Tag: moving day

3 Tips to Stay Sane While Settling In

 

 

Stay sane while settling inAnd in the blink of an eye, summer is ending. Summer’s end means a lot of things, but in the household moving industry, it means a sigh of relief. The busiest time of year has yet again come to a close and while moving companies may be catching their breath, those of you who just moved may be feeling the opposite as it can be overwhelming to settle in to a new home after a move. Homes in transition have a tendency to drive people a little bit crazy but it’s really important to take care of yourself and your family so that your new house can truly start to feel like home. So, how can you keep calm and settle on after a move?

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?

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?

Three Ways to Avoid Identity Theft During a Move

 

 

Between packing, cleaning, planning, and keeping your normal life in order, protecting yourself from identity theft is three ways to avoid identity theft during a moveprobably not high on your moving to-do list. But it should be. Though you may not realize it, you are vulnerable to identity theft during a move. Important documents are moved from their safe and secure location and are more likely to be left out in the open while you prepare to (hopefully) carry them on your person on moving day. People are in and out of your house, things get misplaced, and if you’re stressed you may end up forgetting where you put certain things. Then there’s the mail forwarding: there could be a delay in your request leaving important private mail in the hands of your home’s new tenants or there could even be a mistake in the rerouting. These are all reasons to take the initiative to protect yourself.

Sorry, We Can’t Move That

 

 

I live in a fairly large apartment complex community. There are 13 buildings, each with three floors and 24 apartments and the community as a whole is known for its high turnover rate as the majority of people living here Do not pack itemsare saving to buy their first home. I’ve lived here for about a year and a half now and have watched dozens of movers come and go as singles, couples, and families move out of their apartments and into their homes. Blame it on my industry, but I am always intrigued by the moving process and have been able to talk to a lot of the people moving out about their experience. This past weekend I was shocked by one woman’s outrage toward her mover. She was incredibly upset because her movers would not move her exotic plant collection across state lines. An upset like this is easily avoided, as long as you are aware ahead of time of the things your movers cannot and will not move for you.

Five Ways to Unwind After Your Move

 

Settling-In After MovingThe sun is setting, the moving truck just pulled back out of your driveway, and you’re now faced with unpacking and organizing your new home. At first you’re really excited! You’ve got all these ideas floating around in your head about what will go where and how you want to decorate. But then, all of a sudden, sheer exhaustion slaps you in the face. You are beat and who could blame you? Obviously you’ll need to get to the unpacking process soon, but it’s okay to take some time to chill first.

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.

Summer Moving Season and the Move for Hunger Initiative

 

Holman Moving Moves for HungerMemorial Day is next week, which means the official start of the busy summer moving season is next week as well. We will be sharing helpful moving tips and tricks all season long but I wanted to kick it off with a reminder about one of our favorite initiatives, Move for Hunger. The summer moving season is the perfect time to take advantage of this amazing initiative and help those in need in your local communities.

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?

The Best Time of Year for Renters to Move into New York City

 

The Best Time of Year for Renters to Move into New York CityMore often than not, when people move, they are moving because of something; a new job, a relationship, or any major life change. Because of this, the time of year in which we move is often set. There are, however, cases in which the timeline is flexible. People move all the time for reasons that allow them to decide exactly when they are ready to go. So, if you are one of the lucky ones who can control your timing, you should know the optimal time to move to your destination. For example, if you are planning a move into a big city, like New York City, it makes a lot of sense to time it appropriately so that it is easier on you, your family and, potentially, your NY movers. So when is the best time of year to move into New York City?