Mistakes to Avoid When Packing

Summertime is a popular time to move: you may have vacation time coming up and your kids are home from school, allowing for extra hands to help with packing, loading the truck and getting everything into its new place. Before the big day arrives, it’s important to make sure you have everything in place. Stay organized during your move by avoiding these packing mistakes!

Avoid weak packing materials

Cuttings costs wherever possible is always appealing during a major project. However, using free or used can lead to catastrophe in transit, from boxes buckling to ripping and damaging its contents. Use sturdy, new boxes to pack heavier items that will be placed into storage for a time, and wrap any breakable or valuable items with packing paper and bubble wrap before packing them in order to avoid breaks.

Do not overpack

While packing up your boxes, perform periodic lift tests in order to make sure you can lift the boxes. Boxes that are too weighed down will be more prone to breaking, no matter how steady. For heavier boxes, make sure to lift With a partner, or use a dolly in order to avoid injuries from lifting too quickly.

Don’t leave packing until the last minute

The last thing you need is for the movers to come with half of your residence unpacked. Set some time aside each day in the weeks prior to moving day to work on designated rooms in your home. If you decide you need help packing, let your moving company know. The team assigned to help with your move with come equipped with packing materials to help complete the job. Make sure you set aside items you will need for the first few days in a first night box to get you through until you’re done unpacking.

Packing & Moving Services in New England

If you are moving to or from the Boston area and need help, contact OnDemand Storage today! We provide moving, packing and virtual storage services! If you need to leave items in storage for a time, we can hold them in one of our secure storage units and deliver them to you upon request. OnDemand Storage can be reached by calling (855)215-6617 or by filling out our online contact form.

Moving from Boston to NYC

Boston to NYC Moving

Moving from Boston to NYC

Are you moving from Boston to NYC? You’re not alone! Every year 1000s of professionals and families decide to take the plunge from Boston, MA to New York, New York. Moving to NYC is an exciting prospect as opportunities for your career are virtually endless and your social scene just increased by a factor of 10. You’re excited and ready to go…but you have to get there first.

Even though NYC is just 215 miles from Boston, moving between the two is tricky. Knowing the best highway routes to take – and more importantly to avoid can change move time(s) and your overall experience drastically. Also, NYC and Boston are not known for their parking or navigability making it tough to move couches down narrow Brownstone’s and up crowded apartments. OnDemand has vast experience performing moves from Boston to New York City making it as painless as possible for you.

Here’s what’s included in your move:

  • Clean & Reliable Moving Truck
  • Blankets, Dollies, Wrap, Other Equipment
  • Loading Help
  • Mileage, Fuel, Tolls
  • Experience in Both Pickup & the Final Destination
  • 2-4 Professionals Movers
  • Insurance Certificates for Property Managers
  • More!

Here’s what you can do to make it easier:

  • Get Parking Permits
  • Pack [Unless you want ODS packing help]
  • Book in Advance
  • Have Access to Destination

OnDemand relies on deep experience and knowledge to do our best to keep the overall cost down for our clients. Through intelligent timing, route planning, and accommodating clients scheduling needs we can develop a plan to execute your move in the shortest time possible. We’ll let you know the true cost ahead of time and not surprise you with hidden and unnecessary fees. Email us at info@ondemandstorage.com or call 781-499-5330 to get started.

Packing Your Room at Boarding School

Summer is nearly here, with high school graduation season upon us. If you are getting ready to move back home after your semester is over, follow these tips to pack your boarding school dorm room efficiently!

Start Early & Pack in Stages

You don’t want to leave all of your packing until the last minute. In the time before finals begin, take an hour or so per day to go through your belongings and sort out what you may or may not need next year. This reduces the amount of time it will take in the final stretch when you’ll need to spend more time concentrating on exams and papers.

Unplug Your Refrigerator in Advance

Your fridge is constantly running, and once you unplug it, the ice and condensation built up inside will begin to melt and could leak. Giving it time to settle to room temperature before moving it to your storage facility saves a lot of mess. Make sure the area is surrounded by towels to soak up the excess water.

