Moving Into and Out-of Boston’s Chinatown

Boston’s Chinatown
is a densely packed, heavily populated area that offers many challenges to those who are moving in and out of the area. It is one of the densest areas in Boston and is the home to the third largest Chinese neighborhood in the country. It is filled with residences and commercial activity. Additionally, Chinatown encompasses a lot of the new housing in Boston including Millennium Place and the Leather District. So this area has become quite a hot spot for new urban housing.

As a result there are a lot of considerations when it comes to moving into or out-of Chinatown. Because there is so much construction, this is something that needs to be considered when you move because navigating around it can be difficult. Additionally, because there are so many restaurants in this area, there are many deliveries. So when planning your move it is good to consider your neighborhood and determine what size truck can fit on that street. You really do need to know what the maximize size truck is that you can use for your move.

When moving into or out of the trendy new high rises in Chinatown you need to consider many things. One of the things you need to know if you are moving into one of these buildings is that the insurance limits to move into these buildings are a lot higher than most moving companies carry. Unless they typically deal in these types of buildings it is not worth it for the moving companies to carry these extra liability limits. It is important for you to know what the insurance minimums need to be for your building. This information needs to be passed onto your move coordinator or moving company. You then need to see the certificate of insurance that meets those limits.

So, in addition to the higher limits on your moving insurance policy, the other big concern in these buildings is floor protection. These are luxury homes. This means that the units and common areas have high-end design. The moving company needs to be able to supply the proper amount of floor protection that will cover from the service elevator to your door.

Dealing with moving companies that do a lot of moves in this area will help prevent some of the common problems that arise when moving into and out of Chinatown in Boston.

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

Moving In and Out of Boston’s South End

Moving household goods in Boston is always challenging. In regards to  Boston’s South End, this area is one of the trendiest in the city. It is one of Boston’s most desirable places to live.

Special moving considerations we have discussed in previous blogs hold true for this area as well. Things like getting a parking permit for the truck, scheduling the move well ahead of time, and working with Boston movers to plan the move. But there are other special considerations when moving in Boston’s South End.

The tree lined streets are one of the biggest appeals of the south end area. But these trees offer difficulties as well. These trees are not trimmed to accommodate large trucks that need to park on side of the road. The moving company needs to know ahead of time if you have a tree that will block your moving van.

Blocking the street is not an option, nor is cutting down the tree. But ordering a police detail ahead of time, which will only allow residents to pass while the truck is being loaded or unloaded, will allow your moving van to park in the middle of the street.

If you wait until the last minute or the day of your move to order a police detail, you may be stuck waiting, paying for your mover to sit while you wait on the police detail to arrive.

There are some special architectural considerations as well. Many of these town homes have been converted to condominiums. When moving in the South End, many of the items are brought in or out of the homes via crane. However, the trees to pose problems. Cranes need to be able to swing up and over the tree. This means you may need to order a crane that reaches the sixth floor even if you are only moving to the third floor. Using a moving company that has a lot of experience working in this neighborhood is a good idea to make sure that they know what challenges exist and to ensure you have a nice smooth relocation.

For more information, contact Marathon Moving.

Commercial Moves in Downtown Boston

Planning a commercial move in the Financial District and downtown Boston. There are not many residences in this area, so most of these moves are commercial.

Some of the primary considerations when planning a commercial move in this area is to first decide what type of mover that you will be using – union or non-union Boston movers. If you are in a union situation, you won’t want to spend time vetting and researching a non-union company only to find out that you can’t use them.

Marathon Moving is a non-union mover. The determining factor for if we can do the move or not has nothing to do with the size of the move. It is actually determined by the building itself. Many buildings in downtown Boston and the Financial District have union only policies. So this is something you would need to contact hte building management about, in both the building you are moving out of and for the building you are moving into.

Once you have determined the type of moving company you can use, the next thing to consider in a commercial move is the schedule. What hours can your move take place? Many of these buildings only allow moves during nights and weekend. You need to know this upfront. This way you can be sure that you have gotten an estimated price based on nights and weekend hours.

Careful planning is very important for commercial moves in downtown Boston. This is something that your moving company can help with as well. The moving company can help you time when the crates should arrive at your office, knowing what time they will need the loading docks at each location, knowing when the carpet is being installed so the movers can show up right after, knowing when your IT team will be on-site so that the computers can be in place for IT to connect them.

Obviously, not only is it important for you to have a moving plan, but that the mover is a part of that plan as well so that your company can be up and running as fast as possible.

Regardless of if you need a union or non-union moving company, be sure you do your due diligence in choosing a company. The cost involved in  choosing the wrong moving company can very much affect your business.

For more information on a commercial relocation in Boston, contact Marathon Moving.