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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.

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.

Storage

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

 

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.

Mementos

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.

Storage

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!

Luggage storage Boston

Luggage Storage Boston

Are you traveling Boston? Do you need short term luggage storage? Long term luggage storage? OnDemand Storage can help you with your luggage storage needs!

Whether you’re coming to Boston by train, plane, or bus sometimes during travel you’ll have a layover and need to find short term luggage storage options in Boston. If you can find a place to ditch the luggage in the mean time you can go explore all the great things Boston has to offer. Trying to walk the Freedom Trail or shop in Faneuil Hall will be difficult with a 40lb suitcase and will surely ruin a nice day in Boston!

Short term luggage storage in Boston can be found at South Station or Rowe’s Warf Water Taxi. South Station, a major hub of train transportation has space to store luggage and other bags for $10/bag in the package express room. If you’re planning on taking the Amtrak and have a ticket with you then you’ll able to store your luggage in the Amtrak storage locker for only $3/bag. Furthermore, the Rowe’s Warf Water Taxi will store your luggage for free if you use their services.

So, you’re not at South Station or Rowe’s Warf, or need long term storage, where can you store luggage?

If you need a Boston luggage storage service for longer than a day or two your best option in OnDemand Storage who will provide full service pickup, storage, and delivery of luggage. OnDemand is changing the way storage works, you don’t have to do anything except provide pickup details and ODS sends a truck or van to grab your luggage.

Once your item is in storage, OnDemand uploads a photo inventory so you’ll always have eyes on your valuables. Need it back? Simply, log into your account and request on demand delivery anywhere! If you need something shipped internationally, we provide discounted shipping to any country in the world through our partnership with DHL.

OnDemand Storage pricing plans start at $10/month so depending on the number of items you’ll be storing you get great savings!

Dorm Room Checklist

Dorm Room Checklist

Going to college is an exciting and stressful time for students and their families. In most cases it’s the first time a child is going to be away from his or her parents for an extended period of time. Even more stressful for parents it’s the first time you will not have a daily influence on your child’s actions and decisions. If you’re looking to calm your nerves about sending your kid(s) to college then use this move-in checklist as a way to make sure they have everything they need!

Depending on where/how far your kids’ college is it could make sense to purchase some items close to the school (save on shipping costs) or pack seasonally to make travel easier. Also, if you want to ship items to meet you at your residence hall door contact OnDemand Storage. They’ll provide pickup at your home and then affordable and reliable shipping to your son or daughter’s college no matter where it is.

Dorm Room Necessities:

  • Bedding (2 sets)
  • Drying Rack (for clothing)
  • Trash can
  • Cork Board (to pin important things)
  • Dry Erase Calendar
  • Double Sides Tape (Posters)
  • Toolbox
  • Desk Chair
  • Lamp
  • TV
  • Extension Cord
  • Multi- Input Plug
  • Mini Fridge
  • Microwave

Dorm Room Storage Ideas:

  • Storage Bins
  • Plastic Drawers
  • Bed Risers (creates space under bed)
  • Hamper (dirty clothes)
  • Jewelry Case
  • Shower Caddy
  • Coat Rack
  • Extra Pole for Closet (create a second level for hangers)
  • Backpack

Bedding

  • Pillows (and cases)
  • 2 Comforters
  • 2 Sets of linens
  • 5 Towels
  • Mattress Pad (you’ll definitely want this!)

Household Items

  • Trash Bags
  • Sandwich Bags
  • Storage bags
  • Soap
  • Bowls/Plates/Cups (plastic)
  • Paper Towels
  • Tissues
  • Water Bottles
  • Plastic Silverware
  • Food Storage (plastic container)

Desk Items

  • Stapler
  • Stick Notes/ Post Cards
  • Highlighters
  • Pens/Pencils
  • Folders
  • Binders (three ring)
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Flash Drive
  • Stamps
  • Envelopes
  • Bookcase/Hutch
  • Printer

 

Electronics

  • Laptop
  • Speakers
  • Camera
  • Nice Headphones
  • Surge Protector

 

Toiletries

  • Aspirin
  • Vitamins
  • Toothbrush/Paste
  • Flossers
  • Tweezers
  • Nail Clippers
  • Hair Dryer
  • Straightener
  • Soap/Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Comb
  • Shaving Kit

In reality this list could on forever and many campuses have easy access to stores like CVS and Walgreen's making it easy to get most of the everyday items so don’t stress too much. Many items are often overlooked as they are taken for granted as things we just have around the house. Additionally, there are some other categories to consider like items you may share with roommates. Furthermore, always check with your individual college or university as some items are restricted at different schools (hot plates, coffee pots, etc.).