 Organize & Roll Your Clothes

Keep your clothing together and sorted by season in order to find what you’re looking for next fall. If you feel like you are running low on room, roll your shirts and pants. This takes up less room than folding your clothes flat, and you can layer in your socks in any nooks and empty spaces.

Pack Books in Suitcases

Your books are heavier than your clothes, and packing them in the incorrect type of box can lead to moving disaster. Your boxes can buckle in transit, and you could lose them if they are not labeled properly. Moving any books you are looking to keep in wheeled suitcases allows easier moving and reduces the risk of overpacking.

Utilize Your Plastic Bins

If you are planning to keep a lot of your belongings near school, use your plastic bins! These are perfect for holding your clothes and any odds and ends you may have accumulated throughout the year.

Storage for Boarding School Students in Boston

If you need a place to store your things over the summer before next semester starts, contact OnDemand Storage! We provide virtual storage for boarding school students across New England, providing pickup and delivery service so you don’t need to worry about how to get your things to and from a unit. OnDemand Storage can be reached by calling (855)215-6617 or by filling out our online contact form.

Apartment Moving in Boston

Boston is a city that’s exploding! With over 7,000 new condos already proposed and approved for the next few years, many residents will need a moving and storage service that specializes in Boston. Whether you’re a college student or a seasoned working professional, apartment moving in Boston is a niche skill, here some things to consider:

Does my apartment have an elevator?

Moving companies charge an hourly rate, that in peak seasons can range anywhere from $100/hr to $250/hr for two men and one moving vehicle. Having an elevator will help speed up the process making your overall cost lower. However, if you have to move couches, dressers, and beds up and down the narrow stairwells of a Boston Brownstone – then you’re going to need the professional help so you don’t damage your valuables or hurt yourself!

Understanding the layout of your specific building and the way that will change the cost of your move is important to feeling comfortable in proceeding with your mover.

Packing Help

Do you need help packing? Again, there are two viewpoints. Typically, if you pack your boxes the cost of your move will be lower, however, the mover’s insurance may not extend fully to items that are packed by owner (PBO). If you’re not a professional packer then it may be wise to allow the moving company to do the packing even though you’ll likely incur a cost for materials and hourly labor. Although, what’s the point of moving your stuff if its going to get broken? Let the pros do it!

Parking Permits/ Service Elevators

Boston is not a city known for its unlimited parking. Therefore, you’ll need to reserve the spot in front of your residence for your mover. This can be done by going to the City of Boston’s website. If your building has a service elevator you should reserve that for a 2-6hr window depending on the complexity and size of your move. This can typically be done by making arrangements with the concierge at your building.


Being able to go seamlessly between apartments is a luxury in Boston. Often there are a few days or weeks between leases. During this time, you may need a temporary place to put your items. A traditional self-storage unit is not your best option because it will require a lot of physical labor from you. Check out our services, OnDemand Storage, we provide pickup, storage, and delivery of stored items when you need them. You’ll be able to access your items in storage via our web application that categorizes and photographs items so you get the benefits of self-storage without the “self” part!

Move Off Cycle

If you can avoid moving from May-September you’re going to save yourself A LOT of money. Moving companies are swamped during these dates allowing them to raise their hourly rates dramatically. Furthermore, if you can move into October or November you’ll get lower rates and likely get more talented movers ensuring your items travel from A to B in the best hands possible while saving money – pretty good deal!

Student Apartments

Boston is known for its dense College and University populations. Allston, Brighton, Cambridge, and more are full of students who elect to live off campus to enjoy the freedom away from dorms. If you need moving and storage during the beginning, end, or middle of the year OnDemand Storage can help! We store 1000s of students every academic year. Our custom sign up process allows students to select their off-campus location and have ODS movers come right to their apartment! We also provide packing materials and help. Move and store the smart way – with OnDemand


Packing Tips for Your Semester Abroad

As you prepare for your semester abroad, you may find yourself overwhelmed by the prospect of packing everything you need for your time away. Since you’ll be a flight away, it’s important to avoid overpacking. Follow these tips to pack exactly what you’ll need next semester without extra luggage fees!

