Moving can be an incredible experience for your whole family, if you do it right. If you let the stress involved with moving get the better of you, your whole family can suffer. Examples of this stress include not having a new house to live in before your move-in date, or worse, not selling your house fast enough. Then there is the stress of moving, trying to get your kids on board with the move, and so much more. To get your family excited for your big move, you need to reduce stress and stay positive with these top tips:
Tips for House Hunting
If your children are young, only take them to your top choices. This will allow you to really look at each property and to make clear decisions. Once you have your top choices, play a game of make-believe with your kids. Get them to imagine their lives in your new home. Where will their bed be? What games can they play in your new backyard? Play make-believe and have fun with your kids during this stage, and use their reactions to gauge which house is the perfect fit for your family.
Have Days Out in Your New Neighborhood
There will likely be a few weeks and even months between your move-in date, meaning that you have plenty of time to become familiar with your new neighborhood. If you live far away, consider planning at least a single day trip to get to know your new neighborhood before you move. If you live close by, however, you can start joining organizations and teams immediately. If your kids have friends before they move, they will be much more open to the experience. Do try, however, to avoid moving during the middle of the school year. It is always much easier to make friends at the start of a year than in the middle of it, and curriculums from school to school will vary. Your children will greatly appreciate not being the sole new kid in class nor being behind because his old school did things differently.
Make Moving Day Fun
Just as you had fun with your children as you were house hunting, so too should you have fun on moving day. You will need to get a moving quote from professional movers to see what your options are. You can splurge and have these professional movers pack, move, and unpack your belongings, or you can opt for simple moving services. Either way, having professionals support you can be a huge help and can make the moving process stress-free. This, in turn, can give you the time and energy to play games and have fun together as a family.
Moving is all about perspective. If you remain positive and optimistic and try your best to get your children excited, the more your efforts will pay off. Spend time together as a family, explore your new neighborhood, and make friends before you move and everyone in your family will be excited in no time.