Between finding the time to get everything packed, finalizing rental agreements and closing documents, managing utilities, and taking care of a family, the moving process can be stressful. That’s why it’s important to plan for what needs to be done right after the move is complete. Keeping in mind these few simple considerations can help those who have recently moved start out on the right foot.
Inspect the Interiors
New homeowners and renters should check their new place out as soon as the movers bring in the last box. It’s much easier to do this before personal belongings are spread into every nook and cranny. Look for any signs of damage that may have been missed by landlords or inspectors and call someone right away if anything is noted. It’s especially good during the summer to inspect entranceways, cupboards, and windows for signs of pest problems.
Unpack Furniture First
Before unpacking smaller belongings, put furniture—including couches, beds, dressers, shelves, and tables—into place. If new furniture is being delivered, it may be helpful to have it delivered before moving in, or at least before unpacking. Not only is it easier to assemble and rearrange furniture in an open space, but it also serves as storage for many of the smaller items that will later be unpacked.
Get Service Set Up
It’s often possible to schedule services including water, electricity, internet, cable, and garbage to be set up at the new home before moving in. If not, it’s important to do so right away. It may be helpful for new tenants to write down times of scheduled service calls to follow up if necessary and ensure that someone is available to welcome technicians. You may not have the time you need for packing and moving, but we do. Tate The Great Moving Company, LLC is a fully bonded and insured moving company based in Douglasville, GA providing services within a 500-mile radius of Atlanta. We’re veteran-owned and operated, offering 10% military and senior discounts in addition to our superior professionalism. Get in touch with us today at (770) 833-6603 for more information on our moving services.
Whether it’s across town or across the country, moving is a big deal for families. A big move can be especially hard on children, who might have a new school, new friends, and a new environment to get used to. Here are a few tips for helping kids adjust to moving.
Announce the Move Early
For kids, the scariest thing about moving is facing the unknown. That’s why it’s important that children know to expect a move as early as possible, as it allows them to start mentally preparing for big changes. When announcing the move, be sure to give kids a lot of room to ask questions and to voice their concerns or fears. For kids who are old enough to understand, it can also be helpful to explain the reasons for the move and to list any exciting possibilities that await at the new place.
If Possible, Visit the New Neighborhood
If the new home is a short enough distance away, visiting the area ahead of time can help kids to adjust to the environment and lessen their fear of the unknown. The more time they spend there; the more kids will be comfortable when the day comes to call the new neighborhood home. Once they know what the new house, school, streets, and playgrounds will look and feel like, they can begin to think of moving as something exciting rather than scary.
Let Kids Make a Few Decisions
A great way to make children instantly more comfortable during a move is to give them some control over the situation. When unpacking and getting things situated in the new house, let kids decide how their bedroom furniture will be arranged and what color the walls will be. They can also have a say when it comes to planning the family’s first outings in the new neighborhood, such as eating out or finding fun outdoor activities.
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A business move from one location to another is exciting, but it can be extremely stressful without proper planning. This moving guide will help managers prepare for a smooth, seamless moving day.
Set a Timeline
The first step to a successful move is to create a timeline that includes every stage of the process and how much time each will take. Large offices might require six months or more, while smaller offices might have adequate time in three. Developing a realistic moving timeline involves consulting with a moving company and other vendors. Summers and holidays are busy times of the year, so booking a professional mover early is a necessity. Other vendors, including equipment leasing companies, electricians, telecommunications companies, etc., should also be consulted to determine their place in the timeline.
Create a Moving Committee
Around this time, management should draft a moving team with a representative of each department. They don’t necessarily have to coordinate the move, but they should be able to keep their department updated on progress and ensure each employee takes responsibility for their delegated tasks.
Visualize the New Office Space
Next, it’s time to start planning the new office space! A basic floor layout will be helpful in showing where all cubicles, temporary walls, desks, furniture, office equipment, and other items will be. It should include as much detail as possible, down to the location of electrical outlets and power strips, and offer solutions to the current office’s pain points.
Consult With Departments
A month or so before the move, each department should come up with a list of what it needs to settle in at the new office. The IT department, for example, will need telecommunications and network systems in place before moving in, reception might need leased copy machines and printers moved over by their appropriate vendors, and the breakroom’s appliances and furniture will need to be delivered and in-place before employees begin work. Anticipating these needs ahead of time will make for a seamless transition to the new space.