Check the Local Weather

Checking the local weather is the easiest thing you can do to determine the type of clothing you will need. If you are going to a location known to be cold or mild for most of the year, packing mostly warm weather clothes will be a waste of space. If you are going somewhere warmer, you might not want to wear heavy jeans and hoodies every day. While you pack for your time away, pack a few outfits for warmer days and pack the rest of your clothes for the average weather for the duration of your stay. Make sure you have at least one outfit suitable for formal occasions that may arise during the semester, such as dances or presentations.

Pack Sturdy Walking Shoes

Between exploring your host city and traveling to nearby cities and countries, you will be doing a lot of walking during your semester away. That’s why it is important to make sure you have a pair of solid walking shoes that provide good support for extended periods of time. Depending on where you are traveling, the roads and sidewalks may have a lot of uneven surfaces, making flats impractical for your adventures.

 Utilize All Available Space

While abroad, you are probably limited to two suitcases and a carry-on bag. Since space is limited and you need to stay within the weight restrictions of air travel, it’s important to maximize the space used in your suitcase. Rolling shirts, pants, and casual dresses saves room in your bag, allowing you to fit more. You can make sure you stay within the weight limit by periodically checking your bag with a portable luggage scale. The scale straps to your bag’s handle and weighs the bag as it is lifted. This allows to you gauge the amount of space you have while avoiding additional costs. Packing additional socks and underwear never hurts, and they are small enough to fit into empty spaces between piles. In the off-chance your bag is lost in transit, make sure an extra pair of socks and underwear are in your carry-on.

Affordable Study-Abroad Semester Storage Near Your School

If you are traveling abroad for a semester and aren’t sure what to do with your belongings, store them near your school with OnDemand Storage! We provide affordable, virtual student storage across the country with easy pickup and delivery service, so you don’t need to worry about lugging your couch or bins to the unit! OnDemand Storage can be reached by calling (855)215-6617 or by filling out our online contact form.

Pack Your Mirrors Safely

With the end of the semester here, you may be wondering how to pack some of your more breakable belongings for summer storage. If you have a mirror you are planning to keep for next semester, you’ll need to make sure it is packed correctly to avoid cracks and breaking.

Use High-Quality Packing Materials

It is important to use strong, sturdy materials that will not buckle or rip during the moving process while packing up your mirror. OnDemand Storage provides packing materials on ODS Box Days to students signed up for our summer program. While it may be tempting to skimp on paper, tough cardboard paper will go a long way in keeping your mirror safe. Prior to wrapping, create an X on the glass to keep the pieces together in case the mirror is dropped. This will also protect the frame in case something happens. You will also want to place a piece of cardboard between the mirror itself and any protective wrapping to prevent dust and scratches from forming on the glass. For additional protection, place a layer of Styrofoam cut exactly to your mirror on top of the cardboard for padding.

Protect the Corners

While keeping the glass from shattering is important to maintaining the integrity of your mirror, keeping the frame protected goes a long way. The frame is what is keeping the glass together, and adding a buffer will protect it from bumps and sliding. If you have a square or rectangle mirror with corners that meet at 90-degree angles, you should buy corner protectors at your local moving supplies or big box store. Round mirrors can be wrapped in bubble wrap to protect the frame.

Wrap the Mirror Securely

Using old blankets and bubble wrap, wrap the mirror with minimal slack so it doesn’t move around. Top this off with a layer of plastic wrap to reduce the risk of moisture forming within the package. Tape additional cardboard around the wrapped mirror without allowing for room to slide. Label the mirror on each side, with the word “Fragile” clear and legible to prevent the package from being bounced around during the truck loading and unloading.

