Tips for Planning a Move in Beacon Hill, Boston

Many of the challenges those who are moving in Beacon Hill face are similar to those of moving in the North End, which we discussed last week, although the neighborhoods are quite different, they both share narrow streets and tight parking. The concerns are the same.

If you are moving on Beacon Hill you need to know if a moving van can drive through the narrow streets. You also need to be sure that you have pulled the proper parking permits to allow the moving van to park once it is on the street.

Unique to Beacon Hill are the elevator restrictions. Many of the homes and buildings on Beacon Hill have been converted from one-family homes to multi-family condo units. But they do still have the same elevator in the building from years ago which was designed for single-family use. This means it is very old, very small and very expensive to repair.

For these reasons, the new condo associations do NOT allow Boston movers to use these elevators during a move because the additional weight will often cause a breakdown that is very expensive to repair. People who are moving need to find out if the elevator in their building is able to be used for moving. This will help the moving company determine how many movers they need to complete the move.

Even though the elevators are most often not able to be moved, these buildings most often have large, sweeping staircases that accommodate large pieces of furniture to be moved up and down. So for the most part, it is not really a concern other than the man-power required. However, due to some configurations some architects chose, there are some instances where a crane is required. When you are craning items on Beacon Hill, a police detail is almost always required. Additionally, often times a carpenter may be required to remove the window because this is a historic district. If you are moving into or out of Beacon Hill, you really need to do your homework.

You also want to be sure that your moving company meets the insurance requirements of the buildings.

For more information on moving in Beacon Hill, Boston, contact Marathon Moving.

Planning a Move in Boston’s North End

Moving in and out of the neighborhoods in Boston can be particularly challenging. When a planning a move in Boston’s North End, you need to consider street access and parking. There are some streets that just won’t accommodate a moving van. This means that you would have to have your belongings picked up or dropped off in multiple smaller vans. So the determination of whether or not a moving van can fit on your street is priority number one.

The second thing to consider when moving in the North End is parking of the moving van. Unless the building your are moving into or out of has a loading dock, you would have to get a parking permit in order to move in the North End.

Moving in the North End is difficult because access into and out of the buildings is extremely challenging, for that reason, take a good look at the access and try to determine if your items will fit into your new home.

Also, if at all possible, the Boston movers should also take a look at your building’s access. Often a moving company can tell on-sight if an item will fit or not. Then there are other options, like cranes and hand-hoisting items. But having the plans in-place before hand makes the moving experience go much smoother.

Scheduling a move can be quite challenging depending on the season. Snow storms present their own issues in the North End. If you are planning a winter move, it is important to stay in contact with you moving company in case of an expected snow storm on your moving day. Additionally, there are quite a few festivals in the summer in the North End. This can cause additional local traffic which means your move will take longer, driving up the final bill. If you are moving in the summer, it is also important to pay attention to the festival schedule.

For other questions about moving to or from Boston’s North End, contact Marathon Moving.

Everything You Need to Know About Moving in the Spring – Boston

Despite the cold weather, spring really is right around the corner. Are you planning to move in the Spring? While moving in the Spring is not as economical as moving in the winter, you can still find good deals at the beginning of the season. Moving companies are a lot busier in the Spring  than they are in the winter, but they have also begun their peak season hiring. So they are trying to get those people working.

The deeper into the Spring you get the more expensive moving can be. End of April and into May become typical peak rated periods for moves. As you move into peak season, availability becomes more of an issue as you approach summer as well. Planning is important when planning moves in the peak season. If you are looking at the middle of the month, you should give a Boston mover a lead time of at least 4 weeks.

However, as you get into larger moves that require in-home estimates, you should start looking at eight to ten weeks in advance. This allows you time to have multiple movers come into your home for estimates, it gives you enough time to compare quotes and to do your due diligence on the moving company, and still leave you enough time to book the mover.

For more information on moving in the Spring, or for any other moving questions, contact Marathon Moving.