Blog :: 02-2018

Timeline and Tips for Moving to Your New Home

Congratulations, you've closed on your new home or signed your new lease! Now it's time to think about the moving process

Packing and moving are not easy feats, but there's no reason that the processes can't be easier with careful planning in advance. Creating an organized, proactive strategy for your move over a reasonable duration prevents a lot of headaches. 

If you're a procrastinator or proactive planner, we've put together a checklist of things to keep in mind while planning your move: 

6 Weeks Before

  • Create a list of people who will need to know your change of address
    • Family and Friends
    • Current Workplace(s) and former workplaces (W-2 forms)
    • Insurance and credit card companies
    • Cable and telephone companies
    • Subscription delivery services (ex: Amazon Prime, Uber Eats)
  • If you're planning on hiring a company, compare prices of moving services in your area
  • If you're planning on doing the move yourself, contact friends and family willing to help and compare prices of truck rentals
  • Start thinking about items you plan to keep or get rid of via selling, donating or disposing of 
  • Buy moving supplies, in bulk if necessary
    • Boxes
    • Packing tape
    • Scissors
    • Sharpies or any brand of permanent markers
    • Bubble wrap
    • Padded quilts (can be rented from moving company)
    • Twine
    • Reusable bags and containers
  • Pro Tip: Stop by your local liquor store and ask for boxes to use for your move—these smaller boxes are great for transporting household items

4 Weeks Before

  • Figure out which items will need special packaging or delivery to your new home
  • Make copies of your important documents in case they are misplaced or stolen during the move
  • Begin packing your belongings, starting with the items you do not immediately use (ex: seasonal clothing, guest room) and moving onto room decorations
  • Begin organizing items for a moving yard-sale or donation drop-offs to Goodwill, local shelters, and food pantries 
  • Confirm with friends and family who had committed to helping with your move
  • Schedule/Confirm moving services 
  • Pro Tip: Labeling your boxes will save you plenty of time and spare yourself from headaches while unpacking. Note what it is contained in each box on a "master inventory list" on a GoogleDoc, as well as organize boxes by room

1-2 Weeks Before

  • Decide who will be the key person to coordinate move-in day for people to ask questions
  • Confirm that your utilities are set up and ready for your new home
  • Confirm that your utilities will no longer be in service in your old home after your move is complete
  • Set aside essential items (ex: toiletries, change of clothing) from the remaining items that must be packed 
  • Set aside cleaning supplies needed to prepare for move-in day
  • Reduce the number of perishable foods you normally purchase and use as much food that is already in your food pantry
  • Pro Tip: If you have perishable food items that cannot be donated or unused, host a party with friends and family and feature a "free table," allowing guests to take odds and ends as they wish. This is a fun way to reduce potential waste.

Day of

  • Make sure everyone has the contact information for the key moving coordinator and other collaborators as needed
  • Pack the moving trucks with the heaviest items first, then group boxes together by room
  • Ensure that fragile items are carefully placed 
  • Provide water and snacks throughout the day and order food for family and friends helping out—they are doing a huge favor!

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Parks and Green Spaces in Boston

With spring coming around the corner, Bostonians are getting ready to smell blooming flowers, see green grass and take in the warmer weather!

Residents and tourists are familiar with Boston Common and Public Garden, but there are more green spaces throughout the city. Smaller neighborhoods have corners of green gardens peppered on every other street, whereas other neighborhoods are in close proximity to large parks like Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park or the Wharf District Park.  

We've put together a short of list of parks and green spaces in some of our favorite Boston neighborhoods:

Back Bay-Beacon Hill

For everyone:

  • Copley Square
  • Public Garden

For playgrounds:

  • Clarendon Street Play Lot, 260 Clarendon Street
  • Myrtle Street Playground, 50 Myrtle Street
  • Phillips Street Play Area, 21 Phillips Street

Charlestown

For everyone:

  • Thompson Square, 111 Warren Street
  • Winthrop Square, 55 Winthrop Street
  • Mayor Menino Park, 1st Avenue Street Frontage

For playgrounds:

  • Caldwell Street Play Area, 9 Caldwell Street
  • Cook Street Play Area, 15 Hill Street
  • Harvard Mall, 29 Harvard Street

Downtown

For everyone:

  • Angell Memorial Square, 152-158 Congress Street
  • Bay Village Garden, 32 Melrose Street
  • Bay Village Neighborhood Park, 113 Charles Street South
  • Boston Common, 139 Tremont Street (location of tourist office)
  • Cardinal Cushing Park, 5 New Chardon Street
  • Christopher Columbus Park, 110 Atlantic Avenue
  • Copp's Hill Terrace, 520 Commercial Street
  • Faneuil Square, 1P Faneuil Hall Square
  • Lincoln Square, 2 Columbus Street
  • North Square, 1P North Square

For playgrounds:

  • Langone Park, 529-543 Commercial Street
  • Puopolo Playground, 517 Commercial Street

Fenway-Kenmore

For everyone:

  • Back Bay Fens, 100 Park Drive
  • Commonwealth Avenue Mall, 484 Commonwealth Avenue
  • Ramler Park, 130 Peterborough Street

For playgrounds:

  • Edgerly Road Playground, 6 Edgerly Road

Jamaica Plain

For everyone:

  • Arnold Arboretum, 125 The Arborway
  • Jamaica Pond Park, 507 Jamaica Way
  • Mahoney Square, 399P Centre Street
  • Nira Rock Urban Wild, 22 Nira Avenue
  • Olmsted Park, 217 Jamaicaway 

For playgrounds:

  • Forbes Street Playground, 60 Forbes Street
  • Mission Hill Playground, 60 Smith Street
  • Mozart Street Playground, 10 Mozart Street

For the complete list of parks and green spaces, visit The City of Boston's website.

