Take the Stress out of Moving
One of the most stressful experiences in life along with divorce and giving birth is moving to a new property – with children in tow. There is SO much to do with a house move when you don’t have children, that when it comes to the time that you have to bring them along with you, you’re going to find it difficult to navigate.
Easing the strain on your family is a must. Well, the good news is that there is a lot that you can do to ensure that you keep going and get everyone from one house to the next with little to no trauma. Children are adaptable little creatures, but creatures they will be when bored or hungry or tired – so, for your house move to go smoothly, it’s up to you to ensure that your move goes from smooth to finished in record time. Let’s take a look at how you can do that with little to no stress on your part!
Before Your Move
Sit down as a family – kids and all – and discuss your plans to move. IS is a big move, where you’re going from one side of the country to another, or is it a ’round the corner’ move where you go from your current home to the next street over? Either way, let the bigger kids on the conversation and let them have an opinion.
Go and visit the new house when you get it and help to familiarize them with it. The last thing that you need is the shock of taking them to a new home one day after school and telling them that it’s time they moved on. Kids can adapt, but they need time to do it.
Accept any offers of their help – from the kids to family and friends. They want to help, so the proposal is a nice thing to do, and it’s nice to know you have a spare set of hands or two for the heavy lifting.
Packing & Decluttering
If ever you needed a reason to declutter the house, it’s moving to a new one. As you pack, bin, donate or sell the things that you don’t plan to take with you.
Let the kids help you with this bit; they can contribute to declutter their room and choose the things to sell and donate. With the cash, they can buy new accessories for the new bedroom!
On moving day, get the kids their box packed of essentials that they will need immediately, such as wipes, toys and other things that they use regularly and have to hand.
Keep the tool bag ready for rebuilding furniture straight away and make the kid’s bedrooms your priority.
Cut your corners and pay a cleaner to do your final tenancy clean for you-you’ll invest a little cash and it’ll be good for getting your deposit back!
A house move with children doesn’t have to be stressful as long as you are open, supportive and honest about your move.
MoveSmart can also help ease the strain of moving by sorting your new bond, advance rent and moving costs. A great option if you need to move in a hurry and don’t want to use savings >