If you asked me about the most common questions I get asked on a regular basis from my time spent in the moving industry, instantly two stand out from the rest. The first being, "How long does it take for my stuff to be delivered?" And the second most common question always relates to moving insurance. From what types of insurance options are available to what does my insurance cover? We wrote a blog about how long, long distance deliveries take related to the first question here.
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There are two days late summer that are dreaded by everyone living within Boston. Already bad morning and evening commutes are worse on these days, and driving through neighborhoods like Allston, Brighton, and the Back Bay feel like driving through an abandoned highway on a Walking Dead set. The days I am talking about are of course, August 31st and September 1st. These two days are created by what I like to call, "The Perfect Storm." Sorry about all the movie puns.
Your Top 10 Best Websites for Moving
Moving is one of the most common experiences that everyone has or will experienced at one point in their life or another. Did you know that on average, people move 11 times during their lifetime? Who knew, right? Now I know what you are thinking but I am here to tell you moving that many times does not have to be a bad thing.That is why we have listed the best resources to help you with your move.
Because moving is such a stressful process, there are literally millions of websites you can find on the topic. Not all information and content is the same however and some websites share and explain information much better than others. There are also other sites that may not seem so obvious when moving like Waze or USPS but they are important none the less.
Boston's neighborhoods are great. Boston is a city large enough to offer a ton of things to do but is also small enough that, no matter where you are located in the city, you are close to enjoy everything the city has to offer. Even though it sounds perfect, some Boston neighborhoods do provide quite the challenge for moving and the Boston movers that assist you in your relocation.
Moving out of state forces you to consider other things that you would not normally need to think about it if you were moving locally. Not only are the charges different, but you also have to plan ahead for the delivery as you do not receive your items on the exact day you want them 99% of the time. Long distance deliveries also work differently, because movers will transport your items in a tractor trailer rather than the box truck your items were most likely picked up with.
Here at Eagle Lines, our movers are no strangers to inclement weather. Moving in the cold is unpleasant enough, add a little snow or rain into the mix and you only add to the number of possible things that can go wrong. Eagle Lines has done a lot of moves during inclement weather, including the snow storms last year, and the down pours we had at the end of September. If you have hired a professional mover for your relocation, you most likely have nothing to worry about. But there are some things you can do though to help the movers complete your move faster, ultimately saving you money.
Preparation Is Everything
Chances are you have been researching moving companies online and have come across a few links that deem the process of moving to be stressful. No kidding. For most of us moving is inevitable but the more you know about how the whole process works the easier it is.
At Eagle Lines, we strive to make the moving process easier everyday and one thing we have learned over the years is that, no matter what your move entails, knowledge about the process will help you receive the best terms and rates for your move. This is especially true for long distance moves, because it requires much more planning than a local move.
Long Distance moves require much more planning because delivery windows and the higher costs associated with them. We have listed some steps below that you can take to save yourself time, money, and headaches.
Recently I was giving an estimate to a woman who brought up a lot of great questions for long distance moves. One of the questions she asked that stood out to me was, "Why is your estimate so much lower than all of the other estimates I have received?"
Finding a moving company to move your whole life to your new home is stressful, but it does not have to be difficult. Thankfully, with the magical world of the internet, everything you need to find, research, and select a moving company is accessible through your computer and phone.
Finding the best mover is not always about finding the best estimate given to you. In fact, this is the number one mistake that a lot of people make when selecting a mover. The majority of reputable moving companies will be very close to each other in terms of price, it is the outliers that you have to look out for and be wary of. There are a number of helpful websites to guide you in your search for a moving company. We have listed the top 5 reputable sites most helpful to you and your search.
The Best Ways To Save Money When Moving In Boston
Boston is one of the most expensive cities to live in. The real estate prices seem to climb every year and the rental market is just as bad if not worse. Because of this, it is important to save money when and where you can. Moving is also expensive, but there are ways to save money and eliminate needless spending if you know what to look for. Below are some helpful tips to save money when moving in Boston.
1. Get Rid of Items You No Longer Need
Moving costs are almost always based on the list of items you actually have to move, whether your move is charged based on the hour, volume, or weight. This is why it is important to make sure you actually care about the items you are moving, before you pay to have them moved. For this reason, a move or relocation is the perfect opportunity to go through that basement or spare room you have been putting off for so long.
Remember you can deduct some items from your taxes if you donate them to charity. A great thing about charitable organizations is not only are you doing good for your community, but most of them have a pick up service available where they will come to your home and pick up large items that you are donating.
2. Start Early
One of the best and time tested ways to save money on a move is to start early. Not only does this allow you more time to get as many quotes as you possibly can, but you also have access to the "first-comer" rates for whatever day you want to move. This is extremely important on highly demanded moving days like August 31st and September 1st in Boston for example.
It also allows you to start planning on what you will need for materials early. When you consciously aware of the boxes and materials you need, you can get the from unusual sources in order to save money. One great place to look is the office you work in (If you work in an office). They often have an abundance of boxes from shipments coming in that they just recycle and will never use again.
**TV Boxes** All LCD TVs and Plasma TVs need to be placed into a proper box. Having a proper box is crucial as it is the only way to ensure adequate protection for your tv. A lot of people want to wrap the TV in bubble wrap and this does hardly anything to protect a tv from damages. Keep in mind your items are stacked together when inside the truck. Having an appropriate box not only allows movers to do this, but it also helps support and protect your tv during the loading process.
3. Try To Avoid Days That Everyone Else Also Wants To Move
Growing up my father used to buy firewood right at the start of the summer if it was available. When I was younger I asked him why and he said , "because no one is thinking about needing wood for the winter yet, and prices are low." This made more sense to me when I discovered the law of supply and demand. Supply and demand applies to so many different things in our economy and the moving industry is no exception.
Demand for moving services is at its highest in Boston during the summer months, especially August. People usually move during this month because they have no choice. Due to the number of universities in the area, leases for apartments usually end on Aug 31 and begin anew on September 1. Homes sales also rise during summer months, creating even more demand. When everyone else around you wants the same thing you do, prices are high. Just look at Iphones. It is best to move during off season months if you can, which is anytime form October to April.
4. Check to See if You Can Deduct Some Expenses From Your Move
Even if you are not getting help from your employer for your relocation, you can always look into getting a deduction on your federal and state taxes. As long as your relocation was work-related, meaning you moved to start a new job or a move was necessary for the current job you have, you should at least get some form of a deduction. Check your state website to learn more about moving deductions. You can find information for federal reductions here.
5. Check The Insurance Policies You Already Have Before Buying Additional Insurance
Insurance for protecting your items is often the most misunderstood portion of your move. To put it simply, you have a few different options when it comes to insurance. You can elect the minimum liability coverage that is free, you can purchase additional full replacement coverage (The most expensive option), or, you can investigate whether or not your homeowners or renters insurance policy will cover your goods while being moved.
Renters and/or homeowners insurance is the first place you should start. If that avenue doesn't work out, the next step would be to find a third party insurance company. Do not forget to ask yourself if you even need additional insurance in the first place.
**Note** Most insurance companies will not cover certain items, even if you purchased insurance from them. The most common misconception is about items made of press-wood, like IKEA furniture. Also note that insurance companies will not cover items packed inside boxes that you have packed yourself. As with everything with moving, always ask if you do not know.