Moving house easily with your children
By Advantage Property | 2nd Nov 18
Relocating doesn't have to be stressful on your family
There’s nothing more certain than that moving is one of the most stressful situations. Throw in pets, newborns or teenage children and it can really add to the stress of relocating. It’s more than just the practical logistics of moving but there is also the mental and emotional aspects that we may not consider when we are parting with one property and moving to another.
Beyond the practical packing and logistics
Home is where the heart is and those memories made in that place of safety and comfort can be hard to say goodbye to. Having experienced moving many times it’s important to set aside some time with your children and talk through the process with them so they have enough time to get used to the idea of new surroundings. Beyond the process to declutter and pack, start the conversation with your kids early so they have time to ask any questions. Try and remain as positive as possible as they may not have the ability to see the big picture when it comes to buying and selling a family home. If you are moving suburbs or regions, you may want to make a family outing to explore the area, visit parks or cafes and really make the whole experience as positive as possible.
Try and be as organised as you can prior to moving day by packing and compartmentalising your boxes in rooms. You may want to involve your children by asking them to pack a suitcase of their prized possessions, games and clothing for a few days so it doesn’t get lost in the removalist truck. This also is applicable to parents so you don’t find yourself having to frantically open boxes for their toothbrush or favourite toy when you’ve finally moved all your belongings to your new home. If your children are really young, see if you can get friends or family to take care of them for the day so you are able to concentrate on moving everything as efficiently as possible. If you can’t do this, most removalists and relocation companies are able to relocate and even unpack for you for an additional fee. If you have pets, you might want to take the same approach and leave them in the care of a friend, doggy day care or pet hotel so there is one less family member to worry about on moving day.
Settling in to new surroundings
Even if your children seem relatively positive about moving, sleeping in a new environment can be difficult for them. There are a whole host of things that will be different so try and be patient and understanding. Keeping positive and having open communication is key. If you have pets, you will also need to consider settling them into their new environment. Meeting neighbouring dogs on neutral territory and meeting neighbours would be a good start to minimise any barking or anxiety for your furry family member.
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