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Preparing the Children:
What to Do in Advance
Talk to your children about the move and share your excitement for your new home. Show them their new rooms, where the bathroom, kitchen and your bedroom are located.
Introduce them to any neighborhood children
around the same age. Show them their new
school, playground, parks and zoos in the
Keep to your normal routine and get them
involved in the packing and planning when
Let them decide what toys, stuffed animals,
blankets, and books they want to leave out.
Consider having them pick out a new toy that
will be saved until the day of the move.
Let them decide what they want to wear for
this special moving day.
Encourage your children to communicate
their feelings and thoughts about the move
and explain why you are moving.
Six Weeks in Advance
Call Princeton Van Service to schedule your moving day.
Decide what you want to move and what items
you want to put in storage, give away, donate
to a charity, sell or discard.
Decide how much you want to pack and move
and how much you will have us handle.
Even if you plan to do the packing, you may
want to have us pack your most fragile or
If you want to do some or all of the packing
to get the process started, call Princeton
Van Service. We will deliver the packing
materials right to your door as needed. You
will want to pack first those books, clothes
and small appliances that you won't need
for the next several weeks.
Four Weeks in Advance
Notify the post office, magazines and newspapers about your change of address.
Notify friends and business associates.
The post office can supply you with changes
of address cards at no charge. Here are some
of the people and firms you may need to notify
of your move:
Wash all clothes before your appliances
Empty and clean the refrigerator and freezer;
and don't forget the defrost pan!
Two Weeks in Advance
For long distance moves consult Princeton
Van Service about moving your cars or other
Prepare household items. Dispose of flammable
items cleaning fluids, chemistry sets, aerosol
cans, etc. Drain fuel from lawn mowers and
motorcycles (if we are going to move them);
discard used cans of paint, thinners and
other such items. Take propane tanks to your
propane dealer; he will purge and seal the
Schedule to have appliance service technicians
prepare your appliances for shipping a day
or two before the move.
Inform the utility companies as to what
day you want to have the services shut off
and the phones disconnected.
The Day Before The Move
If Princeton Van Service is handling the packing,
our experienced packers will arrive and begin
the packing process.
Before the packing begins, take them through
the house and let them know if there are
any items that will not be moved and if there
are any items that you will pack or move yourself.
Preparing the Children:
The Day of the Move
Have the children keep their favorite toys and books available.
Have their favorite lunch or snacks prepared
or plan a special treat for this special
day - for example, have a pizza delivered.
Make the day seem like an exciting adventure. The calmer you are, the easier it will be on the kids. Make arrangements
for a babysitter to be there to supervise them, leaving you free to oversee the move.
Let your children know how any pets will
get to their new home. Prepare a bag of toys
and blankets for your pets to ensure their
comfort as well.
Call out for something fun to eat for your
first meal at your new home. The more you
convey a sense of fun and excitement, the
sooner the children will feel the same joy
about your new home.
The Day of the Move
Review the Princeton Van Service foreman
what is to be moved, what you want to move
yourself and what cartons you will want access
to as soon as you move.
Mark those items that you do not want moved.
If you have done the packing, have all
of the boxes clearly marked and ready to
go. They should be marked as to the contents
and what room you want them placed in. Leave
out any last minute changes of clothes or
coats that you may need.
It is wise to unplug TV sets 24 hours prior
to your move to avoid damage while moving.
Have a few extra boxes and trash bags available
for those last minute items that were hiding
under beds or furniture and for the trash.
You may want to have plastic cups and soda
and snacks in a cooler for the day of the
Be available when the movers arrive. If
you cannot be there, please let us know who
will be your authorized representative. They
will also have to sign the final documents.
If you are moving long distance or into
storage, take the foreman through the house
as he inspects and marks each piece of furniture
with an identifying number. These numbers,
along with an inventory list, will be prepared
for your review.
After everything is loaded, take one last
inspection of the house to ensure nothing
is left behind.
Confirm that the driver has the correct
destination. Let the driver know how and
where you can be reached. Plan to be there
when the moving truck arrives.
Pets & Plants
We cannot move your pets or plants. You
can move them by car for short distances
or ship them by plane for long-distance moves.
Please call us for additional information.