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The Moving Check List

When it comes time to move your family from one location to another, there are so many things to do that it’s easy to forget a few. Here is a checklist and timetable you can follow to make sure that nothing important is left undone.


30-60 Days Before Moving …

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30 to 15 Days Before Moving…

Sell or give away anything you won’t move. Make a list of everything to be moved. Call Good Ol’ Boys / Countrywide Moving for an estimate. Consider insurance on movables. Estimate the number of packing cartons that will be needed and purchase them. Gather and store dental and medical records. Pick up a “Change of Address Moving Kit” from the Post Office. Send out change of address cards, to both the new and old neighborhood post offices. Contact children’s schools and have any school transcripts forwarded to the new school. Close local-only store charge accounts, and arrange for all other bills to be forwarded. Make your personal travel plans by plotting your itinerary. Consider travel plans for your pets and make arrangements to transfer your pet’s veterinary records to the new location. Immediately prior to the move, plan meals that will use perishable food you already have. If moving more than 50 kms closer to a new place of employment for tax purposes, keep a record of all of your moving expenses, and keep receipts of any items you donate to charity. Arrange to disconnect your current utilities and to reconnect utilities at new location.


14 Days Before Moving…

Pack one room at a time and work in consistent blocks of time so your work will be gradual. Check the oil, water, battery, tires and all fluids in your car. Have your car tuned up if needed. Make sure you return any items you’ve borrowed from libraries and from friends or neighbors. Collect items you’ve loaned out to anyone in your current location. Arrange farewell visits. Check to see if your large appliances need to be specially prepared for moving. If your car is to be towed, arrange for the fitting of a tow bar; some cars need special equipment. Ask your bank to release your safe deposit box, and make arrangements to transfer your accounts and funds to a new bank.


7 Days Before Moving…

Pack suitcases and boxes not yet filled. Arrange for a babysitter on moving day if applicable. Get tranquilizers for your pet if it will accompany you in the car as needed. Dispose of, and do not transport any flammable items or liquids. Take down curtains, rods, shelves, and the TV antenna, unless your mover has been instructed to do so, or you have included those items in the sale of your home. Find out whether you can take your phone with you. Ask about credits for phones that may be applied at your new location. Set aside, and prepare any items to be taken in car during the move.


On The Day Before Moving…

Finish packing cosmetic items and clothes you’ll wear on the trip. Empty and defrost the refrigerator and freezer and let them air dry for a day. Leave the refrigerator door ajar. Deodorize large appliances with baking soda or coffee. If you live on a busy thoroughfare, request police to place “No Parking” Signs in front of your house so the moving van won’t disrupt traffic.


And Finally, On Moving Day…

Make a final check to guarantee your appliances are ready to be moved. Give Good Ol’ Boys driver detailed, and written directions to your new address. After our moving van is packed make sure you have the appropriate payment ready before the van is unloaded at your new address. Confirm the arrival date and time. Pack your vacuum last so you can reach it easily to sweep new house. Sign and save all copies of bills of lading. Give Good Ol’ boys Moving the address and telephone number of the place you can be reached if you are moving long distance. Before you leave, check every room, closet, and cabinets a final time. Don’t forget any attic and basement storage rooms if you have them. Check all locks on the doors and windows to secure the house.


Your organization and pre-planning will take most of the worry out of your move. So, enjoy the change, and relax. You’re in good hands!



Tips on Moving With Your Family

Moving with a family can be challenging. There are a lot of changes going on for you and your family. That’s why it is critical to spend some time helping your kids cope with the changes going on around them. The advice set out in this guide will help your move go more smoothly.


When to Move School Age Kids

When your kids are school age, you might be tempted to plan your move for the school holidays. In reality, this can actually make things harder for your kids.

School is most likely the first place your kids can be assured of making friends. Thus, moving during the school holidays places your child in unfamiliar and new surroundings at a time when their chances of making friends are low.

As school resumes, your child may feel even more left out. As the first day return to school is filled with the excitement and hustle and bustle that occurs after a holiday vacation, your child may feel like a stranger.

When you schedule your move during the school year, it allows your kids to go from one social setting to another.

The teacher and the other kids will be more willing to show your child some extra special attention when they are the only new person.


Does Age Make a Difference?

Generally speaking, the younger the child, the better they will cope with the transition of moving to a new home.

Very young children and infants may be confused. It is a good idea to try to explain to them what’s happening and make it like an adventure.

The biggest worry that school age children endure is whether they will make new friends and fit in easily a their new school.

Because teenagers’ friends provide them with a sense of identity, it is more difficult for teens to feel comfortable with the idea of moving to a new home.


Before the Move

As you start making plans for your move, remember to focus on what your kids can look forward to.

After all, if you see your move as an exciting adventure, your kids will also be very enthusiastic.

Right from the start, you might want to take them with you on house-hunting adventures. In cases where it might not be practical to have them tagging along, don’t forget to bring back pictures of hot prospects you’re considering.  After you’ve found the new home, be sure to take pictures of local places of interest.


Communication is the Key

Don’t forget to keep the channels of communication open. Before and during your move, encourage your kids to tell you about their uncertainties.

Most likely, you’re probably feeling a little nervous about moving too (no matter how promising your new situation is likely to be).

After your move, spend time together with your family. Listen to each other’s stories so that you can be sure how everyone is coping with the change.


