Tips & Advice

Moving Tips by Rossiters Yorkshire Removal Company With so much to think about moving can be a stressful time for anybody. Rossiters have compiled imformation on the following to help you with your move: Rossiters Safety Advice Moving with Children Moving with Pets Care for Garden & Plant when moving The first night in your new home
Safety Advice
Be aware of safety for yourself and those moving or helping you. When packing for a relocation, special consideration needs to be given to: Flammable Substances Cleaning fluids, acids, aerosol cans and fuel - dispose of prior to your move or make sure Rossiters Harrogate removals is aware. Drain fuel from lawn mowers and other equipment Other Substances Paint, thinners and oils - discard leaking containers as these are highly flammable substances Seal any containers holding other liquids securely with tape and place them in waterproof bags Personal Injury Read the carton labels so you know what you are lifting Take care when lifting and remember to bend your knees Watch out for electrical cords and plugs that may get in the way of furniture being moved To avoid any injury please leave all lifting to Rossiters yorkshire removals trained proffessionals For advice on any items that you are unsure how to move please contact Rossiters Removals in Harrogate on 01423 562597.
Moving with Children
Although moving home is a stressful time for the whole family, it can be very traumatic for children who often feel anxious, scared and helpless about leaving their friends and familiar surroundings. To make the move as easy as possible it is important that you include your children in the preparations. By encouraging your children to express their concerns you can discuss any negatives and alleviate many of their fears. Consider the following to make the move less upsetting for your children - and therefore less stressful for you! Treat the move as a fun adventure Let children see the new house as soon as possible When packing, let children pack a small box of things that are important to them, especially for the first night in the new home Make sure you give children ample opportunity to say goodbye to all their friends Explain what is going to happen on move day, so that its not a frightening unknown If possible, have children minded on the move day itself If children are going to be present on move day, let them have some involvement in the move. However, make sure you have an easily accessible game for them to play to keep them out of harms way (and frayed tempers if necessary!) The move is likely to be a major disruption to your children, so don't be surprised if the move induces behaviour such as tantrums, thumb sucking or bed-wetting As early as possible help your children set-up their new bedrooms and then work to get into a household routine as quickly as possible after the move Explore your new neighbourhood with your children as soon as possible, so that they can develop a sense of familiarity
Moving with Pets
Moving house is a stressful time for both people and their pets. Many pets, especially dogs and cats, will pick up on the tension and as you begin to pack belongings into boxes your pet may become insecure and anxious. There are various things you can do to minimise the stress to your pet during the move and help them settle quickly into their new environment. Mover's Checklist for Pets Keep a routine Identification and veterinary information Moving to the new home Settling in Keep a routine All the work involved in preparing for your move will be unnerving for your pet. Keep their routine as normal as possible to give them some form of security. Identification and veterinary information Prepare a new identity tag for your pets collar, update their electronic ID tag and register them with the new local council. Get a copy of your pets' medical history from your vet, so that you can pass it on to the vet in your new area. If moving to a completely new location, ask your vet about any added dangers to your pet in the new area, such as snakes, ticks, fleas, toads, worms and any viral diseases that your pet should be protected against. Moving Resist disposing of your pet's old blankets, favourite cushion or chipped food bowl - these familiar items will help your pet settle into their new home. If you need to put your pet in a basket or crate for the move, allow your pet to get used to the container leading up to the move to prevent undue anxiety on moving day. If you are moving within a local area, it may be worth asking a friend to look after your pets or put them in a boarding kennel or cattery to minimise the stress of move day. Pack your pets belongings last so that you can easily locate them in the new property. On arrival, select a room or area to create a home space for your pet, full of its familiar items while you unpack. When you have a moment to relax in your new home, include your pet in the calmer atmosphere as this will help them settle. Settling in Allow your pet to get used to the house by allowing them to wander and inspect the new home. Check the garden is secure before allowing your pet out to explore and even then it is advisable to supervise both to encourage them in their new surroundings and ensure they do not escape. Cats may need to be restricted to the confines of the house until fully settled in the new territory - this may take a few weeks. When you meet your neighbours it may be an idea to introduce your pet so that they are familiar with each other. Leave a house-warming party until your pet is fully settled as the noise and confusion could create an even greater anxiety in the unfamiliar surroundings.
What about my Plants?