Book Your Office Movers Today
If you’ve just scouted your new location and are planning your office move, don’t forget to book your professional moving company as early as possible. Tate The Great Moving Company, LLC provides office moving services in Douglasville, GA. If you’re moving within a 200-mile radius of Atlanta, we can handle all your moving, packing, and delivery needs so that you can resume business as usual at your new location. Call Tate The Great Moving Company, LLC today at (770) 833-6603 to learn more.
Living in a home for years often means collecting many treasured personal items. However, it also inevitably leads to accumulating a number of belongings that are unused or unnecessary. Moving into a new home is already overwhelming without the added stress of sorting through keepsakes and throw-aways; here’s how to simplify the process of decluttering.
Many homeowners spend weeks to months seeking the right home before they move. The interim between making the choice to move and finding a home is a great time to start decluttering. Putting off the process can mean making hasty, rushed decisions, like keeping items that are insignificant or throwing away prized possessions. Start early to reduce stress and keep a level head while decluttering.
Use the 12-month Rule
It’s easy to hold on to possessions by telling oneself they may come in handy “someday.” However, while waiting for this “someday” to come, these items are still adding to the clutter during a move. To combat this, try the 12-month rule: when deciding whether to keep an item, homeowners should honestly ask themselves if they have used the item within the last year. If the answer is no, the item should be disposed of.
Sell, Gift, and Donate Items
Knowing that once-cherished possessions may end up in a dumpster may make it even more difficult to part with them. Instead, plan to sell, gift, or donate items that are still in good condition. This can result in extra income, reduced moving costs, easy gifts to loved ones, or a sense of giving back, while making it easier to part with items that are only adding to the clutter. Set up three boxes for “sell,” “gift,” and “donate” to streamline the process before packing.
Create and Stick to a Plan
Organizing one room is difficult enough, but decluttering a whole home at once can seem too overwhelming to start. Before beginning, create a plan to go room by room with time-specific deadlines. Ask for help when necessary and stay motivated by setting up rewards for achieving certain benchmarks on the moving timeline, such as an afternoon off after finishing each room.
Decluttering can be as emotionally exhausting as it is physically exhausting, so it’s important to have the right partners during the moving process. For more information about Tate The Great Moving Company, LLC and our packing, moving, and delivery services, call us at (770) 833-6603 today.
Owning a pet can complicate a home move because pets require attentive care and don’t understand what’s happening. Here’s how to keep a pet safe and healthy during the moving process.
Check Pet Identification
Before moving day, it’s important to ensure that pets have the proper collars and identification. These IDs should have an up-to-date cell phone number and address. For added safety, it is helpful to have pets microchipped.
Get Medication in Advance
A move can be a stressful time, so it’s easy to let pet medications fall to the wayside. Fill any necessary prescriptions in advance, especially if vet care hasn’t been set up yet at the new location. This is distinctly important for pets who are prone to car sickness, particularly if the move is several hours away.
Plan for Travel
During a move, homeowners’ cars are bound to be teeming with boxes. Make sure there’s room for pets by leaving their empty crate in the car as a placeholder while loading it up. Before the move, check for a list of pet-friendly hotels before setting off.
Keep an Eye on Pets While Packing
Skittish cats and dogs can often be set off during drastic changes to a home environment. Unfortunately, the hectic scene of packing and moving furniture could result in a pet hiding, or even running away. To prevent this, consider setting pets up in a small room, such as a laundry room or bathroom, during the final stages of a move. To further calm down pets, put comforting toys, treats, and beds in the room. This way, owners won’t have to search high and low for them on the big day.
Settling Into a New Home
Instead of allowing pets to roam free in the new home, let them settle into one room first. For young, old, or particularly anxious pets, it may be best to let them stay in their “home base” for several days. Once they’ve gotten comfortable, let them explore the rest of the home while keeping an eye on them to ensure they don’t run away or hide.
When it comes to moving with or without pets, planning ahead and choosing the right partners is key. Tate The Great Moving Company, LLC offers packing services, moving services, and delivery services. Contact us at (770) 833-6603 today to learn more.