Moving… it’s a word that can be scary, but for 35 years Amazing Movers has made our customers moving process easy. Whether you’re moving down the road or across the country, our team of moving professionals are ready to assist you the entire way.
Are you preparing to move across the country with children? We know times like this can be stressful, so we’ve put together a list of things you can do to before the move that’ll make this move easy. Check them out!
Before the move
Explain what’s happening. Tell your child about the move, and sooner than later. Every family and child is different, but it’s best that you tell your child that you’re moving with enough time for time to process it. Be sure to highlight the positives and give them time to ask questions.
Keep as much stability as you can during a crazy time. During a move, it’s easy for things to get hectic, but when moving with small children it’s important that you maintain some type of routine throughout their day. This lowers stress and makes them feel secure. So keeping things like breakfast and bedtime around the same time during a move can be crucial to a successful cross-country move.
Know that you’ll be explaining a lot. Prepare yourself to be asked why you’re moving, where you’re going, when you’re moving, and a whole lot more throughout this process. Keep in mind that children are curious and will ask many questions throughout the process.
Following these quick tips will ensure that your next long distance move is an easy one. Even easier when you move with us!
For more information about Amazing Movers please contact us at 405-763-6683.
Moves Become Increasingly Complicated
Most people handle their own first move out of their parents house. It’s usually very simple because they typically do not own much property, and sometimes it’s an small move like going off to college. As time goes by and you acquire more, and often more valuable property a move can become a much more complicate process. What was a simple move has now turned into getting all of your friends to help – if any show up to help.
A local move can be complicated enough but a long distance move presents logistical challenges most people never imagined. We have prepared this article to help people from having to endure common moving mistakes. The following is a list of what we think are the top nine moving mistakes made by average people.
Common Moving Mistakes
- Underestimating the project at hand. It’s easy to not recognize how much you have acquired since your last move. It’s also easy to think that it will go smooth and not take that many hours to do. It’s easy to think you know how to pack well, load trucks in a way that prevents damage and get it all done on time. Big moves require experienced movers.
- Overlooking circumstance beyond your control. Many moves have turned into nightmares because people fail to expect the unexpected. You need to think about how to handle traffic accidents, sudden inclement weather, traffic congestion and such.
- Forgetting about terminating and establishing services. It’s important to make a checklist of services with account numbers and make sure each is terminated at your old address and started at your new address. Failing to do this could leave you without vital services or cause you to get double bills for services at each address. Don’t forget that if your move takes a few days you may still need water and electricity at your old address.
- Signing a contract with a bad mover. There are thousands of horror stories from unscrupulous movers with hidden charges, poor delivery records, uninsured for damage they cause and even holding property for ransom until you pay their add-on fees. Check online reviews before hiring any mover to avoid suffering such a moving mistake.
- Ignoring the importance of insurance. Every mover says they never damage anything. The huge van lines companies frequently lose things in their warehouses. The truth is that insurance is relatively inexpensive and provides peace of mind at a time when you may be a bit stressed out.
- Not knowing that movers won’t move everything. Most movers will not move firearms and ammunition, jewelry, gasoline tanks, grills with propane tanks, and other potentially hazardous items. Some movers wil not move specialty items like pianos, art, antiques, etc. Ask before you sign a contract.
- Paying to move things you should discard. Most people find that they accumulate a lot of “stuff” and typically keep things they should have discarded. Cleaning out your home of unnecessary items can reduce your moving costs by hundreds of dollars – and make your new home less cluttered.
- Packing your must-have items. When you pack those boxes to load on the truck you need to think about what you need until those boxes are unpacked. Things like medicines, charger cords, toiletries are things you can’t go without very long.
- Not budgeting beyond the direct moving costs. It’s easy to thnk about only the cost of boxes and renting a truck. Often you will need money to eat out, perhaps a hotel for a few nights, boarding pets, fuel for long distance moves, tolls, and deposits along the way. Envison the entire process and budget for every step of the process.
Professional Movers Tip: Pack an Unpack First Box
Imagine, you just moved into your new home. Your belongings have been delivered and accounted for but everything is packed away in a box. Imagine that it’s 9 pm and you haven’t eaten since breakfast and all you want to do is take a shower, put on some PJs, eat some pizza and start to get settled. The last thing you want to do is start having to rifle through your boxes to try and find the bare necessities to be comfortable. To help ease the pain of unpacking, be sure to pack an “unpack first” box. This handy box of miscellaneous, can’t-live-without items can be a lifesaver when you finally move into your new home. Here are some of the essentials:
- Your shower curtain (or even just the liner), shower rings and cleanser to get cleaned up after moving all day.
- You may not have a table and chairs yet, but having plates, paper towels, silverware and cups will be a great place to start. Even if your first meal consists of late-night delivery pizza on your dining room floor.
- Chargers for your electronic devices.
- An air mattress if you know bed assembly isn’t happening that night.
- Sheets and pillows, even if they are only for your air mattress.
- A lamp(or two if possible)- Sometimes new homes don’t come with overhead lighting in every room and spare lighting can be handy upon move in.
tip: Label your unpack first box in a bold way and make sure it is accessible upon arrival to your new home!
If you decide to do your move yourself then there are some things often overlooked.
- Call multiple rental companies to get the best price, tell them about what a deal each is giving and someone will give you a better price.
- If you are getting a one way rental, check the surrounding cities for a cheaper rate if you return the truck there. Sometimes a 30 mile drive can save you $50.
- Don’t forget to get furniture pads. Usually the truck rental company will rent you furniture pads at a very reasonable price and a move can not be executed properly without them, Get some dollies too.
- Upon receiving your truck be sure and read the instructions on ramp of lift gate operation. Ramps will have 2 holes for placement of the ramp so that it will mate up evenly with the truck floor. Ensure that the ramp is clear of debris and if it is wet it will be slippery. Lift gates are hydraulically powered and have a very dangerous pinch point where the gate meets the truck bed. Being aware of this pinch point at all times is imperative to the safety of yourself and others helping you.
- Loading the truck: Choose sturdy items like a dresser to stack on, do not use a kitchen table with curved legs or other light duty items to stack on. Stacking boxes from the floor to the sealing of the truck usually puts too much stress on the bottom boxes. Be creative, use the furniture pads to you advantage, wrap and stack, like a jig-saw puzzle. Wrap your couches and stand them vertically. Couches will break if you overload them. Use ropes or straps to secure the load and securing large items like the refrigerator.
- Grand father clocks should have the weights removed before moving them
- Sleeper sofas should have the sleeper tied off before carrying it.
- Use the furniture pads to cover all wooden items.