One other thing to think about, especially if you go to school further than an hour or two from school is where you are going put everything at the end of the year. One great solution is OnDemand Storage, who provides student storage shipping services nationwide. OnDemand provides free packing boxes, which are distributed at an “ODS Box Day”, typically a week before finals begin. On your scheduled pickup day ODS crew members come to your residence hall or off campus apartment and retrieve items you want to put into summer storage. When the new semester begins ODS will deliver your items to your new location!

Find your school to see the college student summer storage prices at your college!

 

Downsizing

5 Reasons to Downsize Now

Everyone dreams of living in a giant 6,00 sf house with a sprawling foyer, pool house, and huge backyard, but it may not be worth the hassle. Many families are choosing to downsize to increase their quality of life and lower their expenses. Read our 5 reasons why it may be worth it considering downsizing more than just your home.

 

Time

When you choose to downsize you have more time to focus on what matters to you. To some it may be their children, to others their friends or pets. Whatever you care about, life is short and you should be able to spend time on it. When we have too much space to take care of we easily get side tracked and lose focus.

Decrease Stress

Downsizing means cutting more than square footage. Try to find areas of your life that aren’t necessary. If you volunteer in 3-4 groups, pick your two favorites. The benefits of cutting stress are endless. This will trickle into other areas of your life making it easier to be healthy and happy.

Health

You’re already cutting stress, so with more time and less space to care for you can focus on eating healthy and exercising. Both of these dramatically improve your quality of life and are two of the largest benefits of downsizing everything in your life.

Money

Downsizing your costs is important when cutting stress and being happier. Downsizing your home and getting a smaller (or no) mortgage is a great start. Likely, that’s your largest expense so making it smaller will make you feel like the weight of the world is lifted off of your shoulders. Also, cutting obligations inevitably reduces cost because most likely groups or activities you’re involved in have a cost associated with them.

Freedom

Paying off debt and lowering expenses is a great way to achieve freedom. When you don’t owe banks money or people your time you have time and money to do what you want to do. Downsizing in all areas of your life is the best way to create a stress-free life that you’ll enjoy – which is the whole point!

If you decide to downsize your home and need extra space to keep some of the extra things you have, learn about OnDemand Storage. OnDemand provides a 21st century take on self-storage giving you the ability to get the benefits of a self-storage facility without any of the hassle. ODS will pick up belongings at your home, store them, and then deliver them on-demand when you request them from your cloud-based storage unit. ODS uploads photographs of items so you can easily see, manage, and request items in storage at any time!

Home Staging: The Why

Home Staging: The Why

The real estate market is competitive for both buyers and sellers. In many markets there are only a limited number of buyers for the qualities your home has, so you have to be able to separate your property from the rest. There is a way to do this – home staging. Home staging has become increasingly popular in recent years. For those who aren’t familiar, essentially, a staging professional orders all your old, dingy, and out-of-style furniture out and brings in stylish furniture, accents, etc. that compliment your home.  

More Money

According to a survey by Coldwell banker, a leading real residential real estate seller, disclosed that staged homes sell for an average of 6% higher. For your reference on a $500,000 home that’s an extra $30,000 in your pocket—I’ll take that!

Sell Faster

Selling a home is typically a bittersweet and horribly stressful process so there is no need to extend it longer. The National Association of Realtors discovered the longer a home is on the market the more the price declines. Also, Coldwell Banker estimated a 50% faster sale when a home is staged by a staging professional.

Better Pictures

We live in the age of the internet - 90% of buyers research a home online first. Obviously, a stylish décor will help your home stand out from the rest.

Be Proactive

According to the NAR, homes that went on the market staged spent and average of 42 days on the market. Homes that decided to stage once on the market took and average of 196 days. The average ROI on a home staging is between 8-10% - a good investment!

Summary

In real estate markets, like Boston, Brookline, Braintree, Wellesley, Hingham, and many more in Massachusetts to get top dollar and sell in a timely fashion your best chance is hire a professional stager who get the most out of your before it hits the market.

If you’re considering selling your home in the Greater Boston Area be sure to check out Laura Graziano Staging & Interiors. Laura is a 5-star professional who does high quality staging and consistently helps homes sell for above asking price.

