I’ve had a lot of experience moving. If I’m counting correctly, by the time I was 18 I had moved at least a dozen times. Those moves included to different states, cities, and even just across the neighborhood. Moving your family can be stressful for everyone involved, even more so when dealing with moving companies and lost or broken belongings. All of these tips will help make any relocation easier for your family and hopefully save you from a headache or two!
How To Make Relocation Easier For Your Family
Label everything. If you are packing a box of office supplies, label the outside of that box clearly. I personally would not judge you if you listed out the contents on a sheet of paper and taped it to the box. If it makes it easier for you to find what you need at your new location, then do it!
Leave behind the broken and unwanted. Why bother packing up clothes that no longer fit, broken toys, and appliances that don’t work? Trash, sell or donate as much as you can before you start packing. Give yourself a timeline and go through everything. Hold a moving sale! You don’t have to do too much to set up a garage or yard sale and attract some buyers, and with all of the Facebook groups for selling in your local area, you could pocket some money to use on expenses in your new home.
For the longest time I have wanted to sell just about everything we own and start new. There are so many items we’ve accumulated, things we don’t use, and furniture we no longer love that selling and donating would only benefit us!
With companies like CORT Furniture Rental, we could move to our new location with just our clothes and personal belongings and rent an entire house collection of furniture. Everything from sofas, tables, beds, appliances and so much more.
We could pick or choose what we wanted: rent furniture individually or outfit entire rooms. This solution works for anyone relocating, heading to college, or just wanted to have a short-term lease and travel the country!
Know before you go. Take the time to research not just the schools for your children, but also the gas stations, grocery stores, pharmacies, and parks. Knowing where you can fuel up, stock your fridge and get the kids some fresh air will help everyone acclimate to their new environment. Find new attractions to visit over the first few weeks or months you are there including local festivals, carnivals, and museums. If you love to coupon, check out your new grocery store coupon policies so you know ahead of time what to expect. Little things like this can really help you, even if they seem silly now!