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.

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.

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.

 

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.

Five Tips For Planning A Move During Winter

Some people love it, some people hate it. If you live in New England – it’s something that you have chosen to live with, one way or another. SNOW! Winter weather conditions will make it difficult for anyone planning a move, but there are some things that you can do to make everything go as smooth as a sheet of ice.

1. Always Have A Second Option

Winter weather can be extremely unpredictable here in New England. From one hour to the next, a forecast can have drastic changes. You really just never know exactly what you’re going to get when a storm is on the horizon. Keeping a backup moving date available can be essential. When there are roads closed, parking bans, or unplowed roads, there isn’t a safe way to try to move.

2. Make A Path

It is essential to have a safe, fully cleared pathway from your moving truck to the entranceway(s). You’ll need to have enough space for your moving truck (or storage pod, or van, etc) to park as well. Attempting to move furniture across ice or snow can be very dangerous, so be sure to melt the ice as well.

3. Protect Your Floors

Things tend to be particularly dirty when there is snow on the ground. The snow melts and gets all wet and dirty, plus all the salt in the roads and walkways can get everywhere. We recommend using some floor protection (Home Depot, Amazon, etc) to prevent the floors from scratching. As long as you make a clear path into each room, the movers should be able to set the furniture wherever you need it to go.

4. Drive Carefully! 

If you are transporting your belongings in a truck, make sure that you drive as carefully as possible! Leave as much space as possible for braking and adjusting to any unexpected conditions.

5. Be Flexible 

Winter weather is often going to slow things down. Traffic will move much slower. Carrying furniture – especially up or down stairs or ramps – can take longer. Trying to rush things in the snow can be very hazardous – so be flexible and don’t try to do too much at once.

Moving To Cambridge, MA? Read This First!

Harvard Square

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