7 Moving Tips for Families
Making the decision to move your family is a big one. Whether it is by choice to upgrade your house, or a move dictated by work, school, extended family or military obligations, it’s a big change for everyone involved. But we have a few tips to help make the moving process easier for the entire family.
1. Communicate with children about the move
One of the most important things to remember is to continually communicate with your children, no matter their age. Young children often have strong attachments to the house they are leaving behind, and may feel confused why they are leaving their home. Older children and teenagers may have a harder time saying good-bye to their friends, family, sports teams and other organizations they are involved in. For some tips with how to help your teen with any potential depression and anxiety they may feel about moving, Psychology Today has some helpful suggestions.
2. Organize and plan ahead
When packing, take inventory and label boxes so that they can be unpacked and set up easier. Consider a color coding system to organize boxes by room so that they can be unloaded more efficiently.
Take pictures of how your electronics are hooked up before you unplug everything. This will save a lot of frustrations and headaches when setting back up.
If your budget allows for it consider hiring professional movers for all the heavy lifting. We also strongly recommend arranging for a move-out and move-in professional cleaning.
3. Protect your new home
Before moving day, don’t forget to transfer your warranties and insurance coverage to your new house. There are enough stressors on moving day getting everything moved in, unpack and set up. Don’t add extra stress about the reliability of major systems in your new home. A home warranty will protect your major appliances, like washer and dryers, and systems, like heating and cooling, as soon as you move in.
4. Involve your children in the move
If your children are older include them in the process. This blog includes some great ways to involve your older children in the move. If you have small children, we strongly recommend plan for a babysitter on moving day. Help younger children feel included once you arrive at your new home. You could take this opportunity to move them into a toddler bed or let them decorate their own bedroom. Letting them pick their room decor and moving into a big kid bed can add some excitement to the move and help them feel involved in the process.
5. Find and register for childcare, school, and healthcare
Look ahead to where you are moving and set up childcare, schools and other registration based services. Also, find new doctors and healthcare professionals and have medical records transferred.
There are often deadlines and registration requirements for schools and childcare. Gather your paperwork such as proof of residence, health forms and current school records and keep them in a labeled box for easy access to sign up as soon as you arrive.
If you have older children, see if you can plan a tour prior to starting school. It will help them feel more comfortable and at ease on their first day. Also, look into sports, music or other activities they can sign up and participate in. Helping your older child or teen feel involved with their new community as soon as possible can help with the move transition.
6. Plan for long-distance entertainment
If you’re going through a long-distance move, plan for entertainment on the road for your children. Don’t solely rely on tablets for entertainment. Small games or DIY paper crafts are a great way to keep the whole family involved and entertained. And be sure to pack plenty of snacks and a bag with their essentials including medicines and special toys.
7. Get excited
Moving is stressful and there are a lot of moving parts to think of. Take some time before the move as a family to research some about the area you are moving to. Make a plan for some activities you want to do and areas you want to explore in your new hometown. Have some planned for shortly after you move to help immerse yourself in your new area and start building a new home.