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Moving is considered to be one of the five most stressful events in a person’s life, according to the online magazine HR Management. Yet, many people make numerous moves in the course of their professional lives. While it might be unrealistic to believe that a move can be stress-free, there are ways to minimize those worries and to plan for an uneventful transfer.
If you only have a month before the big move, use the time to organize the things you may be too busy to organize later. Buy a file that can be used exclusively to keep the paperwork that’s involved in the move including bids, contracts and receipts. Having them all in one place will make life easier during the move as well as at tax time. If you’re going to be moving vehicles or pets, now is the time to begin researching the cost and steps involved. Cancel any storage unit contracts you may have at your old location and look for a new storage situation if you’ll be needing it again in your new locale. Go through everything you own and determine what can be sold and what you’d like to donate to charity. The less you have to move, the easier it’s going to be. Talk to your bank to find out if it has a branch in your new area and give the bank your new address for its files. Now is also a good time to speak with your child’s school so the staff can begin to prepare their records. If you have a gardener or domestic help, give them notice that you’ll be leaving. Make sure to contact your insurance agent to find out about insurance in your new zip code. Cancel or transfer memberships at any clubs or gyms you might belong to. Ask your doctor and dentist for your records so that you can give them to your new care providers. Investigate any expenses that the I.R.S. considers deductible so that you can carefully keep those receipts.
Contact utility companies to arrange to have your services disconnected at your old home. Also call the utility companies that service your new area and schedule to have services turned on in your name there. Begin to pack things that you don’t use regularly, as this will save you time closer to moving day. Pick up dry-cleaning, return library books, videos or any other item you may have that belongs to someone else. Begin eating things you have stored in the cupboard and freezer and stop buying perishable food. Begin to pack boxes of your personal items that you want to take with you, rather than having them moved. Don’t forget to mark these boxes clearly with the words DO NOT MOVE so that there is no confusion with the movers on the big day. Have your car serviced.
Pack your garage and empty your lawnmower and power tools of fuel. Get rid of anything that’s hazardous or flammable. Either go to the post office for a change of address form or fill one out online so that your mail can be forwarded. Call anyone you have a loan with, including credit cards, automobile and student loans, to give them your change of address. Call anyone involved in the move, including the moving company, to confirm your arrangements, including what time they will be there. Arrange for someone to watch your children and pets while the movers load your household possessions. Clean a little each day so that the final cleaning won’t be as time consuming.
Clean your refrigerator, take apart any furniture that you’re responsible for taking apart, decide which plants are going with you and which will be given away, get cash from the bank, then close that account if necessary. Pack your PC and electrical equipment. If you’re responsible for packing, make sure that all boxes are clearly marked. Keep your valuable items and documents in one spot that you can easily locate. Pack your suitcases and valuables separately from your other moving items. Keep on hand a small box that will stay with you!
KEEP YOUR PERSONAL BOX WITH YOU! INCLUDE MEDICATION THAT IS NEEDS TO BE TAKEN WITHIN SEVEN DAYS, ALONG WITH CHECKBOOK, PURSE, KEYS, NEW TO DO LIST AND OTHER IMPORTANT ITEMS YOU KNOW THAT WILL BE NEEDED SOON AFTER MOVE. THIS ONE BOX YOU SHOULD KEEP WITH YOU. Such as…
Medication (Within 7 day period)
Purse / Wallet
Phone book / List of important phone numbers
To Do List
Anything that you dont want to have to search inside all the other moving boxes, trust me it will stress you out and maybe push you over the edge. Dont do it to yourself.
Walk through the house with your movers, telling them what you need them to do. Make sure they have the address of your new home or storage, as the case may be. Give the house a final cleaning. Before the movers leave, walk through the house to make sure that they have taken everything. Leave your keys or drop them off with a prearranged party and make sure that you have the keys to your new home or have arranged to pick them up. Switch off lights before you leave for the final time.
PERSONAL BOX CONTAINS IMPORTANT ITEMS YOU KNOW THAT WILL BE NEEDED SOON AFTER MOVE. THIS ONE PERSONAL BOX YOU SHOULD ALWAYS KEEP WITH YOU.
By Charlotte Brown, Ben Rubenstein, Sondra C, Flickety and 22 others
Confine your cat in a room while you get everything sorted out, eg, packing, furniture moving, etc. This will calm your cat down a little and will save time trying to find your cat. If you can, get somebody else to sit in the room with your cat.
When you are driving to your new house, keep your cat calm by taking a familiar blanket or such-like. Always provide food and water. Keep your cat calm by talking in a soothing voice. Never put your cat in the moving van, the trailer, or the boot/trunk. Also, while driving in the car with your cat, make sure it doesn’t run amok! Put it in a soft, comfortable, and dry crate with food, water, and a few towels. Pull a towel over the top of the crate so your cat feels more secure. Your cat may have a couple of accidents, so bring extra towels to change in with the old.
