September can be a hectic time for everyone. Even though we celebrate the new year at the end of December, the truth is that Labor Day weekend feels a lot more like the end of the year. For many families, September can mean starting a new job, starting school or teenagers going off to college. Fortunately, September is an extremely temperate time of year – it is neither too hot, nor too cold. Moving in extreme heat, growing sweaty and de-hydrated can be extremely unpleasant; even worse is moving in the freezing cold and contending with snow and ice. Therefore, it is convenient that for many people, September is moving month.

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When folks need help moving in Toronto and the GTA, they call Rent-a-Son – we've see our fair share of moves in any climate, and while September may be a great month to move from a meteorological standpoint, it can be stressful for other reasons. To wit: since September is often the month that family members may be starting a new job, or the children may be starting at a new school, tempers can certainly flare up. Arguments can escalate very quickly in the stressful context of a move, especially if some key item has been left behind, lost or mislabeled.

On the flip side, moving can also be a chance to band together and work on communication and teamwork. As a family, it's important to support each other in difficult times, and a move is most certainly a difficult time. When you engage the help of long distance moving services with a sterling track record to transport your belongings across the country, you make an investment in peace of mind. At the same time, if you don't work together and communicate well as a family, there is still plenty of room for error.

Here are a few tips that will hopefully help your family before and during a move:

Support Your Spouse – If one partner in a relationship is making a sacrifice by agreeing to move away from family and friends to support the other's career ambitions, it is important to be extra sensitive. Make sure to listen and provide as much support as possible during the move.

Support Your Kids – A move can be a tumultuous time for a youth, whether they're children, adolescents or teenagers. You can encourage them to buy a journal so that they can express themselves and write down things they want to remember about the house they're leaving. You can consult with them on what kind of a house they'd like to live in when you are house hunting, and ask them what kind of a room they'd like to live in. Giving them a simple list of tasks to complete can be helpful as well and it will save you having to verbally micro-manage them, which can often lead to conflict.

Plan for the Pets – It's easy to think of Fido or Whiskers as just another piece of furniture to be moved, but it is not so simple. Your pets are living things and require attention. Take them to the vet and make sure they are healthy before the move. The vet will also advise you whether it would be better to drive them or fly them to their new home. As a rule, cats fare better in planes, but dogs don't mind the car. This rule, however, does not apply across the board, so take your pet's personality and medical history into consideration.

In addition to home moving, you can learn more about office moving services at our website and by continuing to read our blog!

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AuthorPatrick Human

With Family Day right around the corner, we thought that it would be a good idea to look into the origins of our newest statutory holiday in Ontario.

Family Day is observed in Canada on different days depending on where you live.  In the provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, it falls on the third Monday in February (although it also goes by other names - Louis Riel Day, Nova Scotia Heritage Day and Islander Day.  In British Columbia, Family Day falls on the second Monday in February - starting in 2013.

Specifically in Ontario, the Liberal Party established the holiday on October 12th, 2007 to be first observed on February 18th, 2008.  The creation of this new statutory holiday raised Ontario’s total number of holidays to nine each year.

 

If you need any service from Rent-a-Son around this time, please let us know and take advantage of our low winter rates.


We wish you all the best this Family Day from all of our “Sons”!

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AuthorPatrick Human