Susanne Graves' Blog
If you recently bought or sold a house, you may have only a short amount of time to pack up your belongings and get your family ready for moving day. As such, you'll need to tell your children about your upcoming move to ensure they can prepare accordingly.
Ultimately, informing your kids about your move can be difficult, especially for families that have lived in a particular city or town for many years. Lucky for you, we're here to help you minimize the stress commonly associated with telling your kids about moving day.
Here are three tips to ensure you can stay calm, cool and composed when you inform your kids about your decision to relocate.
1. Speak with Your Kids As Soon As Possible
The longer that you wait to tell your kids about your move, the tougher it will become to break the news to them. Thus, as soon as you decide to purchase or sell a home, you should tell your kids.
Remember, the sooner you speak with your children, the sooner they can start planning for the future. You also can discuss any moving concerns with your kids and ensure they can receive your full emotional support as moving day approaches.
2. Plan Ahead for Your Family Discussion
In most instances, kids will have lots of questions about your decision to move. As a parent, it is your responsibility to dedicate the necessary time and resources to respond to all of your kids' queries.
Consider your children's perspective before you inform your kids about your decision to buy or sell a house – you'll be glad you did. If you plan ahead for a discussion with your kids, you may be able to anticipate potential questions and be ready to provide thoughtful responses.
3. Be Honest
No parent has all the answers, all the time. And if you face children's questions about your move and are uncertain about how to respond to them, you should not hesitate to speak from the heart.
It may be impossible to have answers to all of your kids' questions about an upcoming move. However, if you're honest with your children, you can provide them with plenty of support throughout the moving cycle.
When it comes to discussing an upcoming move with kids, both parents and their children may get emotional. Fortunately, parents and children can work together to support one another and ensure all family members can reap the benefits of a successful transition to a new address.
Lastly, if you need extra help as you get ready to discuss an upcoming move with your kids, you can always consult with a real estate agent. In addition to helping you navigate the homebuying or home selling process, a real estate agent can provide honest, unbiased recommendations about the best ways to inform your children about your decision to buy or sell a residence.
Use the aforementioned tips, and you can take the guesswork out of telling your kids about your upcoming move.
Your pet is an essential member of your family. Keeping him or her health will give them a longer life, and you and your family more time to enjoy their loyal companionship. Pets have health-care needs that are in many ways much like that of humans. Moving is a particular stressor for pets. They are also vulnerable to diseases that only animals can be stricken with, and preventative care is essential for helping them avoid these.
Pet wellness embraces many areas of a healthy happy pet, so learn how you can identify and eliminate pet stress to give them a prolonged, more comfortable, healthier life.
Are you surprised to read that animals have stress? Stress affects our dogs and cats and various types of pets across the board. Pet stress, just like people stress, causes health problems, decrease the quality of life, causes depression, and shortens their lifespan. For these reasons, among others, it is necessary for pet owners to practice pet wellness by identifying if their pet is stressed and using the fundamental techniques to eliminate the anxiety to increase the quality of their pet’s life.
Excessive shedding: The more stress your pet feels, the more she sheds. Shedding is also frequent with poor quality pet food, poor diet, and due to genetics, or lack of sunlight. Another condition causing excessive shedding is when the pores of the dog's skin do not close all the way allowing hair to fall continuously. Your veterinary doctors can determine if it is an illness or if your pet is under stress.
Aggression: A sick or injured pet may become aggressive if approached or stroked. But if your pet experiences anxiety from being in an unfamiliar environment, your pet’s aggression could be stress-related.Lack of or no appetite: Pets that are stressed, sick, or depressed often eat less or lose their appetite altogether. Poor appetite is another area that needs to be immediately addressed by your vet.
Passive behavior: The opposite of aggression, some pets become passive when under stress. If your usually playful pet seems uncharacteristically quiet, she may be experiencing anxiety.
Itching: Itching is a sign of several things such as fleas, ticks, lice, or a skin allergy; but it can also be a sign of stress if your dog or cat is scratching more than usual. Eliminate the possibility of pests and allergies first. Then, consider what could be causing your pet’s stress.
Happy Pet Signs
- Shows recognition of people he knows
- Normal stools and elimination habits that are rarely disturbed
- Overall happy appearance and behavior
- A healthy appetite
Stress is not the cause for all problems your pet may encounter, but it should certainly never be ruled out. Give your pet the quality of life he deserves by ensuring his meals, treats, exercise, training, lifestyle, grooming, and environment are healthy ones and appropriate for his breed and age. Giving your pet a wholesome natural diet free from pool qualify ingredients and unhealthy additives will maintain her inner and outer beauty as well as protect her from disease. Maintain your pet’s health further by doing your level best to eliminate pet stress and enhance the length and quality of your pet’s life.
Talk to your professional realtor about homes that provide a pet-friendly environment.
If you’re in the process of moving, you don’t necessarily need to hire a moving company. Hiring movers is only one option of many when it comes to getting your stuff from place to place. If you want to save some money on your move, you should check out alternatives to hiring movers.
If you don’t want to drive your own moving truck, but still could use some assistance on your move, you should take a look at container moving. You fill up the container with all of your stuff, and the company will get the container from place to place for you. This is especially helpful if you are doing a long-distance move.
You can always rent your own truck, pack your own stuff, and head out the door on your own. You’ll pay for gas and mileage, but have control of your own timeframe. Moving companies often have many different resources available to help you in the process including boxes and packing supplies. National companies provide convenient truck returns over most parts of the country where you’ll be, so it’s easy to get the truck back.