Free Home Buying Seminar Thursday, March 1st!

Join us at 6:00 PM on Thursday, March 1st for a fun, informative and FREE Home Buying Seminar.  This short presentation - perfect for first-time homebuyers or anyone looking for a refresher on the process - will feature info and tips from real estate agents, lenders, home inspectors and real estate attorneys.  

 

Topics will include:

  • Overview of the home buying process
  • Snapshot of the local market
  • Secrets to get an accepted offer
  • Comparing financing options
  • Preparing for home ownership
  • Buying vs. renting
  • Home inspection process
  • What to expect at the closing table
  • Q&A

 

WHEN:  6:00 to 7:30 PM on Thursday, March 1st 2018

WHERE:  The "Brookline Teen Center" @ 40 Aspinwall Ave, Brookline, MA 02446

WHO:  Anyone interested in the home buying process!

RSVP:  info@longwoodresidential.com (limited space!)

 

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    8 Winter Weekend Getaways in New England

    Boston is beautiful year-round, but sometimes it's to escape outside of the city in the winter months

    Winter activities in New England are not limited to skiing and snowboarding—there are plenty of outdoor activities to do that would not necessarily draw your attention once summer begins. 

    Here are 8 destinations to spend a long weekend trip in other parts of New England:

    West Hartford, Connecticut

    • Estimated Travel Time from Boston: < 2-hour drive 
    • What to See & Do:
      • Visit Connecticut's Children Museum 
      • Take a short drive to see classic American author Mark Twain's house
    • Dinner Date: avert Brasserie 
    • Where to Stay: Delamar West Hartford 

    Stowe, Vermont

    • Estimated Travel Time from Boston: > 3.5-hour drive; > 6.5-hour bus ride 
    • What to See & Do:
      • Take in the wintry weather at Stowe Mountain Resort's scenic trails
      • Hit the slopes at Mount Mansfield for downhill skiing
      • Tour Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream factory
    • Dinner Date: Cork Wine Bar & Market
    • Where to Stay: Field Guide 

    Portsmouth, New Hampshire

    • Estimated Travel Time from Boston: < 1.5-hour drive; 2-hour bus ride
    • What to See & Do:
      • Explore the restaurants and shops in Market Square 
      • Visit the Strawberry Banke Museum to see what colonial life in Portsmouth, NH was like
      • Spend the afternoon at Book & Bar, an old-fashioned bookshop that serves light fare and has live entertainment 
    • Dinner Date: Surf Portsmouth
    • Where to Stay: The Hotel Portsmouth

    Newport, Rhode Island

    • Estimated Travel Time from Boston: < 1.5-hour drive
    • What to See & Do:
      • Visit the historic Gilded Age mansions on Bellevue Avenue
      • Explore The Cliff Walk from Easton's Beach to Salve Regina University's campus
      • Wine tasting at Newport Vineyards in nearby Middletown, RI
      • Enjoy local nightlife by bar hopping along Broadway, Newport's main scene for locals
    • Brunch: The Clarke Cooke House
    • Dinner Date: Stoneacre Brasserie, Castle Hill Inn
    • Where to Stay: Gilded

    Kennebunkport, Maine

    • Estimated Travel Time from Boston: < 2-hour drive
    • What to See & Do:
      • Ski, snowshoe or walk in the National Estuarine Research Reserve of Wells Reserve
      • Shop around Dock Square and Kennebunk's Lower Village
      • Relax during a spa treatment at Whit Barn Inn & Hotel by Grace Hotels
    • Dinner Date: Bandaloop, 2 Dock Square, Kennebunkport
    • Where to Stay: Kennebunkport Inn

    Providence, Rhode Island

    • Estimated Travel Time from Boston: < 1-hour drive; < 1-hour via Northeast Regional Commuter Rail
    • What to See & Do:
      • Visit Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Museum
      • Go ice skating in the downtown Bank of America ice rink
      • Take a self-guided walking tour along Benefit Street to see historic colonial homes
    • Brunch: The Duck and Bunny 
    • Where to Stay: The Dean Hotel

    Rockport, Massachusetts

    • Estimated Travel Time from Boston:  < 1-hour drive;1.5-hour T ride via Newburyport/Rockport Line 
    • What to See & Do:
      • Walk around downtown Rockport along Bearskin Neck neighborhood for unique New England shopping
      • Visit the Twin Lighthouses, among the oldest lighthouses in the United States
      • Grab your camera and explore Halibut Point State Park to see beautiful views of Cape Ann
    • Dinner Date: Feather & Wedge
    • Where to Stay: Emerson Inn

    New Haven, Connecticut

    • Estimated Travel Time from Boston: < 3-hour drive; 2-hour Acela train ride
    • What to See & Do:
      • Visit Yale Peabody Museum of Natural Museum
      • See the largest collection of PEZ products at the PEZ Visitor Center 
      • Taste classic New Haven pizza at Frank Pepe's Pizzeria
    • Dinner Date: Olea (Spanish/Mediterranean) 
    • Where to Stay: The Study at Yale

     

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