Convenient Student Storage & Packing Materials

If you need a place to store your belongings this summer, contact OnDemand Storage today. We provide student storage for schools up and down the East Coast, giving you one less thing to worry about at the end of the semester! OnDemand can be reached by calling 1.855.216.6617 or by filling out our signup form online.

The Importance of Using Good Packing Materials

man taping a box to moveGetting ready to move out at the end of the semester is a process, to say the least. Between organizing items to take with you or put into storage, you may be looking for ways to make the process easier. Making sure you are using sturdy and protective packing materials will go a long way in making sure your belongings are kept safe.

Use the right moving boxes

Local supermarkets and big box stores may sell or even give away used boxes for people looking for packing materials. These boxes can cause problems during your move. Produce boxes are designed to handle less weight than regular moving boxes and are prone to tearing along the edges and buckling during the moving process. Using a variety of different-sized boxes can also make it difficult to stack without boxes hanging over edges or weaker boxes collapsing under the weight. If you moved into school with large plastic bins, making sure they are packed evenly and not overweighed is vital to keeping the bin stable. Moving and storage companies often sell specialty boxes designed for moving and heavy items for less than $2 per box.

Label each box clearly

You might not need to unpack each box immediately after moving into your new dorm or apartment. Make sure each box is labeled with its designated room on at least three sides with brief descriptions of the contents, such as “KITCHEN- pots, pans, and silverware” or “BEDROOM- books.” This will make unloading your items and unpacking each box more efficient because there’s less of a chance you will forget where a specific thing is packed.

Filling the empty spaces

It’s highly unlikely that your things will perfectly stack up and fill the entirety of a box. To keep delicate items safe, it’s important to make sure the gaps are filled with paper. It provides a layer of protection from scratching and keeps each item firmly in place during transport.  Adding paper to your box will also make sure you do not overpack, keeping each at a reasonable weight.

Packing Materials for Students at ODS Box Days

If you are still figuring out what to do with your belongings this summer, contact OnDemand Storage today! We are still accepting signups from schools across the East Coast and provide packing materials to students signed up on ODS Box Days, conveniently timed before finals begin. To sign up, OnDemand can be reached by calling 1.855.216.6617 or by filling out our signup form.

Decluttering During Spring Cleaning

woman packing a trunk of clothesSpring is finally here! Now that it’s finally nice enough to open some windows, you may start to feel a little overwhelmed by the sheer amount of stuff in your home. While you go about disinfecting surfaces and dusting corners, this is the perfect opportunity to de-clutter your living area so you have more space!

Begin with a strategy

Contrary to popular belief, decluttering doesn’t need to be done in just one day. In order to chip away at your piles and see gradual results, throw away or donate one thing each day for 30 days. This will remove the stress of the situation while slowly and surely showing results. If you want to see a difference sooner, do this with the number of items in the number of the day- one on the first day, three on the third day. By the end of the month, your home will be unrecognizable!

Go through your closet

You probably have clothes you haven’t worn in some time. If you haven’t worn something in the last year, put it in a pile for donation. If you have a lot of clothes hanging in your closet, flip each hanger so they are facing the same direction. When you where the article of clothing, flip the hanger. At the end of the month, donate whatever has not been flipped. If the clothes you are not wearing are out of season, pack them up for storage to conserve space.

Remove duplicate items from your home

At some point, you may have gone to the store and bought something you already had but forgotten about. Whether it’s a set of pots and pans or a few extra blankets stacked up on the couch, these items will take up valuable room in your home. It’s always good to have a backup just in case, so pack up any new or gently used duplicates and put them into storage. Duplicates that are overworn and at the end of their lifespan should be properly disposed of.

Residential & Student Storage in Boston

If you are trying to make room in your home and don’t have time to do a ton of research on self-storage facilities, contact OnDemand Storage today! We offer virtual storage with pickup and delivery, so you won’t ever have to go to your unit! You will be able to view every item you have stored with us online and request delivery whenever you want. Your belongings will be back in your possession within 24 hours! For more information on our virtual storage units, OnDemand Storage can be reached by calling (855)215-6617 or by filling out our online contact form.

