This week’s blog message is very simple. All of us here at Marathon Moving wish you and your family the warmest of Holiday greetings and sincere thanks for your continued trust in us. Your trust and continued partnership with us is nothing short of a blessing and it is truly something we celebrate. We offer you all this sincere thanks and pledge to you that we will never tire in our efforts to steadily increase the value of our service to you. Happy Holidays and have a safe and healthy New Year!
It is expensive to move, but know where to cut corners. Many homeowners think they can go without moving insurance during residential moves. But, too many times, moving insurance is needed. This is definitely a case of “better safe than sorry”. You don’t want to get caught without moving insurance when and if you need it.
Many homeowners wonder why they should insure goods against loss or damage. And, if they need movers insurance, does that mean that the moving company will be careless? But, moving insurance protects you from others, not just against errors caused by the moving company in Boston.
Here are some answers to a few simple questions:
- Is the moving company responsible for your belongings? No
- Are your belongings covered under your homeowners' or renters' insurance policy? No
- If you are relocating for work, is your new company responsible for loss or damage to your personal belongings? No
At Marathon Moving, we provide three options of insurance coverage.
- Basic Liability Insurance
If you do not pick any additional coverage, this moving insurance is provided at no additional cost. Under this coverage, maximum legal liability is limited to $0.60 per pound per article. This is not enough insurance protection for most situations. It is only recommended when it is accompanied by an insurance policy that covers your goods during transit.
- Transit Damage Protection
For homeowners who want more protection, we offer Transit Damage Protection. This insurance option meets most needs for a reasonable fee. Transit Damage Protection limits Marathon Moving Company, Inc.’s liability to the first $3000 at Actual Cash Value for damage repair/replacement. For amounts that exceed $3000, Marathon’s liability will be limited to $0.60 per pound per article.
- Actual Cash Value
This option is based on the declared actual cash value of the entire shipment. The cost of this option is based on the value declared and can be found on our premiums valuation table.
Downsizing is a word that has become very common today. More and more people are downsizing as they get older. Downsizing could also be due to retirement, divorce, or the need to liquidate your funds. Whatever your reason for changing your space, there is a right and a wrong way to downsize your home. Here are some tips to help you with your downsizing process.
As soon as you decide to downsize, start the process. It takes time.
Walk through your home and make of list of what to do for each room.
- Does it need to be painted?
- Furniture sold
- Closets cleaned out
- Antiques to be sold
- Paper to be purged
- Clothing closets to be cleaned out
- Kids items to be dealt with
These are just some of the more common projects that need to be addressed when you are in the downsizing process.
Set up a timeline. When is the date for the house to be put on the market? When is your move date? depending on when your move is scheduled, call moving companies in Boston so you can get a quote on your move. You will get other questions answered at the same time along with various moving tips. Once you have those items figured out, it’s time to take action. A house is like an onion, it has many layers. The longer you have been in the home, the more stuff you have to sort through.
Depending on what is in your home, you might need outside assistance to sell items. If you have a lot of items that are sell worthy, you might want to contact a estate sale specialist. For a fee, they can conduct an estate sale for you in your home.
If you have the time, and don't want to share your profits, consider selling the items yourself through craigslist. And if you just want them out of your home and aren't concerned about money, then freecycle is the way to go. Just list your items and people will come and get them.
And as far as what not to do in the downsizing process-don't wait until the last minute!!
For more information on moving when you downsize your home, contact Marathon Moving.
If you are moving to an apartment or home in Boston, be sure to do your homework. Too many people forget to check on elevator access, parking permits, bridge height limitations for the moving trucks and so many other factors that affect moving in Boston.
63 Percent: the percentage of Boston rental leases that begin on Sept. 1, according to the company Rental Beast (via The Boston Globe).
(That’s actually lower than a 2011 estimate, which was 79 percent.)
2,263 Permits: the number of moving truck permits issued by the city of Boston for the days around Sept. 1, according to the city.
25 Incidents: the number of “recorded height restriction-based incidents on the three Charles River-adjacent roads, with a concentration around college move-in and move-out dates,” according to the state.
10′-0″: the clearance of many bridges around the Charles. Too-tall moving trucks getting stuck on the roads is a back-to-school tradition.
Stats from WBUR
It is college student moving season in and around Boston. It is easiest on everyone, especially parents, if you make this move with minimal stress and hassles.
The key to keeping the stress out of a moving to college is to keep it simple and make it as easy as possible. Most likely your college student will have a small living space, so they can pack everything they own. Thanks goodness! Before you pack, find out what you don’t need. If they are moving to a dorm, they most likely don’t need a bed, desk or dresser, and some colleges provide refrigerators and microwaves, or a ‘micro-fridge’. If they have a roommate, check first to be sure you are not both bringing some of the same things.
Packing for the move
Be organized when you pack, this will make it easier to keep track of what you pack, and it will make it easier to unpack. Clearly label all of your boxes as you pack them. Keep similar items together, that way the dorm room will be organized faster. Most likely, your dorm room will be smaller than their room at home. Most colleges have an online list of necessities that college students should bring with them. Try to stick to the list.
Brush up on the rules of what you can and can’t have in your room
College move-in day is busy and crowded, know what to do, and where you can park. The college provides material on move-in day, be sure to read it. If you are moving into a college in Boston be sure you know about the parking restrictions and rules that are specific to move-in day. Most likely you will need a parking permit when moving in Boston.
