Moving Tips for Boston’s Fenway Area

There is a lot going on in the Fenway Area of Boston. There is some advice for those of you planning a move here with your. Other than being sure to get your parking permit, there is another big piece of advice for moving in this neighborhood.

Under no circumstances should you put your truck on Storrow Drive. There are no trucks allowed on Storrow, and the underpasses are very low. This is a big area for students, and out-of-towners often try to drive even just a few blocks and will get stuck.

Because Fenway is such a popular area for students, the units all change over on the same dates. There are stats which show that as high as two thirds of the area changes over on August 31st and September 1st, other stats show that units change again July 31st and August 1st because all of these rentals are tied to the school year.

You should try as best as  you can to avoid moving on those days. If it is unavoidable, then you need to plan well in advance with your Boston movers. In fact, get your rental date and truck schedule 8-12 weeks in advance.

Additionally, there are 81 home games for the Red Sox, and Fenway Park is also used for concerts. Be sure you know the schedule at Fenway before you schedule your move. The traffic during those days can add considerable time, therefore cost, to your move.

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

Boston Movers: Moving in Boston’s Charlestown Area

The streets of Charlestown can provide a challenge to Boston movers when you are planning a move. The streets are very tight. There is a lot of pre-planning involved when it comes to permitting and parking.

The added cost of hauling your items from blocks away is ten times the cost of actually ordering the parking permit. So, this cost can and should be avoided. This is why we keep mentioning it to those who are moving.  We want to be sure that you are getting the proper treatment before the move, and that the move coordinator has done a drive-by to be sure they know the area really well and has taken the time to be sure that the permit has been ordered and that everything has been done to be sure that the move goes smoothly.

The reason that some moving companies can get onto the street and others cannot comes down to knowledge of the area, simple planning and forethought.

A lot of times a moving companies may tell you that you need a permit and leave it up to you to be sure you apply for that permit. However, if the moving truck cannot make the turn onto the road, the permit becomes useless if it can’t be used. So a simple drive-by from the moving coordinator, would get you that information.

There are a lot discount movers out there. Those moving companies cut costs. Mostly they cut down on the pre-planning, safety and equipment. In Charlestown, there are a lot of very steep hills. When Marathon Moving does a move there, we issue additional chock blocks. We always do a drive by to be sure that we have them on our paper work for our crew to know what to bring out there. Additionally, we get our vehicles inspected 3 or 4 times more than the state requires to be sure that things like the emergency brakes are being checked regularly.

When people order these discount moving companies, they don’t understand that this is where the discounts and cutbacks are coming from. Worst of all, cutbacks will come in the moving crew itself.

For more information on moving in Charlestown, contact Marathon Moving.

Moving Concerns in the Back Bay Area – Boston

While the Back Bay is still a very historic area, it is not the oldest part of Boston. Therefore, Boston movers do not run into some of the same problems that are common in other areas of the city. By the time the Back Bay was formed, city planning had come a long way. The streets are much wider and are designed in a grid pattern. Therefore, getting around the Back Bay in a moving van is much easier. However, parking is still challenging and a parking permit is recommended for anyone who is moving within Boston’s Back Bay.

Another concern is that parking is metered so it is important that if you are having a parking space reserved with a permit that you have the meter number. The number is on the meter, so you want to find the meter in front of your unit and reserve that space with your permit.

One of the biggest differences in moving in the Back Bay than in any other part of Boston is the amount of moves that are done either partially or entirely with a crane. It is probably the highest percentage in Boston. One of the primary reasons is because of the age of the elevators in the building. Because they are so expensive to repair, many of the buildings and condo associations do not allow elevator access during a move. But unlike Beacon Hill, the access to the buildings are often better, so cranes are often used. Most of the buildings have large, tall windows. So once the windows are removed moving companies have great access into the home.

Moving in the Back Bay require a lot of planning. Logistics can be tricky, involving the timely arrival of the crane, carpenters to remove the windows, and often a police detail. The timing needs to be very precise. Having all of the pieces fall into place requires a move coordinator that is on-top of everything and who can ensure that you have a nice smooth move.

A move like this needs to be insured. Talk to a moving company with insurance options and with a moving company who coordinates and organizes everything themselves. That way, if anything does happen during the move, you won’t be caught in the middle with opposing companies placing blame. If the moving company is unable or unwilling to do that, this is a red flag that the moving company is not used to these types of moves so really should be avoided. There are a lot of rigging concerns and a moving company should have skill and experience in this area.

For more information on moving in and around Boston, contact Marathon Moving.