Moving homes can be a challenging task regardless of whether you’re moving a few blocks or across states. A new home means a new street, a new city and state in some cases, a new school for the kids, a new route to work or new workplace, a new neighborhood store, and a whole new life to look forward to.
1. Start Planning and Packing Early
Save yourself the last-minute headaches by planning your moving schedule early. Ideally, give yourself and the family anywhere between 6-8 weeks’ time to ensure an organized moving process. Create a moving checklist to make sure you don’t miss out on anything critical.
One of the easiest ways to ensure a smooth moving day is to buy appropriate packing material such as bubble wrap, colored sticker, labels, and of course, boxes. Start packing household items that aren’t absolutely essential in an organized manner, keeping an inventory list handy.
Another simple way to ease the moving process is to de-clutter your house by donating or selling unwanted items, furniture, and clothing well in advance. Reach out to your local charities or have a garage sale.
Pack a ‘moving day’ bag with your family’s essentials in it. This can be for the next day or for a few days post moving as well, should you not be able to unpack all the boxes immediately.
2. Arrange Professional Movers
A large point of stress can be the actual moving process itself, and it is wise to employ the services of professional movers and packers to eliminate this tension. Brief the professionals well in advance with regard to any heavy or delicate items, so that they can help with a smooth packing and transportation process. Arrange food and beverage in advance for the moving team, as well as for your family on moving day.
Ensure the vehicle transporting your items is of the appropriate size and is allowed in your new neighborhood. Professional movers can also assist in unpacking and arranging your items in your new home in some cases.
3. Unpack and Decorate
Once everything has been moved and you’ve had your rest, start unpacking items to make yourself feel more comfortable in your new home. Having unopened boxes around the house can make it feel like an impersonal space. Familiar objects and household items can reassure you and the family and create a homely environment.
Take time to discuss the layout and decoration of the new home prior to moving, and once there, take all suggestions on board. If you have children, involving them in tiny home décor decisions like the color of the walls in their bedrooms or the placement of the bookshelf can make them feel connected to their new surroundings.
4. Explore the Neighborhood & Meet New People
One of the most exciting things about being able to design your dream home, watch it come to life, and then to actually move in, is to explore the neighborhood you’re moving into. Take the family out walking around to the nearest parks, or pop over to the best restaurants around you.
Familiarize yourselves with your surroundings and mentally start mapping out all the streets around your home. If it is in your interest, find out about the nearest social or fitness clubs you can be a part of.
Introduce yourself to your neighbors and build a genuine rapport with them. If you’ve moved to a new workplace as well, make some work buddies to hang out with.
If the children have moved schools, encourage them to make new friends and get to know parents of children studying in the same grade.
5. Make the Children Comfortable
Take time out from the rush of packing and moving and sit with your children. A move can take some time to process, especially for children, and it’s important that you support them throughout. Introduce them to the new house by giving them a proper tour, and point out fun spaces like stairwells, attics, or cool trees in the backyard.
Make them feel like a vital part of the unpacking and décor process. As much as possible, stick to your regular routines such as bedtime stories, family meals, and game time. Make sure to check out their school, if new, and encourage them to make new friends there and in the neighborhood.
If they children need to vent, or cry, help them through these feelings with positivity.
If you have pets, allow them time to familiarize themselves with their new surroundings too, and keep a close eye on them for the first few weeks. Ensure that their diet isn’t affected and that they are still able to get regular exercise.
6. Build Your Routines
Very soon after moving, you will find yourself settling into a regular routine with work and family. Stability and happiness in your new environment will help you to be more productive and in turn, breed more positivity in you and those around you. Pick up a regular exercise routine as well to stay fit and relaxed.
Buying and moving into a new home is one of the biggest and most important landmarks in our adult lives. Cherish the memories you’ve made in your old house and look forward to a fantastic new chapter in your new home!