The Epic Guide to Moving Into Your New Home
It’s that exciting and yet stressful time where your life’s journey has led to a new home. Starting over always seems to hold so much promise and potential, but with these positives can come the negatives of anxiety, emotional roller coasters, and a schedule that just doesn’t have enough space in it.
There is a light at the end of the tunnel, and with the help of an expert moving team, your journey between homes won’t have as many hiccups or setbacks. Take a few tips from the pros on how to develop a smooth transition between homes.
Moving with Pets
Although your mind is racing with the to-do list for your kids and spouse, your furry family members are going to need some help as you prepare to move. These ideas will keep them safe and keep you calm during this time.
- Establish vet service prior to moving, if relocating from your current provider.
- Move your pet after comfortable and familiar items have been relocated. They will feel more at home with the scent and their personal items.
- Move your pet in your vehicle, if possible. Have crates or kennels prepared and stocked with their blanket or other toys for comfort.
- Personally introducing your pet to his new home will help with uneasiness. Have treats ready as you introduce them to their new home.
- Give them lots of attention and keep them leashed or in a fenced yard until they have adapted to the new surrounding.
For more tips on moving with pets – check out this article.
Moving with Kids
Let’s be honest. Moving kids is just like moving the family pet. It takes a different perspective and intentional effort. Kids will experience the same emotional challenges you will yet they may be unable to express it. Here some ideas to help them transition.
- Talk about it and available for attention and affection. Give them time to think it through and ask questions or reveal concerns.
- Move when it is convenient for their schedule, as well as yours. Think of the school season, sports schedules, or annual family vacation plans.
- Let them help pack; get them involved and encourage them with ideas for their new space.
- Try to keep their routine as consistent as possible; it will help with anxiety and expectations.
- Have an essentials box packed and ready for their first night in their new home. Items should include things essential to physical routines but also stuffed animals or toys that bring joy and a sense of familiarity.
For more tips on moving with pets – check out this article.
Moving Heavy Tools
I know you are thinking that this would a great time to clean out the garage, but fortunately (or maybe not), moving teams are great resources for moving heavy tools and equipment. However, if you are trying to DIY this portion of the move, moving tools can help you out. Casters, dollies, lifting straps, more than one person, and always lifting with your knees are highly recommended. Measure spaces, remove as many pieces as possible, and cover pieces with blankets or moving pads for extra protection. When in doubt, call the professional!
Kids and pets are good to go. Heavy stuff…working on it. Check. Now on to the fine details of the move. And by fine, we mean fine china and other breakables waiting to make the journey. Breakable items require patience and time; they are well worth the effort because family heirlooms can’t be replaced and broken glass can’t be repaired.
Here are some quick tips.
- Plan time and gather appropriate packing materials. Dish boxes, mirror/picture boxes, bubble wrap, plastic wraps, styrofoam peanuts, packing paper, blankets or pillows, etc. You can never have too much protection for your breakables.
- Don’t over-pack the box. Less is more; less of the breakables and more of the insulation and protection. Use smaller boxes for easier and safer handling, and line the four sides of the box with a blanket, bubble wrap or other cushioning material.
- Fill hollow items (goblets, mugs, glasses, etc.) with packing paper or bubble wrap, and wrap each item individually before packing into the box. Plates and flatter objects should also be wrapped individually and stacked as flat as possible.
Moving to a Smaller Home
On top of the stress of packing, you to help might be faced with the challenge of not having enough space for all your things. If you are moving to a smaller home, there a few suggestions for downsizing to help ease the pressure of making it work.
- Take inventory of what you. Be prepared to donate, trash, or recycle things you realize won’t be making the move.
- Make three lists: “must haves”, “can live without”, and “things I could replace”. From these lists and items that fall into them, you will be able to determine the where and how of starting to downsize.
- Things that are extras or surplus of items could be sold or taken to a local donation center.
- If your furniture outsizes your new home, think of selling some larger pieces in a yard sale, social media, or online exchanges to save toward the purchase of size appropriate pieces.
Things a Mover Can’t Move
When you have come to the end of your rope and decide to call in the professionals, there are things they won’t be able to help you with. The list isn’t very long, but we don’t want you to have any surprises or unnecessary alarm. Most of it is for their safety and yours as well as local, state, and federal legal compliance. The specifics of this list might vary a little depending on your company, so be sure to ask when arranging their services.
- Flammable or potentially hazardous materials: gasoline, propane cylinders, lighter fluid, fireworks, paint and paint thinner, matches, chemicals, batteries, fire extinguishers, etc.
- Firearms or weapons such as knives, swords, hunting gear, etc.
- Explosives in any form:
- Perishable food items, frozen food, and open containers
- Valuables such as jewelry, cash, important documents, and family heirlooms
Get our Good Guys
Whether you are familiar with the moving process or this was your introductory crash course, you don’t have to take on this task alone! You are fortunate to have the most equipped, experienced, and empathetic moving company around waiting for your call. Ease the headache and phone a friend; get our Good Guys over to help. Don’t wait-time is money and you are in the position to save both! Get a quote from our professional moving team today!