Where To Park A Moving Truck If You’re Moving To Boston

From the beginning of time, man has fought to move where he must live!

Planning a move to Boston (or moving from Boston) is going to have a number of complications that will need to be figured out. One pertinent task that must be tackled is determining the proper place to park a moving truck while you are loading or unloading your belongings. Depending on your location, you may need to obtain permits, reserve a loading space, or just clear the time with other tenants. Whatever situation you may find yourself in, today’s post is all about helping you legally and safely park your moving truck on moving day.

When Do You Need Parking Permits?

The City of Boston offers parking permits for moving trucks. Street occupancy permits reserve a specific length of parking for a specific day (sometimes a range of dates). Permits need to be obtained at least three days prior to your move (in person at City Hall), or 2-4 weeks prior to your move through the City of Boston website; it is imperative that you seek out the permit on time if you should need one.

Anytime that you need to park a moving truck (or van) on a street in Boston (any Boston neighborhood), you are going to want to seek out permits. Permits will do two main things for you; first, it reserves your parking space so you don’t have to worry about where you need to park, and second, it will prevent you from getting potentially expensive parking violations. If another car is in your reserved parking space, you just call BPD and they will attempt to contact the owner or have the car towed, if necessary.

The typical fee for parking permits is $69, but that could change if you have a particularly large truck, or if you need parking on consecutive days, or if there are parking meters (which are bought out for $20/day/meter).

What If You Have A Driveway?

If your house has a driveway, there is a good chance that you will not need to get parking permits for the truck. It is important that your driveway has ample clearance for whatever moving vehicle you may be using; often times a large box truck or tractor/trailer is simply not going to be able to get into a very narrow driveway, or one with branches or other objects hanging <13′ high. If you are uncertain whether your driveway will be sufficient, you can consult with a moving expert to get a professional opinion on the matter.

If your driveway does have the required clearance, you may need to clear time with your landlord, property manager, or other tenants. Whatever needs to be done to make sure that the parking space is vacant when the moving truck arrives should be done.

Parking In A Commercial Loading Zone or Loading Dock

Many buildings, particularly the larger buildings, will have access exclusively for trucks loading/unloading. Whether this is a ‘loading zone’ or a ‘loading dock’ usually doesn’t make a big difference, the process is almost always the same. You will need to speak with the property management to clear a date and time for your move. Usually a simple call to the building’s front desk will be able to put you in touch with the right person to reserve your appointment.

Failure To Obtain Parking Spaces On Time

In some circumstances, it can be impossible to obtain the required parking on time for the move. Moving has ways of being unpredictable, and sometimes you just have to get out and didn’t have the proper time or ability to reserve parking for your move. Can you still move? Of course. But there are some additional risks that you could be facing.

For one thing, you could be stuck wasting time trying to find a safe place to park the truck. Safe doesn’t always mean legal, so you could also potentially face expensive parking violations. There is also the possibility that the safest place to stop the truck could be a considerable distance away from where you are moving from/to, which is going to add time and cost to your move. In extreme situations, we have been forced to postpone a moving job because there simply was no place to park, and BPD was actively blocking our truck from stopping at all; in these last-minute postponement jobs, the customers are unfortunately required to pay a cancellation fee, and oftentimes they have to wait at least three more days before they are able to get the parking permit and park legally.

No matter what your situation is, if you are moving within Boston, you have to take time to make sure that you will have a place for your truck. Any location that you have to park at (if you are loading or unloading at multiple addresses) should have parking arrangements made in advance. Failure to do so is taking on additional risks that are easily avoided.

7 Easy Guidelines To Moving Home

Nowadays you can travel just about anywhere in the world. This has begun a new culture, in the young and old, of adventure and the exploration of new places. Jobs aren’t limited to what’s available in your town or county, people can chase their dream professions to any area of the planet. With this new culture of adventure-seeking, the need to move home and settle in a new area is high. Everybody and anybody will move home at some point in their lives, these are seven easy guidelines to help make the ordeal less taxing and more organized.

Checklists

Moving checklists can help to create order out of the chaos that is moving.