If you’re using a home staging professional in Boston and need temporary storage call OnDemand Storage. We provide pickup, secure storage, and return all while allowing you to control your storage unit from your phone. When you get your new home, we’ll deliver your stuff there!

How to Buy a Foreclosed Home

Many OnDemand Storage clients are apartment dwellers looking to purchase a piece of real estate in the not-so-distant-future. The vast majority of people purchase a home from a seller who is currently living at the property. However, buying a foreclosed home is a different method, that if done properly, can help you end up with a steal.

Buying a foreclosed home is different than a typical real estate transaction involving two individual sellers, rather the owner of the property is the lender (a bank) who has seized the property. This creates different levels of checks and balances when it comes to negotiating, approving the sale, etc.

How to Buy A Foreclosed home

There are typically two ways one can purchase a foreclosed property either through a real estate agent or through a public auction.

Differences

A bank will often set the price of the home low so it can move quickly because in an ideal world the bank does not have to hold onto the property long. Obviously, this creates an opportunity to have instant equity in the property. The downside is that the bank has not been taking care of the property on a regular basis so the condition can be unknown. Sometimes in an auction sale an inspection and walk through are not allowed but they are mandatory in a regular transaction. If you have an appetite for risk and want a chance to make instant money this is definitely a route to explore.

Work with an Expert

To increase your chance of success you should work with a real estate agent that specializes in foreclosures. There is additional paperwork and information you’ll need as a buyer that working with a traditional real estate agent with no foreclosure experience could leave you exposed.

Financing Options

After the home is inspected (if allowed) you can talk with experts to determine the cost of necessary repairs. If you decide to proceed you should look into securing a FHA 203(k) loan covering the purchase price of the home plus renovations.

If you find a foreclosed home and decide to make renovations call OnDemand Storage to store your household goods long or short term. ODS provides convenient pickup, storage, and creates you a virtual unit allowing you to request anything back at anytime via delivery!

 

Breaking Apartment Lease Early

Renting a new apartment is an exciting time, it is a new chapter that includes new daily routines, new neighborhoods, restaurants, etc. However, life moves quickly and apartment leases do not. Most likely you’re going to be committed to signing a one-year lease. As we know, opportunities at work and in your private life come quickly and often don’t stay present for a whole year. If you find yourself in a position where an external factor is forcing (or inviting) you to a new living situation – here’s what you need to know about breaking your apartment lease agreement.

First, lets outline the potential consequences that can have short-term and long-term effects on you and your financial well-being.

Civil Suit

Technically speaking, you did sign a legally binding contractual agreement. Skipping rent payments is not a great strategy because eventually you will be forced to answer the bell on those missed payments. In all likelihood any judge will rule that you owe missed payments.

Credit Judgement

Your credit score is your life line. It’s the metric that gives you access to money, low interest rates, and anytime you’re making an obligation to pay someone back in the future, a judgment will negatively impact you. This derogatory mark will stay on your credit report for seven years so a short-sighted decision now can really impact you long-term. Check out Credit Karma to learn more!

Renting Again

The aforementioned credit report may come back to haunt you when you go to sign a new lease. Landlords have the right to ask for your credit report to make sure they are renting to a trustworthy lessee. This will also impact you if you decide to try and purchase a property or receive any other sort of financing.

Ok, enough will all the negativity. Like anything else, there are ways to get out of a lease unscathed.

Be Honest

Landlords are people too. They understand life happens and that a renter may have to break their apartment lease early. Let them know, offer to help find them a new roommate. There is a plethora of applications that make finding off season renters significantly easier than in years past. Having a conversation open and honestly is your best bet to get out of your lease early without penalty.

Early Termination Clause

This very issue is commonly addressed in leases. Make sure to read your lease thoroughly before you sign it initially. If you do not see a clause to break the apartment lease early then you may suggest amendments to the contract to include this language. The most common scenario is a one-month penalty. All things considered, to pay one month and be out unscathed is good!

 Contract Breach

If you got unlucky and have the worst landlord ever, a great option to look for a breach of contract. Landlords, while in a position of power, have very strict guidelines for keeping their properties safe for their renters. Maybe there is a broken door, the heater is broken, or the outside lights don’t work at night – something along these lines may help you get out for free.

Security Deposit

When breaking the news to your landlord suggest that you are not interested in recouping your security deposit. This may open negotiations on a good note and allow the landlord to let you off penalty free.

