There are a variety of reasons why you and your family may choose to relocate to a new place. While usually its an exciting change for everyone, sometimes others don’t take very well to being forced to adjust to a new environment.
When kids are involved, it’s vital to ensure that the transition goes as smoothly as possible. Otherwise, you run the risk of a stressful move and even a potential upset in the family dynamic. In order to make your move as stress-free and seamless as possible, follow these tips.
Timing Is Everything
Rather than packing everyone’s bags on a whim and hitting the road with a moments notice, you should choose the best time to uproot everyone. Take a close look at your family’s calendar and make sure that you aren’t going to be missing any ballet recitals, or science fairs which they’ve been looking forward to.
Try to tie up any loose ends before you go rather than making it sudden. Many parents choose to move in the summer since your children have the time to adjust to going to a new school and making new friends. The adjustment period may be more complicated if you move in the midst of the school year.
It helps everyone in the family to have an idea of where you’re moving first. If you haven’t visited first, you should strongly consider checking it out. Appearances in photos and word of mouth aren’t always accurate. Your own experience may be entirely different when you visit a place.
Therefore, get the whole family together and make a trip for a few days to the new place. This will help everyone get a taste for their new home and ease you all into it. Everyone is much more likely to show enthusiasm if it’s a gradual change rather than sudden.
Secure a Job Beforehand
Even though you may have an adventurous spirit and want to fly by the seat of your pants, it’s best to lock down employment before you go. Even though you may get lucky and find something soon after arriving, it’s too big of a risk when you’ve got a family to support.
Try to start sending out resumes and applications at least two months before you’re planning your move. This will eliminate a considerable amount of stress from the move.
Do your research before you go on where the best places are. You can look up everything from where the best places are for brunch, to where the nearest libraries are.
Having an idea of the layout of your new city and where you’ll want to hang out helps better prepare you.