September 1st. In Boston, this is when many leases start, which creates a giant scramble of apartment musical chairs.
If you can find a way to move out early – and move into your new apartment early – then do it. If you can possibly find a way to move in a few days after the first of the month, then do that. Now, if you are bound to moving in on the first of the month get ready for an adventure. If you plan ahead, and expect the unexpected, things can go smoothly.
The night before, make sure you have all your belongings packed and ready to go. Make a list of some little things you may need to pack in the morning, such as phone charger and tooth brush. The morning of, eat breakfast. This is going to be a long day.
Reserve your moving truck early. Think of it this way: there are only so many trucks in the city, and you don’t want to be scrambling last minute to find out that the closest company is three hours away.
Check the rates, as most moving trucks charge by the hour.
Here are some places to call and reserve your truck:
95 Brighton Ave
Budget Truck Rental
22 Centre St,
Olympia Moving and Storage
17 Bridge Street
Watertown, MA 02472
U-Haul of Brookline
270 Massachusetts 9
Brookline, MA 02445
U-Haul Moving & Storage at Mass Ave
985 Massachusetts Ave
Boston, MA 02118
Penske Truck Rental (Adventure Rentals)
27 Harvard Ave,
Allston, MA 02134
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Parking is already a problem in the city - given that there’s limited space. After all, most people commute by public transportation and don’t need to worry about parking.
In some cases, it’s fine to just park in front of your new apartment, because after all, you are moving in. You can also try and see if there are any nearby parking garages.
But your best bet is to get a parking permit, which can be temporary or for longer.
These can be obtained by calling Boston City Hall at 617-635-2104. You can also check out the city’s comprehensive list of tips to avoid a parking ticket.
If there is no buffer period between you and the previous tenant, make sure figure out when they are moving out. Either communicate with them directly, or ask the landlord.
There have been cases where incoming tenants waited three hours for the previous tenants to move out of their apartment. Their moving truck charged by the hour, as most do, and it was raining. A simple communication error that could have been avoided had either party known.
All sorts of moving nightmares can happen. But planning in advance can make for a smoother move-in.
The day of, wake up early. Know which routes to avoid. In Boston, Commonwealth Avenue will be jam packed with cars and moving trucks. Storrow Drive normally provides easy access to locations, but not on moving day.
While moving, make sure to stay hydrated. Wear comfortable clothing that you don’t necessarily care about. Remember to breath.
Later on, be sure to clean every nook and cranny of your new living space. Someone else lived there before you, and even though they may have claimed to clean it, you just never know. During this time, check to make sure if everything is working properly. Check for damages, broken hinges or knobs, in every room. Take note of these things, as you don’t want to be held responsible for them later. Many leases will have you sign and take home an Apartment Condition Statement to track the initial condition of the apartment.
There are several options for finding furniture in Boston, if you already don’t have your own. Once you’ve settled in and moved most of your belongings, maybe after a few days, figure out what you need for furniture and make a list.
It also might be a good idea to take measurements of the space you’re living in.
September 1 is not called “Allston Christmas” for nothing. The sidewalks and streets fill with old furniture for anyone to take as they please.
However, even though this seems like a sweet deal, be wary of bed bugs and other possible problems with the furniture left out on the street. For instance – old mattresses, couches, pillows and other cushiony things should probably be left for trash pick-up. There may be some cases where you can find a wooden desk, table or chair in good condition.
Another option for free furniture: go to your family and friends. They might have old furniture they don’t want, or nowhere to put it. This is probably the best option as you know where it’s coming from.
Sticking with low cost furniture can save you a lot of money. Other people’s trash – collected and put into an organized selling space – can become treasure.
Also, be on the lookout for yard sales in the area, as you may find great deals and can actually talk to the previous owner. Local universities may also offer trash-to-treasure events. Check on Facebook for student or neighborhood groups that sell used furniture.
The Goodwill Store
965 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA
Although you might need a car to get to some of these locations, they offer ready-to-use and easy to assemble furniture and home accessories. You can also buy furniture online from these stores and have it delivered to your new home.
At IKEA you can find everything from modern designed furniture for every room in your apartment space, and Swedish meatballs, of course. You can also find accessories for these places. Bed, Bath and Beyond is a go-to for kitchen and bath accessories, and the Park Drive location is ideal for the surrounding apartments in that neighborhood.
1 Ikea Way, Stoughton, MA
Bed Bath and Beyond
401 Park Drive, Boston, MA
7 Allstate Road
Dorchester, MA 02125
180 Somerville Avenue
Somerville, MA 02143
These locations will offer quality furniture at a price. Many people use Boston Interiors and Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams to furnish their homes. You’ll find fine upholstered furniture at these locations, and design tips from professionals.
160 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA
Fenway Triangle Trilogy
31 Boylston St,
Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams
142 Berkeley St
There you have it. Moving in on Boston’s busiest day of the year does not have to be hard. It’s only for one day, and it’ll be worth it once you sink into your bed and rest.