We understand that when you’ve got a young family moving can be both a joy and a nightmare. Moving to a property that suits your expanding numbers gives you more space and a new environment that will keep everyone happy, but getting there when you’re trying to juggle a million other things can be very stressful. That’s why we’re here to help and we can take on as much or as little of the strain as you want us to, and we can help suggest the most cost-effective services to balance out your need for help and your budget.
Our long-standing and experienced crews understand the stresses of moving, and their aim is to do everything they can to make moving day easy for you and the rest of your family. They enjoy what they do and their greatest satisfaction is a happy customer settled in their new home.
Packing services are a great way to make sure your move happens as speedily as possible and may cost less than you think. Living amongst boxes and trying to squeeze in time to sort through everything and pack and knowing what to leave out until last can make the weeks running up to the move a real challenge, having us do your packing for you can mean that you can go from living as normal in one house to living as normal in another in as little as a single day.
If your move needs to take longer than a day we can help make sure that the inconvenience and upheaval is best kept to a minimum, things like making sure your beds and essentials are at the right property when you need them, making sure they are assembled and that the things you need are easy to access and clearly labelled.
Whatever help you need to make your move go smoothly, we’re here. Our move consultations and quotes are free and there’s no obligation, so get in touch with us to find the right move service for you.
Moving House With a Baby
- Pack the baby’s things that are used on a daily basis separately and transport them with you rather than in the removal lorry, make sure to point out that these items aren’t to be loaded or better still put them in the car before the removals crew arrive. That way they are handy whenever you need them.
- If you can get some help looking after the baby on move day, do! Even if it’s just an extra pair of hands so that you can concentrate on the move and get yourselves set up and settled quickly.
- If you’re moving to a new area and don’t have social connections yet do some research on mother and baby groups so you can get to know other mums and babies. Finding new friends and connections can make settling into a new area much easier.
- Get the baby’s room set up quickly so they are surrounded with familiar things and a calm environment to help them settle easily in new surroundings.
Moving House With a Toddler
- Pack the things that keep them happy handy on move day (favourite toys, snacks, comforters). Carry them with you or give your child a little backpack so they can keep hold of their own things for whenever they want them.
- Keep anything you’ll need quickly in the new home separate and ask the removal company to load it last and unload it first. Things like stair gates and safety essentials will need to be unpacked and put in place quickly before letting the kids run loose!
- Don’t forget to talk to them about the move, they’ll understand a change is happening and helping them prepare emotionally will help them with the transition.
- Try to arrange childcare for move day so that the children aren’t present when the removals company are doing their work. It will be a lot less stressful for you worrying about their safety (With open doors and furniture moving around).
- Don’t forget to arrange childcare in your new area if you’re moving to a new town; remember many nurseries or pre-schools can have waiting lists so it’s a good idea to plan early.
Some children like to know what the new area can offer. Provide them with leaflets about local clubs and facilities. Avoid trying to tell them they will prefer the new house and the new area. This is something they will have to find out for themselves. Older children can have a more active role in perhaps decorating their room. Try to accommodate their decorating ideas (within appropriate taste and budgetary limits) or give them some home decorating books from which they can come up with some creative ideas.
Even very young Children need to say goodbye to an area. Help the child make a scrapbook of their old area and fill it with pictures of friends, place they like and photographs of their old house. The scrapbook shows the children that you value their feelings. They may forget their old house quicker than you might think once they get into a new routine and make new friends.
We hope you have found our tips for moving with children useful. Please contact us on 01795 535666 to discuss your move in Kent.
Natalie is the content writer at Hilderbrands. She enjoys giving people tips and other types of advice when it comes to moving home.