Moving to a Smaller Home – Boston

Empty nesters and retirees are downsizing. Moving into a smaller home can be challenging and confusing. Obviously, you will have less space which means you need to get rid of a few things. Professional organizers are a great place to start. After that, you can donate or sell little used furniture or give it to your kids.

The following is a list of some things to consider when planning the move to your new, smaller home.

  • Consider your furniture. What will fit, what won’t fit, and what can you NOT live without? Measure your favorites to be sure they fit into your new home.
  • Two cars may not be necessary anymore. Consider selling or donating one or both if you will be living in the city with no parking.
  • Will you need your yard equipment? You may need a lawn mower, but perhaps you will be moving to a smaller yard where a riding mower will be unnecessary. If you are moving to an apartment or condo, you may not need any tools.
  • Consider your outdoor furniture and grills. Maybe a portable gas grill would be better than the four burner gas grill. If you have a small balcony in your new home, you may want to get rid of large patio furniture.
  • Does your new home have a washer dryer? If not, and you want to move yours, be sure you have machines that the hook-up you need in your new home, gas, propane or electric.

Sentimental items and heirlooms may be more difficult to let go of. A moving company with storage warehouse to hold your items until you have a plan is a good idea. Contact Marathon Moving for more information on moving to a smaller home or other moving tips.

Tips for Moving College Students – Boston

It is the season in Boston: ‘College Time.’ The wait is over; it’s time to move to college. With efficient packing and support team to help with the move, you’ll be ready to set up your new living space with minimal stress and hassles.

The key to packing for college is keeping it simple. With such a small living space, you can’t bring everything you own. Before you prepare to move, find out what’s waiting for you in your new home. In a dorm, you’ll probably have a bed, dresser and desk waiting for you. If you have a roommate, check with them to coordinate what you’re bringing.


The more organized your packing is, the easier your unpacking will be. Boston moving companies are well versed in moving college students around the city. If you clearly label your boxes as you pack them and keep similar items together, such as all your desk material in one box, you can have your dorm room organized faster. Remember that your dorm room may be much smaller than your room at home, so try to condense your belongs as much as possible. Many colleges offer general lists for incoming freshman to help with your packing. Don’t forget power strips, an alarm clock, a printer with ink and paper, a calculator, writing supplies and scissors. A trashcan, lamp, calendar, fan, message board and clothes hangers will come in handy.

Know the Rules

College move-in day is hectic and crowded, so you want to know what to do. Read through the material provided by the college so you know when and where you should go and where you can park. Check on parking restrictions and rules for move-in day so you know what to expect.

For more information on moving students, contact Marathon Moving.

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More Baby Boomers are Moving and Downsizing – Boston

Across the state, baby boomers are selling their homes in the suburbs and moving into the city. Many real estate agents are noticing the switch from suburban to urban living for boomers.
Boomers are moving for different reasons; they want to downsize, they want to live in a level floor plan with no stairs, they want to stop driving by living near city centers, or they want to pay fewer taxes.
For boomers who are looking to downsize in the Boston Area, Marathon Moving can help with packing, moving specialists, and organizational partners. As the cooler weather approaches, home prices continue to rise along with mortgage rates, many baby boomers are deciding to move to the southern warmer weather.

But baby boomers have done their time, so Marathon Moving is here to help them pack. In fact we can pack all of their belongings. Most often, when baby boomers move, a smaller house is the goal. As a result, belongings need to be paired down. We can also store belongings that they are not taking with them initially or that are not ready to be dispersed to family members.

For more information, contact Marathon Moving.

Downsizing Moving Tips for Seniors – Boston

Some of the special considerations senior or their children should consider during a senior move is that this is one of the emotionally charged move scenarios there is.

Senior trying to move on their own into senior community or assisted living community on their own find the stress of the move to be a strain to their health. The children also go through strain and stress trying to coordinate getting their parents into a facility especially if they are not geographically close.

We encourage that when senior parents are moving that they look into hiring a senior move manager.

A senior move manager have a number of resources in this area. The number one responsibility is to determine what will and will not be moving to the new home and what to do with those belongings.  A senior move manager is well equipped to have the conversation about what to leave behind.

They also have extensive knowledge of the facilities in the area so they can give good input on pros and cons. Lastly, they are well schooled on the different service providers in the area. They can give you recommendations on service providers.

A senior care move specialists is usually a independent third party service. They do work with moving companies, so moving companies may also be able to recommend a senior move manager that they regularly work with .

If you would like more information on senior moving, contact Marathon Moving.

Storage Facilities, What to Consider – Boston

When people  move, there are often scenarios in which they need storage for long or short term. Perhaps your home is not ready, perhaps you are moving overseas for some time, and you don’t want to bring all of your belongings with you, or perhaps you are downsizing, and you need to store some important belongings because they don’t fit in your new home. Regardless of the reasons you need storage, do your research on the storage facility before you sign on the dotted line. Some moving companies have storage facilities, and some people look for stand-alone storage facilities.
No matter what type of storage facility that you are looking for, the BBB wants  you to consider the following when looking at storage facilities.

1. Cost. Obtain a written estimate. Costs to consider may include a deposit, monthly rental fee, storage preparation and insurance. Ask about the fees, how they are to be paid and by what date.

2. Size. Ask what storage units and sizes are available based on your needs. Ask if there is a maximum weight limit for unit contents and if you are able to pack your belongings in the entire unit from floor to ceiling.

3. Climate. Keep in mind if there is no climate control, your belongings will be subject to mold and/or water damage. You should consider an environmentally-controlled unit.

4. Insurance. Make sure your items are insured from theft, fire or other damage. The storage facility may provide basic insurance or you can choose to purchase insurance from an alternate source.

5. Safety. Ask if the facility has surveillance cameras on the property and if a system is in place to restrict access.

6. Access. Ask if there are hour restrictions that determine when you can access your unit. If so, make sure it works with your move schedule. Also, get as much contact information as you can to reach someone at the facility in case of an emergency, both during and after business hours.

7. Contract. Get everything in writing, including; the size and location of the unit, whether the unit is climate controlled, term regulations, insurance coverage and the payment schedule. Make sure the facility has provided you with several different ways to get in touch with you, either by home phone or cell phone in case there is ever a problem with your unit or your payment.

For information on storage during and after a move, contact Marathon Moving.