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A move to a new home can be an exciting experience for children, if you employ careful planning from start to finish. Planning begins with informing them of the upcoming move and includes organizing the details of relocating, as well as getting acquainted with your new community.
The positive approach – When your family is planning to relocate, your reaction to the upcoming changes is most important. Children normally reflect their parents’ attitudes. Accentuate the positive. A positive parental attitude will go a long way toward soothing fears and creating an atmosphere of anticipation for the children.
• Prepare them in advance for the move. Tell them immediately about the move. Give them time to adjust to the idea.
• Answer all questions. Explain the reasons for the move as explicitly as necessary, depending on the child’s age. An honest question-and-answer session will give you an idea of the specific concerns your children have about the move. This will give you the chance to resolve their fears and let them know you are interested in their opinions and feelings.
• Permit children to participate. This will give them a sense of responsibility and self-worth.
• Choose a professional moving company. A company experienced in moving families will minimize your responsibilities. Then, you can devote more time to your children.
With these steps, you can ease the insecure feelings some children experience when removed from familiar surroundings. It is difficult to break strong ties to the old home, neighborhood, school and close friends. But remember, moving can be a great personal growth opportunity for all family members, including children. Take advantage of the situation and make it a truly exciting experience for everyone.
Here’s a checklist of things to take in the car with you:
• Suitable clothing
• Diaper or utility bag
• Disposable diapers
• Nursers with plastic throwaway liners, nipples and pacifiers
• Baby food, formula, fruit juice, water and a cap opener
• Favorite cuddle toy
• Baby toiletries such as powder, lotion, oil and cotton balls
• Safety-approved infant car seat
• First-aid kit (Discuss with your pediatrician any medications you should have on hand. Include a thermometer, baby pain reliever and a small hot water bottle, which also can be used as an ice bag.)
• Collapsible stroller Child’s portable car toilet Safety-approved car seat Favorite small toy
• Elementary to preteen
• Children in their elementary and preteen years are easier to keep content during a long trip. Provide them with a few travel games, coloring books and comic books. Let them visit the local variety store for ideas.
• Teenagers probably will have their own ideas of travel entertainment, but might enjoy favorite books or travel games. Many just enjoy watching the scenery.
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- Slip and Falls: 20%
- Cut: 17%
- Hit Against an Object: 16%
- Strain by Lifting: 12%
- General Strain: 12%
- Caught in Object 5%
- Burn 2%
- Motor Vehicle 2%
Average Claims Cost from 2013
- Motor Vehicle: $35,328
- Slip and Fall: $9,805
- Caught in Object: $8,066
- Strain by Lifting:: $4,497
- General Strains: $4,074
- Hit Against an Object: $3,905
- Burn: $1,927
- Cut: $1,278
Utah Workplace Safety Week Employers and employees are also being encouraged to further focus on safety during Utah Workplace Safety Week. In the 2014 Legislative Session, Senator Karen Mayne passed legislation to recognize Utah Workplace Safety Week as the fourth week of June. This year, Utah Safety Week will be from June 23-27. There will be a kick-off for Utah Workplace Safety Week on June 23 at the Utah State Capitol. At the event, a number of companies and organizations (Utah Labor Commission, UTA, Utah Safety Council and others) will gather to participate in the world’s largest proper-lifting safety demonstration. All organizations and individuals are invited to participate. “I would like to invite employers and workers to join me in celebrating workplace safety during Utah Workplace Safety Week,” said Senator Karen Mayne. “I also extend a specific invite to the capitol on June 23 to begin the week by setting a world-record for the largest safety demonstration. This event will draw attention to Utah’s dedication to keep workers safe.” The event will take place at the Capitol Rotunda on June 23 and at 11 a.m., remarks will be given by Senator Karen Mayne and Lieutenant Governor Spencer Cox. At 11:30 a.m., there will be an overview of the “Four Steps of Proper Lifting.” The World’s largest safety demonstration will take place at 11:45 a.m. Participants are asked to wear orange. The event will end at 12 p.m. with lunch. Food trucks will be available on site. To learn more and find additional safety events around the state, click here.
