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Tips for Moving With Kids

Moving is as hard for kids as it is for adults. By considering a move in three stages - before, during, and after - and thinking about your children's needs during each stage, you can make a big difference in how your kids feel about the move and how they adjust afterwards.

Moving Checklist

This calendar prepared by Mayflower Transit will serve as your "countdown" to moving day.

Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations protect consumers on interstate moves. This electronic pamphlet provides information about your rights and responsibilities as a shipper of household goods.

Tips to Ensure a Smooth Move

Moving is ranked among life's most stressful events. However, with the proper planning and preparation, you can make your next move a smooth one. 

Packing Your Stuff A-Z

From air conditioners and artwork to big screen televisions and washing machines, learn from the experts how to get everything ready for the moving van.

Tips for Moving With Pets

If pets are a part of your family, remember that moving, whether down the block or across the country, is just as stressful for them as it is for you. But this stress can be greatly reduced with good planning and the tips that you'll find here.

Official Change of
Address Form

This section allows you to submit change of address info and then submit online to the United States Postal Service.

The 10 Most Forgotten Items In A Move

Even the most organized person will probably not be able to remember every detail of the move - or every item.  This useful article from Mayflower Transit suggests adding these 10 points to the top of your moving preparation list.

After Your Move

Congratulations - you survived the big move!   Now what?  Here's a list of the most important items to attend to during the first week after your move.

Tips for Moving With Kids

Moving can be a life-altering experience for a child. If you are moving out of the area and your children will be attending a new school, the difficulties for children may only be magnified. However, there are plenty of things you can do for your children during the moving process that can turn a stressful event into a time of excitement. Here are some suggestions. 

1. Share the news early
Once you have made the decision to move, let your children know and listen to their opinions. While some kids may be disappointed – especially if you are moving out of the area – they may find some solace in providing input. Furthermore, the more time your children have to prepare themselves for the move, the better.  

2. Show some excitement
Rather than expressing regret about the decision to move, let your kids know that a new home will be an exciting opportunity for everyone. Talk about the activities your family can do after moving and the benefits of their new school. As moving day approaches, you may find that your children are looking forward to everything from decorating their bedrooms to making new friends.  

3. Get the kids involved
As you make the preparations to move, try to get your kids involved in the process. To help your kids remain focused and happy, work with them to schedule some fun activities before moving out. Find some local guide books or websites that your children can read and let them serve as tour guides after moving into the new neighborhood. When packing, it can also be helpful to let children box up and label their own belongings allowing them to feel more in control of the process.

4. Incorporate some creativity
To help your kids take their minds off the stresses of moving, encourage them to be creative. Younger children might enjoy painting pictures of your old house to display after you’ve moved. Older children can keep a journal or scrapbook during moving and have a story to share later. During the moving process, you could also give your kids jobs – complete with badges and uniforms – to help them stay involved.

5. Have a party
Prior to leaving your home, throw a party for yourself and your kids. Invite the friends of everyone in the family and plan some fun, all-ages activities. Afterwards, make sure your kids receive contact information for everyone they want to stay in contact with.

6. Get acquainted with your new surroundings
Once you have unloaded the truck, try to make the first night in your new home as exciting as possible. Have fun playing hide-and-seek or a board game before worrying about unpacking and organizing. After you have settled in, start taking walks or bike rides around the neighborhood. You can introduce yourselves to the neighbors and the kids might find some new friends.

7. Get back to normal
For the sake of the entire family’s happiness, try not to take too long to resume doing what your family enjoys. If your family had a custom of bowling every Friday, try to find a bowling alley near your new home. You may also want to drive through the area and acquaint yourself with the locations of businesses like grocery stores and restaurants. When Saturday rolls around, try out the pizza parlor you found. 

Though moving can be difficult on children of all ages, it can also provide something to look forward to. By keeping your kids involved during every step of the moving process, you will help them feel in control of the situation. After moving into your new home, help them understand that life will be as fun as it always was; it will just take place in a different location. Most importantly, do your best as a family to stay together and have fun along the way.

Tips to Ensure a Smooth Move

For many families, moving can be a very stressful event. Besides coming to terms with your new life in a new home, you and your family will also need to think about moving day. Too often, families get caught up in various activities before moving day and fail to make the proper preparations. If you and your family are preparing to move, try to stay calm and organized throughout the process. For a few extra pointers on how to make your moving day a success, consider the simple advice outlined here.    

Make a detailed checklist
It can be difficult to keep track of all the tasks associated with moving. Hence, you should try to organize your days leading up to and beyond moving day. If you have a reminder of what needs to be done and where you need to be, you are more likely to have a smooth moving day. 

Prepare for day 1
Prior to packing all of your boxes, you may want to assemble one box of necessities for the whole family. As most families finish unpacking their trucks late in the evening, there is often little desire to open several boxes to find pillows and toothbrushes. To prevent a stressful first night in your new home, try to place anything your family might need in the first 24 hours in a separate box, mark it clearly and keep it accessible during moving. Also, if you have any valuable or irreplaceable items – such as jewelry and personal keepsakes – you should try to wrap the items well and keep them with you while moving.

