Tips on Moving With Children

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8 Tips for Moving with Children

Moving is one of the top 5 most stressful life events for an adult. Can you imagine what it’s like for your children? Often, small children are leaving the comfort of the only environment they have known. Older ones may have to adjust to a new school, new friends, teachers and deal with those they will leave behind.

It’s important to be sensitive to children’s needs. Here are some tips to help make the process easier for you and the whole family unit.

  1. Talk about the move. Let them know when it’s going to happen and where they are going. Highlight what the good points. Maybe it’s a bigger room; the new house may be in close proximity to a park or entertainment complex. Allow your children to ask question and answer them directly, honestly and sensitively.
  2. Include your children. Guide them and help them pack their things and make sure that favorite items are readily accessible once they have gone to the new place. Favorite stuffed animals, a blanket or toys can offer a sense of security.
  3. Discuss the new living space. If the child is old enough, you might draw the layout of the new room. Help them visualize where furniture will placed, where the room is in the house or apartment. This can help the child begin to feel connected to and even look forward to the move and the space.
  4. Make arrangement for little ones. There is a lot of upheaval, stress and movement on moving day and little one get overwhelmed and underfoot. If at all possible, have them stay with friends or family. It will give you space to focus on the task at hand.
  5. Communicate with your teens.  Discuss “their” moving day experience. What they can expect, how computers, clothes and other items that they value will be handled. It’s important that they feel that their things are being respected and that they have a voice.
  6. Give children something to do. On moving day, the last thing you need is bored, complaining children. Plan activities such as coloring books, puzzles, handheld games or other favorite activities.
  7. Enroll children in activities. Make sure to enroll children in activities that they are normally participate in such as sports, scouts or music lessons.
  8. Take care of yourself. Get a good night’s sleep, have a plan and be patient on the day of the move. Your children will feed off of your energy. If you are rested and calm, you will be better equipped to deal with unexpected tantrums or stress.

North American on Cable TV in November

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This November, North American Van Lines will be featured in a segment on 21st Century Business is a live-to-tape, in-studio, Q & A style show that broadcasts on Fox Business Network (FBN), CNBC and Bloomberg International cable networks.  The North American segment features Marc Galvagno, Chairman of North American’s Movers Association discussing how the van line is utilizing technology and alternative delivery methodologies to combat industry capacity issues and better serve customers. The 21st  Century Business program featuring North American will be broadcast on the following dates.  Please see local listings for channels and times in your area.
  • Fox Business Network – November 9
  • CNBC – November 13
  • Bloomberg International – November 24

Corporate Relocation

Relocating employees is a complicated task. We go far beyond merely providing moving trucks, moving boxes and stretch-wrap. It’s all about insight, trust, integrity and peace of mind. We handle all the details of corporate relocation, providing a quality experience for transferring employees. A corporate relocation program is developed that caters to employees and their families. Our corporate relocation services are comprehensive, ensuring every single need is met and every expectation is exceeded. Our full-service move offerings include packing, crating, storage and vehicle shipping. Your single source relocation coordinator will assist employees in choosing which services are best suited to them and their individual relocations.

Corporate Relocation – Destination Services

Destination services further assist employees during their transfer process – including home sale and purchase assistance, area orientation, spousal counseling, mortgage services and settling-in services. We want to ensure the smoothest, most enjoyable, stress-free corporate relocation experience for transferring employees.

Corporate Relocation Service of Choice

Trust in our corporate relocation programs. Our professionals will work to ensure we devise a program that is customized to meet the needs of your business in terms of budget, timelines, etc., while also minding the unique needs of your transferees. Throughout the corporate relocation process, you can expect dedication to quality relocations to be apparent. Contact us today regarding our corporate relocation services.

Meeting New Neighbors

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Moving into your new home isn’t just about finding the right way to display your cookie jar collection, it’s also about joining a new community. Getting to know your neighbors can provide many benefits such as receiving warm greetings at the beginning of the days, receiving assistance during hurricane season or even having someone to watch over your home when you go out of town.

To do this, though, you have to get to meet those who live near you.

   Here are some tips to get you started.

  1. Start with a smile. Sometimes that is enough to make you approachable and a neighbor may feel comfortable to pop over and say “hi.”
  2. Take a walk. Weekends and early evenings are great times to get some exercise and come upon people coming home from work or walking the dog. Take the initiative and wave or nod with a smile. If it is reciprocated, walk over and introduce yourself.
  3. Bake. It may seem old fashioned, but making a batch of browning and taking some over to your neighbor can be a great ice-breaker.  If you don’t bake, think of something you might want to share like flowers or fruit from your yard.
  4. Attend a meeting. If your home is part of a homeowner’s association, find out when the next meeting is and make sure to attend. It’s a great way to meet people and learn about what is going on in the neighborhood.
  5. Join in. Find local neighborhood groups, especially the parents’ groups at your kids’ school. You are bound to meet other parents that live nearby.
So, you’ve made the initial contact, now what? Here are some tips to help make a good impression.
  1. Be positive. Don’t complain or criticize. Compliment your neighbor’s lawn, or house color, for example.
  2. Connect. Give a brief explanation about where you are from or how you came to join the neighborhood, then ask questions and LISTEN.
  3. Stay away from TMI. Don’t offer your entire life’s story upon your first meeting. Keep it light and upbeat.
  4. Ask questions. Ask for recommendations for restaurants or shopping. You can ask about your neighbor’s story but be careful not to seem nosy or ask questions that are too personal.
  5. Common interests. Look for signs of common interests, such as golf clubs, bumper stickers with sports affiliations, children of the same age, pets, work, etc. and start a conversation about it.
  6. Make an invitation. Ask neighbors that you think you may connect with over for coffee or dinner.
Be careful not to seem overly interested or too aggressive. You don’t want to be labeled as the “creepy neighbor.” Pay attention to how people receive you and respond accordingly. Above all else, relax and remember to have fun.