When packing your precious possessions away into boxes, checklists can be invaluable. In a hectic and stressful move, they can help create order out of the chaos. Of course, there is such a thing as having too many checklists, which could create more problems than they solve. The best way to have a smooth and trouble-free move is to only create checklists that are the most essential.
A practical way of applying this is to make a checklist for every room, e.g. one for the living room, kitchen, bathroom etc. The next step would be to tick off the items as they are wrapped and put in boxes and then label the boxes afterward. This creates less confusion and stress when the boxes need to be unpacked again. Also, as an extra measure, when packing fragile items, it’s best to put these in the same box and label the box as fragile so that extra care is taken with these items.

Movers

One of the most beneficial things available in these current times is the existence of moving companies. These companies are specially designed to help you pack and move your items from one place to another in the most efficient, injury and hassle-free way possible. Many hands do indeed make light work, especially when they are someone else’s hands.
If the start and end points are a long distance apart, however, then the same people that pack and load the items can’t be expected to unload them. This calls for the use of the second team of people at the receiving end to help unload at your destination. As when dealing with any company, a good piece of advice would be to arrange payment rates beforehand with written contracts. This means there will be a lot less confusion when it comes to issuing payments.

Standardized Packaging

In stores that specialize in packing equipment, you will find a good collection of strong and sturdy boxes and cartons made especially for carrying heavy loads. These boxes and cartons are usually to a standardized size, shape, and quality. These shapes and sizes are specifically made to fit nicely into trucks and dollies, which makes stacking and storing much more simple. Using old, mismatched boxes tends to create problems with moving because they may not fit with the measurements and dimensions of the moving trucks and dollies as well as the standardized boxes. This is why buying a good number of standardized boxes and cartons before packing makes moving simpler and more efficient.

Notifying Change of Address

Notifying change of address is something that is often pushed down to the bottom of the to-do list when moving, but this is in fact quite an important part of the moving process that can have stressful ramifications. To help with this, it is a good idea to create a list of all the companies, friends and family, doctors, schools, or anyone else who may have your address. The next step would be to make phone calls, send letters, email or contact them in any other way that will best reach them. It is also a good idea to give, in writing, your change of address to the local post office if any post needs to be forwarded on to your new address. This also applies to service providers, such as gas, electricity, water, Wi-Fi, and T.V, especially if you want to continue with their services. In some cases, you may need to cancel your service and switch providers to a company that provides services in your new location.

Cash at Hand

A problem that can occur when you least need it, is the expectation for you to pay someone in cash and for there to be a complete lack of cash points near at hand. To prevent this disaster, it is best to carry around a good amount of cash with you so that money transactions may be completed without a hitch. Of course, many companies these days, including Big City Moving Company, accept all major credit cards, as well as PayPal, check, or money order. The bottom line is, you should ask your moving company if cash is going to be required.

Transferring Schools

A good suggestion for those families moving home is to arrange the transferring of children to a school closer to the new address, unless you’re only moving a few streets away. It creates far more problems later when there is a long commute, making school runs far more stressful than they need be.

Author Bio
Shawn Wood is the content writer at Costa Mesa Moving Company and has been highlighting the requirements of modern homes and offices for the past four years.  He has particularly been efficient in highlighting the needs of a modern family home.

Essential Moving Tips For A Winter Move

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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!

Tips For Packing A Flat-Screen Television

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If you’re planning a move, you will want to make sure that you are packing your flat-screen televisions properly. The components of a modern LED, LCD, or Plasma-screen television are very sensitive. Moreover, if anything happens to the screen, you really need to replace the whole television set, you can’t even attempt a repair. There are a few things that you can do to make sure that your television survives the move.

Did you keep the box?

If you have room to spare and think you will be moving within a few years, it is a good idea to hang on to the original box that your television was sold in. Televisions are usually packaged with a foam slip cover that will protect the screen, as well as foam cutouts that are molded to your specific screen. It is the best way to repackage the television.

If not, ask your movers if they can provide a box

Most moving companies are able to either rent or sell or even include a generic flat-screen television box. They usually have cutouts of either foam or some other packing material to help pad and protect the television. Flat-screen televisions really need to be kept in a box during the moving process to ensure their safety and protection within the moving truck.

