Your Guide To Moving With Kids (Without Going Insane!)

If there’s one thing that just about everyone can agree on, it’s that moving house can be pretty stressful. Of course, if you really want to make things as difficult as possible, try doing it with small children in tow! Anyone with kids will know that they make trying to do just about anything three or four times harder and more time consuming than it would otherwise be. So when you’re faced with the stress of moving house combined with the madness of dealing with young children, it’s enough to send just about anyone round the bend. But fear not brave parent! Because here is your guide to moving house with kids without going completely insane.

Start planning ASAP

The worst thing that you can do when you’re getting ready to move house is failing to plan. Without a clear plan, the entire move is pretty much guaranteed to be total chaos. No one is going to know what they’re doing, you’ll be stressed, and your kids with be running around like maniacs with no direction. The best way to avoid this is to have as clear a plan as possible, as early as possible. You should know exactly where everything needs to go, what needs packing first, and what you’ll need straight away at the new house. Knowing these things will mean that you have to spend that much less time worrying and more time making sure that everything is running as smoothly as possible from start to finish.

Use a mover

Of course, if you really want to make things as difficult as possible for yourself, the best way to do that is to try and do everything on your own. A moving company like Shiply can make a huge difference to just how simple and easy your move really is. As long as they know exactly where things need putting and how they need to be packed, you pretty much just need to point them in the right direction, sit back, and relax. Of course, there will still be plenty that you’ll need to handle yourself, but that way you can focus on keeping the kids happy and under control rather than having to worry about every single little detail.

Give them specific job to do

Nothing is more dangerous than a bored child. When they don’t have something to occupy them, kids are that much more likely to get up to all kinds of mischief. If you really want to keep them out of trouble during a house move, the best thing that you can do is to give them a specific task to accomplish. Kids often love being given tasks to do, since it makes them feel involved and really rather grown up. It doesn’t need to be a big or particularly significant task. Even something like making sure that their toys are packed away in boxes can make your child feel involved in the entire process which is likely to make everything a lot easier for both you and them. Moving can be tough on kids and giving them something that will occupy their minds can make the whole process that much smoother.


How to Choose a Reliable International Moving Company?

Moving to a new house, let alone to a whole new country is a very big decision. However, if your job or certain family responsibilities require you to do so, then, you do not really have much of a choice than to make the move. The next step is to find a reliable moving company that serves internationally. So, here a few things to absolutely keep in mind while looking for one to make your moving and shifting experience as smooth as it can be.

  • Look for at least three options

Settling for the first mover you come across is a rookie mistake. You might end up paying double the price for half the work, which is obviously not good. So, look up for different options. If not more, then at least three and compare their services and prices. You can do so either by sifting through their website or by giving them a call. Give some weightage to the kind of packing material they use, years of experience and positive or negative feedbacks they have had as well. It will help you identify the right service for your needs and budget constraints.

  • Compare everything

While your first instinct might be to settle down for the one with the lowest quote, it might not always be the best decision. In fact, at times, with all the additional charges you might end paying tons more in the end. So, compare the quotations for everything included in the services. Some of the most important services to keep an eye for include:

  • The shipment method
  • Packing and Unpacking Services
  • Time frame required
  • Type of containers being used
  • Inclusion of terminal & port handling charges
  • Custom clearance
  • Ask about your service provider

By service provider here I do not mean the company. In fact, by this time you would already have covered that part. Keep in mind that whoever comes in to look at your things and provide you an estimate might not be the same person who will handle things at the other end. So, make sure that you enquire about the international mover and the packing crew before settling for one.

  • Check if they are accredited by FIDI

FIDI is a quality control association for international movers. They set guidelines and strict quality requirements for the movers to be qualified as reliable. An independent auditor periodically assesses the accredited moving company in order to ensure that the standards of compliance are being met. In addition to this, most FIDI accredited international movers have insurance and protection policies in benefit of their customers. All in all, if you are a sucker for quality, no matter if you are moving from Japan to U.S. or U.S. to China, always go for an FIDI accredited mover.

  • Ask for the quotes for additional services

Needing additional assistance when you are moving to a different country is only understandable. So, ask your mover if they could help with additional services like currency transfer or immigration assistance or pet transport etc. and what would the charges be. It will help keep your budget intact. In fact, some might even agree to unload and help you settle and re-assemble things in your new home. So, don’t be afraid to ask the right questions. After all, it doesn’t hurt to ask.

Lastly, get recommendations from your friends and check for the reviews from previous customers. Once everything is said and done, ask for a detailed contract and you are good to go.

Reduce the Cost and Enjoy the Move

Whether you are moving around the block or out of state, it can become stressful. With so many tasks ahead, you may have trouble focusing on one item at a time. With a little bit of planning, you can take that element off the table and look forward to your new home.