10 Tips for Moving with Pets
- Update your pets tag: Don’t forget to update your pets tag with your new address. The pet tag should include your new address, telephone number, pet name, and cell phone number. You don’t want to lose your beloved animal.
- Find out what pet laws and regulations are: Find out the leash laws, pet ordinances, and pet licensing requirements are for your new location. Make sure pets are allowed if you are renting a house or apartment and carefully review the lease.
- Keep your pet calm during the move: a great way do keep your pet happy and not stressed is to put them in a safe, quiet, place like the bathroom during moving day with a sign, “Do Not Disturb! Pets Inside!” Make sure your pet has a well-ventilated place with food, water, and chew toys. Also, be sure and take your pets out, you don’t want more mess to clean up!
- Keep your pet safe: The best way to travel is with your dog in a crate, when it comes to cats you can keep them in a carrier in the car. Make sure the crate or carrier is secure with a seat belt and bring some of their favorite toys to keep them happy. Be sure to bring plenty of food and water; a weeks worth is a good idea just in case of emergencies. Don’t leave your pet alone in the car, especially in the heat! 😀
- Prepare your new home for your pet: Some pets get confused and afraid in new surroundings, it is good to bring some familiar things your pet will need such as a bed, litter box, food, food tray, medications, and toys that way they can feel right at home. If you didn’t move very far away your pet may try to find a way back to your old home. Just to be safe give your old neighbors your phone number and ask them to contact you if they see your pet.
- Find New Veterinarian: If you are going to be moving too far away from your vet contact your veterinarian and get a copy of your pet’s vaccinations and medical history to fax or give to your new vet. If there is an emergency and your former vet is far away you can’t get any medications right away without a client/ patient relationship.
- Plan Ahead: If you are traveling far and need to spend the night somewhere make sure it is pet friendly. It is always to book ahead to make sure everything runs smoothly.
- Keep Calm: I know moving is the third stressful life event following death and divorce, but it is good to keep your energy calm because your pet can sense when you are stressed and amped up. The calmer you are, the calmer your pet will be.
- Plan Air Travel: If you have to fly your pet check with our veterinarian and the airline to make sure it is ok. Many airlines require a health certificate from your vet. Find out what the requirements are for your airline. It is beneficial to prepare your pet for the flight by familiarizing them with the crate they will stay in and practicing and awarding good behavior. If you don’t do that your pet could panic and many airlines won’t let you open the crate to help.
- Get familiar with your new home: If you can get familiar with the neighborhood, take your dog on walks around and if you can meet some of the neighbors. This will make both you and your pet feel at home.
1. Gather all your packing items together like tape, markers, and boxes ahead of time. Even if you have some boxes it’s best to wait until you have all the boxes you need so you
2. Get more boxes than you think you need, in fact get twice as much as you think you need! People usually underestimate how many boxes you need and it’s always better to have more than less and have to find more in the middle of your packing.
3. Gather all your items that you can add to boxes or use as packing material and put them together. Items like sheets, blankets, towels, and newspaper you can use as packing materials for fragile items or to fill up a box that is almost full.
4. Boxes should be completely filled or they may get crushed or dented during the move. Use your materials you gathered.
5. Cover your mattresses with two fitted bed sheets on each side of the mattress so you don’t end up sleeping on a dirty mattress or purchase mattress bags.
6. Pack an overnight bag for everyone in your family with all your essentials like you are going on a vacation. Even if you are moving close, this will always come in handy and make your life easier. You don’t want to get stuck searching through boxes for your toothbrush or unloading to find your pj’s at the end of a move.
7. Put heavy items in small box or if you can put them in bags or luggage to make it easier to haul.
8. Label your boxes with brightly colored duct tape and organize them for each room. Also, put the color on the door of the bedroom at the new house to help people find where to put all the boxes.
9. Have Donation and Garbage Boxes: While packing it’s great to have a couple boxes for items to donate or throw away. Then at the end of your move donate all your stuff to your favorite charity. Lots of locations have services that pick it up from your house.
