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You finally have a date for your move, but you’ve still got to live your life outside of the move. With moving day looming large on the horizon, there's so much to do and each day ticks by and brings it closer.
Yet, a question keeps popping up as you try and go about life and preparations: I’ve young children, what should I do?
Preparation, as in all things, is key. There are some simple, practical things that you can do in the run up to the move to ease your children’s - and your - anxieties and make things that little bit easier and less stressful.
It can be scary for children leaving their comfortable surroundings that they have lived happily in for years. It may be the only home they've known, and leaving that can be scary for them. But by letting them be involved in many aspects of the move, you can ease some of their fears and anxieties about moving - and maybe even make it an exciting adventure for them - helping the whole family have a better move.
One dead simple thing you can do is let them feel a part of the decision process. Let them pick their new bedroom - and have some say in how it gets redecorated. For the truly fearless, give them free reign to express themselves.
Beware, though, if you have teenagers, the full black room is not always easy on the eye or nerves (or repainting when they've changed their mind!). But it can help them feel better about the move.
For the younger children, simply choosing a new exciting mural for the wall or a new duvet cover can make something daunting and scary suddenly feel like a terrific adventure.
Likewise with very young children, get them involved by packing their favourite toys into a box and decorating it with coloured pens. The guys on move day can make sure it takes pride of place in their new bedroom, again, all part of the big adventure.
Whilst not always practical, if you can, it’s best to have the children stay with friends or relatives on moving day - or if it is term time, move while they're at school for the day. Although it’s still a home, once the movers are on site, your home becomes a workplace. And, of course, with that does come some additional dangers for young ones. Whatever the weather and regardless of how busy the road is, doors will need to be wedged open and doors within the house will constantly be opening and closing, little fingers can get trapped and the inquisitive can make for the open door out into the road.
The removal men will be busy pretty much from the moment they arrive until the moment they leave you in your new home; the last thing anybody wants is for anybody to get hurt whilst your move takes place.
If you don't have somewhere for the children to stay on moving day, the next best option would be to have a person whose only job on moving day is to watch and entertain them at your home. It’s important they remain in one room and the removal men are able to get on with their work free from additional worries of little folk running around in front of them.
No matter how well prepared you are there, will be lots of questions from the men about where items are going in the new place, and other things along the way. Once you arrive at the new place, you’ll need to be on hand to help guide where you want furniture positioned in your new rooms. It’s rare that every piece goes in exactly the place you visualised; last minute tweaking tends to be the norm.
If your children have been away while the move was being performed, before you introduce them to their new home make sure any hazards are minimised - especially if you have toddlers. If you use gates, make sure they're installed before the children arrive, if possible.
If you can, have the children come back right towards the end of your belongings being moved into your new home. You can bet that you’ll be tired, but the lion’s share of the physical work should then have been done and the children can come along and join in the excitement and unpacking.
A takeaway pizza and perhaps a glass of wine (for the adults, of course!) is often the best end to the moving day, leaving you - and the kids - raring to get on with the unpacking the following morning.
Alternatively, you can fill in the contact form on this page or use our free online survey booking service to set up an appointment for your home removal survey - both services can be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, meaning you can contact us when it suits you.
Our removal & storage reviews are taken from our Customer Care Survey, which is sent to every customer after their move is completed
If you'd like to see our reviews on Google, they are available here: Leicester branch reviews (4.7 out of 5 stars, with 23 reviews as of 17 July 2018)
Really professional and helpful; they were fantastic - The whole experience was exceptional
Careful, thorough and attentive to our needs and concerns. [The removal men] worked with thoroughness, courtesy and care throughout. No improvements to suggest - it all went extremely well. All of the staff, including the very courteous and friendly office team, were excellent. [We chose Britannia Bradshaw because of] reputation, competitive quote and willingness to help us with a very late decision about a completion date.
Very friendly manner, put me at ease straight away. I had to ring your office staff on several occasions as we had problems with our completion date, each time I rang to change or confirm something the staff were understanding and so very helpful, it was like nothing was too much trouble. It was an extremely traumatic week not knowing whether we were moving or not and it was so reassuring to deal with such competent and friendly staff. [The removal men] were all friendly and keen to impress us that the day should be as stress free as possible for us
They were all superb, friendly, courteous but also a good laugh! Totally trusted the lads and they worked so hard. Would absolutely recommend them - we felt they cared about possessions and were happy to organise another smaller vehicle to shuttle down a narrow lane
They say that moving home is one of life's major stresses - not with Britannia! Your company made what could have been a nightmare into a dream! I am so grateful to you all. I have no hesitation in recommending you unreservedly to anyone who is moving home. I don't think it could have gone better. Chris was really impressive, organising and overseeing everything, and Jake and Matt were utterly astonishing with their strength, adrenaline, efficiency and total professionalism. It was fantastic teamwork. [The men were] absolutely fantastic! Initially, they came in and surveyed the scene (utter carnage!), said nothing, but obviously took everything in, and planned their attack! They were really wonderful and supported us through the whole process.
[Why did you choose to move with Britannia Bradshaw?] In a word, Trevor. He was really professional, clearly knew his job very well, and he was reassuring about all my concerns. Price was also a factor - but not the only one.
Honestly they were fantastic. Packing was excellent. Not one item was broken, only what I had self packed!! On moving day they seemed to work so well together and efficiently, we could barely keep up with the cleaning. Nice friendly lads and courteous. Helpful answering questions I had. Would most definitely recommend Britannia Bradshaw
Very smooth and Lynn was extremely helpful. Good price, excellent service
Lynn was very helpful and knowledgeable and made the process easy and stress free. Fantastic team who were friendly helpful and went out of their way to help me as I was on my own due to my wife having to work. Lynn was very helpful and gave me confidence in the team and the quote that was received was not the cheapest however the service and info received made the choice simple. Top class service