Preparing Kids for a Move

July 24, 2013 by  
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You may be excited about moving to a new home or relocating for your career, but your children may not share your enthusiasm. Moving is an unsettling experience for a child. Many respond with fear, anger and anxiety.

Teenagers, especially, react negatively if they’re moving away from their established friends, schools and neighborhoods, but younger kids also worry about losing old friends and fitting into new schools. A little preparation helps calm and reassure children about moving.

Talk About the Move

As soon as you know you’re moving, call a family meeting and discuss the move. Explain the reasons for the move, whether it’s to a larger house, a better neighborhood or a better job.

Young children who have never experienced a move may get frightened. Reassure them by sharing the story of your own first move, and how it made you feel. Be sure to emphasize the positive aspects of the move, whether those positives are larger bedrooms for children or more family time due to shorter commutes.

Teenagers and Moving

Younger kids tend to get scared at the idea of a move. Teenagers tend to get angry. They understand the move means leaving old friends and their secure routine. They may feel like you’re not considering their feelings, or you’re making the move arbitrarily.

While teens are more likely to express anger, they’re dealing with some fear as well. Moving to a new middle or high school can be traumatic, with the very real danger of not fitting in at the new school. Teens who are dating will worry they’ll never see their boyfriend or girlfriend again.

These are very real and valid concerns, and should be treated with respect. Listen, offer a shoulder to cry on if needed and don’t take it too personally if you’re in the teen’s bad books for a while.

Easing the Transition

If possible, take children to visit their new neighborhood before the move so they can get a feel for their new home. If distance makes this impossible, search the Internet to find information on the new town to share.

Talk about the positive aspects of the new town, trying to see things from a child’s perspective. An eight-year old won’t care if the new town hosts the 12 Palms addiction rehab center, even if you have a relative who needs support for substance abuse. They will, however, be interested in their new school’s website and local kid-friendly attractions.

Above all, be patient. Kids may mop and sulk for a while after a move. They have a right to miss their friends and need some time to adjust. Children are also very adaptable — give them the opportunity and they’ll quickly get used to their new home.

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Getting the Most out of Your Moving Truck

July 18, 2013 by  
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The summer moving season is upon us, and if you are considering renting a moving truck, you should consider a few things while packing. Not only can proper packing reduce the number of trips you must take between your old residence and the new, but it can also significantly reduce the costs of renting the truck in the first place, freeing up resources for more important things such as furnishings for your new home or maybe even a post-move mini-vacation. Let’s look at four tips to help you maximize the space in your moving van.

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Assess the Situation

Before you even rent a truck, you should attempt to estimate the volume of possessions being moved. If you’re moving an entire house, but you have few pieces of large furniture and a limited amount of possessions, you may need to rent only a cargo van. But if you are transporting all of the goods from a three-bedroom apartment to a four-bedroom house, you will need larger, much larger. The largest moving vans available for rent are typically 24 to 26 feet long, about 8 feet wide, and about 8 feet tall. If you have enough items to completely furnish a large apartment or home, you will need all of this space and more.

Pack to Stack

While packing, make sure that your boxes are filled from top to bottom and from corner to corner. While this typically leads to a heavier box, it also creates a cube-like block of items that won’t be crushed easily from any direction. The more boxes you have, the better, but make sure that these boxes are not too large or too small. Miniature boxes, while cheaper, will only complicate your move and make it harder to find your items in the unpacking stage. Large boxes, if filled to their full capacity, can become so heavy that they are a danger to anyone attempting to lift them or move them into place. But regardless of size, make sure that all of your heavier boxes are stackable so that they can form the base of your possessions in the moving truck.

Utilize Every Available Inch

Once you get all of your items packed properly, begin stacking them inside the truck. Put the heaviest boxes at the front on the floor with lighter or equally heavy boxes above them. Continue stacking until you’ve reached 5 or so feet high and then begin stacking back towards the door. Repeat the same process so that all of the heavy items are on the bottom, with lighter boxes on the top. Then place the lightest boxes and bags on top of all the possessions in the moving van, and cap off the end of the space with a few pieces of furniture. Not only will furniture hold back the boxes to prevent shifting, but by placing them in the back, you will make sure that they are offloaded when you are least fatigued. And as a final point of caution, be sure to secure your looser items with straps or bungee cords to prevent them from sliding around or causing damage, and keep bookcases and other large items that are likely to tip wedged against boxes or the wall of the truck.

