Whether you’re moving from house to house, apartment to apartment, or any combination of the two; making the transition from one home to another is a big process. And for every person you add to the moving mix, the situation gets more challenging.
Remember, a flawless move is nearly impossible; however, if you plan properly and avoid a few missteps, it can be a successful one. Here are four tips that should help make that big move a whole lot smoother for your and your family:
- Prepare the entire family emotionally: Moving can both be an exciting and a nerve-racking experience, especially for children. It’s crucial to get the children ready emotionally before the day of the move. Have a talk with the entire family and disclose all the crucial information that each member needs to know. It would also be a good idea to provide your kids with a journal or an address book they can use to contain all of their friends’ contact information. Reassure them that they will still be able to maintain those relationships.
- Map the route to include quick access to essential facilities and services: For those making a long trek, this is for you. Ensure that you take note of crucial facilities along the way so that you can easily proceed to these should the need arise. For instance, if a family member suddenly becomes ill, know the nearest medical clinics or hospitals in the vicinity. If your move is going to take multiple days, and requires hundreds of miles worth of driving, know where suitable accommodations are for overnight stays, as well as populated areas that will contain basic items you’ll need such as groceries, public restrooms, gas stations, and restaurants. Remember, you can never be too prepared.
- Travel only during favorable weather conditions: Rush hour traffic is not the only thing that you should avoid on the actual day of the move. You must make sure not to travel during extreme weather conditions as well. This is particularly crucial if you’ll be travelling with children, someone who’s pregnant, or seniors. However, this isn’t always something we can plan for in advanced. Just in case, prepare contingencies like jackets, flash lights, and perishable food items. If the weather forecast is calling for extreme heat on the day of your move, make sure that your vehicle’s air conditioning is in optimum condition and that you carry a cooler for water.
- Pack your items strategically: Since most of the family’s belongings will likely be stowed away in a separate truck, family members should have a moving kit in the car. These kits should contain items needed during the day of the move, such as a change of clothes, cell phone chargers, a tooth brush, and any other readily available items the person needs on a daily basis. Food provisions should also be planned. Pack sandwiches, snacks, bottled water or juices. Avoid bringing foods that will be difficult to eat in a moving vehicle. Once you have arrived to the new residence, prioritize the unpacking of your family’s belongings. Decide what can wait to be unpacked in a few hours or days, and conquer more urgent belongings first.
Hopefully, these four tips will help kick start a successful new adventure in your lives. I’ll say it again, you can never be too prepared. There’s more than just the physical move. When it comes to moving a family, it’s an emotional journey. Prepare yourself by preparing your kids for what’s to come for them in your new home. When the kids are prepared, the moving day will be a lot more enjoyable for all involved.