Saturday, November 10, 2018

Moving Home? Be The Hero Your Family Needs

Moving home can be a stressful time for the whole family. As parents, you may struggle with the financial side of moving as well as all of the packing and arranging that you need to do. As children, moving home can be tough, especially if you’re leaving your childhood home and have fond memories. At times like these, your family needs someone to come through and be the person that makes it that little bit easier on them all. With that in mind, we’ve got some great tips on how to be the hero your family needs when moving home.

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Rally the troops
Moving all of your belongings from your current home to your new one can take a lot of time and energy, especially if it’s just you and your partner doing all of the heavy work. A great way of speeding up and halving the workload is by rallying your family and friends to come and help you move home. Perhaps you could offer them pizza and a few drinks once you’ve moved in as a thank you for helping you out. A perfect opportunity to have a housewarming party!

If you don’t have any nearby family or friends that are able to help you out, this can leave you stuck in the same position of having to move everything between yourselves. In cases like this, it might be a good idea to invest in a moving company that can also help pack so that you don’t have to lift a finger. This will also give you time to sort out anything else such as making final repairs to your home, or even finalising sales.
Sort childcare
If you’ve got small children, having them around while you’re moving from A to B isn’t fair on either them, or yourselves. Sort out childcare in plenty of time so that your children are able to have a nice day out with a family member or friend while you’re making the move to your new house. Not only will it help give you and your partner space to do everything you need, but it can also help distract children that might be anxious about the move.

If you are choosing to use professional movers, then why not arrange a family day out while your movers are doing their thing? Perhaps a day out to Legoland or Seaworld might just give your family the boost in morale that it needs!
Organise a family sort out
It’s likely that over the years you’ve collected many different belongings as a family. Sit down as a family and decide what you’re taking with you to your new home. Take into consideration the size of your new home, facilities that might already be available such as white goods, and decide what you’re going to keep and throw away. There’s a chance that there will be a lot of belongings that you’re not taking with you, especially if your children are of an age where they want to get rid of their childhood belongings, so it might be a good idea to look into skip hire to save yourselves dozens of trips to the skip.
Get the children excited
As we mentioned earlier, moving home can be a difficult time for children, especially if you’re moving them away from the friends and life they have already built in your current home. Take time to get the children excited about your move, by researching things that are nearby that they will enjoy, showing them around their new school, and even letting them decide how to have their bedroom decorated in your new home. Give your children plenty of chance to learn about your new home themselves so that they can begin to get excited about the move just as much as you are. Allowing teenagers to have mobile phones to keep in contact with their friends will also help with the upcoming transition.

Tie up loose ends
Moving home can fry your brain, and it’s easy to forget about silly little things that need doing before the big day, so take a look at these loose ends you should be sorting out before moving:

  • Informing delivery services such as your milkman that you’re moving home.
  • Letting your neighbours know that you’re moving.
  • Calling your internet provider and having your service transferred so that when you’re in your new home, you already have a stable internet connection.
  • Letting other providers such as gas, electric and water know that you’re moving so that they can give you a final bill.
  • Paying off bills that you may owe.
  • Making final repairs to your home for the new owners/landlord.
  • Letting family members and friends that aren’t in close contact know that you’re moving, and providing them with your new address.
  • Arranging transport for any pets you may own, and if you’re having to rehome them, making sure that they go to a loving home.
  • Making sure that you’re able to move in on the date arranged.
Arrange a party
Finally, when everyone is feeling a little deflated in knowledge that the move is going to be long and strenuous, it’s a good idea to boost everyone’s morale by arranging a farewell party. Inviting close neighbours, family, friends, and even your children’s friends over for a final farewell will help make leaving your home that little bit easier. Just make sure that you have your party before packing too much away otherwise you’ll all be sat on cardboard boxes!


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