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.  

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.