The key to moving is being prepared, organized and not being overwhelmed prior to and during the moving process. Whether you have friends helping with the move or are hiring a moving company, there are several steps to the moving process
If you decide to pack yourself keep the following things in mind.
To ensure your items are safe from damage during the moving process make sure new and high quality packing materials are used:
Before placing items in boxes make sure you wrap items carefully. When using newspaper in place of tissue or bubble wrap make sure that if the ink from the newspaper rubs off onto the item it will not cause damage to that item.
Children can have a difficult time with moving due to certain attachments they have made such as friends, routines and surroundings. Preparing them well in advance for the move and discussing the positive reasons for the move can make the process easier for you and them. If it is possible, show the children the new neighborhood and home to familiarize them with the new location. Get them involved with the process such as organizing and packing.
Depending upon the age of the children it is best to have relatives or a friend take care of them on moving day. If this is not possible make sure you design a plan to have their favorite toys or games at your disposal to keep them entertained on that day. Keep the children in one room so they are out of the way and nothing could be dropped on them and to prevent them or others from getting hurt. Older children can help with the move by carrying items that are light and non-breakable.
Once all of the items are moved into the home it is best to organize the children’s rooms first. Let them help with the decorating and organization of the room. Try to maintain all routines with the children to help with the adjustment period. Encourage them to make new friends. Having a house warming party will help you as well as the children get to know your neighbors and the neighborhood.
Remember, this time is an adjustment period for you as well as the children. Stay involved with your children and let them get involved in activities they enjoy. Make sure above all else you are talking with your children and they feel they can come to you to talk.
Pets can have just as difficult of a time as children during the moving process. Stick to your pet’s routine. If this is not done problems can occur such as illness, disobedience and behavioral changes.
Before moving day schedule a visit to your veterinarian for a routine exam. Make sure all vaccines are up to date and get plenty of medication if necessary for the move and the time it will take to get you settled in your new home. Get copies of your pet’s medical records as well as a rabies certificate to give to the new veterinarian. Ask your veterinarian if it is possible to give your pet a mild sedative for the move if you feel the process may cause too much stress on your pet. Consult with your veterinarian as to the best way to handle the move with your pet as well as things to consider.
Update your pet’s ID tags with the new phone number and address. A collar with ID tags should be on your pet at all times during the move. Keep recent photos, the pet’s medical records, leash, toys, vet’s phone number, plastic bags to pick up waste, blanket or bed and food and water in your vehicle during the move if transported by car. Make sure to stop frequently for your pet. At that time give your pet some exercise as well as some food and water.
If your pet will be traveling by plane try to schedule a direct flight to prevent long periods of time in a crate. Use an airline that will have an employee carry the pet on and off the plane.
On moving day keep pets isolated in one room with their toys, food and water. Put a note on the door for people not to disturb the room. Check on your pets frequently and be sensitive to their needs and insecurities.
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