It's almost September 1, and we all know what that means...It's moving day in Boston!
Whether you're moving or not, you’ve probably noticed the annual invasion of U-Hauls, trailers, and double-parked cars piled high with boxsprings and dressers.
Do you have street parking in Boston? This weekend is a good weekend to get out of town or splurge on a garage spot for a few days. Too many moving trucks and vans roaming up and down the streets at the same time spells trouble for parked cars. The guy that gets stuck under a bridge on Storrow always makes the news, but getting sideswiped during moving season in Boston is a common occurrence.
If you're moving into or out of a Boston apartment this weekend - or you have so kindly volunteered to help a good friend move! - it pays to be prepared.
Here are a few tips that will help you survive unscathed:
1. Get packing – You probably have some great friends and relatives that have agreed to help you move for nothing more than the promise of a home-cooked dinner. Show them your appreciation by having as much of your stuff packed and ready to go when everyone arrives.
If you've hired movers, they are paid by the hour, so you don't want the clock ticking while you scramble to fill up the last dozen boxes.
Remember to put descriptive labels on all the boxes. It may take you a few days to get all your stuff sorted out in your new place. Finding the right box at the right time, say, when you need to take a bath and are looking for some soap and shampoo, will reduce move-in stress.
2. Find parking at your new apartment – Visit the building and try to find some place to park beforehand. The last thing you want is to show up with all your stuff and realize the only available spot is 3 blocks away. Consider applying for a Street Occupancy Permit. Getting one of these permits will help you get the move completed a whole lot quicker. Note: permits must be obtained 3 days in advance for residential locations, with signs posted a minimum of 48 hours in advance of occupancy.
3. Be prepared for a full day – Let's face it. So many people will be moving at the same time, you will likely need the whole day to get your stuff from one apartment to the next. Set your own expectations that it will be a full day job. If you finish before midnight, reward yourself with an extra drink!
4. Little favors can help – If you have hired some movers to transport your stuff, spoil them. Offering a bottle of Gatorade, picking up the tab on their lunch, and tipping generously will keep them happy and improve the chances that your valuables make it in one piece.
5. Stock up -- Buy some toilet paper, paper towels, and bottled water now, before moving day. The last thing you want to do when you arrive at your new place is run out to the store for staples. And staying hydrated will help keep your spirits up!
6. Inspect the apartment with your landlord -- Make notes of any items that are need of repair. A broken window or faulty light switch is simple to repair, however you don't want to be on the hook for it simply because it was not noticed or mentioned before you took occupancy. Also, have a walk-through at your OLD apartment for the same reason. You don't want to lose part of your deposit based on the actions of someone that move in behind you.
Photos by post406 and a rancid amoeba