Family guide to moving

A Guide to Relocating Your Family

We all know that moving to a new home can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be! Every year in Canada, hundreds of thousands of people move from one home to another, whether it’s a local move within the same city or an entirely different province. Moving doesn’t have to be all that difficult, and with the right planning, families can move to their new homes smoothly and efficiently. Getting everything done right the first time is key, and with a bit of cooperation and organization, you will settle into your new home smoothly. Get a feel for your new location, and familiarize yourself with things like moving companies and storage facilities. Hiring a reputable full-service moving company will help take the stress off your back and is essential for an easy transition.

Be Prepared

Getting prepared for your move is the first step in the moving process. Start with a good understanding of your new location, and find out where important facilities are situated such as hospitals, doctors’ offices, and police stations. Take a tour of your new neighborhood, and find out where common go-to grocery stores, drug stores, and parks are located. Check into your local city information such as the local population, current events, and nearby schools.

Get ready to pack some household items that are not needed right away such as home decor and off-season clothing. Label all of your moving boxes by room and category, so when you move into the new home, it will save you time and energy when the time comes to unpack and set everything up. If storage space will be needed, reserve the space in advance so you can easily put everything in its place as soon as you arrive. If you are moving into and/or from a condo, book the elevator service for your moving day. Call utility companies in advance to get your power, gas, and water turned on for the move-in date.

Moving with Kids

Factoring in children when moving can be a stressful situation for anyone. Here are a few tips for moving with kids that will ensure a smooth transition:

  • Let your children know about your move well in advance. Moving can be challenging on them, so they need to be able to prepare and accept that you’re changing homes. When doing so, remain positive and reassure kids that moving is exciting and fun. Staying positive will give the kids a positive outlook as well.
  • Help your children know what to expect. Take your children on a tour of their new school if possible. This will give them a good idea of what their new school will look like. Give them a tour of surrounding parks, libraries, and activities that they will enjoy in the new neighborhood.
  • Get the kids involved in the packing and planning process. Allow your children to participate such as allowing them to pack up their toys, and to label and decorate their moving box. Making them feel involved will help them feel as if they are contributing.
  • Even if your children are excited about moving, it still may be difficult for them to fully grasp, and that’s okay. Sit down as a family and encourage them to address all of their feelings and concerns. Addressing all of the kids’ concerns as a family can help them feel at ease.