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Moving with Children

Vero Beach Florida Moving Company Tips

1 in 5 families will move each year. Below are some helpful tips for families that can help make a move with children a bit easier and stress-free.

Be Positive About The Move

Children can tune into the feelings and emotions of their parents.  If you are positive about the move and the moving experience, your children will feel this positivity and will feel more optimistic about the entire experience.

Discuss the Move with Your Children

You should never hide the fact that your family is moving. Instead be open and talk honestly about the move with your children. If they feel comfortable and their routine is not disrupted too much  then they will ultimately have a better experience.

How Different Age Levels May be Affected

Infants will be least affected by the moving experience however, pre-schoolers have the most difficult time. Their sense of identity relies on their parents and their greatest fear is being left behind. If you have a pre-schooler, get them involved in the process and think twice before sending them out to a sitter.

Grade school children are developing a sense of discovery and can find the move new and exciting. Their greatest fear is often around how they will fit in with their new neighborhood and new school.

Teenagers should be encouraged to discuss their concerns since their sense of identity is often tied directly to their friends and social activities. You should encourage them to research the new area where you are moving and ask them to be involved as much as possible.

When is the Best Time to Move?

It is commonly thought that the best time to move is in the summer. Since school is a primary source of friends, moving during the school year allows children to go swiftly from one social situation to another.  Young school-aged children will receive more attention from their teachers since they are “new” to the class and school routine. The transition is never easy, but the best time to move is really dependent on many different factors that directly impact your family.

Reusable Moving Boxes as an alternative to Cardboard Moving Boxes

Why Reusable Moving Boxes Are a Great Alternative to Cardboard!

reusable_moving_boxesGuest Author for Coastal Van Lines: Nate A.

Having personally moved 11 times in the past 15 years I can personally attest to the sheer hassle of not only buying cardboard boxes for a big move, but also on deciding what to do with these boxes upon the completion of the very laborious and time consuming process of physically moving. Whether across the country, or even from one home to another in the same town.  Acquiring moving boxes is a key part of the moving process.

As a young man, I often just shoved as much as I could into cardboard boxes, preferably large or extra boxes. This method, though quick for packing, proved particularly difficult for unpacking.  As I grew older and had a family, we began packing much smarter, and really taking our time to organize.  I quickly purged many of my collegiate textbooks and other hard cover books I hadn’t looked at in at least 3 years.  All-and-all, my wife and I slowly refined the process, but we had lots of practice.

One thing we began to do was to buy large or medium sized plastic bins to store our household goods in our garage.  As a mover, I realized how important and valuable these plastic bins became for a “big move.”  The more plastic bins I had, the less cardboard boxes I needed to acquire.  My last move was primarily, reusable plastic bins, which I had begun to acquire over the past 5 years.  Not only do these plastic bins hold more weight, but I found they were much easier to organize and put larger items within.  Also, I didn’t have to find a lonely space in the garage or attic for a mass surplus of “gently used” cardboard boxes, that I may or may not use again in the near future.

Here are the Top Ten Reasons I use Reusable Plastic Moving Containers vs. Cardboard Boxes

10. Environmentally Plastic Containers make sense. They last for years and can be re-purposed for multiple types of storage.

9. Ever had a leak in your garage or attic?  Plastic Moving Bins are much better for wet surfaces and will not get ruined in the same way that Cardboard can if they get wet.

8. Utility. If you purchase plastic boxes or bins outright, you can reuse them in your garage, attic, basement, etc for holiday items, storing your unused items, or even use them to keep memorable items and keepsakes for years to come.

7. Price.  Believe it or not, renting plastic containers from a “Green” or “Eco-Friendly” Moving Container company can actually be cheaper than buying Cardboard boxes outright.

6. Convenience. If you rent Plastic Eco-Friendly boxes, most of these companies offer free delivery and in some cases free pickup after the move.

5. Time. There are two sides to this coin.  If you rent Plastic Boxes, you are put into a time constraint.  Usually a week or two. This means you are forced to get things packed up and ready much quicker.  On the flip side, if you already own plastic boxes or plastic bins, you can take your time packing, and will not need to make a trip to the Big Box Store to buy any cardboard.

4. Packing. Packing is considerably difficult if you have a hodgepodge of items, box sizes, etc. If you get a larger, standard sized plastic moving bin, your mover will have an easy time using a dolly and stacking these boxes into the moving truck.

3. Durability. I can’t tell you how many times I have accidentally broken a cardboard moving box, either right before moving it into the moving van, or during the shifting process that often occurs during packing.

2. Simplicity. If you rent plastic moving bins from a reputable company, not only will you get free pickup and delivery, but often these companies provide a free dolly, twist ties, stickers, and other useful items that will help you ready your home for your moving company.

1. All around less Hassle.  Once you get to your new home, and your movers have unloaded your boxes, you can easily unpack your items, and then stack your reusable plastic moving containers in your garage or spare room. The box rental company will pick up your plastic containers and you will not have to worry about where to store them, or how to get rid of them.

Be sure to Ask Larry Parks about how he moved the Vero Beach Florida County Administrative Offices using Reusable Plastic Moving Bins! His methods saved the county valuable time, money, and eased insurance worries that can come from office workers packing countless cardboard boxes over the course of multiple weeks.



How to Spot a “Rogue” Mover

Spotting a “Rogue” mover or moving company can be difficult for the average consumer. There are a few red flags that we believe will help you make an informed decision if you decide to use a professional moving company. With the busy moving season upon us, it’s certainly in your best interest to heed these warning signs.

  • Did you get a “low ball” quote over the phone or on the Internet only?
  • Did the moving company offer to visit your home or did you merely get a quote that sounded too good to be true?
  • The moving company’s website has no reviews and when you ask for reviews you are told “there are too many to count.”
  • The moving company is not licensed or cannot seem to locate their license info when you ask for it.
  • The moving company only accepts cash or money orders
  • The moving company only uses rental trucks, instead of company owned trucks.
  • The moving company does not have a warehouse or a physical location is non-existent.

If you are looking for a mover be sure to consider all of these important factors and be sure to ask your mover many questions. If your moving company can’t answer simple questions, such as these, then you might have accidentally contacted a  “Rogue” mover who may give you a great price but at a high risk for you and your family.


Movers Checklist

4 Weeks Before Moving

  • Decide Which items can be thrown away or donated to charity
  • Arrange a transfer of school records
  • Check with your homeowners policy holder to see if your move is covered

3 Weeks Before Moving

  • Plan to use up most of the food in your house before you move
  • Notify the post office of your move and fill out an address change form
  • Notify magazines/newspaper subscriptions of your move

2 Weeks Before Moving

  • Decide Which items you will pack, and which Items Coastal can pack for you
  • Return library books and return all things you may have loaned
  • Properly dispose of flammables, gasoline, aerosols, acids, etc.
  • Arrange utility connections in your new home

1 Week Before Moving

  • If necessary, transfer bank accounts and update online payment options
  • Arrange to have payment ready for your moving truck driver
  • Fill prescriptions and arrange to have them with you in the car
  • Drain water from hoses, and drain gasoline from lawn mower/outdoor tools
  • Leave items for Coastal in their current place (glassware in cabinet, etc)

1 Day Before Moving

  • Put cleaning supplies, toiletries, coffee pot in a special box to be loaded last and unloaded first
  • Defrost and clean, and dry your refrigerator

 Moving Day

  • Be on hand all day to answer questions and confirm your new address
  • Make a final check of every room to make sure nothing is left and your windows and doors are locked in your old home.