So, you’re planning on moving your family. Whether you’ve already chosen the place you’re going to live, or this is something you’re just thinking about at this stage, you need to be prepared to move your family the right way. They should be as fully prepared for the move as you are, and on the day you’ll need to make sure you minimize issues and distractions as much as possible so you can move without a hitch.
Below, we’ll go into this in a little more detail, so stick around if you’re thinking of moving your family any time soon:
Preparing Your Family For The Move
First of all, let’s talk about preparing your family for the move. This is not something you want to spring on your kids and rush. Although you might be worried about what they’ll say, and you probably don’t want to have to deal with a headache from now until you move, telling them early on is the best way to do it. This way, you can make sure they have time to say goodbye to the current house and neighborhood, as well as have goodbyes with anybody they might not see as much due to the move. If you’re not moving too far away then it won’t matter too much, but if your kids are going to be moving schools and everything, extra preparation is key. You’ll want to visit the website to make sure that they are ready and know what to expect, and talk to them about any worries they may have. Don’t just tell them to stop being silly, even if it sounds silly to you. Explain to them why everything is going to be fine.
If you haven’t yet begun looking for houses, you could consider letting your family look with you. Maybe you could browse multi-family homes for sale online before going to look in person. Getting your kids involved can make them feel better as they had a say in such an important decision. It gives them a little more control, which always helps to ease their fears.
Getting The Move Right On The Day
On the day of the move, you’ll want to make sure you have a few things in place. Ideally, beforehand you will have downloaded a check list so that you could pack and triple check your belongings well in advance of the movers arriving. If you have hired movers and perhaps other people to help you, calling and double checking times in advance ensures you’re not going to be waiting around on the day or encounter any issues.
Getting a pet/babysitter is a popular option if you’re not moving too far, as the last thing you want is them getting in the way while you’re getting everything out of the house. It’s one less thing to worry about. Then, all you have to do is make sure you each have an ‘emergency supplies’ box, filled with things you might need to grab at short notice. Include things like your toothbrush, snacks, a charger, a special toy for your kids, etc.
Moving your family isn’t something that should be rushed, so start planning now!