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Category: Moving Tips

Moving Tips

Are you looking for moving tips to help make your next move a success? We’ve been helping people move since 1934 and have a lot of resources to help you!

Moving with Kids

Moving to a new city or neighborhood can be both stressful and exciting. During this busy time, the little people in our lives often get overlooked in the move process. They can often feel stressed out or fearful of moving to a new place, but there are ways to make the transition easier.

  1. Get them excited about the move

Ask your child what they would like to see in their new home or neighborhood. A bigger room or backyard? A cool crawlspace? A park nearby? A cool skate park?  If possible, include them in the house hunting process and bring them along to view homes. Being involved will help them feel a part of the moving process.

  1. Create a Memory Book

If you are changing schools and moving away from friends, create a memory book that teachers, friends, and coaches can sign, attach pictures, and record their email/mailing address.  Staying in touch with loved ones will help as they meet new people.

  1. Goodbye Party and Planned Visits

Before you move, host a casual pot-luck party where friends and family can drop by to visit and say goodbye. It may also help your kids if you book a few visitors shortly after you have settled into your new home. Saying goodbye is much easier when kids can look forward to showing off their new neighborhood to visitors.

  1. Decorating their New Room

An exciting aspect of a new room is getting to decorate it! If your budget and patience will allow, have the kids pick out their new bedspread, paint color and “theme” of their new room. If you just can’t give up control of the design aspects, consider temporary wall decals. Giving kids a space in their new home that feels uniquely “theirs” will provide comfort as they adjust.

  1. Get out and Explore

Take the time to explore your new neighborhood from a kid’s perspective. Introduce yourselves to the neighbors so they are no longer strangers. Find nearby parks and recreation centres to play in, scout out a cool restaurant to visit, check out their new school. The sooner things become familiar, the easier the adjustment for everyone.

Moving with kids to a new home can be hard, but having a plan to help them adjust will make that move go smoothly and you’ll all be settled in in no time.

Moving in Spring Weather

There’s no getting around it, Spring time is wet in Vancouver!

MeltingMoving in the spring snow, rain showers, and morning dew, all contribute to puddles, sloppy mud, slick driveways and walkways. Not an ideal situation for moving boxes and heavy items!

Rest assured, AMJ Campbell Movers are well equipped to handle such weather, and take precautions to protect your items and your home.
However, for those items not able to be transported in the moving trucks (hazardous material, pets, valuables), here are tips to protect the items you personally transport:

  1. AMJ movers place cloth runners on your floors and carpets to protect them. For yourself, consider a package of inexpensive shoe covers, cardboard, or old towels, to keep from tracking water in your home.
  2. Have friends or family bring belongings to the front door, where they can meet a second person waiting to take the items inside your home.
  3. If your new home has a garage, back up to it, and keep your items safe from the elements.
  4. Cover items with plastic wrap, heavy blankets, and garbage bags to protect them from the elements
  5. Have a clear path, free from puddles and mud, to ensure no-one slips, falls, or drops items, while unloading.

With the warmer temperatures and longer daylight hours, Spring can be a fantastic time to move. It just takes a little extra planning to protect you from Mother Nature.