 

In short, if you signed a legally binding agreement you have no real power in the situation. Realize the likelihood of you breaking the apartment lease early and not paying any sort of financial restitution is very low. However, it is a far better option than getting sued or a derogatory mark on y

Moving Checklist

Moving Checklist

Planning a move is a lot of work and there will definitely be a lot of stress involved. Like anything else, if you plan ahead and take bite-sized chunks you can make it through in one piece. We have put together the ultimate moving checklist to reduce stress and increase the likelihood you have a great moving experience.

You definitely can’t do it all by yourself; but you can prepare to reduce cost and stress, making moving day a success - here’s how:

5 Weeks Before Moving Day

Organize & Junk

Organize

You’ll want to leave plenty of time for organizing because chances are you may not realize how many things you have accumulated over the years. A great resource for organizing is NAPO, the National Association of Professional Organizers. Their blog has great tips and resources, it may even be worth hiring a professional organizer based on your situation. This is a great time to think about special packing or additional insurance on specific items.

Junk

Pretty simple. All that clutter you’ve been keeping around for no reason, science says its stressing you out. Leave it in the past and use a junk removal service to clear it out. This will feel liberating – we promise!

Research

Moving companies get very busy during the spring and summer so you may have to provide them with more than one-month notice. Check online reviews through Google, Yelp, and other review sites as there are many different moving companies. Lastly, check to see if they have a US-DOT number, meaning they’re registered with the state. This is especially important for interstate moving.

 

Create a Moving Checklist Binder

Putting all relevant information relating to your move in a three-ring binder will help keep you organized and on track. Keep quotes and estimates from your moving company as well important information regarding “to do lists” as well as one off tasks that could slip your mind. For example, you can go to your kids’ school and change their address. A small detail that may get forgotten if you do not have a central place you can go for all things move related.

 

 4 Weeks Before Moving Day

Get Moving Supplies

Order boxes, tape, bubble wrap, moving blankets (pads) about four weeks before moving day. This will allow you to begin the actual packing process. Make sure you check with your moving company sometimes they will provide free or discounted materials and include delivery. If you need professional packing service check with your moving company to schedule a date for packing help.

Eat

Any perishable food items you have will be better off if eaten before the move. In theory, it sounds great to bring them all a long but the reality is they may spoil or become a burden. Unpacking is a long a tedious process and its easy to overlook a box with food in it. You’ll probably want to check out the new grocery store anyway.

 

2 Weeks Before Moving Day

Measure

Make sure you measure all larger items to make sure they can fit through the doorways. Otherwise you may need to let your moving company know you require disassembly. This can end up costing you big time because moving companies work hourly and some furniture has a lot of moving parts!

 

Label Everything

The biggest mistake people make when moving to a new home is not labeling everything properly. Label every box, bag, furniture item, etc. If the movers know where to bring the items when they arrive your time spent unpacking will be extremely efficient. Write directly on boxes, apply tags for different luggage or bags, and mark furniture with sticky notes.

 

Valuables

Chances are you have some items that you hold very dear to your heart. Whether it be jewelry, cash, art, etc. we recommend packing it separately and moving it yourself if possible. This is to take extra precaution on something that cannot be replaced. If you have a pool table or piano you may also want to let your moving company know ahead of time as these require special arrangements.

 

Arrange Personal Time Off

Make sure to schedule the day of your move (maybe even a few more) off from work. It would be near impossible to quarterback a move from work.

Car/Bank/Dry Cleaning

If you’re doing an interstate move there’s a good chance you’ll need to get your car tuned up before a long drive or new climate. Next, clear out your safe deposit box from your local bank. Lastly, if you use a local dry-cleaning service you won’t want to leave your best suits or blouses there! Its better to take care of these often-overlooked tasks ahead of time.

 

Two Days Before Move

 Unplug Appliances

If you’re bringing your refrigerator with you be sure to unplug it 48 hours before the move otherwise water can potentially leak onto other stuff being moved.

 

Confirm Move Details

Give your moving company a call and confirm move details.

 Payment

Be prepared for the bill you’re going to get after the move. Large interstate moves are easily the $1000s of dollars and if the company does a great job a 10-15% tip is adequate. However, on a $10,000 move that tip can be over $1000. Its best to make sure you’ve budgeted and are prepared ahead of time. Moving companies should be experts at giving you an accurate quote.

Moving Day

Relax

Its going to be a long day. However, if you’ve done everything on this moving checklist then it is going to go smoothly and there should not be anything unexpected. Soon enough you’ll be in your new house and unpacking will commence. Good luck!