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Apartment Moving Tips for Boston: A Guide Blog

Between organizing all of your belongings, arranging transportation in the crowded city, and unpacking everything in your new place, moving can be an extremely daunting task. However, the idea of moving does not have to be scary, especially when you are proactive and plan everything ahead of time. As Boston experts, our team has devised an outline of critical moving tips that can help make the process easier.

How to Prepare for the Move

two people packing boxes

What you do to prepare before you move is arguably the most important step in the entire process. Being prepared ahead of time can not only save you time, but it can also reduce stress associated with the move. For example, one key tip for moving preparation is to start packing early, so you can really think about what you want to bring, and how you will organize it. On the other hand, if you pack at the last minute, it may be harder to make decisions over what to pack, as you have less time to think and will likely be overwhelmed. Procrastination never leads to good results, so we recommend that you are ready to go and have all of your packing done the day before moving out. This way you can relax and get a good night's sleep before the big day.

What to do While Packing

A mess of moving boxes on a street

Staying organized while packing is definitely another important step in optimizing your moving experience. To do this, we first recommend making an organizational system to help keep all of your belongings in place. For example, it may be helpful to take note of what is in each box/ suitcase by creating labels on your storage containers. Doing this will help you know where everything is, doing this also make unpacking easier as a bonus. Another important packing tip is to be mindful of the space you have in your new place, so you may want to go through your belongings and figure out what you really need. Although it can be hard to get rid of stuff, especially if you have an emotional connection to certain items, do not be afraid to get rid of things you don't need. Moreover, if you are concerned about your environmental impact from getting rid of some of your belongings, consider bringing your extra things to a donation center in Boston. Ultimately, we recommend that you do not put your belonging on the sidewalk for too long, especially if you are moving on September 1st. As the busiest moving day in the city, September 1st is known by locals as "Allston Christmas" because of all of the leftover things on the sidewalk, which are assumed to be up for the taking. After all, one man's trash is another man’s treasure.

What to do on Moving Day

Tow Zone sign

On the actual day of your move, there are a few key measures that you can take to make this process more smooth. The first key tip is to be familiar with the area you are moving out of and into to avoid issues with parking. Specifically, you may want to get a moving permit, so you can guarantee a legal Boston parking spot. The last thing you want is to get towed during the stress of moving. Along with parking, you may also want to plan your transportation route in advance, as Boston

can be a difficult city to navigate.

Truck getting stuck under a bridge

Also, if you are driving a tall truck, you must make sure to avoid Storrow Drive, so that you do not "storrowed" under the bridge (as the picture below demonstrates). Lastly, you want to make sure that you have plenty of help, as moving is a physically strenuous task. If you do not think you can tackle it on your own, make sure to ask friends and family to help you, or directly hire movers. For more Boston specific information on moving check out

Finding an apartment:

Before you actually move, you need to find a new apartment. If you are looking for a new Boston apartment , start your search on Rentwise Boston, the platform that shows buildings!

Last but not least, good luck!


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