To help with your checklist, you should try to include all of the following items in your day 1 box:

  • Personal toiletries
  • Soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Flashlight
  • Screwdriver
  • Pliers
  • Set of plastic plates and cutlery
  • Paper towels or tissue

Pack manageable boxes
Unless you have lots of large, lightweight items – such as down comforters and blankets – you shouldn’t need too many oversized boxes. Oversized moving materials often force homeowners into packing boxes that are too heavy and unmanageable. Instead, try to find plenty of midsized boxes and distribute weight evenly. Furthermore, if you are moving yourself, make sure you have all the necessary materials on hand before packing, including bubble wrap or packing peanuts for fragile items.

Label every box
When packing your boxes, try not to place items for different rooms in the same box. After sealing up each box, simply mark which room the items belong in. When you arrive at your new home, you will be able to take each box to its rightful place and each family member can spend time organizing their own space.

De-clutter as you go
As you prepare to move out of your home, try to organize your belongings and set aside unwanted items. After unpacking in your new home, you will be happy having more space and fewer items to arrange. Before moving out, you can hold a yard sale or make a charitable donation to get rid of your unwanted belongings.

Get the family involved
If you have children, help them get excited about moving. With something to look forward to – like the chance to decorate a new bedroom – children often get more involved in the moving process. Also, you may want to ask your friends and family for help on moving day. Even if no one is able to move furniture with you, a family member could watch your pet for the day or take care of errands.

Though moving day can be a very overwhelming time for families, proper organization can make help turn that stress into excitement. If you follow your timeline leading up to moving day, you and your family will have no problem approaching the big move with confidence.

Tips for Moving With Pets

If you are in the process of moving into a new home, you are most likely experiencing a number of mixed feelings. As it seems there is always so much to do leading up to moving day, along with the excitement of moving, life may seem very stressful for weeks – or months. Amongst all your own concerns, you should spend a few moments imagining how your pets might feel during this time. They might sense your anxiety and are aware of their changing environment. Likewise, they may spend much of their time inside your home and soon they will not be able to recognize their surroundings. They might be confined in a car or an airplane for an entire day, or more.

While moving into a new home can be difficult on your pets, there are a number of things you can do to make your entire family’s life easier. Here are a number of tips to help you move with your pets, safely and happily.

Make a checklist
Before moving with your pets, take a few minutes to consider what your animals might need during the stressful moving process. Start with this sample travel list for all types of pets and add or subtract to meet your pets’ needs:

  • Extra medications if you are moving out of the area
  • Beds, pillows and liners for your pet carriers
  • Plastic scoops and bags for your dogs
  • A 2-3 week supply of your pets’ usual food (in case you have difficulty finding the food immediately after moving)
  • Several gallons of water from your old home (some veterinarians believe that changing a pet’s water abruptly can cause confusion and upset stomachs)
  • Travel-friendly food and water bowls
  • Leashes for cats and dogs
  • Litter box
  • Cage covers for birds and rabbits
  • Paper towels
  • Toys

Visit the vet
In the weeks before moving, you might want to visit your pet’s veterinarian. If you are moving out of the area, you can request a copy of veterinary records and obtain rabies and health certificates (these may be required for your pet, depending on where you move). The final visit to the vet before moving is also a good time to catch up on vaccinations and ask for recommendations of clinics near your new home. Lastly, if your pet is old or experiencing health problems, you may be able to obtain a mild sedative for your animal to aid in the rigors of car or airplane travel.   

Take your time on the road
If you are traveling to your new home by car, it is recommended that you keep your pets in carriers. The carriers should be large enough to comfortably house your pets, bowls for food and water and a small litter box for cats. While you should stop periodically to let all of your pets stretch their legs and do their business, large dogs should be let out about every two hours.

Keep familiar items nearby
As your pets may become disoriented by their new surroundings, you should surround your animals with familiar items to help ease the transition. While you are traveling, keep a few toys and a favorite blanket handy. As you begin unpacking in your new home, you may want to keep your pets in their carriers with their toys until you have a chance to organize their space.

Create a room for your pets
When you arrive in your new home, you should try to designate one room for your pets. As you unpack, you should leave your pets in the room with their carriers – doors open – until they have a chance to adapt. You can also place their food and water bowls, blankets, toys and furniture in their room to help them feel at home. If necessary, you can also begin your big move by creating a pet room in your old home – a trick which could help pets behave on the road. In both cases, you will be able to organize your belongings while your pets make themselves comfortable.

Adjust to the outdoors
After settling into your new home, you should try to keep all cats and dogs on leashes when outside. Dogs typically adapt to their surroundings – especially outdoors – within a few days, while cats might need a few extra days.

Maintain your pets’ routine
Though the process of moving might throw off your own routine, it is important for pets to stay on schedule. Throughout the entire moving process, try to make sure that your pets are fed and walked at regular times. Like many of the other tips mentioned here, staying on your pets’ schedule can ease a lot of discomfort on moving day.

In the end, the key to moving with pets lies simply in being aware of all of their needs. As most pet owners probably do this already, following a few of these tips to make your pets extra comfortable can help them transition into their new home.  

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