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 supervise the loading, and after that you have no reason to remain around after all your belongings are gone. Thus, you and your kids and all your overnight bags pile up into the automobile and set off to the new home. But moving trucks can't move as fast as a personal car and do not always take the exact same route. Consequently, they invariably arrive a few hours to a couple of days after the family doing the moving.

Which leads to one of many fascinating challenges of moving to Austin: Empty House Day. There is bound 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 perhaps choose to stroll the community a little. But if you have young children, it's vital to have a strategy. Children could get wiggly, bored, or maybe spooked spending the day and night in a bare residence before the moving truck gets there.

Right now, we're here to talk about a few useful ways for parents to help their children have a ball on Vacant House Day.

Organize Spaces with Masking Tape

One thing your children will want to do is lay claim to their new space. Yet devoid of home furnishings, it's hard to accomplish anything after calling 'dibs'. Unless you employ a roll of masking tape. Using this, it is possible to mark off where the pieces of furniture would be if you had it, a rectangle for the couch, one for every bed. Even a circle for the family dog bed, should you have pet gear in route.

Masking or painter's tape is easy to tear and contains adhesive 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 evening drawing outlines of pictures on the wall space and couches on the flooring while the kids get tired enough to camp out for the night.

Dinner Out or Dinner In

Next, there's the query of supper. There are a few methods to deal with eating throughout Bare Home Day, from packing a cooler to ordering takeout. If the children are energetic 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 laptops are more than efficient in charging up in the new home in Austin and assisting 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 as well as some utensils on the drive. Or perhaps swing by a nearby grocery for supplies. Each of these activities will be enjoyable and special, and wipe out a couple of hours, for your kids prior to when the professional movers arrive.

Explore the Attic

For those who have a complete day to wait around for the moving van in Austin, you need to have various daytime hour things to do. Playing outside in the backyard is an excellent place to start, but you may also explore your house from top to bottom. Odds are, you did not discover every nook and cranny ahead of choosing to move in. Work with your kids to find entry to storage and also utility areas and visit the attic and basement if there are any. (Just be sure to supervise the children carefully and make use of proper safety measures.)

Go walking to a Neighborhood Park

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

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

Sock Glides and Gymnastics Stunts

Finally, there are the things you can only do if your house is vacant. Like tumbling along the wide-open bare floors or sock-sliding over the whole size of the hardwood spaces. Empty room gymnastics are among the ideal ways to help your youngsters think of Vacant House Day to be a special event to remember instead of a weird time devoid of furniture.


When preparing a move to Austin with your youngsters, it's important to take into account that you'll invariably get there ahead of the moving van. Making use of these enjoyable strategies plus some that you'll naturally come up with as you go along, you can make it exciting for your children to spend an exciting few days in the vacant home before their stuff catches up with them. For additional fantastic moving tips, contact us today!


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