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Tis the Season for Snow! Winter Moving Tips

Have a Safe and Happy Holiday Season!
Have a Safe and Happy Holiday Season!

Moving into a new home or commercial location can be a wish-come-true for the holidays!


However, weather conditions can interfere with the ease of your move. So how can you make your winter move go more smoothly than a sleigh ride to grandma’s? Here are three helpful tips:


1) Clear snow-covered pathways to and from the house

Basements, front doors, and back doors should be cleared of snow for better ease and safety while we transport your belongings to and from our vehicles. De-icing these pathways before movers arrive is a necessity that saves time and money by expediting the start of your move.


3) Reduce mess at entryways with a mat

Place a mat, extra piece of carpet, or taped down cardboard at entryways assists with reducing the amount of ice melt, snow, and slush that may be tracked into your house. This will not only assist our expert movers who must wear boots as a safety precaution while moving your belongings, but will sharply cut down on the amount of clean up necessary post-move.


3) Plan for transporting house plants

For proper protection from the cold and other winter elements, plants need a warm, and sometimes large, vehicle to move from your current location in the winter months. Either plan on making multiple trips for a numerous amount of plants, or use a large vehicle, such as a van, for bulkier indoor shrubbery and trees.


Feel free to call Charles River Movers at 781-899-6683 for a free estimate or moving tips today and happy moving this holiday season!








Packing Tips: Episode Four--Tough Corners; Pantries and Storage Closets



Pantries often contain breakable articles, such as large ceramics, glasses, china, serving platters and other items. Following the same rules as were outlined in Episode Two: Fragile Items, these objects should all be carefully wrapped and placed into the same cartons as dishes and breakables.


Here’s a weight chart cheat-sheet for you just in case you have yet to check out Episode One, General Packing Tips, of our series!


Heavy Object = Small Carton

Medium-weight Object = Medium Carton

Light Object (most) = Large Carton

Spice, Liquid, and Food Containers:


Seal Securely

Put a strip of tape over the tops of bottles to fasten them safely; run a strip of tape over the top of spice cans; tape cereal boxes shut, and run a strip of tape around the lid of canisters, securing them tightly.


Storage Closets:


Most goods in storage closets can be packed into a medium-sized carton.


Pots and Pans

These should be lined with wrapping paper (like glasses) and nested one inside the other whenever possible. Then pots and pans should be wrapped to protect against scratching and denting before being packed into a carton.

Small Appliances

Mixmasters, blenders, toasters, food processors, etc., should be wrapped if several will be packed into a single carton.  However, if a piece is going into an individual carton, simply fill the space around it with wadded-up wrapping paper.



Feel free to call Charles River Movers at 781-899-6683 for a free estimate or moving tips today and happy packing this holiday season!






Packing Tips: Episode Three--Kitchen and Dishware

Overwhelmed by the thought of packing up your kitchen?


Let Charles River Movers help!

When packing, the kitchen tends to be a daunting adversary for many individuals as a commonly used room with delicate dishware. This two part episode, 1) Organization and Preparation, and 2) Packing Dishware, will collapse that Goliath of a room into easily manageable steps.


Part 1) Organization and Preparation


Firstly, clear off that kitchen table!

Packing is a great deal easier and far less tiring if you work conveniently on a table.  Therefore, the first thing to do is to clear off the one in your kitchen.

Get creative picking out a packing carton

Choose a good, solid, medium sized carton for packing breakables.  Liquor cartons, which contain dividers, are especially well-suited for packing and protecting valuable glassware, figurines, and more. Before packing, crumple-up some newspaper and line the bottom of the carton for added cushioning and protection against breakage.  Also, make sure the bottom of the carton is well-sealed with plenty of tape.



Packing your kitchen will be a cinch with Charles River Movers' tips!
Packing your kitchen will be a cinch with Charles River Movers' tips!

Part 2) Packing Dishware


1) Position

Lay out several sheets of wrapping paper and place a plate in the center. Grasp the corner 
nearest you of three sheets of wrapping paper.


            2) Cover

Cover the plate completely by pulling the corner of the three sheets of wrapping paper over the entire dish.  


      3) Add Second Plate

On top of the first dish.


      4) Cover again

Pull a different corner of the same three sheets of paper over the dishes, covering them completely.  

*Depending on the size of the dishes, you may want to add 
another dish or two to the stack, repeating the procedure with the third and fourth corners of the wrapping paper.


            5) Bundle and Repeat

When the dishes are all enclosed, turn the whole bundle over and, using a 
couple more sheets of wrapping paper repeat the corner-wrapping process again with three more sheets of paper.  When this is done, your dishes will be doubly-wrapped.


      6) Seal and Pack


Seal-up the bundle with sealing tape and place it vertically in your chosen medium-sized carton.


Bonus Tip:

When packing a bundle of flat dishes in the carton, always stand them vertically on edge. Do not lay dishes flat!  Dishware can withstand more weight and stress when stood on edge.


