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March 04, 2019

Keeping The Children Busy When You Arrive Ahead of the Moving Truck

Moving Day

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 
When you move, you and the moving truck typically depart around the same time. After all, you should supervise the loading, after which you have no reason to remain around after all your belongings are gone. Therefore, you and your youngsters and all your overnight bags pile up into your vehicle and go forth to the new home. However moving trucks cannot move as fast as a personal car and do not always take the same route. So, they typically arrive a couple of hours to a few days after the family members doing the moving.

Which leads to one of many fascinating concerns of moving to San Antonio: Vacant House Day. There is certain to be a little while where you will be at the home with a working key and no home furnishings or cartons to begin unpacking. By yourself, you could simply relax with a few movies on your phone. Or possibly choose to stroll the area a little. But when you have children, it is advisable to employ a plan. Children could get wiggly, bored, or even scared spending the day and night in an empty residence prior to when the moving truck arrives.

Right now, we're here to mention a couple of useful techniques for parents to help their children have a ball on Empty House Day.

Plan Spaces with Masking Tape

One thing your kids may wish to do is claim their new area. Yet without pieces of furniture, it's tough to do anything after calling 'dibs'. Except if you employ a roll of masking tape. With this, you can actually cordon off where the pieces of furniture would be if you had it, a rectangle for the recliner, one for every bed. Even a circle for the doggy bed, if you've got pet stuff on the way.

Masking or perhaps painter's tape is not difficult to rip and contains sticky weak enough not to leave a residue. Which means you can easily use it on floors along with wall surfaces without damaging the finish or requiring you to wash afterward. And you can spend a lot of a night putting outlines of pictures on the wall space and chairs on the floors whilst the kids get drowsy enough to camp out for the night.

Dining Out or even Supper In

Next, there's the question of an evening meal. There are a few ways to deal with eating in the course of Vacant House Day, from packing a cooler to ordering takeout. If the kids are full of energy and you have got the moving funds, consider taking them out to eat to take care of dinner and make moving day memorable.

Current mobile phones as well as laptops are more than efficient in charging up in the new house in San Antonio and assisting you to locate a decent spot close by which is open at night. Or, if you would prefer to stay in and have an empty residence sleepover, order a pizza or takeout. You can also prepare your first meal by packing ingredients and a few utensils on your drive. Or swing by a neighborhood market to get items. These activities can be fun and unique, and wipe out a couple of hours, for your children prior to when the professional movers arrive.

Investigate the Attic

In case you have a complete day to hang around for the truck in San Antonio, you might want various daytime hour things to do. Running around out in the backyard is a great place to start, but you may also investigate your house thoroughly. Likelihood is, you failed to notice every little detail ahead of deciding to move in. Work with your children to discover entry to storage and utility areas and investigate the attic and basement if there are any. (Just be sure to watch over the kids cautiously and employ appropriate safety measures.)

Walk to a Local Playground

A good number of neighborhoods have a park somewhere within walking distance. Apartments and HOA residential areas are fantastic regarding keeping their parks well-maintained and prepared for neighborhood children to use. There may also be an elementary school nearby that wouldn't mind you spending a handful of daylight hours playing at their playground.

Do a little research, then take your children on a fun stroll to get to be familiar with the community. Here's your perfect chance to find out the path to the nearest park and decide if you're okay with your youngsters making this trek independently eventually. And they'll get their first adventure of the fun place in close proximity to play.

Sock Slides and Gymnastics Tricks

Finally, there are the stuff you are only able to do if the residence is vacant. Such as rolling all over the wide-open flooring or sock-sliding across the total length of the hardwood rooms. Bare room gymnastics are one of the best ways to help your youngsters think of Bare Home Day like a special occasion to remember as opposed to a spooky time without pieces of furniture.


When planning a move to San Antonio with your youngsters, you'll want to remember that you will almost always arrive ahead of the moving truck. With these enjoyable approaches and a few that you'll invariably think of as you go along, you can make it exciting for your kids to spend an exciting couple of days in the bare house before their stuff catches up with them. To get more excellent moving ideas, contact us today!


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