Store Some Stuff

If you can’t possibly fit all of your stuff into your new home, there are plenty of self storage units around that you can rent. Not only do these units offer safety and convenience, but some of them can be rented with heating installed to prevent moisture buildup in your goods. A local Hanover MD self storage company has even said that 1 in 10 families rent storage units. So don’t feel like you’ll be the only one, or that the only other solution is to throw out all your stuff. So whether you need to stow away an unneeded car or just a few boxes, self storage units are a legitimate option to consider.

Moving: 5 Tips To Make Moving A Stress Free Experience

July 2, 2013 by  
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Moving is usually an exciting experience that can quickly become stressful. If you do not plan well, it can become a disaster. From registering at a new school to repairing a car, it is easy to forget things. There are 5 ways that you can reduce the stress of long-distance moving.

Organize and Review the Paperwork

A lot of paperwork is usually required when you make a major decision. No one wants to travel hundreds of miles and realize that the proper documents have not been filled out. If you move internationally, you need a visa. Anywhere you move, organize important forms like address change slips and car registration documents. Handle legal and financial documents well ahead of time. Make copies on paper and on the computer.

Use Your Savings Account

For a small or large move, start using your savings account for months ahead of time. Even if you move to another home within the same neighborhood, have a large collection of money saved up. People are always surprised about how expensive life can be. Also, some companies try to cheat customers with hidden costs.

 

There are various tasks you must complete before a move, and most of them are not free. If you want to do a cross-country move, save enough to visit the area first. From the beginning, compare the costs of long distance moving Sacramento CA providers.

Review Storage Options

Hiring a mover may not be enough. If you run out of space, you have to sell your belongings or pay for a monthly storage rental. The first choice is not practical for most people, so find the right storage provider. It may seem like an unnecessary expense, but it is better to secure belongings than leave them in an unsecure area.

Manage Healthcare Issues

Keep your health issues in check before and after a move. Be cautious if you move to an area that has extreme, unpredictable weather. Review the weather reports and know what to expect on the arrival date. If you have severe health conditions, prepare more cautiously. Before children can attend school, vaccinations are usually required. Have backup glasses, contact lenses, a first aid kit and other supplies for emergencies. Know how easily you can refill medications.

Research Your Mover

Choose the mover carefully, and review the agreement before signing. Know if the company is bonded and insured in case of damage. Determine the cost by hour or pound. For ultimate convenience, choose a mover and packer. There may be a special charge for an exceptional item like a piano. Choose between a binding or non-binding quote that is either locked or not.

If you are too weary to unpack, use a quality moving professional. If you cannot drive with a moving trailer, contact the right mover. Deal with workers who will arrive to your place on time and handle the valuables with care. First, follow certain tips to prepare for a move.

Not Enough Closet Space? 4 Tips to Clear Space in Your Home

July 1, 2013 by  
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Have you ever looked around your home and wondered why you felt so cramped? If you have been living in the same place for a while, it is very easy to see things pile up over time. When you are dealing with too many things and not enough places to put them, consider learning more about what you can do to make sure that you can get a little more elbow room.

Look Up

You may not have any more closets, but you may have plenty of wall space! You can store any number of things up on your walls. For example, if your child is running out of space for toys in their closet, string a hammock between the two walls in a corner and toss their stuffed animals there. If you have some clothes that need a bit of extra space, put up some shelving that you can use as storage for folded shirts.

Bowls for Knickknacks

Do you have a lot of little things lying around? If you have things like cufflinks, small bits of jewelry that do not have another home, spare buttons and things like that, consider placing a bowl in an out of the way spot and dropping them in. This gathers up all of your little odds and ends and prevents you from losing them too quickly!

Double It Up

Take a careful look at your closet. You never know when there is space going to waste! While there are some outfits that need to hang along the full height of your closet, most simply take up less space. Think about raising the current closet bar and then placing another one below it. This doubles the place that you have for your shirts and your folded pants. This is a good way to get more space to hang things, and it can clear some clothes out of your drawers as well. This also keeps your clothes nicely on display.

Consider Storage Options

When you cannot simply move things around any longer, take a moment to think about clearing some things out and bringing them to a Palo Alto storage facility or a storage facility in your local area. Simply pack up the things that you do not need in the house but are not willing to get rid of, and send it away. It can be a relief to get these things out of the way, and you may even realize that you do not need them at all. The right storage option can make a huge difference.