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Strategies for Moving in Boston: Tips for Avoiding a Painful Move

Boston is one of the premier destinations for young professionals, students, and city dwellers alike. The “Hub” is an excellent place to live and work, with thriving industries, commerce, and a charming city-feel that’s not too overwhelming for those who don’t want to live in the metropolis-like spawls of New York or Los Angelos. 

However, Boston does have a reputation for aggressive drivers, tricky streets, and very difficult move-in days. We can’t argue with that. As Boston movers, we live to provide local moving services throughout the Greater Boston area and beyond! 

We’ve seen it all. From rental moving trucks wedged under bridges on Storrow drive like raccoons stuck in a tight crawl space to streets so compact in the North End, you’d wonder how a bicycle could make it down the roadway, let alone two vehicles or a moving van!

Our experience as a moving and storage company in Boston has left us better prepared for all types of moving challenges at all times of the year. 

This article will provide you with tips and strategies for moving in Boston and how you can best prepare yourself and fellow movers for all the challenges the city will most likely present to you during moving day.  

Avoid the Busiest Moving Day of the Year!

There are 45 higher education institutions in the metropolitan area of Boston, and 29 are within the city limits. An estimated 138,000+ students are moving around the city in the first week of September. 

We’ve all heard the horror stories of moving trucks being “Storrowed” on Storrow drive during early September. For those unfamiliar with this term, when a moving truck is Storrowed, it means the driver didn’t pay attention to the height restrictions of vehicles on Storrow drive and drove their tall moving truck straight into a low-clearance bridge. 

The fallout from these accidents is traffic that is even more torturous than usual around the city during one of its busiest months. No one wants ever to find themselves Storrowed, and this should be avoided at all costs.

Late August and early September are the busiest time of year to be moving in Boston. All moving truck rental companies and Boston moving companies are working at their capacity. 

If you need to move during the September 1st leasing cycle, do your best to try and move either before August 31st or after September 1st. Avoiding these moving dates will save you money and the headaches of moving at the same time as the rest of the city.

If you must move on the busiest move-in day/weekend of the year in Boston, make sure to contact your moving professionals long beforehand to reserve their services. Availability for professional movers on those dates is highly sought after, and most companies are booked up months ahead of time. 

You can also utilize a Boston storage company to house your furniture and larger items while you wait to move them until the busiest moving days are over. 


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When is the best time to be Moving in Boston? 

If you’re not a student living in Boston and you have some flexibility to plan your move for a designated time of year, moving in the winter is the best. You may be asking, “how can moving in winter be the best? There may be snow!?” Yes, while the threat of snow is real, there is far less traffic during the winter, the rates for moving companies are typically as low as they’ll be all year, and renting rates are also at their lowest. 

We typically don’t see much snowfall in Boston until after the new year, so if you can move during late November/December, that is your best chance of avoiding unsavory moving conditions. 

Get Your Moving Supplies Ahead of Time

There are several supplies that you’ll need for moving in Boston. Packing boxes, packing tape, moving blankets are just a few of the many necessary tools and equipment to help your move. 

Don’t procrastinate in acquiring all of these moving supplies BEFORE your move. You don’t want to be caught on the day of the move without the necessary supplies and then be forced to search for everything you need. 

Moving in Boston

Moving in Boston is certainly not the simplest or most laidback experience, but it’s not the nightmare that some make it out to be. If you’re well prepared, you will make it through your move in one piece.

Plan ahead, use professionals, and coordinate all the necessary details to make a move simpler for you and your loved ones. 

Oh yea, and don’t forget, NO MOVING TRUCKS ON STORRROW!

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