It’s not always easy to know what to do with your kids when moving day arrives. Some parents want their kids to be involved in the move while others would rather keep them away from the traffic of movers with heavy loads. Once the moving truck is loaded and ready to go, some families will have a lengthy car drive before they arrive at their new home. How will you keep your kids happy during that road trip?
No matter what you choose to do with your kids during a move, it’s definitely a good idea to plan ahead so you’re prepared. Here are some ideas on how you can keep your kids happy and entertained during a move:
Let Them Help Pack Their Own Room
Help your child identify the items that are going with you to your new home and which items may be staying behind or are being donated. Then set them up with the right size boxes and let them start packing up. You will probably need to work alongside them to ensure boxes aren’t packed too heavy and that the right things are packed in the right box. Your kids will be happy to be involved and it helps them look forward to the move.
Make an “On-The-Move” Bag
Give your child a backpack or other small suitcase and let them choose a few favorite items that will stay with them through the duration of the move. Along with a few toys, games and books, you might also encourage them to pack some pajamas, a favorite blanket and other items they might need for the first night in the new house.
Food is always a winner with kids! Before moving day gets underway, be sure to stock up on snacks for your kids, keeping them separate from other food in the kitchen that might get packed away. Snacks are especially good to have on hand when you’re traveling in the car for long periods of time. You may want to steer clear of snacks with too much sugar.
You can keep your kids entertained for at least an hour or two when you put on a movie. This can help as you’re packing at your soon-to-be previous residence or in the car as you travel to your new home. You might even designate a room in your home that is just for the kids on moving day to keep them away from the heavy moving.
Books and Games
Picture books, road-trip games and even audiobooks are all great ways to keep your children happy and entertained as you move. When you reach your limit with movies on your trip, books and games are perfect alternatives. Games are a great way to involve the entire family and can make the time pass by in a jiffy.
If you and your family have a move coming up soon, consider using a professional moving company like GetYourMoveOn to do the work for you. This allows you to focus on your kids. Call us to learn more about our services or for a free estimate – 480-695-6621.
Get Your Move On, LLC Earns Esteemed 2015 Angie’s List Super Service Award
Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service
Get Your Move On has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2015.
“We take pride in making sure that we do whatever it takes to make sure that every customer receives the best service possible, every time” said Derek Greene President/Owner of Get Your Move On.
“Only about 5 percent of the moving and storage companies in Arizona have performed so consistently well enough to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s a really high standard.”
Angie’s List Super Service Award 2015 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.
Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.
Angie’s List helps facilitate happy transactions between more than three million consumers nationwide and its collection of highly rated service providers in more than 720 categories of service, ranging from home improvement to health care. Built on a foundation of more than 10 million verified reviews of local service, Angie’s List connects consumers directly to its online marketplace of services from member-reviewed providers, and offers unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals.
Among the many different challenges that moving presents, keeping yourself and others involved in the move healthy and free of injury is one of the most important. One wrong move can cause a serious injury that will not only slow down the moving process, but could also have much longer implications. It’s important that you are aware of the potential hazards that moving presents so you can avoid these types of injuries.
When people move, they are typically looking to do it quickly and efficiently. Being prepared as you begin the moving process can help you achieve these goals while staying safe. Here are a few tips on how to keep your moving experience a safe one:
When you’re wearing the right type of clothing, you are able to move more efficiently and avoid injury. It’s best to wear loose clothing and closed-toe shoes. Your shoes are of particular importance. You’ll want to wear shoes that protect your feet and give good support and grip. Remember that moving is not a time to worry about being fashionable and more about being practical.
Proper Body Mechanics
There’s no way to say enough about how important it is to protect your back and other parts of your body when lifting heavy items. Remember to always lift with your legs – not your back! It’s also a good idea to spend a few minutes stretching before you begin to move so you avoid strain on your back.
Use the Right Equipment
Many of the most common injuries sustained during a move happen when someone decides to forego the use of moving equipment such as a dolly. Dollies and furniture rollers come in many different shapes and sizes to accommodate even the heaviest pieces of furniture and appliances. Of course, it never hurts to wear gloves while moving too to prevent blisters and splinters.
Don’t Pack Too Heavy
It’s easy to see a large moving box and feel tempted to fill it to the brim before wrapping it up. Extremely heavy boxes can be a nightmare to move and often end up breaking loose. A box full of heavy books that breaks through the bottom as it’s being moved can be dangerous. Be sure you test your boxes as you load them so they are not too heavy.
Be Aware of Hazards
As you move, pay attention to areas in your old and new home that could be potential hazards. This might include a slippery floor or a step that is easily overlooked that could cause someone to trip. By identifying these hazards and pointing them out to those involved in the move, you reduce the risk of injury.
Hire Professional Movers
One clear way to avoid personal injury during a move is to enlist the help of professional movers who are trained and experienced in proper moving tactics. Even if it is just for the heavier items in your home, a professional moving service like GetYourMoveOn will ensure everyone stays safe and healthy during the move.
To learn more about our moving services or to get a free estimate, give us a call at 480-695-6621. We’ve been serving people on the move throughout Arizona for 10 years now and are ready to help you!
Many people reach a point in life when their next move is to a place smaller than where they are now. While downsizing to a smaller home can relieve financial stress and make things simpler, it can actually make the moving process a little more complicated. Suddenly you are faced with deciding what things go and what things stay. You may also find some of your furniture and other belongings just won’t work in your new home.
There are some things you can do to help prepare for the downsizing process. Here are 5 basic tips that can help as you look to downsize:
1. Unload the Clutter
If you’ve lived in your current home for a considerable amount of time, chances are you’ve accumulated some clutter. Downsizing is the perfect excuse for getting rid of some of the stuff you’ve held onto for too long. It might be the broken electronic gadgets you plan to fix one day or boxes of scrap material that you never seem to get to. This is a good time to get ride of broken or outdated items that you’re not really using anymore.
2. Create a Floor Plan
By mapping out where furniture and other items will go in your new home, you will get a better sense of what will fit and what won’t. You may have a large dining room table, for example, that is just too big for your new, smaller home. Rather than guessing if it will fit or not, take some time to measure both the table and the space of your new home. You may find that decisions about what to keep are quite easy when there is no space.
As you look through the items you have in your home, try to identify how you might consolidate and condense to make more room when you downsize. You might find that your books can actually all fit in one or two bookshelves instead of 3 or 4, for example. Or maybe your storage bins have a bit more room than you realized. Downsizing is all about condensing and consolidating.
4. Emotional Attachments
Preparing to downsize may also lead you to take a closer look at what possessions you have and why you keep them. We often tend to hold onto items that we feel we have an emotional attachment to. Now is the time to determine how strong that attachment is. Maybe there are things that you have carried with you for too long and it’s time to let go. Consider taking a picture of some of these items so you still have something to look at that doesn’t take up as much space.
5. Find a Storage Solution
If your downsizing is only a temporary situation, you may find that storing your possessions is a viable option. The Phoenix area is loaded with self-storage solutions and locations that are convenient and reasonably priced. If you find that you simply cannot part with some of your possessions, but can’t realistically keep them in your smaller home, find a storage facility nearby to keep them in.
GetYourMoveOn offers storage in our warehouse as part of our many services. When you need to store furniture, appliances, boxes, etc., call GetYourMoveOn and talk to us about our storage services. We can schedule to pick your items up or deliver them from storage when you need them.
Call today for more information about our moving and storage solutions. Let’s make your downsizing process a breeze!