Moving home can be a highly stressful experience, especially if you have children and pets to take care of. While careful planning needs to be entailed, our helpful hints and tips on moving with children and pets can make your life that little bit easier.
Establishing a clear and detailed plan of what you need to consider is the first step to making moving home stress free. Writing a checklist using our suggestions will really help things to run smoothly. It’s best to start making preparations around a month before moving day, so you have everything ready for action.
What to do a few weeks before the move
Around a month before the move, it’s time to consider booking a removal firm. You may be able to get friends and family to help you, in which case, ensure that they have the date and time clearly allocated in their schedule. If you do need a removal service then book immediately. It’s also a good idea to book a cattery or dog kennels for any pets that need to be cared for during your move. You should also enquire about childcare, unless you are able to make alternative arrangements.
You also need to make sure you have a large amount of boxes to pack your belongings. Most supermarkets or local stores may be able to provide you with empty boxes.
Have a clear-out
Having a clear-out of your belongings a few weeks before your move is ideal. It will help you to save on both space and time, as you can throw away anything you don’t require or use, and donate items to charity or family and friends.
Start packing your belongings around three weeks before moving day. Ensure that you label or colour code your boxes so you know exactly where your items are. You could also ask your children to help you by making it a fun game.
For food items, only keep those that are short dated. You then won’t need to worry about transporting food or beverages to your new home.
One thing that is easy to forget during the moving process is your administration. That is, contacting providers, banks and other companies to change your address details. You should also check your insurance policies and redirect your mail to your new home. Remember to also cancel local services, such as window cleaning and newspapers.
One week to go
Confirm your moving date and time with your removal company or anyone that is helping you. You should also double check that your children and pets will have adequate care during the move. Also, make sure that you pack any last minute items, such as important documents, and keep these separate from the rest of your belongings.
It’s a good idea to plan your meals for the week ahead, so you have the correct amount of food in storage. On moving day itself, why not create a kit packed with essential food and toiletries that you’ll require for the day ahead.