Moving With Pets

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florida movers - packing up the dogMoving is stressful for humans but don’t forget about the impact on pets. Florida Moving Systems, Melbourne has some ideas for helping to make the transition easier for your furry family members.

  • Determine what the ordinances and regulations are for your new area, including leash laws, tags and licensing. Contact the local humane organizations and the City Clerk’s office for information.
  • Make sure you have copies of all of your pet’s records and vet’s contact information. You also should have the contact information and hours of operation for the local animal hospital in case of emergency during the move.
  • On moving day, secure a safe, quiet place for your pet to relax until the transition to the new location. All of the movement and changes in environment can be very stressful. Check on your pet regularly and try to maintain his or her normal potty and feeding schedule as much as possible. When moving in, do the same thing, keep your pet secured in a quiet, safe place until everything is settled, then allow your pet to move around and become familiar with the new surroundings.
  • Make sure you have your pet’s bowls, toys, medications, food and other necessary items accessible on moving day.
  • If your pet is normally anxious or nervous, speak with your vet about medication or other natural options to help keep your pet calm.
  • Make sure the new location is set up to be pet friendly. Have favorite toys or blankets available. Keep an eye on your pet and don’t leave him or her unsupervised until you feel confident that your pet is settled in. Keep your pet leashed until he or she becomes familiar with the new surroundings. Even if your pet responds well to your commands, the stress can easily cause your pet to become confused and run off.
  • During transport to the new location, it is recommended to use a crate or carrier to keep your pet secure and safe.
  • Ensure your pet’s tags are updated and you have a recent photo, in the unfortunate event your pet runs off.
  • If you need to find a new vet, do your research ahead of time. Inquire about emergency services, boarding, reputation, hours and maintenance services and pay attention to how the staff treats you while you are performing your research. Staff should be friendly, attentive, knowledgeable, helpful and caring.
For more tips or to discuss moving and storage needs call Florida Moving Systems, Melbourne today at (800) 283-6683 or visit www.flmove.com.      
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Finding The Right Neighborhood For You

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Home Is Where  the Heart Is:

Finding the Right Neighborhood for You

  Congratulations! You are ready to buy a home. You’ve saved enough for a down payment, researched investment potential and pre-qualified. It has lots of closet space, an open floor plan, big yard, pool and it’s just the right size. But, wait! Before signing on the dotted line, consider this, is your perfect home in the right place for you?

Here’s a list that we at Florida Moving Systems, have found to be the top things to consider beyond the floor plan:

1) Consider your lifestyle today and tomorrow. Life is unpredictable and no one plans for a divorce or job loss but you can take realistic stock of your life’s wants and needs. You may, for example be single and enjoying nightlife while looking forward to marriage and children.  Does the neighborhood you are interested in provide the entertainment options you want today while providing a family friendly environment down the road?

Be honest with yourself, if you don’t enjoy yard work and aren’t interested in cleaning gutter, repairs and maintenance, maybe you prefer a townhouse or condominium where for a monthly fee, those things are managed for you.

Also consider your proximity to loved ones. If you enjoy throwing regular dinner parties, for example, will your friends drive forty five minutes each way to visit you?  If a family member regularly watches your children, are either of you willing to drive the distance to pick/drop off the kids?

2) Location, location, location. Take stock of places you frequent and potential drive times; particularly consider your morning and evening commute for work. Don’t just imagine it. It may be worth your while to take a day and drive the commute during rush hours. After you have unpacked the boxes is not the time to find out that you cannot endure the hour-long commute that includes various busy school zones, train crossings and bumper-to-bumper traffic!

3) Are you and your neighborhood a fit? Ask yourself these questions:

What if you enjoy sleeping in on Sunday mornings and you have a neighbor who religiously mows his lawn at 6am or the house is located near the airport or railroad tracks?

What if you enjoy your quiet and the neighborhood is filled with the sound of playing children every weekday afternoon and on Saturday mornings?

What if you are young and laid back and your neighbors are all retired seniors that watch every neighborhood movement?

What if you are moving into a deed restricted neighborhood and you have a camper, boat or regular visitors that violate the parking rules?

What if you have children and there are no other children in the neighborhood or the street is very busy so that children can’t venture outside to ride bikes or play ball?

Have you researched whether there are any public road works planned that will affect your quality of life or property values?

Will the streets flood during heavy storms and what is the drainage?

Have you checked the local demographics?

Do the neighboring homes look like they are kept and maintained as you would like?

Do your neighbors have unruly pets?

Here are some suggestions to help you with your research 

  • Drive around the neighborhood. Look for any neighbors that might be out and about and take the opportunity to introduce yourself; ask what it’s like to live there.
  • Visit the neighborhood at different times of the day and the week. Observe what your senses pick up; watch the flow of movement for people and cars, listen for local traffic, the neighbors, wildlife and nearby public transportation, does the neighborhood match your overall aesthetic and does it feel like it could be home for a long time?
  • Ask your realtor about the neighborhood, as well as nearby neighborhoods. You want to gather as much as information as you can about the surrounding areas as well. 
No question is wrong or too small! Do your research so that when you do sign on the dotted line, you know that there really is no place like home!

For more tips or to discuss moving and storage needs call Florida Moving Systems, Melbourne today at (800) 283-6683 or visit www.flmove.com.