Please do not hesitate to contact Charles River Movers with any questions or concerns regarding packing for your move at 781-899-6683. Have a safe and happy holiday season!






Packing Tips: Episode Two--Fragile Items

Help these arrive safe and intact!
Help these arrive safe and intact!

Easy as One, Two, Three!


Fragile, delicate, and breakable items must first be carefully wrapped before they can be packed into boxes. This includes dishes, glassware, stemware, ceramics, vases, figurines, table lamps, pictures, mirrors, and the like. Follow these three simple steps to perfectly pack your breakables.

1)      Wrap

Glasses/Dishware: Entirely cover the glass/dish with a layer of newspaper or wrapping paper which can be purchased through Charles River Movers. Glasses can be nested one inside the other when possible.


Stemware/Vases/Figurines:Wrap each piece separately by placing the item diagonally on a few pieces of wrapping paper, nearer to your body rather than in the center of the sheet, and rolling the item up in the paper.



2)      Secure

Every item, individually wrapped, should be protected with additional pieces of wrapping paper to guard them from being scratched or broken. When necessary, feel free to use one or two pieces of tape to secure the paper as well.



3)      Pack

Glasses/Dishware: Place each individually wrapped glass/dish into a small box and, remember from our first episode of packing tips, to completely fill each box. This prevents damage to the items from shifting during your move. If the box will be too heavy if entirely filled, instead add crumpled up wrapping paper to fill the box to ensure your items are protected.


Stemware/Vases/Figurines: These fragile items, once wrapped, are best packed into the compartments of an empty liquor carton or in one of our dish cartons.


Please do not hesitate to contact Charles River Movers with any questions or concerns regarding packing for your move at 781-899-6683. Happy Packing!







Packing Tips: Episode One--General Packing

Happy Packing!
Happy Packing!

Nine Tips:

Frequently Asked Packing Questions


1)      Packing seems incredibly overwhelming! How can I reduce stress around this part of my move?


Planning Ahead

Moving can be a seemingly daunting event. However, by starting your packing a month or so ahead of time you will only need to pack two or three cartons a day in order to have anywhere from 60 to 90+ cartons by the time moving day arrives.  The trick to not getting overwhelmed is to start as early as possible and by splitting packing into multiple small projects.


Remember, you can also take advantage of Charles River Mover’s packing services. We can provide packing materials or complete the entire packing process for you prior to your move. Check out our packing services for more information.



2)      Where should I begin packing in my house?


The Basement and Attic

Two good places to begin packing are in the basement and the attic.  The contents of these storage areas are seldom used and would not interfere with your daily life if they were packed ahead of time.


3)      Should I wait to pack any area in particular?


The Kitchen

Definitely save the kitchen for last. We live in the kitchen.  Most things in this room are used on a daily basis and if packed too far in advance they could cause unnecessary inconveniences for you.


4)      Is there one packing method you recommend the most?



One the best ways you can help yourself in the packing and unpacking process is to pack room by room.  When your boxes are being brought into your new home, you will be surprisingly thankful that the entire contents of a carton are all from the same room.  This way each carton can be placed into the appropriate room when they are being carried in by our expert movers.  For that reason, it helps to NOT combine the articles from various rooms into one carton.  It is best to do all the packing in one room before moving on to the next one.

5)      What size cartons should I use?


Heavy Object = Small Carton    

Medium Object = Medium Carton

Light Object = Large Carton

Small, heavy articles, such as books, records, canned goods, small hand tools, etc., should be packed in small cartons; larger not-so-heavy items should be packed into medium sized cartons; very light-weight articles, such as blankets, pillows, toys, clothing, etc., are to be 
packed in the largest cartons.



6)      Why do I need to fill up each carton all the way?


To Avoid Damage

To avoid crushing, all cartons should be filled-up as full as you can pack them.  If you feel a carton is getting too heavy or you don’t want to pack anything more into a carton that is not full, and then stuff wrapping paper to fill up the remaining space before sealing it.


7)      Is there anything that I should NOT be packing?


Hazardous Materials.

Do not pack anything flammable or explosive.  Never pack gasoline, kerosene, paint thinner or solvents, open cans of paint or aerosol spray cans (aerosol spray cans will explode in too much heat).


8)      My dresser is full—can I keep my belongings in it for the move? 


Yes, but only soft or light objects.

By all means, pack in dresser draws.  However, pack only soft or light items, such as clothing, blankets, etc.  Remove anything heavy or 
breakable from the draws and pack them into cartons. Do not pack draws with too much weight as this could potentially cause damage to the dresser while on the truck.


9)      It is hot! Any Do’s or Do Not’s for packing in warm weather?


Pack the Attic Early

If your move will be taking place during the hottest time of the year, it is best to pack the attic first.  Many attics become unbearably warm during the afternoon so try packing there as early in the day as possible while it is still cool.