So, You're Moving PDF Print E-mail

Remember that moving is way up there on the list of "stresses". This is a time when people experience severe confusion, sadness and sometimes anger. Children often focus on the emotional aspects of a move, while adults are concerned about the actual physical components of getting moved... be prepared to exercise a lot of patience... start by having lots of talks about how you're all feeling and give each member of the family some responsibility in the move... even if it's something very simple. Often people will notice changes in eating habits, sleeping patterns and moods... don't worry, this is all very normal...

- choose a weekday move, in the middle of the month if possible, that way movers, utility companies, lawyers, realtors etc. will be open and probably not as busy

· order pre-printed change of address stickers, this will make notification a lot easier once you move

· record the date you arrange for utility service transfers and note the person's name with whom you were speaking

· Ask your friends, bank manager, neighbours, and family to recommend a moving company, if you are going to use professional movers- and ask if they're insured!

· If you are going to "do-it-yourself" make sure you reserve a truck big enough and book well ahead... make sure you know the height restrictions of the truck you're driving and allow extra braking time for a loaded van/truck.
A Month Before:

· fill out a change of address form at the Post Office

· reserve your moving truck

· transfer memberships, call schools, etc.

· obtain medical records and ask your doctor to refer you to a new doctor, dentist, renew prescriptions or transfer them to the new pharmacy

· set up a bank account at the new bank and arrange transfers if required

· check local rules regarding home-based businesses, storage of trailers or anything else that may affect you at your new residence

· take a good inventory of your belongings and make sure you have serial numbers, just in case you need to make an insurance claim upon moving (if possible take pictures or video your stuff)

· make arrangement to move family pets- sometimes it's very upsetting for a pet to be involved with a move, it might be best to have them spend moving day with friends

· use up as much food as possible to avoid spoilage and waste
Two Weeks To Go

· call all the utility companies to shut off services at the place you're leaving and to switch on services at your new address, don't forget the electric company, gas/oil company, garbage company, water, newspaper, magazine subscriptions, phone company, cable/satellite company, internet company etc.

· line up help for moving day

· reserve the elevator if you're moving from an apartment

· have your appliances serviced if needed (some appliances should be closed up specially for moving)

· clean your rugs and clothes before you pack them

· remember to make special arrangements for pets, infants and elderly folks

· close bank accounts, but make sure you've changed the banking information on automatic cheques and that you don't have anything outstanding

· empty any safety deposit boxes, collect valuables from storage

·make sure you have insurance coverage on the old place for long enough, the new place on time and that you'll be covered during the move

· defrost fridge and freezers, use deodorizers in them if they will be closed up for any length of time

· give a friend or relative your route plan and a arrange some way for them to get in touch with you, if need be
Packing: A moving company will pack for you but it will cost


Choose an out of the way location to designate as "moving central". Here, gather labels, fat black and fat red marking pens, scissors, packing tape and packing paper. Get yourself a small stenographers pad or three-ring notebook.

Use the notebook to make a checklist for moving and to keep special notes on the contents of boxes.

Visit your local newspaper and see if you can purchase a roll of newsprint paper. This is often the most inexpensive source for good packing material.

You'll need about twice as many boxes as you think you'll need. You can buy boxes from moving companies or re-use boxes from your local grocer, appliance store or the liquor store. Try to stick to uniform sized boxes that are sturdy. You can rent wardrobe boxes from many moving companies, including companies that rent trucks for do-it-yourself moving.

Remember, as you pack a box, it's the best time to get rid of junk. Don't pack something you haven't used since you last unpacked it! Unidentifiable bits should be tossed, too. This is a good time to pass things on to friends or family or to consignment shops or charity shops.

Sounds simple, but many of us forget: pack the big things in the bottom of the box; pack the smaller stuff on top. Pack boxes with the stuff from one room at a time. Label the boxes boldly on all sides in black marker with the room it is to be moved into. Some folks use different coloured labels to differentiate boxes destined for one room from another, I've seen others number the rooms at the new place and label the boxes to match.

On the top of the box (in smaller print) mark the important items that are contained inside or a description of the contents. If the box is fragile, mark that in red on all sides of the box and also, if required draw an arrow indicating which was is up.

Try to stack boxes in the room they're packed in. That way, when the truck gets packed, they will be somewhat organized for arrival at the new place.

Moving Day

· double check closets, shelves, drawers, cupboards, sheds, attic and garage to make sure you've got everything

· carry important documents, paperwork, jewelry and cash yourself, you can also send stuff to yourself by registered mail

· you might wish to use traveler's cheques instead of cash

Make sure you talk to your pets and tell them what's happening, spend a little extra time and give them a little more affection, to reassure them.


· talk to a breeder or vet for expert advice

· remove food and water during the move but if the bird is traveling for a long time, make sure to offer it water so that it won't dehydrate

· at the very least, make sure you cover the bird's cage during the move to help keep it calm and free of drafts


· use a carrier or crate for moving your dog, make sure your dog has i.d. tags with your new address on them

· if your dog is prone to car sickness, check with vet to recommend a motion sickness tablet, avoid feeding the dog for 12 hours before the move

· you might wish to trim your dogs nails to prevent slipping and scratching during the move

· carry a few plastic bags to take care of rest stops

· don't let the dog hang it's head outside the car window or it might get sore eyes or ears or nose

· never leave your dog unattended in a car

· be prepared to check the area around the new place before you let the dog out; make sure it's safe and free of broken glass etc.

· dogs can be very sensitive about seeing the family pack up to move leave their things to the last minute and try to get them situated quickly at the new place, get the dog water right away

be prepared for a couple of "accidents", this is very normal during a move


· this is a good time to use a cat carrier, or leash

· make sure your cat has i.d. tags with your new address and phone number on them

· cats are very sensitive when their living in a home that's being packed and during a move, it's best to designate someone solely in charge of the cat... or this is the very time the cat is going to go AWOL

· don't let your cat out at the new place until it has sufficient time to explore and adjust to the scent of the new place

· don't be surprised if your cat goes off food for a couple of days, make sure it always has water available


Remember to keep your reptiles contained in a moist but NOT wet place. They need ventilation, not too much cold or heat and a little room to move around.

*Small Critters*

Generally you can move a hamster, guinea pig or other small creature in it's usual container or cage, just remove food and water dishes to avoid spillage and offer them some food and water at rest stops. Keep the little guys out of direct sun and out of drafts.


Even if you're not moving too far, it's still best to break down your aquarium and put fish into individual plastic bags with about half water from the aquarium and half air in it. Make sure to twist tie the bags closed well. A styro-foam cooler is a good place to store the fish-bags during the move. Once you're at the new place, set up the aquarium and use recommended neutralizers to the water to treat it. Allow the air pump to run for a while before and get the tank up to a decent temperature before you float the bags in the tank. After a short while, gently release the fish into the tank. Sometimes fish can get bumped and bruised during a move; your local pet supply store can recommend drops to help heal them. Don't keep your fish more than a couple of days without food.


Make sure you allow enough space for each plant to sit flat on the floor of the trailer or truck. Make sure the movers know that they can't be stacked. It's a good idea to put all your plants in one spot before the move. Don't let your plants get too cold or too hot. Wrap the plant from the base of the container in newsprint, you can leave the top open to allow some ventilation and keep the bottom of the container free of tape or paper, so it can sit flat. Once You're Moved In · locate doctors, hospitals, pharmacy, vet, fire department · make sure the family knows your emergency address · revise all legal documents and i.d. · visit the license office and have your driver's license address updated

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