Helpful Moving Tips
Utilities & Notices:
Remember to give change of address, collect records or change the following: Power, water, gas, garbage, phone, forward mail, bank accounts, credit cards, doctors & vets, insurance (home & auto), schools,
Keep The Phone Book:
Pack Heavy - Pack Light:
Share Your Number:
Protect Your Memories:
Packing Plates & Records:
Put The Kids To Work:
Love Your Pets:
Packing Supplies, Labeling & Packing Tips
Supplies - keep the following handy for packing:
• Marking pen,
• Bubble wrap,
• Newspaper and tissue
• Tape and scissors
• Tape measure
Boxes & Containers: Use strong boxes and containers that can be secured tightly. Purchase proper boxes for dishes, wardrobe and other special items.
Audio & Video Equipment: Pack in their original boxes if possible. Label cables and tighten transit screws. If removing screws, tape them to the objects they are removed from.
Avoid Injury: Never load more than 50 pounds into one box.
Labeling - Mark each box and indicate the following:
(a) Which room it should go in
(b) Whether it is fragile
(c) If it should be loaded last so it will be unloaded first.
Protection: Cushion contents with packing material such as bubble wrap, newspaper or tissue. Save room by using towels and blankets to wrap fragile items.
Books: Pack books tightly on end in small boxes. If musty smelling, sprinkle talcum powder between the pages and wrap the book before packing. Leave stored for a couple of months to eliminate the smell.
Rugs & Draperies: Have them cleaned before moving and leave them in wrappings for the move.
Medicines: Pack in leak proof containers.
Valuables: Carry all valuables with you!
Plants: Check with your local U.S. Department of Agriculture for regulations regarding moving plants from one state to another. Many states have restrictions on certain plants to prevent importing bugs or pests that can destroy valuable cash crops.
• Be sure to talk to your kids about moving, what the new place will be look, and what they should expect. Trying to keep it a secret is almost never a good idea.
• Be reassuring- kids will pick up quickly on the fact that everyone is feeling the stress of the upcoming move. Be honest in telling kids that things will be a bit stressful and "up in the air" for a short period of time, but that things will settle down and feel normal again after the move. Remind them of things that won't be changing, whether that involves possessions, daily activities, family members, etc.
• Let kids participate in age-appropriate activities prior to Moving Day, whether that's marking boxes, packing their toys or stuffed animals, organizing their belongings, etc.
• Get a children's book on moving for smaller kids. Consider “The Berenstain Bears' Moving Day.”
• If appropriate, let children pick their room in the place.
• If possible, let kids pick a decoration (poster, light switch, name banner, etc.) for their new room. If that doesn't work, let them pick from two or three different paint colors that you pick out so that they "get a vote."
• Pack a kid's sized suitcase and let each child pick out a special toy to keep with them and a special outfit to wear on "new home day."
• If the child has a special dish or cup, include it in the kitchen "Open Me First" box so familiar items await them at their new place.
• Consider unpacking the kids' rooms first, or at least their "Open Me First" boxes to help them settle in.
• Make certain your household pet is wearing proper identification and any required license tags in case they get lost.
• Ask your veterinarian for a copy of your pet's medical history to take with you, and be sure all shots are current.
• Double check boxes before you seal them. Many pets, especially cats, like to find there way into them.
• Shortly before the move, your pets may become nervous because of all the unusual activity. Keep a close eye on them; stress may cause them to misbehave or run off. Consider having them boarded during the most hectic days.
• When you move, take along a health certificate and a rabies vaccination certificate. The health certificate, signed by your veterinarian, says your pet is in good condition. The rabies certificate states when and where your pet was vaccinated.
• If you move across state lines, call or write the state veterinarian or State Department of Animal Husbandry for laws on the entry of animals. Some states require up-to-date rabies vaccinations. For example, the state of Hawaii requires a 120-day quarantine for dogs and cats that have just moved from another state.
• After the move, give your pets time to adjust to the new neighborhood. Don't let your pets roam freely until they learn where new "home" is now - otherwise they may get lost!
• If you pet has an ID implant, remember to have updated contact information.
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