Getting the Kids Involved

It’s only natural that your kids will want to be involved with what’s going on. Some examples of ways to get your kids involved are:

Asking them to help plan for and organize your garage sale. They could make colorful posters to stick up around the neighborhood.

Allowing them to choose a small number of toys or other items to keep with them on moving day.

Empowering them by letting them pack and label a few of their own boxes

Making sure they have a special job to take care of on moving day. This will help them feel as if they’re making a valuable contribution.

Allowing them to decide how their new rooms should decorated and arranged.



What About Childcare?

Undoubtedly you will be offered a lot of conflicting advice whether you should keep your kids with you on moving day or arrange childcare.

Keep in mind that you are the best judge of what’s right for your kids.


Saying Goodbye

It is critical that your children have the enough time to say good-bye to the family members and friends they’re leaving behind.

You should encourage them to exchange contact information. Fortunately, for most of us today, our friends are only a few keystrokes away via e-mail.


Settling In

Understand that it is like that there may be a grieving period for children…it may last a few weeks, perhaps even a few months. Here are a few easy things you can do to make moving easier for your kids.

Investigate and explore your new neighborhood together. Look for new and exciting things.

Go to your new child’s school with them beforehand…walk around the new school together to help them find their bearings.

Accompany your kids on their route to school until they are comfortable traveling by themselves.

Seek out after-school activities where your children can make new friends with similar interests.

Don’t forget to encourage them to keep in touch with old friends.


Keeping an Eye Out for Early Warning Signs

A major change is always difficult for a child. Even the most well adjusted child can have difficulty coping with moving.  Be watchful, it’s important to pick up on early warning signs that your child may need extra help adjusting.


Here are some things to watch out for:

  • Withdrawn behavior
  • Loss of appetite
  • Problems sleeping, or regular nightmares
  • Outbursts of anger or tears
  • Reluctance to stray far from the house or family
  • Difficulty making new friends

Additional Hints for Moving Kids

There are children’s books that help kids come to terms and understand an upcoming move, and cope with some of the feelings they may be experiencing.

If you’ve got young children, it’s important to remove dangerous situations and to child proof your home.

The sooner you teach your kids your new address and phone number, the better.


Moving With Pets

As you prepare for your move, you should plan on preliminary preparation for your pet so they too can be well prepared. There are many things you can to do make the move less stressful for your pet. This guide will help make your pet’s transition into a new home much easier.


Get the Facts

Once you’ve made the decision to move to a new home, you will need to do some research. Certain localities may have stringent requirements or restrictions regarding pet ownership. You may need permits or registrations.

Don’t forget to schedule an appointment with your veterinarian. Your pet should have a check-up before moving. Be sure to attain your pet’s veterinary records so that they can be forwarded to your new veterinarian.


A Short Move

For local moves, it probably makes the most sense to transport your pet in the car with you on moving day.

Remember to make sure that your pet is safe. Keep your pet in an unused room, or perhaps even outside. And of course, as always, your pet should have plenty of fresh water, and enough toys to occupy their time.


Moving Pets by Car

Many dogs and cats may find car travel extremely distressing. Some may even get car sick. You will have to be ready to make many stops along the way. Several small pets (such as birds, guinea pigs, birds, etc.) can be easily transported via automobile. A good, simple way of keeping them calm and quiet is to cover their cage with a cloth.

Long distance moves may required an overnight stop. Remember to call hotels in advance to make sure that they will allow your pet to stay in the hotel.


Moving Fish

It’s wise to visit your local Aquarium or Pet Shop and ask for special fish containers to safely transport your fish. They should be able to offer suggestions on what’s best for different types of fish.


Creating A Pet Pack

If you’re moving your pet by car, there are several things you should plan on taking with you on moving day.


  • An old bed sheet or blanket will protect your car upholstery.
  • A favorite toy or two, and an old T-shirt or rag with your scent on it.
  • Two plastic containers – one should have fresh water, the other should have food and treats.
  • Medications that your pet may need.
  • A leash for when you make rest stops with your pet.

Even if your pet doesn’t typically get car sick, it is better to be safe than sorry…bring paper towels, a sponge, and plenty of plastic bags.


Pet Transport

Depending on the temperament and size of your pet, as well as the distance you’re moving, it may be make sense to enlist the help of a pet transporter. Reputable pet transporters can organize every aspect of moving your pet from beginning to end. Services provided may include the following:


  • Sensible advice on preparing your pet for the trip
  • Specific details about requirements or restrictions on pet ownership in your new locality
  • Collecting your pet at the airport
  • Boarding your pet until you arrive
  • Delivery of your pet to your new home.


If you will be transporting your dog or cat by air, you must have the following details in order:


  • A recent health certificate provided by your veterinarian
  • A pet carrier that complies with airline regulations

Don’t forget to confirm rules and regulations with your pet transporter so that you can purchase any pet products that may be needed.


Trip Tips

  • Always take your dog for a long walk before the trip.
  • Remember to advise your pet transporter of any specific requirements for your pet.
  • You should keep your cat indoors for at least 24 hours at your new home.
  • Never feed your pet too much before the trip.
  • Unless it is absolutely necessary, it is best not to sedate your pet.

Other Bits and Pieces to Consider

If your new home will be rented, prepare a pet resume for prospective landlords. Your vet may agree to write a referral letter.

Always remember to get a new pet ID tag with your new address and contact phone numbers.

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