Moving Day

Moving Day Tasks for Your Children

When it comes to moving with kids, it’s important to include your child in the decision making process, planning, and home finding trip. Hopefully, breaking the news and preparing for your move went smoothly. But today, I’d like to Moving Day Tasks for Your Kidsoffer some tips on specific responsibilities to give your child during packing and on moving day.

Participation in these key events helps to make kids feel responsible and vital to the experience as a whole. Before I get started though, I realize that there are some children who may not have quite jumped on the moving bandwagon no matter what efforts you put forth. To keep children who are upset and possibly negative about the move safe and out of harm’s way, it may be best to leave them with a family member for the day. Otherwise, check out the following “jobs” to give your child and choose the ones the best suit their age and personality.

Packing

  • Ask your child what he or she would like to do. Does he or she want to participate and help? If they are excited and want to help out, teach them how to properly pack certain items and let them work beside you.
  • Turn the process into a game. If your children are young, tell them to choose which toys will “stay awake,” until the move and which will “take a nap,” as a way to pack up their room(s). This makes packing up their belongings easier and less scary for them.
  • Let your child inform your friends and family of your change of address. Even if you have already done this, let him or her write letters to the people in their lives letting them know how to stay in touch. This task will not only keep them busy for a while, but will also feel meaningful.
  • Have your child design a personal “seal” for his or her boxes. Each time a box of their belongings is packed, let them draw the seal on it. This makes the process more fun for your child and gets them involved in the move.

Moving Day

  • Let your child be a great host. If you’ve hired a moving company, have your child offer water or snacks to the moving crew. Not only is this a form of participation, but the crew is sure to appreciate it too!
  • Children make great babysitters for pets. Pets can often feel jumpy and scared during the hustle and bustle of moving day. Ask your child to keep them calm. This may seem like an easy task, but it’s actually really important. If you don’t have somebody else caring for your pets on moving day, it’s best to keep them occupied and out of the way to keep them safe. Your child will most likely be more than happy to spend a few hours cuddling and playing with their furry friend.
  • Have your kids pack a “survival kit” for the day. Snacks for the car-ride (or plane/train/etc.), magazines, books, video games, whatever will get them through the trip to the new home. Most likely, these things have been left out as your last minute packing items anyway.

Remember, moving can be tough on everybody involved, but it doesn’t have to be. Including your children in the process is a great way to get them on board with your decisions.

What other jobs can you give kids, of any age, to do during a move?

How to Help Your Movers During a Heat Wave

 

 

how to help your movers during a heat waveSummer moving season is in full swing, but so is a bit of a heat wave. High temperatures coupled with heavy humidity puts those working outdoors or doing any heavy lifting in a dangerous position, including your movers.

Three Things to Tell Your Mover About Your Home

 

 

Congratulations on your new home and your move! Now it’s time to pack everything up, move, and get settled in Three Things to Tell Your Moveryour new abode. While I know the entire process is time consuming and can leave you feeling a little scatter brained, there are some important things to tell your movers about your home. Specific details about your homes, both old and new, can make a huge impact on your move.

Are My Things Protected During a Move?

 

We’ve all heard of renter’s insurance, homeowner’s insurance, and car insurance and understand how important it is valuationto protect our valuable possessions from loss or damage. But are your those things protected during the process of a move? First of all, the answer is yes, your things are protected against loss and/or damage during a move. The real question though is how much protection is provided and at what cost?

How to Make Your New House a Home Before Christmas

 

 

I cannot believe that Christmas is next week! I know we say it every year but the year really flew by, didn’t it? It feels like every year passes even more quickly than the last. I am heading up to New York to be with my family over the Make your house a home before Christmasholiday next week and I am thankful for that. But I also know that many of you are in the midst of a big move and may be celebrating in a less familiar home this year. I am a BIG fan of the holiday season and tend to go all out in terms of Christmas cheer so today I want to share with you how to make your new house a home before Christmas arrives next Friday.

Seven Tips for Moving in the Winter

 

So, don’t hate me because I’m in Florida but, I know that up north, winter is in full effect and that means moving in the cold, rain, snow and ice. Moving is hard in nice weather, but when it’s miserable outside the challenge is Moving in Winter Weathermagnified. In order to successfully move in the winter movers have to be prepared for all conditions and customers have to have a clear understanding of their responsibilities.

Moving Day Reminders

 

You’ve researched, planned, organized, coordinated, and packed and moving day has finally arrived. Are you ready?

 
Whether you are looking at your first move or your fifteenth, there are always some issues that are bound to come up. However, a smooth move is still a totally attainable goal as long as you remember the important stuff. Below are five important moving day reminders to remember on the big day.

Important Things to Tell Your Movers About Your Home

 

Important Things to Tell Your Movers About Your HomeCongratulations on your new home and your move! Now it’s time to pack everything up, move, and get settled in your new abode. While I know the entire process is time consuming and can leave you feeling a little scatter brained, there are some important things to tell your movers about your home. Specific details about your homes, both old and new, can make a huge impact on your move.

 
For example, a couple of my friends just moved into a beautiful apartment in the East Village in New York City. Unfortunately, they failed to mention to their movers it’s a very narrow, six story walk up on a street with no available street parking. The movers arrived as scheduled but, since the proper arrangements hadn’t been made, ended up having to leave and come back at a later time. Talk about a headache – for both parties! Don’t make this mistake. You’re stressed out enough, right?

Moving and Delivery Spreads

delivery spreadsThe household goods moving process is one of the most stressful aspects of moving. There are a lot of details and steps involved in ensuring your move goes smoothly and in a timely manner. One of the biggest issues people tend to have regarding the household goods move is the concept of a delivery spread. So what exactly is a delivery spread?

“Should I Tip My Movers?”

Do I tip my mover?I am happy to say that my friends have dubbed me their go to girl for moving questions. I am also happy to say that one of my close friends just purchased her very first home in North Carolina. I could hear the excitement in her voice as she rattled off all the details of the most major purchase of her lifetime. “It actually has a white picket fence, and a screened in porch, and a back deck, and three bedrooms, do I tip my movers?” Wait, what was that last part? It’s a very common question so I figured I’d take a moment to answer it for all of those wondering the same thing.