Plants are usually not covered by mover insurance, so packing your plants involves some planning - but the effort will be worth it. Not only will your plants arrive in the best condition, but they'll instantly add brightness and homeliness to your new home. What to do before you move On the day of the move At your new home What to do before you move Maintain the good health of your plants in the weeks leading up to your move so they will be strong and healthy enough to weather the change. Save good sturdy boxes and line with plastic sheeting. These will be used on the day of your move. Prune potted plants, except succulents and ferns, 2 weeks before your move so that they will not break off or become 'straggly' in the move. If necessary, re-pot plants into non-breakable plastic containers and treat them for pests about a week before the move. If you plan to move large stone, earthenware or concrete pots, carefully check that they are not corroded or cracked before the move. There's nothing as disheartening - or as messy - as seeing your favourite potted cumquat tree smashed on the ground! On the day of the move - house plants Drain excess water from the pots, clean away snails, pests and spiders and generally tidy up the pots. Pack your plants into the plastic lined boxes you've already prepared. If they contain breakable pots, make sure to tell your professional removalists, or those helping you with your move. Larger pots should be placed in strong plastic bags to stop soil spillage. Wrap plastic around the foliage to prevent any unnecessary damage. Tape them firmly but not so tight that you 'suffocate' the plant. On the day of the move - garden plants It's quite acceptable to take a selection of cuttings and favourite plants with you - as long as you get permission from the new residents first. Dig up the garden plants on the day of the move to ensure the greatest success in relocation. Wrap the root ball in plastic sheeting and ensure the soil is moist. The best idea is to place pots into bin liner bags secured with a pest strip. They can be sealed for up to 6 hours. Tie cane supports to larger plants to minimise the chance of 'snapping' when travelling. At your new home Although you'll have a lot of other things to worry about, it is important NOT to forget your plants. If you can't plant properly when you arrive, dig a hole and cover the roots to protect them until you have a chance to do the job properly. Your new environment may be quite different from the previous environment your plants are used to. Test the soil with a pH kit to check if the soil is acid or alkaline. Keep a close eye on your plants for several weeks after the move. Trees and larger plants may take up to a year to settle. Water and fertilise well until they are fully settled. And remember... Enjoy your new garden environment. Get used to the new setting, climate or orientation of your garden, and take the opportunity to create a new landscape.
The first night in your new home
There's no way round it. Whether you've employed the services of a professional mover or have recruited your friends and family, by the end of the day you will be exhausted. Here are a few tips to help minimise the disruption and possibly distress after your long day: Plan ahead for the things you will need on the first night in your new home. Set aside a box and include critical things you know you will need within the first 24 hours of your move - and mark it clearly. There's nothing more frustrating than sorting through boxes in the middle of the night to find what you need. If possible, pre-cook a meal which can simply be heated up. Something hearty like a homemade stew will replenish you after a long day of lugging boxes. Alternatively, pick up some quality take-away food so you don't need to worry about plates and cutlery. Better still - explore outlets that deliver to your door for free or for minimal cost. You'll appreciate not having to head out in your grubby work clothes. Make sure you've set aside all the cooking and eating items you'll need for the next couple of days. Ensure the essential electrical appliances are packed where you can reach them easily - the microwave oven to quickly heat up your pre-cooked meal, kettle for your tea and coffee and toaster for that morning piece of toast and vegemite. Pack a small tool kit for re-assembling items that couldn't be moved whole. For each person in the household, pack a change of clothes, towel, toothbrush, shampoo, hairbrush, hot water bottles and other personal items. Pack a medical bag including any prescription drugs, painkillers for that stress headache, Deep Heat, band-aids and bandages. Think about the other items you may need in the next 24 hours: Cheque book, wallet, flashlight, mobile telephones and power pack, toilet paper, tissues, matches, garbage bags, light bulbs, detergent and other cleaning items. Remember essential items you'll need for breakfast in the morning - cereal, butter or margarine, tea bags, coffee, milk, bread and condiments. Try to keep some area in the kitchen clear so that you can prepare food and drinks without having to move boxes each time - ready your box of essential kitchen items so when you really need that break, you do not have to search for the tea bags and biscuits! Try to set up an area in the lounge where you can take a moment to really relax when you stop for refreshments - you'll feel more revived and be able to work with renewed enthusiasm. Most importantly, make all the beds up earlier in the day. You'll thank yourself at the end of the tiring day!