10. Pack the rooms you use the least first, like the guest bedroom and storage closet.
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Understanding the documents you sign is something that customers should know when moving with professional movers. Here are some tips to understanding the paperwork before signing and what to ask so you understand all the legalities about your move. We want all of our customers with Mesa Moving & Storage to feel safe and happy during their move. Many feel too embarrassed to ask to explain the fine print before signing, such as when we purchase a car or when a document looks complex because we feel it makes us look unintelligent, but there is nothing wrong with asking! It will save you more hassle and issues in the future.
Customer is referred to a “shipper”, and when the shipper is not well informed about valuation, coverage of personal belongings, inventories, and exclusions for liability many instances there is a misunderstanding. Most of the paperwork has to do with loss prevention.
One of the most important things to understand is valuation. Valuation simply means the “degree of worth” of the shipment you are sending with the moving company. You will be asked to declare the value of your shipment and how much coverage you want in the event there is damage, including if your entire shipment were destroyed through some type of accident. It is important to know how much all your belongings are worth.
Talking about damage to your belongings is not something anyone likes to think about, anymore than you would if you were in a car lot buying a new car. Talking about the risk of damage isn’t a palatable topic in any industry. But in reality you know that in the back of your mind before you drive your new car off the lot, you need auto insurance to protect you from the “what if”. Moving is no different. Everything you spend years accumulating will be loaded onto a truck and transported on highways and roads where there is risk. Therefore, moving companies offer coverage for you belongings while they are being shipped.
It is important to know that you are not purchasing insurance from the moving company, you are purchasing coverage, known as a tariff provision, based on the value, or valuation, of your entire shipment. If you don’t purchase any additional coverage, your moving company will only be liable for sixty cents per pound per item if it is damaged. To put it in perspective if you have a DVD player that is destroyed and it weights two pounds, the settlement you would receive would be $1.20. That is not very much; especially if something were to happen to your entire shipment, so most prefer to purchase full value protection to have adequate coverage for you belongings.
If you purchase additional coverage, such as a type of full protection coverage you will be charged based on the value that you place on your shipment. The exact cost may vary on mover and have minimum purchase amounts, as well as deductibles.
Having full value protection is not replacement insurance, but it does give the mover the options of:
- Repairing any damages to an item to its original condition
- Paying for such repairs
- Replacing the article with an article of like kind
- Paying you the cost of a replacement article at the current market value
Many people believe that when they have, “full coverage insurance,” on their belongings they believe that if anything (even a scratch) were to happen on anything they own it will be replaced. That is not how moving coverage works.
When something is damaged the topic of what is repairable and what is not may become subjective. Do not hurry and read and understand your paperwork before signing it, that way you don’t have regrets and frustrations if damage occurs. Before you sign, ask your salesperson or moving coordinator who explains your paperwork to you and make sure you understand what you are signing and what type of coverage you have for you move.
Another term to be aware of is PBO, this means cartons are “packed by owner.” If the moving company packs the cartons for you this is CP or “carrier packed.” Moving companies do not cover items in cartons that they did not pack, because they have no control over the quality of the packing. Make sure you have packing protection and padding if you are packing cartons yourself.
It is important to understand exclusions and limits of liability that occurs with any coverage your moving company provides. Make sure to understand these terms and feel free to ask your mover. It is what you should do to protect your belongings in the event something is lost or damaged.
Inventories are something you will need to sign when you arrive to your destination. The inventories are a list of everything that is being shipped, and you must sign them before and after your move to make sure everything is delivered. It is your responsibility to walk through and check off everything and most importantly that you make notes on if anything is damaged during the unloading.
When you check off everything on your inventories and sign that everything is received, you are stating that there are no missing items. Take the time to do a careful walk-through before the movers leave; if anything is not checked off on the inventories take time to locate it. If you sign the document and find something is missing or damaged make note of it on the inventories before the movers leave. Both you and the driver should mutually confirm, document, and sign for any cargo or loss and any residence damage.
Gallacher, Ken. Moving without a Scratch. 2010. Print.