When in your new house, again confine your cat in the room s/he will be sleeping in. Don’t put your cat in the garage, as s/he will need to be with people for the first three months. Don’t subject your cat to too many unfamiliar situations at any one time. Again, if you can find somebody to sit with your cat, do so. Be sure you place your furniture before letting out the cat or he/she may spay to mark new territory if not familiar with surrounding furniture.
After two or three days in your new house, let your cat explore the rooms; one at a time, mind, otherwise your cat will be overwhelmed, and might try to run away.
If your cat likes to go outside, let him/her do so after two/ three weeks in your new house. Try and fit him with a clip-on collar and/or microchip. Spend time outdoors with your cat, making reassuring conversation. Place bowls and favorite food around.
It may also be helpful to try a time-tested trick of placing butter on the cat’s paws. Being fastidious, cats feel compelled to lick all the butter off, while they are rooted to the spot. If you do this, think about placing your cat on the front or back doorstep. As they lick, they are taking in the smells, atmosphere and general feel of their new neighborhood
By KyAnn Lewis, GalTime.com
Over the past several years, I’ve done a lot of moving for work. After several lengthy moves, I now have a pretty good system for organizing, packing and labeling, but, regardless, it’s still stressful. Our past two moves have been THE MOST stressful for me because we moved with a small child.
Most families tend to move in the summer months. Whether you’re moving across town or across the country, it can be hard on your kids and the whole family. Although we have no plans to move again anytime soon, I thought I’d share some of what I learned, in hopes it might make things a little easier for other moms. Also, in order to give you the best advice, I’ve consulted with some other “moms on the move,” too.
Packing With The Kids In The House
Irene Wieder just packed up for a cross-country move from Florida to Montana. She said one of her biggest challenges was trying to get work done with a one-year-old in the house, “Every time I pack a box Seth is right there to unpack it for me. I must have repacked boxes at least three times.” I agree that this can be really tough. If a friend or family offers to help – see if they’ll babysit. If that’s not an option, hire a babysitter or drop-in childcare service. You’ll be glad you spent the money when you see how much work you can really get done.
Figuring Out What To Leave Unpacked
As a military wife, Angel Tucker has moved a bunch. She says that one of the big stresses is, “Trying to figure out what to leave unpacked and what to pack up! As soon as you think you have left everything out that you need, you will end up needing something that’s in the one box you can’t find!” Angel has a system of leaving notes taped on the doors of each room that keep track of what NOT to pack.
Figuring Out Where You’ll Live/Send Your Kids To School
This may not be an issue for those of you moving across town – or who buy a home before they move, but in my last two moves we stayed in corporate housing while we searched for permanent housing. It was reassuring knowing we’d have a place to land once we arrived in town, but it was stressful not knowing where we’d be months later. We also had to research and make childcare arrangements from afar. Let me tell you: not ideal! I turned to friends who knew people in the Orlando area. I asked them for advice on schools and daycares and started my research weeks before we moved here.
Tell The Kids ASAP & Get Them Excited
Sabrina McGuire has three boys. Her oldest son is only nine-years-old and he’s already moved six times! She says, “My advice is to tell your kids as soon as you know for sure that you are moving. They need the time, so they will be ready when moving day comes. Be positive and excited about the move and they will be, too. We get on the Internet and look at pictures of the area we are moving to. It’s fun to make plans of all the fun things we are going to do once we get moved.”
Angel Tucker says, “Let them know what to expect and what to look forward to in the new location. Show them pictures of where they will live, talk about how you will decorate their new room, show them on a map where you are going and let them choose what favorite toys can make the trip in the car with you!”
Take Photos of Your Current House
Amy Kossoff is the mother of three boys and Founder of The MomTini Lounge. She’s had to move her family and has a great idea. She says, “Take a video and photo tour of the old house, and keep it! We love to look back at our old house — and it really makes everyone appreciate the new one when they see that they have more space to play, etc.”
Get Kids Involved in Helping
For older kids, get them involved in the process. Laura McHolm, organizational expert and co-founder of NorthStar Moving says, “Encourage your kids to pack themselves so that they are involved in the moving process. They can have their own boxes and suitcases that they are responsible for. Give them color codes or fun stickers to stick on the boxes that belong in their room. You can oversee this.”
Don’t Be Dismissive Of Their Feelings
Moms and experts agree that it’s important that you listen to your kids and not tell them how to feel about a move. I consulted with Dr. Richard Horowitz, a Parenting Coach and author of Family Centered Parenting. Dr. Horowitz says, “First and foremost is to listen to the children and validate their concerns and fears. Keep in mind that for children a change in home and school is a threat to their fundamental sense of security and safety.” He adds, “There are real losses associated with a move. Leaving a home coupled with the separation from friends and neighbors are legitimate losses that must be acknowledged. Effective listening provides an opportunity for these feelings to be expressed and heard.” We received similar advice form Kat Eden at education.com. She says, “Honestly acknowledge the difficulty of the situation. Nothing will make your child feel more alone than having you minimize or ignore the challenges of moving to a new school.”
Moving day arrives … then what? Sabrina McGuire recommends, “Before the movers come to pack us we make sure the boys have a few special things (favorite book, toys and blanket) to take with us.”