Ship Your Stuff
If you happen to be moving a long distance, sometimes, it’s more cost effective to let the big stuff go. Ship items like clothes, books, DVDs, and other personal belongings that can’t easily be replaced. Sell big items like beds and sofas.
You can use many different kinds of shipping services, or even use air cargo to get your things from one place to another. While you’ll need to purchase some furniture when you get to your final destination, this could be a good option, especially if you’re looking to start over, or if you don’t own a whole lot of furniture and large items.
Use Your Car
Your car is always an option to help you move no matter where you are moving to. Whether you’re moving across the country or just across town, you’ll probably need to pack your car. It’s also a lot of fun to have your car for a road trip on long distances. This way, you’ll have a lot of stuff with you, but you can still travel and see many things that you wouldn’t have seen otherwise.
Tips For Packing The Car
You want to be able to get the maximum packing space out of your car for the move, no matter how far you’re going. First, you should plan how you’ll pack ahead of time. You don’t want to save the task of packing the car for moving day. Also, you need to make sure that there will be room for every living thing that needs to go into the car like children and pets. Those are important and you definitely don’t want them all squished in between some boxes during a long move!
You've spent plenty of time vacationing in warmer weather, so you should be prepared to move from New England to Florida, right? Maybe. But just in case there are things you’ve forgotten, here’s a quick list of moving tips to ease your way into that sunshine state.
- Separate Your Clothes: When you’re packing up, you're entire life to move across the country, a bit of organization is in order. Odds are those winter coats and boots will rarely see the light of day in warmer climates, so ease your way by packing them separately. When you organize your clothes by season during packing, you can ease the move in by pre-allocating certain items for seasonal storage. This arrangement also lets you determine just how prepared you are for yearlong heat, humidity, and rain. Worse than not finding your warm weather clothing is having none at all.
- Bring the Sunscreen: Moving closer to the equator or just into a sunnier climate increases your chance of harmful sun exposure. Examples include anything from minor sunburns to blisters and heat exhaustion depending on your skin type and heat exposure. Be prepared by making sure you get plenty of shade and use correctly applied sunscreen for protection. Invest in hats and umbrellas to broaden your sun protection and slowly increase your exposure from day to day to build up your tan.
- Drink Plenty of Water: Increased heat and humidity lead to increased sweating. Don't worry; everyone will be in the same condition. The only way to replace that vital liquid is to drink plenty of water. Stay away from high caffeine and sugary drinks in lieu of herbal teas and light vegetable waters if you need flavor. Still not satisfied? Try the flavored fizzy water now gracing every shelf. The bubbles don't stop it from hydrating you.
- Remember to Bring a Sweater: This is one of those tips that sounds illogical, but wait. When its eighty plus degrees outside most of the year, everyone has air conditioning, and its always on. That means you're constantly going from ninety to seventy to eighty-five to sixty-five degrees throughout the day. Those drastic temperature drops feel great at first, but after a while, they get quite chilly. It's best always to keep a light sweater, hoodie or wrap nearby to combat that chill. Even better, when you go outside a lightweight jacket or shirt with sleeves can help protect your skin from the sun.
- Keep an ice chest in your vehicle: In many climates, all that’s required to protect your groceries is the shade from your trunk. They might even be safe on your back seat, especially in cold weather. In the heat and humidity, everything changes. Vegetables will wilt, milk will curdle and all during your drive back from the market. If you have to make a second stop, you can lose it all. Most grocery stores in hot climates will hand out free bags of ice with your purchase. Even fast food restaurants often sell bags of ice, so you can stop in and refresh if you have a long drive. Just put the free ice and the groceries into your ice chest and continue with your errands, heat problem solved.
When you’re relocating to a drastically different climate, be sure to check with your real estate agent about different property needs and tips to make your move easier.
Something that can cause anxiety when packing fragile items for a move is the fear of them being shattered in transit. Fragile items can be so delicate that just a simple shake will end up getting them cracked, or entirely broken.
Your Great-Aunt Mildred's Heirloom China is too cherished to be toyed with, while your wedding day champagne flutes are also precious to you, and you'll go any length to prevent them from breaking. These are some reasons why you should put considerable thought into packing your fragile items when moving homes. Here are some tips packing to help you get all your fragile belongings to your new home safely:
Don't overpack each box and ensure you apply extra packing tape to keep fragile items covered. It's imperative to place fragile items into individual boxes after packing them carefully and wrapping them with soft materials like foam or bubble wrap. Also, label boxes with fragile items accordingly so that movers can be extra careful with them. Cardboard boxes containing fragile items should be stuffed in-between to keep them tight and make it less likely to suffer huge impacts from collisions or unwanted bumps.
Mix them all up
You may think that it is best to purchase boxes that are of the same sizes. Matching sizes works well as stacking is easier with boxes of the same size. However, some fragile items may not fit into the standard box size you are using. Picking up a couple of sizes is your best bet so that you have options for objects of different dimensions - from shoebox small to ottoman large - that can conveniently carry anything more significant than two square feet. Place heavy items in little boxes and fill the big ones with lighter things.
Packing it the Pillow-Top way
When there are certain items with irregular shapes, a designated box is dedicated entirely for them. In this technique, a blanket is placed at the base and then the carefully wrapped item before putting a pillow at the top. Seal the box and put a label marked 'FRAGILE' on all sides.
Glasses, cups, and mugs do not necessarily need to be placed inside a box-insert to get them separated. Instead, it's advisable to get them wrapped up entirely while using two sets of packing papers for materials that are extra-fragile and sensitive. You should make sure that everything is well and tightly packed to prevent the items from getting roughly shaken which may at the end of the day cause some unwanted loss.
Hire professional movers and let them have a full inventory of your moving items to help them plan appropriately for your move.