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March 04, 2019

Keeping The Youngsters Amused When You Arrive Before the Moving Truck

Moving Day

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 
When you move, you and the moving truck usually depart at approximately the same time. After all, you should oversee the loading, and after that you have no reason to remain around after all your stuff is gone. Thus, you and your kids and all your overnight bags pile up into the automobile and head out to the new home. But moving trucks cannot go as fast as a personal car and do not always take the same route. Consequently, they almost always arrive a few hours to a couple of days after the family doing the moving.

Which results in one of many interesting challenges of moving to Houston: Empty House Day. There is certain to be a bit of time where you are at the house with a working key without furnishings or cartons to commence unpacking. By yourself, you may easily settle in with a couple movies on your phone. Or maybe choose to stroll the area a little. But if you have young children, it is critical to have a strategy. Children may get wiggly, bored, or maybe spooked spending the day and night in a bare residence before the moving truck gets there.

Today, we're here to discuss several practical ways for parents to help their children have a ball on Vacant House Day.

Organize Spaces with Masking Tape

One thing your children may wish to do is claim their new room. Yet devoid of home furnishings, it's hard to accomplish anything after calling 'dibs'. Unless you have a roll of masking tape. Using this, it is possible to mark off where the furniture could be if you had it, a rectangle for the sofa, one for every bed. Even a circle for the family dog bed, should you have dog accessories in route.

Masking or even painter's tape is not difficult to tear and contains glue weak enough to not leave a residue. And that means you can safely put it on flooring surfaces and wall surfaces with no damage to the finish or requiring you to clean afterward. And you can devote a lot of the night drawing outlines of pictures on the walls and beds on the flooring while your kids get tired enough to camp out for the night.

Supper Out or even Dinner In

Next, there's the question of supper. There are some strategies to deal with eating throughout Empty Home Day, from packing a cooler to ordering takeout. If the kids are lively and you have got the moving money, contemplate taking them out to eat to handle an evening meal and make moving day special.

Modern mobile phones and also laptops are more than efficient in charging up in the new house in Houston and allowing you to locate a decent spot nearby that's open at night. Or, if you'd prefer to stay in and have an empty house sleepover, get a pizza or takeout. You can even make your first supper by packing ingredients and a few utensils on the drive. Or perhaps swing by a local food store for supplies. Each of these activities will be enjoyable and memorable, and consume a couple of hours, for your kids prior to when the professional movers arrive.

Investigate the Attic

For those who have a complete day to wait for the moving van in Houston, you need to have various daytime hour activities. Playing outside in the backyard is an excellent place to start, but you can also explore your house from top to bottom. Chances are, you didn't discover every nook and cranny ahead of choosing to move in. Work with the kids to find entry to storage and also utility spaces and check out the attic and basement if there are any. (Be sure that you supervise the kids carefully and make use of proper safety measures.)

Go walking to a Area Park

Most neighborhoods have a park somewhere within walking distance. Apartments and HOA communities are great regarding keeping their recreational areas well-maintained and prepared for neighborhood children to enjoy. There may also be an elementary school nearby that wouldn't mind you enjoying a couple of daylight hours running around at their park.

Do a little research, then take the children for a fun stroll to get to be familiar with the community. This is your ideal opportunity to find out the route to the nearest park and decide if you are okay with your kids making this trek independently down the road. And they'll get their first adventure of the fun place in close proximity to play.

Sock Glides and Gymnastics Stunts

Lastly, there are the stuff you can only do if your house is vacant. Like rolling across the wide-open bare floors or sock-sliding over the whole length of the hardwood spaces. Bare room gymnastics are one of the ideal ways to help your youngsters think of Vacant House Day to be a special event to remember instead of a scary time devoid of furniture.


When preparing a move to Houston with your youngsters, it's important to take into account that you'll invariably get there ahead of the truck. Making use of these fun techniques plus some that you'll surely come up with as you go along, you can make it enjoyable for your children to spend an exciting day or two in the vacant property before their stuff catches up with them. For additional fantastic moving tips, contact us today!


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