Angel Tucker likes to come up with “road games” as her family makes the trek to their new home – like looking for license plates from every state. She also packs surprise bags and a new DVD.
Laura McHolm suggests, “Wrap things you were going to give to your children anyway like books with car games, deck of cards, sticker books, puzzle books, joke books, reading books, crayola crayons, fun masks, etc. When you make stops along your route place the presents on the kids’ seats. When they come back to the car they will have an exciting gift to unwrap and play with!”
If you have decided to take on the task of packing & moving your boxes yourself, you may want a couple of pointers to help you keep your sanity and property intact.
1. Use generous amount of packing paper when padding contents. use newspaper, packing paper, or bubble wrap.
2. Always pack dishes on their sides. Never stack the dishes flat, the weight of stacked dishes could crush your fine china.
3. Always tape the bottom of your boxes.
4. Label your boxes ( label and /or color code) what room the box goes to, and briefly describe the contents. If you color code your boxes, place the appropriate color at the entrance to each room at the new house.
5. Try not to sweat the small stuff. On moving day tensions can easily run high, when moving. ( Moving is rated in the top 5 most stressful ) Moving can be exciting & stressful at the same time. But if you look at the idea of this task with humor and relax a bit, you’ll have a much better time. So take things in stride and overcome and conquer:)
6. Use visqueen to keep your furnitures door and drawers secure while moving them, a lot cheaper that repairing damage.
7. If possible place your boxes in a corner of your garage and start bringing boxes in one at a time, to save the feeling of claustrophobia and frustration. There may be boxes that needs to be unpacked right away, mark box PRIORITY so you can sort these boxes from the others.
8. Blankets and straps are worth their weight in gold. Damage is more likely to happen during the transportation to the new residence or business. There is no such thing as being over cautious with blankets and straps. If you do not have straps, rope will do.
9. Secure your load.
10. Never … Never… Yank, pry, or force items loose if tangled around other items. TAKE YOUR TIME
11. Keep a box with you that will not be sent in the moving truck, this will contain:
* important papers. Contact numbers and dates of installs from cable/satellite, PG&E, Telephone, and all the other appointments you scheduled.
* Medication. It is often that my customers are searching for medication that needs to be taken, but not clear which box it is in. Clearly mark important boxes, ( example: MEDICATION PRIORITY)
* Car keys, wallet, purse. During moving day items are being packed by multiple people, and things can easily get misplaced. Keep important items that you will need all together.
Good organization will minimize stress and frustration come moving day. Once again don’t forget… DO NOT sweat the small stuff. Good luck with your move:)
If you decide to use a moving company research your moving companies
* Check Public Utilities Commission for moving companies that are licensed and insured. https://delaps1.cpuc.ca.gov/pls/public_cpuc/f?p=203:35:409695490184901::NO:RP::
* Get recommendations from friends, family and Realtors.
* Check websites for reviews
Call me with any questions you may have, with no obligation to use us.
You are planning to move to a new home?
Looking to make this move a little more organized? Color code your boxes and furniture! This could be simply using crayon on paper or colored dots. Assign a color to every room in your new house.
example: kitchen- blue, bedroom 1- yellow, bedroom 2- orange, garage-black.
Then add the appropriate color to the 200 boxes that you are about to pack, and forget about explaining your wording or your handwriting to the other people helping you move. Colors are easier to notice instead of reading every box. On the day of the move get a piece of paper, and tape that appropriate colored paper at the entrance to every room. Now everyone just matches the colored boxes and furniture to the colored rooms. You will be amazed how this will decrease your moving time. Good luck!
What size storage space is needed ?
Moving Van Space
4×6 trailer Misc. furnishings 5 x 10
6×12 trailer Up to 2 rooms 10 x 10
10′ Van Condo / Apt 1 bedroom 10 x 10
14′ Van 1-2 Bedrooms up to 1200 sq. ft. 10 x 15
17′ Van 2-3 Bedrooms up to 1600 sq. ft. 10 x 20
24′ Van 3-4 Bedrooms up to 2,000 sq. ft 10 x 25
26′ Van 6 Bedrooms 2,000 sq ft / above 10 x 30
Space estimates are approximate
One of the biggest mistakes people make when they decide to store their extra stuff in a storage unit: They assume that their belongings are insured by the facility.
Nope. The storage facility has nothing to do with insurance, according to the Insurance Information Institute. It simply provides a place to stow your belongings. Continue reading
If forced to choose between childbirth and moving a household, I’d pick childbirth any day. Both can be deeply painful and expensive experiences. But on moving day, no one offers you an epidural. And labor tends to produce a wonderful result at the end, while moving just leaves you surrounded by boxes.
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A refrigerator should never be layed down for transport or storage. Always transport or store in the upright position. If the refrigerator has been moved on its side, put refrigerator upright and into position. DO NOT PLUG REFRIGERATOR BACK IN! KEEP UNPLUGGED FOR 24 HRS. When you restart it it should be cooling in a few hours and at normal temp in 24-48. If not you may have damaged the compressor.