Utilities and other services for your new residence

After you have signed contracts and have a firm date of closing, the first thing to do is to get mail forwarding in place. This is easy to do and one of the things many people forget. Once you have that in place you can contact the local township where you are moving and find out what electric company, gas, water, and cable services are available. This will give you time to review each one before making a blind decision that may end up costing more than it should. Some companies like Epcor Calgary offer both gas and electric services. This can sometimes save you even more by bundling the two with the same provider.

This is also true with cable companies that also offer phone and internet. With the luxury of time on your side, you can make educated decisions that will benefit you in the end. If you are able to visit before you move in, then you can schedule them for the same day so that all utilities for your new home are on before you move in.

Preparing to move

Moving is not easy, especially if you’ve been a pack rat for a number of years. The first thing you need to do is decide whether you want to rent a truck or hire movers. If it’s a local move, renting a truck can be cost effective. The mileage won’t play into the cost and you can rent a smaller truck and make a few trips instead of one. The transfer of utilities is also easy. You shouldn’t need any deposits since you are already an existing customer. On the other hand, if this is a long-distance move you’ll only have one chance to move everything. The best thing to do is write down on a sheet of paper the pros and cons and costs involved for a rental vs a moving company. One you have that worked out then you can plan the process of decluttering and packing.

Travel light

With moving, every object carries a price tag. The more space you use the bigger the truck you need and the more expensive the move becomes. In order to save money and reduce the cost of moving, a room by room assessment is a necessary step in discovering what you actually need and want to keep. For instance, if your dining room table has seen better days or is outdated and you may replace it, then taking it along will just fill space that you can use for more important items. Once you comprise a list of the things to will take, it’s time to decide what to do with the rest.

Host a Moving sale

If you find that you have a lot of items that are in good condition, hosting a moving sale is a smart way to go. It not only removes those items without any additional cost to you, but it also puts a few dollars back in your pocket, offsetting the moving expenses. You can hang flyers, list it in the paper or use an online service. Anything that doesn’t sell you can give away to family and friends, or make a deal for a one-time pick-up from your local garbage company. The rates are usually fair.

With the extra merchandise out of your home, you now have the space to begin the process of packing everything up. If you don’t want to part with a few hundred dollars for boxes, local retailers are usually pretty good about letting you take theirs. While they won’t be new, they will serve the purpose for the short term. Newspapers, coffee filters, and sheets also provide a great way to pack up delicate items without the need for additional packing supplies. Label each box with a list of the general items and the room it belongs to, this will make it easy to place boxes in the proper room on the receiving end.

By making a list and addressing all areas of interest ahead of time, you can look forward to starting your next chapter in your new home.

Tips for a Successful Move with a Family in Tow


Moving can be a stressful event for all involved.  No one likes change and moving your home is a huge change.  Personally we have moved a few times but not while with child in tow.  This can lead to even bigger headaches.  But in the end is all worth it at the end of the day when you and your close friends are all sitting on your new living room floor surrounded by boxes and eating the customary pizza as payment for their hard work.

Below are a few tips to get you through the big move with sanity and kids in tow without leaving your mind or any of your belongings behind.

  1. plan ahead.  Do not wait until the last minute.  Hoard boxes, and start to organize and fill them up.  Boxes and supplies are available in all kinds of places.
  2. well before your big move have a yard/garage sale to clear out some of the stuff you don’t want to move.  Do you really want to move that spare dining room table?  IS it necessary to keep every toy and knick knack collected over the years?  Ans answer for most will be no.  I am by no means telling you to sell your priceless items but take a good look at what you have and ask yourself if you really want it or need it.
  3. Get help.  Ask friends, ask professionals, ask family.  All are great resources and will help if you need it and ask.  Moving services can be a huge help on the big day so don’t count them out either.
  4. Organize items and boxes by room.  Move them accordingly.  In our move from apartment to house we made the mistake of dividing and conquering.  Unfortunately one of us didn’t pay attention to boxes and there are still items we are looking for/finding in odd places 12 years later.  There are even places like Roadway which will deliver boxes to you on the big day.
  5. Good communication is key.  Everyone who is involves should know whats going on and what different labels mean on boxes.  Do not use abbreviations for rooms, An example BR can be bedroom or bathroom.
  6. Rest up.  Get enough sleep the night before the move and take your time.  Strains and pains are expected but can be kept to a minimum with some common sense and sensibility
  7. Use your helpers.  Do not have them stand around chit chatting all day.  Ask for help, pass along boxes, keep the process moving.
  8. If making a long move, or moving to a smaller space storage space may be needed.  Keep this in mind and find the best places around to keep your belongings safe and sound.
  9. Clean up after yourself. Moving is the prime directive but keeping your old place clean should also rank high on your list too.
  10. Have fun.  This isn’t work, these are your friends and family, keep the atmosphere light hearted and fun so your helpers stay your friends afterwords.


One of the best rated local movers as per Yelp, Angie’s list, and Facebook is Roadway moving for you local area or long haul moves.  They are a few clicks away or a simple phone call away.  With expert advise and helpful hands they can be an invaluable asset.

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