May your blessings outnumber
The shamrocks that grow,
And may trouble avoid you
Wherever you go.
I always hope to avoid trouble, but even more so during a move. My main concerns when we move are keeping my valuables from being lost or broken and keeping the movers and my family happy. With St Patrick's Day right around the corner, I was inspired to share some tips for you to have the BEST PCS luck even without a coveted four leaf clover. (I wouldn't mind finding a pot of gold somewhere though...)
Protecting Your Most Valued Belongings
This requires some organization and planning before the movers and packers arrive. I have found that if I separate all of my crystal and breakable mementos into one area labeled extremely breakable and nicely explain to the movers how much I value the items in this section, they are packed with extra care. I recommend not having the movers pack any family heirlooms or non-replaceable items (wedding album, crystal toasting glasses, jewelry, husbands awards and shadowboxes, etc.). I pack these items in my own car to minimize the chance to "lose" or damage the items that are truly irreplaceable.
Don't forget the important documents; these can often be just as hard to replaces as your retired china pattern! For your move you will need to gather the following items:
- Insurance and Banking Documents
- Savings Bonds*
- Stock Certificates*
- Vehicle and Property Titles*
- Marriage License
- Copy of Your Home Inventory
- Children's School Records
- Birth Certificates*
- Social Security Cards*
- Copy of Your Drivers License and Military Identification
- Power of Attorney
- Medical Records
- Pet Documents: Immunization Records, Medical History
*while not PCS-ing I recommend these items be kept in a safety deposit box
My final concern is the happiness of my family and of the movers. I believe if your movers are happy and content they will take better care of your belongings. It is not required, but I like to offer the movers water/sports drinks and a meal (sandwiches or pizza) while they are at the home. I also like to "check on them" to make sure they have everything they need while packing. I think these small gestures make you more "human" to them (instead of just being another job) and they will put just a little extra care into packing your items. It also helps the movers if you are organized and prepared for their arrival (yes, you need to pre-pack before the professional packers get there). Here is a room by room guide to begin organizing your home for a move (start with the kitchen first). It is also important to prepare your family. Include your children in the planning process for your move, so they will feel more helpful and involved in the PCS process.
A few simple steps and you do not need a magic leprechaun to have a good move! Please share any tips you have to make your move go more smoothly!