardwood floor, tiles, and more), and something a little more pliable for the stairs. (There are different products available depending on what the stairs are made of. If you would like to know the ideal protection, just send us a quick message and we’ll help you find it.) Make sure you get an appropriate tape for the board as well. Usually blue painter’s tape works well, as it does not leave an adhesive residue behind.

One thing to keep in mind with the floor protection is that it will be temporary. It can complicate the move a little bit, but you need to designate paths with the Builder Board. This means that you might want to have your movers bring everything into a frontal “landing area” before distributing your belongings throughout the house. That way, they can get all of the items into the house using the paths created, clean off their boots, and then proceed to move the items to their proper locations without tracking debris around your house.