When we moved last month, I realized just how stressful, and how taxing moving can be. We had lived in our home for nine years and while no one relishes the thought of packing up years worth of possessions (especially with five kids) and relocating, we made it through relatively unscathed by implementing a few strategies and working with an exceptional moving company. I compiled a list of the best tips for moving a house with children, and I’m excited to share my experience working with a moving company as well.
These Tips for Moving a House are sponsored by Blue Truck Moving, however, all opinions are my own.
We had been planning for this move for years, and with five young kids at home (ages 8 to 20 months), I was not excited about packing. However, I started the move process by researching local moving companies, reading their reviews, and polling my personal Facebook friends. After reviewing all my options I reached out to Blue Truck Moving and they set up an appointment to come assess all the contents of our home.
I met with Chris Wendel and was thoroughly impressed with his attention to detail and knowledge of the moving process. Having never moved with children, I needed his expert advice on how to begin preparing my family for the process and the transition. He was so kind to share tips for the move which we were able to implement and I learned a few things along the way, so here is my comprehensive list of tips for moving a home with children.
BEFORE THE MOVE:
As soon as you decide to move, start cleaning and purging! Especially hit the neglected areas such as attics, basements, closets and garages that often get used as catch-alls for extra “stuff”. Toss and donate items you no longer want. There is no sense in moving them.
2-4 weeks before your move, schedule your mover! It’s surprising how quickly they can get booked up. It’s best to be on the schedule and moving companies often offer a little flexibility in dates if you keep in touch.
Make sure your mover is INSURED and consider additional insurance for high ticket items such as pianos, TVs, electronics, etc. Ask for a copy of the insurance policy your mover carries.
About a week before you move, submit your change of address to the Post Office. That way, your mail will be waiting for you when you get settled.
Cancel newspapers, gardeners, cleaning services, cable, pest control etc. and reschedule them for your new home if you are staying local.
About a week prior to the move schedule disconnect dates for cable, phone, internet, water, electricity, trash and schedule connections for the new home so they are ready when you arrive.
Check with your mover to find out what they will or will not move. Most movers cannot / will not move firearms, weapons, chemicals, flammable items, live plants, large safes or extremely fragile/ compromised items that are likely to break during moving.
Color code boxes or carefully label boxes as to where you want them to GO in the new house. Don’t label something basement from your old house of you want it to go in the playroom of the new house. Label on tops and sides and add a general description of what’s inside. It will help you find items more quickly.
Be sure to unplug all electronics and tie up cords. Pack electronics in original boxes of you have them, otherwise be sure to use plenty of bubble wrap and foam to make sure they cannot jostle around. Make sure to keep cords and remotes WITH the device.
When disassembling furniture to move, be sure to bag up screws and nuts and TAPE them to the furniture piece so they do not get lost.
Use felt pads on larger pieces and furniture to protect floors from scratches.
Pack room by room. Don’t mix items from different rooms. To avoid smaller items from accidentally being tossed with packing paper, wrap in brightly colored tissue or leftover wrapping paper.
Most pet kennels and cages break down to be easier to move.
Use wardrobe boxes for hanging clothes. Just pop hangers out of closets and into boxes. Dresser drawers can easily be packed in suitcases.
Don’t pack in used boxes from supermarkets. The mismatched sizes making packing a truck difficult. Recycled boxes often are not sturdy enough to stand up to moving.
When moving appliances, check the owner’s manual beforehand. Large appliance often need special handling. Stand mixers, cannot be tipped on their sides or the lubricating oil leaks out.
Place any items you wish to take with YOU personally in a designated area off to the side. Be certain to inform all moving help that these items are not to be packed into moving vehicles. With these items, it is recommended to pack emergency papers, health records, passports, insurance documents, photos albums, and other important/ sentimental documents.
Use only small boxes for books, they get heavy quickly!!
Don’t forget the art on walls and items in yard.
Ask in advance if your movers handle large items like pianos.
Use plenty of packing paper for fragile items. More is more in this case.
When packing and unpacking fragile items, do it over a padded surface in case of dropping.
Always stack dishes upwards and use plenty of bubble wrap or packing paper. Avoid newspaper as it may stain dishes. It may be worth investing in special moving boxes designed for moving dishes and glasses.
The kitchen often takes the longest to pack as there are so many items that need to be individually wrapped. Be sure to schedule plenty of time!
Pack cleaning supplies and tools last so you can leave your space tidy (especially if a security deposit is on the line). Don’t forget to defrost the freezer and clean stove/ oven.
Have an empty wardrobe box or two on hand for sheets, pillows comforters that you strip off your bed. You’ll want this box to quickly make up beds to collapse onto after a day of moving!
If you have kids, give them small tasks to do to contribute to making them feel included but out of the way. Have them pack stuffed toys or special treasures they want when they first arrive at the new home.
Have essentials in a grab bag. Pack medications, toothbrushes, chargers, changes of clothes, etc. Basically, anything you might need for 72 hours, in your new space when you can’t find anything. In addition, make sure you have cash on hand. You never know when you might need some necessities or need to make a late night run someplace.
Moving can be an exciting and overwhelming time. Plan and don’t procrastinate. Start packing non-essentials early on to get momentum and pace yourself. You will find your move more organized and less stressful if you don’t wait until the last minute.
Have an ice chest with drinks and a basket of snacks readily available for your movers. My kids loved passing out cookies.
Blue Truck Moving wrapped each furniture item with large moving pads and then wrapped the items with cellophane. This kept our furniture safe and allowed us to keep clothing in our dressers as well. Then they loaded our trucks like a jigsaw puzzle, fitting in each item carefully so things wouldn’t shift too much as the truck drove to our destination.
I was thankful that Blue Truck Moving provided disassembling and assembling as a part of their moving package. They disassembled items like beds and dressers, and then as furniture and boxes were coming off the truck they placed them in the exact spot we needed them to go. They also reassembled beds and other furniture items like our grand piano. This made the unpacking process so much easier and we felt like we were immediately ahead of the game in getting settled in our new home.
When moving, you want to ensure that your precious belongings are well taken care of and we are so thankful for Blue Truck Moving for doing just that. They handled our items with care and we arrived in our new home mostly unscathed! By the end of the day-long move, our four movers knew the names of my kids and they honestly felt like family. I would have them back again and again! I hope you found these tips for moving a house with children helpful, don’t forget to pin this so you’ll have it later!