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Make Moving Fun for the Whole Family

Nov 13 2012 12:00AM

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CHICAGO, IL -- (Marketwire) -- 11/13/12 -- Whether moving across the world or cross the country, sooner or later many families are faced with having to uproot from their familiar routine to establish a new one. As unpleasant as it is for adults, it is often more heart wrenching for a child. Fortunately, with advice from the experts at North American Van Lines Inc., one of the world's largest moving companies and a subsidiary of SIRVA Inc., there are several ways to reduce the anxiety your children may experience when dealing with a residential move.

With hundreds of relocations behind them, the residential moving experts at northAmerican have seen both the excitement and apprehension moving takes on families. To this end, they offer the following tips to make the transition as smooth as possible:

Tell your kids. More often than not, they weren't involved in the decision to move, so tell them as far in advance as possible to give them time to adjust to the idea and prepare themselves for the change.

Involve them. Whether deciding between neighborhoods or between two houses, ask for your child's input. Not only will they feel like they are a part of the process, they can provide a different perspective that might just make or break deal.

Explore. Once the new house has been bought, spend a weekend or two exploring the new area. From finding their new schools to movie theaters, parks and malls, take a kid-friendly tour to get them familiar with their new surroundings.

Say goodbye. Undoubtedly your children have made great friends in the neighborhood and at school. Provide them with the opportunity to tell their friends goodbye and encourage them to exchange contact information so they can call for support as they make new ones.

Let them pack. Whether one box or two, let your children pack their favorite things; they'll rest assured knowing their prized possessions were handled with care.

While they'll certainly be sad on moving day, the proper preparation may help alleviate concerns, and even get them excited about the move. Furthermore, when dealing with a qualified residential moving company like northAmerican, the agents on-hand make every effort to help parents and children feel at ease. To learn more about residential moving services at North American Van Lines, visit www.northamerican.com.

About North American Van Lines Inc.
North American Van Lines, Inc., established in 1933, is a wholly owned subsidiary of SIRVA, Inc., a leader in providing relocation solutions to a well-established and diverse customer base around the world. The van line, with headquarters in Fort Wayne, Ind., and more than 500 agents, handles corporate, government, military and private relocations and operates in the U.S., Canada and more than 100 countries worldwide. Information on the company can be found on the Internet at www.northamerican.com. U.S. DOT No. 70851.



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