As with almost any industry there are busier and slower times and knowing this can help you to be more prepared for moving. Typically summer months are busiest for moving and relocating, and the beginning and end of months busier than mid-month moves. Keep in mind that due to increased demand some moving companies may bring in temporary assistance, which may result in less experienced care for movers.
Time Can Be Important
Scheduling a move in the morning rather than later in the day will likely result in a fresher, more rested crew, and early or mid-week moves are generally less busy than Thursday to Sunday. Scheduling your move in advance will increase your chances of getting the time and day you want.
Prepare the Family to Move
Since moving can be stressful it is suggested to involve family members in the process to calm concerns. Having a dialogue about the process and what to expect can also be helpful. Review and follow suggestions provided by your moving company.
Give Children Special Attention
Children can become very nervous about moving. This can be lessened by spending time with them to learn what their concerns are and respond with comfort and reassurance. They may not want to leave friends, teachers or neighbors. Make sure that they know they can still be in touch by phone, email, social networks or other means. Share personal experiences whenever possible.
Involve Children in Moving
Getting them involved will help ease the concerns of your children. Above keeping them busy and their minds preoccupied, it will give them a sense of control over the move and ease the transition. Allowing them to sort belongings to discard or hold a garage sale will give them a sense of accomplishment. Letting them pack will make sure that they remember their favorite items are safe when unpacking.
Setting an example for children, spouse, and even pets with a positive attitude will help ensure that the move goes smoothly. Show enthusiasm about the move and that will trickle through your whole family. Remind them of all the great things they have to look forward to and the benefits of moving.
Adjustment Time is Key
Involve everyone as soon as possible to allow them to adjust to the idea of moving. Have a dialogue about what to expect before, during and after the move, and you are more likely to be on the same page. The more structure available the easier the move will be overall.
If organization is not your best strength hiring a professional packer may be worth every penny. Schedule packing with the mover a day or two before everything is to be loaded. Check with your movers to see their liability clauses as some movers may not accept responsibility for damages of goods packed by owners. Be present when things are packed and make sure to keep inventory, and list valuable items separately. Marking all boxes with their appropriate room at the destination will make unpacking easier.