Many of our Arch Interim Housing guests are experiencing or have experienced a relocation. Relocating for a job can mean short time frames, long trips, and high stress. Reducing the stressors of relocation to St. Louis by providing helpful information for our clients is one of Arch Interim Housing’s top priorities. Whether you’re relocating to St. Louis for a long amount of time, or a short term living situation, here are a few tips that can make your transition a little less taxing.
Preparing for the Move
Before you hop in the U-Haul, it’s important to do some research. Finding out where local facilities are, and contacting them to start your transition ahead of time will ease you into your new community once you’ve arrived. Places to consider locating before moving are:
- Doctor’s Offices
- Daycare Centers
- Gyms & Health Centers
- Post Offices
- Governmental Offices & City Haul
- Utility Departments
It can be helpful to create a call sheet with all of your priority businesses, so you know exactly who’ve you spoken with and haven’t. Things can get pretty hectic when reorganizing an entire household, so having a go-to list can shave off hours of wasted time back tracking. Make any necessary appointments for after the move, but check and see if having your utilities turned on in advance is an option. You’ll appreciate running water on moving day.
Visit your local hardware store for sturdy boxes for your fragile items. If you’re not interested in purchasing new boxes, some department & grocery stores will give patrons access to their used, discarded boxes. Ask a store manager if this is a possibility before your big day. Locate all permanent markers, tape guns, and save extra newspaper well ahead of your packing date. The more organized your packing is, the easier it will be to unpack when you’ve arrived.
Moving With Kids & Pets
Relocating is a huge endeavor for anyone- especially families with children and pets. If you will be moving while caring for your children, make sure you’ve set aside a separate bag of snacks, clothes, and easy to access toys and medicine. Of course, what you’ll need for your children varies according to their age, interests, and ability to care for themselves- so set aside some time to consider what will be helpful during moving day. Contact your pediatrician to inquire about the transferring of your children’s medical records. If your furry friends will require special needs, pack accordingly for them, too. Relocating often means heading to a different state, and some lengthy car rides or flights. Book an appointment with their vet before you begin the moving process, so you can access their medical records and ensure they’re safe for travel. If it’s hot, you may need to consider special accommodations for transporting your pets.
Temporary Housing Solutions in St. Louis
Arch Interim Housing provides quality temporary housing in St. Louis unlike any interim housing available. With locations in every premiere St. Louis neighborhood, and amenities that will make you feel as though you’re on vacation, speak with one of our staff today about letting temporary housing ease the stress of your relocation.