A Step-by-Step Guide to Moving with Your Family


Though children thrive with stability, sometimes you just need to move. This either happens because you or your spouse gets a new job, or because the place you are living in now is rented or not up to standard. When you need to move, you need to move. Getting your kids on board and excited about the move, however, is another story. 
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They are moving away from their friends and everything that they know, and that’s okay. Learning how to start again is a great way for your children to learn key skills and become more independent. All you need to do is make the transition as smooth as possible by following this guide:

Before You Move

When you move your family, you completely change your children’s lives. You can’t spring that sort of information on them with short notice, but you don’t want to give them enough time to dread it, either. Instead, find a happy medium.

1. Tell Your Kids


When you tell your children about the move is just as important as why. The more open and positive you are about the move, the better. You should also let your children in on the decision-making process. Bring them with you when you go house hunting. You could take this a step further and help them pick out one “must” that your new house should have. You need to make sure it’s reasonable, though!

2. Find the Perfect Home

Your perfect home is one that fits your needs. If you choose a place that doesn’t have the space or amenities that your family needs to function happily, then you’ve wasted your money. Look outside your preferred neighborhoods to find a property that fits your family and even allows it to grow. If the house fits your needs, then you won’t want to move unless you have to for work, so hold out for the house that has the potential to become your dream home. You can always make cosmetic fixes later.

3. Get New Wheels

Finding the perfect home is paramount. Whether it is in your ideal neighborhood or not is irrelevant. Sometimes, the further you go away from the city center, the more bang you can get for you buck. Instead of making sacrifices just so you are closer to some stores, invest in a new set of wheels. That way you can benefit from the bigger, better property (that might be a bit farther away) and still stay connected to the town center. There are many cheaper alternative repair options as well for when your car needs to be fixed, like Mick’s Automotive Toyota Tundra service, so you can get the wheels that serve your family well, and save on maintenance.

4. Intelligent Packing Tips

Once you have the place, and even the new family car to get you to where you’re going, it’s time to pack. Take the extra time to pack essentials in their own boxes. These essentials are things that you need in order to function as a family. Think basic cooking tools and bedding. That way you can easily unpack these few boxes and be able to enjoy your first night at your new home without completely tearing everything apart.

To make your unpacking even simpler, label everything after the box is filled. That way you can not only know what’s in a box, but you can know how heavy it will be before you pick it up.

5. Tips for Your First Day

The first day you spend in your new home is crucial for children. That’s why you should unpack the essentials and leave the bulk of unpacking for later. Instead, order in a pizza and watch a new film that your children have been wanting to see. The more special their first night is, the better the connotations will be.

Making Your House a Home

Once you have moved into your new place, it’s time to make it a home. Do this by putting up memories, photographs, and familiar items. Not everything will fit or suit your new home, but it will do for the time being. As time goes on you’ll be able to buy new furniture sets and add and even replace decorations as you come across them.

When it comes to big fixes, however, you should hold off. Living in a space is how you will determine what you need to change, as opposed to what you’d want to change. Sometimes all you need is a cosmetic update in order to completely transform your home. When that’s the case, you can save thousands on your kitchen renovation and instead just paint the cupboards yourself. Or, conversely, you find that you absolutely do need to change one area of your home. Either way, you need to live in your home for at least a month before you commit to any big renovations, so you know what your family needs and what you can do to meet those needs.

Settling In

Making your home the way you want it is only one part of settling in. The other part is becoming a part of the community, making friends, and finding your place. Do this by going out and exploring your neighborhood. Get to know the shops, restaurants, and caf├ęs nearby. You also need to find what activities, classes, sports, or organizations there are available so that you can enroll your children. That way not only are they having fun, but they’ll make new friends as they do it.

You, yourself, also need to make new friends. Do this by befriending your coworkers and meeting their friends. Similarly, you could also join classes or organizations and meet new friends that way. You need friends just as much as your children do, so be open and try to network as much as you can.

Moving is a big step, especially if it means starting over. Find the perfect house, make new friends, and build a life in your new home. Your children will adapt, and they will be happy. All you need to do is make sure that the move is a positive change for them.  



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22 comments:

  1. I’ve been in my house since before I had kids, so I’ve never moved with an entire family before. Thanks for breaking it down because at some point I’m definitely going to be moving.

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    1. How nice that you've been in the same place. As much as I'd like to be adventurous and keep moving around, there's something to be said about stability and being in a community long-term.

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  2. I relocated to the coast of North Carolina this year and let me tell you, that move was stressful for me! I think it gets worse as I get older. I thought I could save money by moving myself, but I ended up spending more! If I could advise anyone who is getting ready to move of one thing, I would say hire it out and let the professionals do it!

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    1. That sounds like GREAT advice, Sassy! Hope you are enjoying the coastal life!

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  3. These are great tips, I am not moving any time soon but I like the ideas for making a new place or current home livable. It takes a long time to get to really know a place, we are here 17 years and still find new things in the house and neighborhood.

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  4. I so wish my parents had done these steps when they moved us when I was a kid. It was a really hard transition and felt like there was no communication to any of it. One day we were one place the next we weren't. Communication with kids is so important and I don't think we should hide the "tough" stuff.

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  5. These are all great tips, we will definitely be using these in the future when we move. Our oldest struggles with transition so we will need all the help we can get

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  6. I live in the same house that I moved into with my parents when I was 15. We bought it from my parents when they moved back to Alabama. I can't imagine moving. But I think it's part of our near future. These will come in handy.

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  7. Moving can be so stressful, but tips like these help. "You, yourself, also need to make new friends." so true, but hard if you don't have coworkers to meet.

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  8. It's been such a long time since we last moved and I don't think we're every going to move again, at least not in a while. I think these are awesome tips!

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  9. I'm sure moving with kids can be a challenge. We haven't moved in a while, and not planning to in the foreseeable future.

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  10. When I was a kid my family and I moved several times...maybe at least once every 2 to 3 years. It can be a stressful time so I can appreciate the tips you gave!

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  11. We moved so often when I was a kid. It became really hard. I literally lived in 3 different homes during the one year I was in seventh grade. These are really good tips, especially with helping children adjust.

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  12. Moving with kids can be such a challenge. It is stressful but then add children to the mix and my goodness. These are all great steps.

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  13. Moving can be so stressful. I can't even imagine adding children into the mix.

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  14. We have been in our house for almost 14 years. I haven't moved with kids at all and I can't quite imagine the process. I want to though!

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  15. We recently moved house and I can say that the points you have mentioned here such as ordering takeaway on the first day in the new home,packing essentials in their own boxes are some of the things I did and they really simplified our settling in. As adults we think we can just tell the kids that we are moving and that is it. Preparing them mentally and making them part of the process really does them a great deal of easing into the new environment.

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  16. Moving can be so stressful. Especially with family and young kids. I love your suggestions. We haven't moved in over five years and I am hoping to stay put for another five.

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  17. I moved more as an adult than I did as a kid. But I do remember my parents making the move fun. They set up our rooms first so that we would feel at home right away.

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  18. We just moved this past summer with 7 kids. Soon we will have 8 kids and hopefully no thoughts of moving anytime soon. This however is a great guide! - Jeanine

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  19. As a kid, we moved quite a few times. My mom always made an effort to make sure my room was set up first. It always made me feel like home.

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  20. I moved every 3-4 years as a kid and I am hoping we can keep in our same town for my kids lives. I love the stability that I didn't have. Great tips about moving though...I hated that moment when they would tell us we needed a family meeting because I knew it was time to move again. They even moved me the summer before my Senior year in high school...ugh!

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