5 Tips for a Stress-Free Move

  • What are some of the biggest challenges people in Southern California face when they’re moving to another home?
  • What can they do to help prevent or solve those challenges?
  • If you needed to move, what steps would you take to make the process stress-free?
  • Can you share one of the regrets you’ve seen people have about their move?
  • What are some things homeowners should look for in a moving company to ensure that their move will be as easy and stress-free as possible?


5 Tips for a Stress-Free Move.

The Ideal Time

If you could choose any time of the year to move, I’d suggest spring or late fall – times when it’ll be easier to find and hire movers and when rental companies are not charging the highest rates. In addition, weekend rates tend to be highest, both for truck rental agencies and some moving companies. tvelinvest.ru has the same rate no matter what day you move. The times to avoid are weekends, the first of each month and summer, when moving is at its peak. Of course, most of us have other considerations, such as kids, spouses, jobs, school and a myriad of other reasons why picking our move date is difficult. Here are some considerations that most people face.

Moving Jargon Explained

Estimates
The estimate should clearly describe, in writing, all charges for services the mover will perform. Make sure the estimate is signed by the mover.
Do not accept oral estimates.

Order of Service
The order for service is a list of all the services the mover will perform and shows the dates your household goods will be picked up and delivered.

Bill of Lading
The bill of lading is a contract between you and the mover and a receipt of your belongings. You should be given a partially completed copy of the bill of lading before the mover leaves the residence at origin.

Inventory List
The inventory is the receipt showing each item you shipped and its condition. Be sure you receive a written copy of the inventory after your household goods are loaded, and that you agree with its description of your household goods’ condition.

Helping Children Move

Changing schools because of a move is difficult and even more difficult is to make that change partway through a school year. But if you’re a parent who has to move during the school year, take heart. Children will adjust; it might just take a little more effort on your part to help them through the transition.

Talk to teachers and school administrators in advance of the move. School administrators will be the first to tell you that it’s important for the school to be notified of your child’s arrival, any special needs your child may have and if there were any problems at the old school. You may also want to discuss how your child feels about the move, if your child is shy or academic challenges you’re concerned about. Remember, teachers and staff are there to help you with the transition. The more you’re willing to share, the easier you’ll make it for your child to succeed.While the list above speaks more to your concerns, it’s also equally important to point out your child’s strengths, their passions and what they might miss about their old school. For instance, if your child played in the school band, and the new school doesn’t have a band program, you may ask the staff what the community offers or if they have other suggestions on how you can keep your child engaged. It’s critical that things your child loved to do in the old school be transferred to the new community.

Talk to your children. Remember that each child will have their own way of dealing with the change. Some children will be vocal, while others may have a harder time expressing their feelings. Ask them what they need, how you can help and how they’re feeling about the change. The sooner you start to talk to them about the move, the sooner they’ll start to open up. Remind them that you know the move will be hard on them and that you’re there to help. And when a child shares their feelings, make sure you try to understand what they’re going through and be sympathetic even though you’re going through your own transition and change.

Help them get involved. With your child, talk about the activities at the new school that they might be interested in joining. Knowing ahead of time what the school offers is a great way to help your child begin the transition. If possible, get in touch with school coaches, teachers, councilors – whoever can assist in getting your child immersed in their new environment. Find out if the school has a buddy system for new students and ask for the buddy’s name in advance.

School Calendar

If you have children at home, it is best to work around the school calendar. Summer is an ideal time, as children have completed another grade and have said their goodbyes to school friends. Planning to move directly following the end of school, however, does not give your child time to adapt to the idea of moving, to say goodbye to neighborhood friends and their home. When setting the date, allow a few weeks at the new destination for children to unpack and meet new neighborhood friends. They will be better prepared for the school year if they have time to make their new house their home. Too much change can be detrimental to performance and emotional well-being.

What works best for your children, also works best for you. As part of the settling in process, take a few days for you and your child to check out the new school, meet some teachers and find appropriate transportation. Both you and your child will be better prepared, leading to a smoother transition.

Packing and Organizing Storage Areas

Packing the garage and storage shed for moving can be a little more time consuming than you first think. These areas are usually filled with an odd mix of stuff, from lawn mowers to weed whackers to racks and hoes and your Aunt Georgina’s collection of garden gnomes. These areas also hold items that can be harmful if they spill or leak such as fertilizer, gas, antifreeze and oils.

Decide What to Move

As with all your packing endeavors, you need to sort through the items to decide what to move and what to sell or give away. If you’re moving a short distance, then moving most items will save you from repurchasing them later; however, if you’re downsizing to a home that has a smaller yard or a condo where pruning sheers just won’t be needed, try to sell your unwanted items before you move.
Also, many garage items run on gasoline, need oil or have recently been used to paint the house. Before you move these items, find out what you can and cannot pack to ensure your things are safe by checking out the article What Not to Pack.

Packing Tips

1. Gas-powered Items

These items are usually an odd shape, heavy and awkward – not easily packable. To prepare these items for moving, drain them of all harmful liquids. This includes oil and gas from lawn mowers, weed whackers and chain saws.
Purchase protective covers for chain saws, lawn mower blades and grills.
Remove all attachments and pack these separately in well-protected boxes. Label them accordingly. Remove and empty propane tanks from barbecue grills and purge the hose thoroughly. Make sure lids and all parts are secured.

