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The Boston Way to Live - Things You Need to Consider Before Your Cross Country Move

Boston, MA is a huge city. There are numerous neighborhoods in and around Boston. In fact, some of those neighborhoods are so huge you could make multiple neighborhoods out of them. Something like neighborhood-inception. We at Cross Country Moving Company have decided to compile a guide for your move to Boston.

Boston Neighborhoods

If your question is “What is the best neighborhood in Boston” you are unlikely to find a definite answer. The best place for you is the one that fits your criteria best. Are you moving alone or with a family? Do you already have a job waiting for you, and if so, where? Do you own a car? What is your budget? How old are you? What are your preferences? The list goes on and on and on. However, given that this is the most important decision you will have to make before you move, it is important that you think it through. While doing that, keep some things in mind.

First of all, the “bad” Boston neighborhoods are not really that bad. Don’t rule them out just because someone said they were. For example, Dorchester is rumored to be a dangerous area. Truth is, this is a large neighborhood, and yes, it has its bad parts, but it has plenty of good areas to live in too. If you want to know more about this, head to this site. If you are more of a visual type, and need a map to understand Boston neighborhoods, here is one. If you have already created a shortlist of neighborhoods that fit your needs and requirements, here’s a guide to Boston neighborhoods you might want to take a look.

The Costs of Living in Boston 

The second thing you need to keep in mind when looking for a place is – Boston is expensive. Unless your current residence is a place of similar standard, such as San Francisco, be prepared for this. There are certain things you can do to avoid spending ridiculous amounts of money. For example, most young people live with their roommates. This significantly reduces the costs of living. If you wish to look into rental prices in Boston, this is a good place to start. Most apartments’ rental start dates are in September, much owing to a huge number of students that live there.

Boston Traffic 

One good thing about Boston is that you technically do not need a car to move around. Around half the population owns a car. In fact, if you are not used to driving in a big city, it might be a good idea not to take a car with you. Just finding a parking spot can prove to be an insurmountable challenge. The public transport network in Boston (ran by MBTA) is well developed and should be enough for getting around. Here is a map of Boston train lines. If you prefer buses, here is a bus schedule and a map of bus lines as well. Subway lines are marked by red, blue, and orange color. The green one is the trolley, which also goes underground for a part of its route. It might be slower than buses and trains, but is a good alternative during rush hours. Since Boston public transport authorities are well aware of how complicated it is to get around the city, they have organized a commuter rail , which makes commuting much easier. If you are thinking about taking a taxi in Boston, think twice. Boston taxis do not have a good reputation, so be careful if you choose this option. Here is a taxi fare calculator for those of you who are risk-takers. Uber and Lyft might be the best options for getting around if you despise public transit. If you want to keep up with the changes to the public transport, check out MBTA smartphone apps. Keep in mind that public transport does not run after 1AM, so if you are planning to go out, plan your ride back home ahead.

If after all you still can’t get separated from your four-wheeled friend, you should get a resident parking sticker, as well as register and insure your vehicle in Mass. During the winter, you should keep up with snow emergencies, so as not to find yourself in a few-hours-long traffic jam. If you don’t have a lot of experience with driving in snow, practice - you will need it once you move to Boston. Another common cause for traffic jams are Red Sox games - make sure you have their seasonal schedule with you regardless of whether you are a fan or not. The good news is, Boston is fairly easy to get around by foot. If physical activities are your style, check a map of Boston before going anywhere  – your destination might be just a short walk away.

Activities in Boston

Let us get something straight - Boston is not a cheap city to live in. However, if you are persistent enough, you are likely to find numerous free (or at least very cheap) activities to do around the city. For example, some bars in Boston don’t charge extra for band nights, there are numerous free tours, as well as free-entrance festivals. To find out more about what you can do in Boston for free, click here .
Boston has quite a few places of interest to offer, both to its residents and to its visitors. We have compiled a list of our favorite Boston destinations:
Fenway Park. A baseball park guaranteed to sweep all the sports fans right off their feet.
The Museum of Fine Arts . This is the fourth largest museum in America.
The Freedom Trail . This 2.5 long trail will take you on a tour through American history from the American revolution to today.

Boston Museum of Science . From chocolate to butterflies - this museum has it all. Regardless of your age or personal interests, prepare to spend hours having fun in here. Are you ready to move to Boston? If so, let Cross Country Moving Company help you with your relocation. All you have to do is call us, and we will take care of the rest, such as provide moving boxes and pack your belongings.
Cross Country Long Distance Movers is one of the top recommended long distance moving service provider in the United States. If you’re relocating and want to hire movers, Boston has plenty of options. However, if you want to ensure your moving day is stress-free, safe and flawless, you’ll want to hire Cross Country Boston movers with an exceptional reputation for providing professional services.
auto transport
We know how stressful driving a new classic car over a long distance can be right after purchase, or how draining driving across many states can be due to relocation. Certainly, both are not fun. That is why we offer professional auto shipping services such that your car stays cared for and protected throughout its trip.
moving
We offer affordable cross country moving cost which varies depending on how big or small your home or business is, the number of items to be moved, and location to or from which you are moving. When you move with Cross Country, you don’t have to worry about any hidden fees or charges. We will provide you with a flat price depending on your exact inventory.
shipping
Our team of movers are trained at packing belongings in the most effective way. We use moving boxes and other types of customized wardrobe boxes to ensure that your packing needs are met adequately. Whether you need us to pack your household dishes, chairs, expensive wares, gadgets, art works, etc., our professional movers specialize in packing everything in a skillful way.
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