Been there, done that | Top Tips For Moving Home With Small Children

A recent study found that six in ten people consider moving home to be the most stressful event in their lives. This is hardly surprising when you consider just how much work goes into the average move - whether that means you spend hour upon hour attending viewings in search of your dream home or send in hundreds of job applications to secure work in your new city. As a result, moving alone is hard enough - so when you factor in children (and pets), the process seems even more difficult and stress-inducing.

However, with time, effort, and a lot of planning - moving home does not have to be even remotely stressful. With that in mind, here are some top tips for moving as a family!

  • Discuss the move with all members of the family ahead of time. This can help your child prepare for any changes that may come their way with ease and confidence.
  • If you are moving to a new town or city, research the area thoroughly ahead of time to ensure it is the right fit for the whole family. For example, you may want to pay particular attention to local schools and leisure facilities - and enroll your children ahead of time so that they have a place waiting for them.
  • Keep an eye out for tips for buying your first home, especially if you don’t have much of an understanding of the property market or where to even get started. Proper research can help you put your best foot forward, meaning that you can avoid common mistakes and pitfalls.
  • While you may be incredibly busy in the run-up to the move, the sooner you start to pack, the better you will feel. Not only can this help mentally prepare you for the move, but it also means that you won’t be rushing to fill your boxes and suitcases the day before the big move. Start by packing up items that you will not need for a while. For example, if you are moving in the winter - you can pack away your summer clothes first.
  • If you are planning to renovate your new property, consider hiring a self-storage unit. This means that your decorators won’t have to navigate their way through a sea of boxes at your property and reduces the chances of any of your furniture getting broken or damaged in the process. Thankfully, various companies offer safe and secure self storage units, where you can store your belongings for extended periods of time.
  • Save money on home renovations by upcycling old or second-hand furniture. This means that you can make your home design more unique without having to spend hundreds of dollars.
  • Declutter ahead of time so that you are not bringing things you do not need or use into your new home - this is a waste of time, resources, and money. For example, if your children have not played with certain toys for a while, consider donating them to a local charity. Alternatively, you could even sell them online and use the money you earn to buy new things when you have settled into your property.

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