Moving House with Kids

Moving house is tough. There’s absolutely loads to do. You’ll have a giant list of people to tell about the move. You’ll need to set up utilities at your new home. If you are buying a property, you’ll have to cope with the stress of finding a mortgage, surveys, and searches and dealing with a conveyancer. Then, there’s actually packing and moving itself.

Once that’s all done, and you think it’s over, you have to unpack, find your lost post and sort out any issues with your new home. It’s believed to be one of the most stressful things that we do, but in a world where more and more of us are renting long-term, we do it more often, and it never gets any easier.

If there’s one thing that makes all of this more complicated, it’s doing it with young children in tow. You’ll have more stuff, they won’t want to give anything up, they’ll be in the way, and worse, they’ll want to help. If your family has got a move coming up, here are some tips to help you.

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Get Help

Most of us make the mistake of trying to do it all alone. But, there’s really no need. Moving companies can help you to get everything packed up and moved to your new home. They can even provide boxes and packing equipment if you need it.

But, movers aren’t the only help at hand. Ask friends and family to help as much as you can, even if it’s just a few hours of babysitting.

Start Early

Moving day is usually just a day. But, that doesn’t mean that absolutely everything has to be done on that one day. Start letting your utility providers as soon as you’ve got a date. Start packing things that you don’t need every day as soon as you can. You can even spend some time in your new house before you move, decorating, making repairs and getting things how you want them.

Involve the Kids

Most parents know that when your kids want to help, they often make things harder. When they help you wash up, they get water everywhere. When they help you tidy, they make more mess. But, it keeps them happy.

When it comes to moving, it can be tempting to keep them out of the way as much as possible. It would certainly make things faster. But, you should involve them where you can. Take them to see the new house, let them help you to make some of their things, and try to make it all fun. This will help them to settle and feel at home as soon as you move.

Pack a First Night Box

When you first arrive at your new home, you won’t want to have to unpack straight away. You’ll be exhausted and uncomfortable. You’ll just want to rest. So, pack a box to get you through that first night. Include pajamas and toothbrushes, as well as some little comforts and luxuries to celebrate.

Move a Few Things First

It’s a good idea to have another separate box or even move a few things the day before the big move. So that you’ve got a kettle, some coffee and milk and some energy-boosting snacks at the new house, to keep you going.

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