Local Tips

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Moving Checklist

Because we know that moving is a busy time for you and your family, here is a checklist you can use to prepare for the big day.

60-30 Days Before Your Move

Call Movers Ontario to book the day and time that suits you.

30-15 Days Before Your Move
  • Clear out your unwanted belongings by selling or giving them away.
  • Create a list of the items you need to move.
  • Contact Movers Ontario for an estimate.
  • Get moving insurance.
  • Buy your packing boxes.
  • Secure your dental and medical records.
  • Get a change of address moving kit from your local post office.
  • Send out the change of address cards.
  • If you have children, contact their school to have their transcripts sent to the new school
  • Ensure your bills will be forwarded to your new address.
  • Plan your moving itinerary.
  • Make travel plans for any pets you have and contact the veterinarian to have their records sent over to the new vet.
  • Plan your meals so you can finish up the perishable food in your fridge.
  • If you are moving to be closer to a new job keep a record of your expenses, as well as any charity donation receipts for tax purposes.
  • Make arrangements to have your utilities disconnected and/or moved to your new home.
14 Days Before Your Move
  • Begin packing, one room at a time.
  • Have your car’s fluid, battery and tires checked and get a tune up if needed.
  • Return any borrowed items to your local library.
  • Make some farewell visits.
  • Check and see if any large appliances you are taking need any special preparations or packing before the move.
  • If you are planning on towing your car arrange for any equipment you will need such as a tow bar.
  • Visit your bank and have them transfer your accounts to your new bank. If you have a safety deposit box you will want to reclaim your possessions
7 Days Before Your Move
  • Pack you remaining suitcases or boxes.
  • Make childcare arrangements for moving day if needed.
  • Organize any tranquilizers for your pets if needed.
  • Dispose of any flammable items or liquids: Do not take them with you.
  • Remove curtains, rods, shelves, antenna.
  • Set aside the items you will be taking in your car during the move
1 Day Before Your Move
  • Pack up any toiletries, cosmetics and clothing that you will wear on the trip.
  • Empty out your fridge and freezer and set them to defrost.
  • Deodorize large appliances.
  • If needed, get ‘no parking’ signs to place in front of your home so the moving truck won’t create traffic problems.
Moving Day
  • Do a final check on your appliances to secure them for the move.
  • Provide detailed, written directions to your new home for your movers. Also, make sure they know where to contact you during the move.
  • Ensure you have the appropriate payment ready before your belongings are unpacked at your destination.
  • Confirm the arrival date and time with your movers.
  • Your vacuum should be packed last so it is in easy reach if you need to clean up at your new house.
  • Before leaving your old home, double check each room, including the closets and cabinets to make sure nothing gets left behind.
  • Lock all the doors and windows to your old home.

Tips For Families With Children

Moving with school age kids

If your children are already in school, you may be thinking that move during school holidays is the best plan. However, it can make it more difficult for your children to adjust. This is because school is the most common place for your kids to make friends. If you move during school holidays, they won’t be able to meet any new friends.

In turn, rather than being excited about their first day at a new school they are more likely to feel anxious and worried about being left out.

Planning a move in the middle of a school year can help your child adjust better by placing them in a social situation immediately. In addition, if they are the only new kid in class, they are more likely to get extra attention.

What difference age makes

The general rule is that the younger the child the easier the transition.

While young children and infants may need some time to adjust to their new home, you can make it easier by treating it like an adventure. Be sure to talk with them about the upcoming changes so they are not taken by surprise.

For school aged children their focus will be on whether or not they can make new friends and if they will fit in at their new school.

Moving can be especially tough on teens because their friends are a big part of their identity.

Before you move

No matter what age your child is, talking with them about the move is important. Help them to focus on the exciting parts of the move. If you treat it like an adventure it is easier for your children to be excited.

Don’t be afraid to get them involved early. This may mean taking them house hunting with you. If taking them along to the homes is not a possibility, take some photos and let them get an idea of the houses you are considering. When you have picked a house that you like, focus on areas in the community that will be fun to visit.

Open communication is key

As you talk with your children, make time to listen to them too. Give them a chance to express any concerns or fears they may have. Leave the conversation open even after you move. Spend some time together adjusting to the new place and share stories about how the transition is going for everyone.

Ways to get kids involved

A move is a big deal for any family and your kids will likely want to be a part of the process. Here are some ways you can include them in the move.

  1. Get their help planning and organizing a garage sale. Perhaps they will want to make posters to advertise the day around the neighbourhood.
  2. Let them pack. Ask them to select some toys or other items they want to keep on moving day. Give them some boxes and labels so they can pack up all those things they want to move.
  3. Assign them a moving day job. Find a job or title they can have on moving day. This added responsibility will help them feel more a part of what is going on.

