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You made the decision to pack up and move to a new location. Moving can be an exciting time offering a new start, but without careful planning and attention to details, the exciting times could turn to frustrations if you don’t plan accordingly.  Crown’s Michele Madgar has been helping clients move for over 16 years. Here are some tips she recommends following prior to moving day.

Make a checklist

Write things down so you don’t forget the important details. Create different checklists and organize them into sections such as important documents, utility services, who to notify about the move, packing items, donation items, etc. Writing important things down and crossing them off will keep you on track and will provide a sense of accomplishment knowing that you’ve completed that task.

Inventory your belongings

Create two inventory lists, one for your household items and another for items that have a high monetary value and should be insured. Crown’s teams make a housing inventory list consisting of the majority of your items including sofas, chairs, mattresses, beds, etc. This list can then be reviewed at your destination and you can then check off each item on as it is unloaded. This provides a great system making sure nothing was misplaced during the move.

The second list is an itemized inventory of your belongings that have a higher monetary value. This list will be more detailed than the others since this will cover all of your valuable items. Make sure to hold on to 

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your receipts and keep them with your important paperwork. You’ll want to document the approximate value, the condition of the item, and take pictures of each item in case they are damaged or lost in transit. Crown offers additional transit protection and coverage of your items in the unlikely case they are lost or stolen while in transit.

Moving with children

A recurring concern customers’ expressed to Madgar was moving with children.  Finding the right schools, extra-curricular activities and a sense of community are expressed while meeting with clients during their consultation. Parents know that younger children will need time to adjust to a move, especially if they’ve been in that one location for most of their lives.  Speak with them in a relaxed manner letting them know the reasons for the move and how that will impact them. Be patient if they are having a hard time with the move. Reinforce the positive attributes and benefits they will receive in their new destination.  If there are parks and playgrounds close by try and show them pictures of it and what to expect. Some children may have a hard time leaving the only friends they’ve had.  Reassure them that they will still be friends and that now they have an opportunity to make more friends and more memories. Plus, with today’s technology, staying connected to friends and family is easier than ever using mobile devices and software like Apple's FaceTime app or Skype.

Moving with your pets

Relocating can bring stress to parents, kids, and also the family pets. Take time to prepare your pet several weeks prior to moving day. One way to condition your pet and make the transition easier is to place boxes around the house so they get used to seeing them and the noise the cardboard makes.  Depending on where your destination is, long distances may make your pet feel anxious. Crate training is an ideal solution to this. If your pets aren’t used to crate training, several weeks before the move encourage them to go inside a crate and reward them for doing so. Positive reinforcement will condition your pets to view it as a safe place for them thus alleviating some of the anxiety. On moving day, keep your pets out of the mover’s way so they can focus on the work. Board your pet in a quiet space away from the noise and commotion that day, and do check on them frequently letting them know that you’re there and everything is OK. Additional tips on helping your pets get through the move can be found here.

Vital documents

Keeping all of your valuable documents such as passports, birth certificates, photo albums, inventory receipts, transit protection and insurance documents, storage drives, passports and other important items in a safe location away from the rest of your belongings.  That way they aren’t accidentally packed with your other items that may not be accessible when you need them. Also, keeping additional copies will add some protection if they happen to get misplaced.

Following these guidelines and preparation can help alleviate pressure and make your transition into your new destination a happy and exciting one.  For a free quote or to request a consultation with a local move manager in your area contact Crown Relocations today.

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