For more information on moving college students, contact Marathon Moving.
No more standing in line at City Hall: if you need a parking permit for a moving truck in Boston, you can now get one online.
Just in time for the September 1 rush, Mayor Walsh gave city residents a new way to get guaranteed parking permits for their moving trucks without a visit to City Hall. Other cities, including Cambridge, already offer the service, but for years, Boston residents had to get permits in person — or pay someone to do it for them.
According to the city’s website, applications are due at least two weeks before the date the permits are needed, but no sooner than a month in advance. That comes just in time for Boston’s tens of thousands of college students, whose vehicles pack the streets of neighborhoods such as Allston and Mission Hill at the end of every summer.
“I am committed to making accessing city services easier for Boston residents and students,” Walsh said in a statement. “We are excited to offer our residents the ability to apply for moving truck permits from anywhere and hopefully relieve some of the stress that moving brings.”
With thousands of people trying to move into apartments on the same day, September 1 has never been an easy day for moving in Boston. But a recent change by the Walsh administration might make things a little easier on the movers in Boston.
On Tuesday, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh announced a new tool to allow users to apply for moving truck parking permits online. Previously you had to visit City Hall in person to get the permit. Movers may apply for a one-day moving truck permit for a truck that occupies two parking spaces.
Those planning to move on September 1 will need a Street Occupancy Permit if they anticipate their moving vehicle will temporarily block access on a public street. The permits must be obtained at least two weeks before the scheduled move and no more than a month in advance of the planned move.
“I am committed to making accessing city services easier for Boston residents and students,” said Mayor Walsh in a statement. “We are excited to offer our residents the ability to apply for moving truck permits from anywhere and hopefully relieve some of the stress that moving brings.”
According to the City of Boston website, if a residents needs a permit for more than a day, or cannot get one two weeks ahead of time, they will be required to apply for one in person at City Hall. The city website also notes there are special restrictions for people moving into the North End.
The old-fashioned way of obtaining a moving permit is still an option. Residents can apply for a moving truck permit by visiting the City Hall To Go truck and get their permits in person.
Moving is considered one of life’s most stressful events. Even a simple move requires significant time and effort. Moving across state lines can feel like producing a Broadway musical.
To combat the stress and cope with the logistics, many people turn to professional movers. Unfortunately, this often makes matters worse. In fact, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) received nearly 9,000 complaints about movers in 2014. The U.S. Department of Transportation receives about 4,000 complaints annually. The majority of grievances relate to pricing, uncooperative employees, and lost or damaged property.
How is it that such problems occur on a regular basis? With more than 35 million Americans moving every year, and more than 7,000 companies operating across the country, some problems are inevitable, but the frequency of complaints indicates that more than a “few bad apples” are spoiling the moving industry. *
It is important that you do your due diligence when looking for a moving company in Boston. Make sure the moving company you choose has employees for whom they do background checks and drug tests. Be sure the moving company has a proper license and is insured in order to protect your belongings. Call the BBB and always check reviews. You can also check with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration as well.
While moving is exciting, opening doors on many opportunities, it can be a bit of a challenge too. But, if your new home isn’t ready when you need it, there can be even more challenges than normal. This is why many homeowners need to choose a moving company that offers storage.
Often when moving, a storage facility is needed. Temporary relocation, relocation overseas, your new home is under construction, or your closing dates just don’t line up; whatever the reason may be, often your belongings need to be housed in a storage facility for short or long term.
Marathon Moving is able to meet your storage needs with a warehouse facility that is clean, secure, and temperature-controlled. Our storage buildings and units are monitored 24 hours a day by a state-of-the- art alarm system. It is also equipped with a sprinkler system and is fully containerized to meet industry standards.
For any residential move in Boston area that requires storage, this is a safe option. Know that your belongings are safe and secure. We can pack, move and store, so you can feel confident that your belongings won’t be changing hands.
Brookline and Newton are very similar communities. They are both affluent neighborhoods with very nice homes, but they are also very similar in layout. They both have a suburban area, almost borderline farmland area, you also have historical areas with historical type homes and there is also a busting city area. These different areas throughout town all have different moving concerns.
Here are some moving considerations for residents in the rural areas like Allendale Farms and Lee street.
In these parts of town, residents do not have to worry about moving trucks being able to access their property or homes because this area is pretty spacious. Additionally, the homes are larger as well, so they don't have to worry about fitting furniture in and out of the houses. The biggest concern these homeowners during residential moves is having to worry about is property damage. These homes tend to be very expensive, so you want to be sure that the moving company that you choose is carrying the proper insurance for damage and property. Also, be sure that you the moving company does background checks on their employees and lastly that they have worker's comp insurance as well. You certainly want to be sure you have done your due diligence in choosing a moving company in Brookline, MA.
Here are some of the moving considerations that homeowners need to take in the more historic areas in Chestnut Hill and Fisher Hill.
These residents would have the same concern in making sure that the moving company is vetted, but there are some additional concerns because these homes are more difficult to move in and out of, the homes are historical so they want to be sure there is no damage to the home. If there are items that may be difficult to move out of the home, you want to be sure that you have that conversation with the moving company early on so that the movers are prepared.
There are also some moving concerns for residents in the city style sections of Brookline like Washington Square and Brookline Village.
These areas are more like a Boston move. The biggest concern these residents will have is parking for the truck on move day. Residents in this area need to be sure they take care of this.