Kids can unpack their own rooms. Allow your children to arrange and decorate their new room themselves. This can help them to feel like the space is actually their own

Childcare concerns

There can be a lot of questions about whether you should look at having childcare for the day of the move. Rather than let someone else tell you what is best, trust your instincts. You know your kids best.

Handling goodbye

It is important for your children to say goodbye to loved ones that they are leaving behind. Give them ample opportunity to do so. You should also suggest they collect addresses and phone numbers of special people they will want to stay in touch with. Depending on how old your kids are, they may even want to arrange some email communication with friends or family.

Making the transition

Even if your kids are excited about the move, they may need some grieving time. This could last anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. While they will need to go through the process there are some ways to help you children adjust.

After the move, explore your new community together. Try and find things and places to get excited about.

Before they start at their new school let them have a look around, so they can get familiar with the building and the neighbourhood.
Consider walking or driving your kids to school until they feel more comfortable taking themselves.

Find some extra-curricular activities so you children have an opportunity to meet other kids with similar interests.

Encourage them to stay in touch with the friends they have left behind.

Watch for warning signs

Changes can be difficult, even for kids that seem capable. Keep your eyes and ears open for some warning signs that indicate your child needs a little extra help adjusting. Some of the things to look for include

• Withdrawn behaviour

• Loss of appetite

• Problems sleeping or nightmares

• Outbursts of anger or tears

• Reluctance to go far from the house or family members

• Difficulty making new friends

Some extra advice for moving with kids

There are a variety of books that can help children understand and cope with a move. You may want to see what your local library has to offer. As well, when you look over your new home be aware of any possible dangers to your children. Don’t forget to child-proof your new house. Kids should learn their new address and phone number. The sooner they do so, the better

Moving With Pets

Moving your pets

Just like preparing children, pets require some extra care and attention if your family is moving. There are some things you can do to help reduce the stress your animal may feel. Here are just a few tips to help smooth the transition.

Know the rules

Do some research on your new neighbourhood’s rules and restrictions around pet ownership. Some communities may have stricter policies than your old one. Check to see is you need any permits or registrations for your animal.

Get your pet a check up with the veterinarian before moving day. While you are there, pick up a copy of your pet’s record so it can be taken to your new veterinarian

Taking your pet in the car

Animals can find the travelling time stressful. Be prepared that they may even get car sick. Plan to make some stops along the way to ease the journey. Smaller, caged pets like birds, guinea pigs, etc. can be transported simply with a cloth covering their cage.

Moving long distance might require you to stop with your pet. Before you book, check with the hotel if they will allow your pet in the room.

A short move

If you are planning a local move, it is best if you transport your pet in the car with you. While the movers are loading and unloading their truck, keep your pet safe in an unused room or out back. Be sure they have enough food and water and any toys they may need to stay busy.

Moving day with fish

There are special containers you can purchase at your local pet store that will allow you to move your fish easily.

Planning a pet pack

If you will be moving with your pet in the car there are some things you should bring with you to help. These include

  • Sheet or blanket to protect your car upholstery
  • Pet toys and a shirt with your scent on it
  • Two containers: one for water, one for food or treats
  • Any medications your pet may need
  • Bring along a leash so that you can let them out of the car during rest stops
  • Paper towels, sponge and plastic bags because even if your pet doesn’t usually get car sick they might this time
Consider a pet transporter

Moving is already a tense time for you and your family, you may want to look into a pet transporter to help you safely get your pet to your new home. These are skilled individuals who can help plan the trip for your animal. Some of the things they can help you with are

Advice on preparing your pet for the journey

Details on pet ownership in your new community

Tips on picking your pet up at the airport

Boarding your pet

Delivery of your pet to your home

Pet trip tips

If you are traveling with a dog, take them for a long walk before you set out

Let you pet transporter know about any unique requirements for your animal

After you move, keep your cat inside the new home for at lest 24 hours

Don’t let your pet eat too much before the trip

Try to avoid sedating your pet, unless it is necessary

Extra advice

Get a new pet ID tag with an updated address and phone number

Give perspective landlords a pet resume and consider asking your vet to give you a referral letter.

It is important to note that if your dog or cat will be travelling via airline, you need the following items:

Health certificate from your veterinarian

Pet carrier that fits the airline requirements

If you are dealing with a pet transporter, find out any rules or regulations to the process so you are equipped with all the products and items you need.

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