Estate Sales

Estate Sales: The Do's and Dont's

People accumulate a lot “stuff” over the course of their life and will often leave many things behind. One way to make the most of an unfortunate situation is to have an estate sale. Estate sales are an effective way to liquidate some of the possessions of a person who has recently deceased. Sometimes people have valuable belongings and if an item is sold the money can be split up between the beneficiaries of that person’s will.


Most importantly make sure that the people closest to the person who has passed away have the opportunity to take mementos or other meaningful items that have value to that person. The worst-case scenario is siblings or friends become bitter over how to handle the belongings of the deceased. Ideally, you’ll make a plan and everyone will have an equal opportunity to take something meaningful.

Get an Appraiser

For anywhere between $75 and $500 per hour a professional appraiser can look at different artifacts, jewelry, furniture, art, etc. to determine the value. Some items may be valuable enough to go to auction where they can be sold for large sums of money.

Yard Sale – Is it worth it?

A yard sale is hardly worth the trouble as often you’ll get people looking to get treasures for rock bottom prices. Furthermore, you’ll likely save more money from donating everything that isn’t worth big money and getting the tax deduction.

Transitional Experts

Hire transitional experts, like  Lifecycle Transitions to help make transitioning from one location to another easy and pain free. They can help set you up with a variety of different services from packing to moving to real estate sales.


Maybe you aren’t ready to make a final decision regarding some of the items or you want to clear some excess furniture and boxes out to stage a house for a sale. Getting set up in a self-storage unit can be a lot of work when you consider renting a truck, finding a unit, and getting everything there. Instead, call OnDemand Storage to provide convenient pickup, storage, and re-delivery on-demand. OnDemand creates a virtual storage unit so you can request items back at any time! Lastly, ODS can help you sell your items via their robust network of buyers and sellers!

Planning Timeline for Your Summer Move Out

people packing up a boxSpring break is finally here, and before you know it, it’ll be time to leave school for the summer! Whether you are going to work a summer job in your hometown or interning somewhere new, you’ll need to make sure you have your dorm or apartment ready for move-out day. Follow this timeline to make sure you get everything done on time!

Two Months Out

If you live in an apartment and have not done so already, make sure you give your landlord at least two months’ notice that you will be leaving, whether just for the summer or ending your lease entirely. Beginning packing up things you don’t use as often: seasonal clothing, cookware you don’t anticipate using. Start making piles for what you are planning on donating or getting rid of at the end of the year. Make sure you have secured a place to live come September.

Six Weeks Out

You might not want to bring all of your belongings with you this summer. Six weeks before your expected move date, make arrangements to have your things stored. Come up with a budget and an estimated list of what you are storing, from your bike to bins of books and clothing. If you don’t want to spend money on lost space you don’t need, contact OnDemand Storage. Our virtual storage units ensure that you only pay for the space that you need without leaving room to move around, and our tiered pricing structure is perfect for students!

Four Weeks Out

One month before you move out, start packing up your things. Start with what you know you will not be using before you move out. As it gets closer to your moving date, pack more and more. If you need packing materials, check out your schedule for your school’s ODS Box Day! On Box Days, the team at OnDemand will come to your school and distribute free boxes, tape, labels and markers to students signed up for storage units. New signups will also be welcomed that day.

Two Weeks Out

Check your calendar for pickup day! This will occur just before the end of the year before finals begin. Make sure your packing is done so you can have your things picked up and delivered to your storage unit without worrying on top of exams, papers, and final projects!

Student Storage Across the East Coast

If you are looking to make the end of the semester a little easier, contact OnDemand Storage today! We will pick up your belongs at the end of the school year and deliver them back to your new residence next fall! For more information on student storage, contact OnDemand by calling (855) 216-6617 or by filling out our online contact form.