Keep the television upright

A flat-screen television should only be moved upright. It is okay to lay it on it’s side to pad or wrap it, but it should always be upright when it is moved.

Do not stack on top of a television

You should be careful not to put anything of any significant weight on top of a television when packing the moving truck. If necessary, you could put soft, lightweight items such as bedding, pillows, or clothing bags around or on the box. Never put anything of significant weight on the television.

Secure your cargo

Properly packing and strapping down your cargo will help to make sure that no items can move and potentially cause damage to the television or other cargo. You can use straps, rope, or cargo to make sure that everything is securely in place before leaving.

 

Do you have any tips or stories to share about moving? Feel free to share in the comment section below.

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 Packing Lamps For Moving

Ppacking-40916_640acking up a lamp can be a little tricky. Each component of the lamp is fragile in its own way, making the task a little bit tedious to deal with. Nobody wants to get to their new home and find that their old stuff got ruined by not being packed the proper way. Bent lamp shades or broken lamp bases can mean that you wasted time and effort to move something that wound up being junk anyway. You can avoid that by following these tips for packing lamps.

Separate All Components Of The Lamp

Before you do anything else with it, you should dismantle the lamp. You’ll want to separate the bulb(s), the base, and the lamp shade(s).

Wrap The Breakable Pieces

If your lamp has a glass or ceramic base, you’ll want to provide ample padding. If it is somewhat large and heavy, you’ll probably want to wrap it with a furniture pad, and pack it into the closest box size that it fits snugly into. You don’t want a lot of extra space. If you have to fill some space, you can use things like pillows or blankets, which will provide additional protection.

Bulbs should be removed. The best way to move light bulbs is in their original packaging, but most people don’t hang onto that. Alternate places can be something like a shoebox with padding. If you have to put multiple bulbs into the same box, make sure that they are fully wrapped. Dish paper is best for this. You’ll want to make sure that you can’t hear any glass-on-glass sounds before you put the box into the truck for moving.

Package It Up

Just like the base of the lamp, you’ll want to find a box that is close to the same size as your lamp shade. You don’t want a lot of extra space, as it can cause damage if the lamp shade rattles around inside the box. You can use lightweight linens, sheets, t-shirts, or towels to provide some extra padding within the box.

Tips For Moving With Pets

4013535226_8291eee35e_zFor some pets, moving can be a confusing and unexpected experience. This is especially true for cats and smaller dogs, who are free to roam around the house, but not used to the world outside the house. Your new home is going to be full of unfamiliarity, from the layout to the scents and sounds of the house. If you follow these tips for moving with your pets, it will help keep your furry little friends happy in their new home.

1. Let Your Pet Get Used To Its Crate

For animals that don’t usually go for car rides, most pets have a transportation crate. If your pet only sees this crate when you’re moving, or bringing it to the vet, your pet will feel anxiety about its crate. We think it’s a good idea to let your pet get used to being in its crate, and associate the crate with comfort, rather than stress. You can put a blanket, towel, or pillow in the crate and leave it open somewhere. If your dog or cat enjoys a few naps in the crate before its time to move, it won’t have a panic attack when you need to get it into the crate later.

2. Keep The “Security Blanket” Handy

For most people, the impulse would be to wash or discard dirty things prior to moving. For your pet, this can be a big mistake. Your pet is comforted by the familiarity of its blankets or towels, or whatever it likes to snuggle up with. Washing off these things at the same time as moving can leave your pet feeling like everything is new, and it has no comfort in familiarity. This can lead to stress for your pet.

3. Don’t Pack Away All The Food!

This applies to humans too – don’t pack away all your food. You will be hungry! Your pet feels the same way. Make sure you keep an ample supply of food (also any medications or other daily necessities) where you will be able to access it.

4. Let Your Pet Get In On The Packing 

If you let your pet see that you are packing your items into the boxes that will be filling your house, it can help them to see what’s going on. To be honest – most cats love boxes anyway. You can let a cat walk on, or inside the boxes, and it will most likely make itself very comfortable. A lot of people will try to keep the pets away from packing, as they can be a nuisance, but it can be really beneficial for the pet to be a part of the process.

