Are you planning on moving to Boston (or the greater Bosotn area) soon? Well, I can’t say I’m surprised. It is, after all, the best city in the world. It has been home to our business for almost ten years, and home to all of us at Big City Moving for even longer.
While we know that it won’t take very long for you to make yourself at home in Boston, there are a few things that you should know about our city wihle you are planning your move. Today’s blog will give you five very helpful tips that will make your move to Beantown as simple as a walk in the Commons.
1. Find A Calendar Of Events For Your Neighborhood – Throughout Boston there are many events that could conflict with your moving plans. For example, if you’re moving on Marathon Monday, you’re going to face parking bans, increased traffic, closed roads, and more-throughout the entire city. Some other things to watch out for:
• Red Sox Games – If your move is in the Back Bay/Fenway area, you’ll be better off planning it for when the Sox won’t have a home game. Keep in mind that a night game will leave most of the morning through afternoon will still be normal, and an early afternoon game will usually clear up by the evening.
• Marathon Monday – Also known as Patriots’ Day, Marathon Monday is the third Monday of April every year. The Boston Marathon covers a lot of ground, and aside from affecting Boston, it also passes through Brookline, Newton, Wellesley, Natick, Framingham, Hopkinton, and Ashland.
• Holidays – Fourth of July ushers in a lot of extra traffic to the Boston area. It also leaves some major roadways like Storrow Drive and Memorial Drive shut down or backed up. Even though these roads do not allow trucks, the extra traffic is reason enough to try to reschedule your move for another day. Other holidays can have similar effects on traffic and roadways, so it’s good to check to see what events might be going on.
• The North End – Boston’s North End neighborhood probably has more events than any other Boston neighborhood. Over the summer, the City of Boston won’t even allow a moving permit until it has been personally cleared at City Hall. If your move is into the North End neighborhood, make sure you make contact with The City of Boston (link) so that you know you’ll be able to get a permit for your moving day.
2. Be Prepared To Hoist or Crane-Lift – A lot of Boston’s buildings have a lot of history. Nobody knows it like a mover, but this “history” is especially prevalent in some of the older winding stairways. I hate to target the North End again, but that neighborhood is particularly notorious for having narrow winding staircases that simply won’t accommodate a queen-sized boxspring, a large armoir, or many other common furnishings.
If you are moving any items like those, it would be wise to check with your landlord, a proprty manager, or another tenant to see if they had any issues bringing large items upstairs. If so, you’re definitely going to need to arrange for either hoisting service (if it’s just a few items, none weighing over 175lbs) or for a crane or scissor-lift.
3. Get a parking permit for moving day – This can be crucial for moving into Boston. Without a permit, your moving truck could rack up some hefty parking tickets and possibly even get towed. Having a permit will also save you any time that you might waste trying to find a good parking spot. Securing the best possible parking spot will make your move go faster too–the walk from the truck to your apartment will be as short as possible, and will therefore take less time. Moving can be stressful enough. Make it easier on yourself and have an easier move.