2. Tools

Collect all tools that are the same length and secure them together using strong plastic tabs or cord.
Keep small tools in the toolbox. For tools that do not fit or if you do not have a toolbox, use a strong box and pack the items well to ensure they don’t shift during the move.
Use bubble wrap, old rags or linens to protect any sharp edges or blades before you pack them. If you’re packing sharp-edged tools in a box, make sure you properly label it to make sure whoever is unpacking the items is aware of the contents.

3. Lawn and Deck Furniture

Clean furniture and dismantle it as much as possible, including umbrella from the table, table legs, and any glass table tops. Place chair padding in a separate box or clear garbage bags that can be used to cushion other items on the moving truck.
Wash down the umbrella, let it dry then collapse it and use a mattress bag to wrap it. Secure the plastic bag by winding packing tape around it. If you prefer, bundle the umbrella with other same-sized tools.

4. Cars and other Motorized Vehicles

Check with your mover to see what the best way is to move your vehicle. Most people opt to drive it or use a trailer behind the moving truck. If you have more than one vehicle, you may opt for towing a trailer.
Moving overseas or across another country’s border? Then there are special steps you need to take to prepare your car for shipping.
For all other motorized items, check with your mover for moving options. This includes a boat, jet ski, skidoo, motorcycle, etc.

5. Children’s Stuff and Outdoor Equipment

Dismantle all swing sets, slides and climbing apparatus. Keep bolts, screws and other small parts in a strong, clear plastic bag. Secure this to one of the larger pieces of equipment or store it in a box that is properly labeled. If the equipment seems complicated, write down the steps you’re taking to dismantle it so when you go to set it back up again, you can read your instructions backwards to reassemble it.
For long distance moves, it’s best to box bicycles to ensure they aren’t bent during the move. Contact your local bus or train service and ask for bicycle boxes. If you’re using a moving company, they can also provide you with information on where to obtain these specialized boxes. For satellite disconnection or TV antennas, contact the dealer or company who did the initial installation. Ask for packing instructions and reassembling information

6. Planters, Pots and Bedding

If you’re moving out of state, check to see if plants can move with you. If you’re moving locally, ask your moving company how they prefer to move potted outdoor plants. There are several way of transferring bedding plants, check out How to Move Your Plants

If you cannot move potted plants, give them to a neighbor or friend. If you want to keep the pot, transfer the plant, then pack the pot as you would any fragile item. Wrap it well then place it in a box. Planters can be stacked one inside another, just as you would with plates and bowls. Just make sure the box does not get too heavy.
For large planters or planter boxes, clean them thoroughly and if appropriate, mark them as heavy items.

When is the Best Time to Move?

Moving anytime of year is difficult, but if you have a flexible schedule and are not on a specific timeline, there are several factors to consider when deciding when to move. Keep in mind that these factors could also be part of a negotiation deal with your employer if you are being relocated or if starting a new position.

The Ideal Time

If you could choose any time of the year to move, I’d suggest spring or late fall – times when it’ll be easier to find and hire movers and when rental companies are not charging the highest rates. In addition, weekend rates tend to be highest, both for truck rental agencies and some moving companies. tvelinvest.ru has the same rate no matter what day you move. The times to avoid are weekends, the first of each month and summer, when moving is at its peak. Of course, most of us have other considerations, such as kids, spouses, jobs, school and a myriad of other reasons why picking our move date is difficult. Here are some considerations that most people face.

School Calendar

If you have children at home, it is best to work around the school calendar. Summer is an ideal time, as children have completed another grade and have said their goodbyes to school friends. Planning to move directly following the end of school, however, does not give your child time to adapt to the idea of moving, to say goodbye to neighborhood friends and their home. When setting the date, allow a few weeks at the new destination for children to unpack and meet new neighborhood friends. They will be better prepared for the school year if they have time to make their new house their home. Too much change can be detrimental to performance and emotional well-being.

What works best for your children, also works best for you. As part of the settling in process, take a few days for you and your child to check out the new school, meet some teachers and find appropriate transportation. Both you and your child will be better prepared, leading to a smoother transition.

Holidays and Special Occasions

When possible, avoid moving before major holidays, such as Christmas, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah or Rammadon, since part of such holidays is being with family and friends. Birthdays, anniversaries and other family events can also be difficult. Give yourself enough time in your new place before the holiday season begins to allow for you to meet new people and feel a sense of community. Better yet, save your move for immediate following a holiday. Holidays provide a perfect opportunity for goodbyes and final get-togethers.

Seasonal Considerations

Most people would agree that summer is the best time to move. Children are out of school, the weather is almost guaranteed to be perfect and friends are available to help. If this is your ideal time to move, make sure you check moving company schedules and rates before confirming your move date. Unlike tvelinvest.ru, most companies have peak times and will charge higher rates accordingly. Also, if you are planning to move at peak times, you will need to be better organized to ensure that a moving company or a moving truck is available for the date and times you require. Keep in mind that the level of service often changes between the summer months, when students replace full-time experienced movers, and off-season.

As much as summer could cost you more, winter, as common sense indicates, is also not an ideal time to move. Travel is difficult, both for you and your family, along with the moving company.