Moving Guide & Resources
Here is a brief list of things to consider when you are in the process of moving.
Before moving your beloved electronics, make sure that everything is saved and powered completely off. You want to ensure that electronics aren’t put on the bottom of boxes that might sit somewhere wet (even the grass contains enough moisture to ruin a computer!) and you also want to make sure any screens are wrapped in protective cloth.
While it can be fairly easy to move more stationary pets, like your beloved hamster, for bigger animals, moving is a confusing and scary time. You want to make sure that pets can’t escape during your move, because they might get hit by a car trying to come find you/go home. Pet carriers are great options for smaller animals like cats and small dogs, but bigger dogs should be on a leash and preferably seat belted. Depending on the distance you are moving, you should stop for potty breaks. Once you are in your new home, familiarize your pets with where the restroom is, where the food/water will be, and then give lots of treats for reinforcement that this is home and they are safe here.
Moving Long Distance
The keys to long distance moves are planning and patience. You will need to ensure that you aren’t leaving anything beloved behind, and you will need to pack your moving truck smartly. You want large, heavy items in the back where they won’t shift, and you want to use a large number of safety straps to secure your cargo. Heavier boxes on the bottom and lighter, smaller boxes on top. During your actual move, patience is key. Take lots of breaks so as to not become too tired or complacent behind the wheel, and switch out drivers if you can. Make sure you also bring snacks, as calories never count on road trips. Try to relax and envision all the joy that you will find in your new home.
Moving With Children
Just like going anywhere with children requires a bit of extra time, moving with them will, too. Depending on their ages, you might try asking for their input on what things they want to pack and what to get rid of, as well as letting them plan the colors of their new room, if possible. Kids will need to be reassured that moving is a normal and fun part of life, and that they get the chance for a fresh start in this new home. While you are moving, it is a good time to engage with your kiddos, and try to come up with a game plan to help you all stay more organized during this move. It is also a good time to go through their extra toys and clothes and donate anything that they no longer want or need. Idaho is fortunate to have several great thrift stores to donate to, and places like Savers, Goodwill, and Restyle all offer coupons in exchange for donations!
On moving day, make sure you plan ahead for extra bathroom breaks, and definitely use this as an excuse to let the kids have some off-the-shelf snacks. Moving can be a really fun, bonding experience if done right! Just remember to let them have some input into the choices around the move, and they will be thrilled.
Here are a couple of lists of things to consider during the month and weeks before your upcoming move. Remember, if you need help (or just don’t want to put yourself through the ordeal of moving alone), we are just a phone call away.
1 Month Before Moving
Figure out who is going to get which room. If you need to settle a dispute between kiddos, a great trick is to offer a bonus in exchange for the less-preferred space. “Okay, you get the smaller room, but we will paint it first, and you get to pick the color.”
Start packing items that you don’t need to use on a regular basis. Pictures, decorations, books, movies, and other non-essential items should go in boxes first.
Now is a great time to decide if you’re going to be able to get a whole crew of people together to help you move, or if you’re planning on hiring out the really difficult part.
2 Weeks Before Moving
Pack up everything that isn’t absolutely essential. You can get by for two weeks with just a few outfits.
Now is a good time to pack up the kitchen. Freezer meals and delivery are both amazing when you’re in the middle of a big move.
Fill out a change of address form with the post office and set your mail forwarding dates.
Notify your gas, electric, water, sewer, and trash companies that you will be moving in and taking over payments.
Try to be gentle with yourself on moving day. It’s a lot of work, but you don’t have to suffer in order to get it all accomplished. On the off-chance that everything doesn’t work out as perfectly as you had hoped, know that Space Age Movers offers same-day moving assistance.
Get all of the boxes into the truck.
Make sure you check every bedroom, every cabinet, and every closet for potentially forgotten boxes.
Don’t forget to eat. Moving day calories don’t count, and pizza delivery places often offer paper plates if you ask.
Pets need to be secured somewhere where they will be safe. If their cage is more fragile (like for fish), make sure they have a space where you can keep an eye on them.
If children can go hang out with a friend or babysitter while you get the truck packed, it will be easier with them out of the way.
If your friends flake, Space Age Movers has same-day service available.
Enjoy! You are about to start a brand new journey in a brand new place, and that means that you have permission to be an entirely new and improved self. Have fun with all of the possibilities!
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Do you offer same day service?
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Do you offer storage?
Yes, we have partnered with great local vendors to offer storage of your items. If you will need a bit of time between your initial move and your final destination, we can handle all of those details and get your items moved safely and securely into a storage facility.
How much does a move cost?
This depends on a number of different factors, but quotes are always free. Call today and we will get a no-obligation package put together so you can know if it’s within your budget. (208) 376-4611.
Will you be careful with my items?
We do the very best we can to ensure that your items are treated with the utmost care. Unfortunately, we are human and occasionally something may get damaged, but we always try to make it right with you if something does get scratched or scuffed. This is such a rare occurrence, however. We are professionals who have been in the industry since 1977. We are licensed and insured, and we know moving!
Why should I hire professional movers when I can just do it myself?
You absolutely can move by yourself. It is more work, not only physically, but mentally and emotionally, too. By hiring us, you take not only the physical labor off of your plate, but you can rest assured that your truck is packed with the perfection that only professionals can bring. We’ve been at this since 1977, and we know how to make customers happy. Just look over on our testimonials page!
Do you do office moves?
Yes, we are very experienced with professional moves. Whether you need cubicles and partitions moved or desks and phone systems, we are the best in Boise!