 

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.

 

Cold Weather Moving Tips

Cold weather moving tips from Boston's trusted moving company.It’s starting to get really cold here in Boston. While most people prefer to move during the warmer times of year, some projects just can’t wait. Whether you are only moving a few pieces, or an entire household or office, this cold weather moving tips will help keep you on the right track.

Dress The Part

If you find yourself moving in this weather, dressing right can be tough. With temperatures dwindling in the 20°F range (and expected to drop soon), you want to make sure that you are warm enough, and covered up. However, you also don’t want to get too bundled up that you restrict your movement. We recommend layering up. You’ll definitely want to keep a light but weatherproof outer layer, in the event that you have to deal with snow, sleet, rain, or any other seasonable unpleasantness.

  • Your base layer should consist of something light but breathable. Under Armour makes some great stuff for running in cold weather, which can be a great first layer for moving.
  • Make sure you have proper footwear. You need something that will be warm enough, has good traction in case of ice or debris, and is waterproof in case of snow or rain.
  • A good pair of gloves will help protect your hands, and also keep them warm. There are too many choices to list, but I’ve had a good experience with Youngstown gloves.
  • Keep a dry set of clothes available for after the move. This is especially important when it is wet outside. It’s always a good idea to keep a dry set of clothes close by so that you can be comfortable once you’re done with your move.

Clear Away Ice and Other Debris

Any ice, snow, sand, salt, or other debris should be fully cleared from the pathways you will be using. Failure to remove this type of debris can be hazardous, as well as track dirt into your house.

Try to Avoid Snow, Rain, or Other Stormy Conditions

If you have the flexibility, it’s a very good idea to avoid moving during a winter storm. Oftentimes, the streets need to be kept clear so the plows are able to do their jobs. Also, precipitation and winds can be dangerous to move with. The bottom line is this – if you can somehow manage to delay your move until the weather is clearer, you (and your belongings, your movers, etc) will all be safer.

Using Special Storage Solutions For Moving A Business

Professional storage solutions represent an excellent way to help when moving a business. Any major move is going to involve some significant logistics, and having the right kind of containers, stacking systems and transport options is going to make things a lot easier. Whether moving an office, or transporting goods from one warehouse to another, it is important to balance cost with high quality materials and flexible uses. Taking advantage of professional storage solutions can consequently help in a number of ways:

1 – Types of Containers Available

Picking the right kind of storage container and transport materials will make a move go a lot faster. If transporting lighter goods, it is recommended to use wooden or plastic pallets boxes and totes, which can be easily moved using forklifts and pickups. Roll cages can similarly be used to easily move large amounts of boxes over short distances, whether that means transporting them into trucks or onto flatbeds. For heavier goods, steel stillages, which feature doors and extra mesh protection are useful for adding security to transported goods. Both types of container can be stacked for large scale moves, and can also be easily reassembled at a destination point.

2 – Saving Through Specifications

It is possible to save money on a move by being specific with your storage orders. Picking the exact size for your goods, as well as the weight and materials required will allow you to reduce paying for wasted space. In the same way, you can be specific about whether any items require specialist protection, particularly if you expect there to be some spillage. Getting a bespoke service will ultimately mean that you can carefully budget your move, and ensure that items are safely transported without incurring extra costs.

3 – Rental and Used Options

Another cheap option is to rent storage containers for a single trip. This option is recommended if you don’t need to move an inventory around once it has been installed in a new location. Alternatively, many professional storage companies offer second hand storage materials that meet safety standards, and can often be bought in bulk. In the same way, you might want to think about investing in a clearance service for a warehouse if you need to reduce waste before a move. This approach is worthwhile if you are moving to a smaller warehouse.

4 – Health and Safety and Tracking

Going with a professional storage company means that you can receive assurances over health and safety. Accredited storage experts can test load bearings and other health and safety issues to make sure that you are compliant with standards, and will help you to reduce any damages during a move. Moreover, many companies offer tracking label services for a large move. By doing so, it is possible to keep a record of all items, which can be recovered if lost during the course of a journey. Taking these measures will make it easier to insure goods for transportation, particularly if they are rare and subject to special conditions on dangerous materials.