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If you could choose any time of the year to move, I’d suggest spring or late fall - times when it’ll be easier to find and hire movers and when rental companies are not charging the highest rates. In addition, weekend rates tend to be highest, both for truck rental agencies and some moving companies. Walsh has the same rate no matter what day you move. The times to avoid are weekends, the first of each month and summer, when moving is at its peak. Of course, most of us have other considerations, such as kids, spouses, jobs, school and a myriad of other reasons why picking our move date is difficult. Here are some considerations that most people face.
The estimate should clearly describe, in writing, all charges for services the mover will perform. Make sure the estimate is signed by the mover.
Do not accept oral estimates.
Order of Service
The order for service is a list of all the services the mover will perform and shows the dates your household goods will be picked up and delivered.
Bill of Lading
The bill of lading is a contract between you and the mover and a receipt of your belongings. You should be given a partially completed copy of the bill of lading before the mover leaves the residence at origin.
The inventory is the receipt showing each item you shipped and its condition. Be sure you receive a written copy of the inventory after your household goods are loaded, and that you agree with its description of your household goods’ condition.
Changing schools because of a move is difficult and even more difficult is to make that change partway through a school year. But if you’re a parent who has to move during the school year, take heart. Children will adjust; it might just take a little more effort on your part to help them through the transition.
Talk to teachers and school administrators in advance of the move. School administrators will be the first to tell you that it’s important for the school to be notified of your child’s arrival, any special needs your child may have and if there were any problems at the old school. You may also want to discuss how your child feels about the move, if your child is shy or academic challenges you’re concerned about. Remember, teachers and staff are there to help you with the transition. The more you’re willing to share, the easier you’ll make it for your child to succeed.While the list above speaks more to your concerns, it’s also equally important to point out your child’s strengths, their passions and what they might miss about their old school. For instance, if your child played in the school band, and the new school doesn’t have a band program, you may ask the staff what the community offers or if they have other suggestions on how you can keep your child engaged. It’s critical that things your child loved to do in the old school be transferred to the new community.
Talk to your children. Remember that each child will have their own way of dealing with the change. Some children will be vocal, while others may have a harder time expressing their feelings. Ask them what they need, how you can help and how they’re feeling about the change. The sooner you start to talk to them about the move, the sooner they’ll start to open up. Remind them that you know the move will be hard on them and that you’re there to help. And when a child shares their feelings, make sure you try to understand what they’re going through and be sympathetic even though you’re going through your own transition and change.
Help them get involved. With your child, talk about the activities at the new school that they might be interested in joining. Knowing ahead of time what the school offers is a great way to help your child begin the transition. If possible, get in touch with school coaches, teachers, councilors – whoever can assist in getting your child immersed in their new environment. Find out if the school has a buddy system for new students and ask for the buddy’s name in advance.