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.”
If you need help moving in Boston, contact Marathon Moving.
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.
For more information on a reputable moving company in Boston, contact Marathon Moving.