As most parents know, moving day is never as simple as packing and loading up a truck. Relocating homes can be an emotional process as you and the kids prepare to leave the place that housed memories of enjoying family dinners, game nights, and countless movie nights. And for your kids, this could be a much more dramatic change.
Preparing the kids for the big move should be done earlier than later. According to Tim Burch, REX Principal Broker in Oregon, it is important to introduce your kids to the new home and the new area as soon as possible: “Take your children to tour the new home and pick out their own bedrooms. Explore the neighborhood by taking them to a nearby park and enjoy lunch in the area.”
When buying with REX, we assist you through the whole process – including moving day. For that reason, we’ve provided more moving tips to make your big move less of a hassle and more family-friendly.
Here are our tips for you:
1. Create a Checklist
Organization and planning are key in to making sure your family can move into the new home without too much anxiety or hassle. The trick is to break out your checklist by what needs to be done and when: 6 weeks prior to moving day, 1 month, 2 weeks, and then 3 days.
With a strategic plan in hand, it will keep you from getting lost and forgetting something important that should’ve been done. Write it all down!
- Research professional movers.
- Gather supplies (boxes, tape, bubble wrap, etc.).
- Declutter and start donating everything you don’t use anymore from your old house.
- Begin packing your non-essentials (decor, books, clothes you don’t wear often).
- Arrange storage space, if needed.
- Schedule the day of your move.
- Start labeling your boxes. Tim suggests “Labeling your boxes as precisely as possible to make unpacking and setting up the new home much smoother.”
- Pay your last bills and inform utility companies of your move.
- Create a list of all the places/companies that need your new address.
- Finish pack everything that is not essential and other little-used items.
- Arrange the transfer of your utility services.
- Pack the clothes and little supplies you’ll need until the moving day.
- Deep clean your house.
- Complete change of address forms.
- Be sure all utilities are on at the new home. Schedule other services like cable and internet installation. Tim also recommends “ordering extra trash & recycle bins from the garbage company to have room to discard any packing material after unpacking.”
- Make a final walkthrough and make sure everything is clean.
- Double check to make sure you’re not leaving anything behind.
Of course, you should change and adapt this list to your needs – you should use it as more of a guide to get you in the right direction.
As long as you prioritize and write down everything that needs to be done, you’ll have a map of all the necessary steps and will be able to move with more tranquility.
2. Figure Out Your Storage Early
It’s not uncommon to need storage when you’re moving – there might be furniture you don’t need or can’t keep in your house. Maybe you’re bringing a relative to live with your family and you have to find a place to keep their stuff.
Before you commit yourself to any company, keep in mind these key factors when looking for the ideal storage unit:
- The length of time your items will be there. If we’re talking about storing your items long-term, you’ll need extra space for ventilation and it’s best to keep your things away from each other, leaving room for you to walk through. If you’ll leave them there short-term, it’s okay to have them closer together.
- The size of your items. Small, medium, and large units can keep different types of furniture – make sure you actually go and see it before choosing. You don’t want to end up going for a unit that can’t fit all of your stuff.
Now that you know what to look for, we’d like to talk about our go-to for storage, SpareFoot.
In a few minutes, you can find the perfect place for your items. Whether you need to store furniture, car, RV or boat items, they can help you find the right fit. Search, compare prices, and reserve – online, safe, and easy. It doesn’t get better than this!0
3. Show Excitement
As the parents, moving to a new house will be exciting for you; however, for your kids, it is more likely to be emotional and overwhelming at first. It’s super important to let them know about the move well in advance – the earlier, the better.
This will give them the time they need to think about it, process it, and finally accept it.
You should try your best to show a positive attitude when it comes to the new home – if they’re around, avoid talking about moving in a negative light, even if it’s not serious. Look excited when the subject comes up! Let your children know that it is a positive change and talk about all the great things that come with a new house.
Like we mentioned earlier, it’s a great idea to take the kids to tour the new home to make it more exciting for them. If this isn’t possible, you can show pictures of the place as well. Ask for their opinion when it comes to colors, decoration, and where they think the furniture should be placed. Your kids will be a lot happier about changing houses if they feel like they’re an important part of it.
On the other hand, if they seem to be worried or upset about it, it’s okay. You should allow your kids to express their feelings and answer any questions they may have.
You can also:
- Make a list of things to do that are near your new place (parks, malls, ice cream shops etc.).
- Make the drive to the house a fun trip! Play games, buy food that they like to eat, and keep up the good spirit.
Doing these things can get them to become more enthusiastic about the move, but don’t rush it and don’t worry – in their own time, they will get used to the idea.
4. Get Your Kids Involved
Letting your kids help with the move is a great way to make them feel like they are a part of it. Assign different tasks for each kid so everyone gets to help. This will be great for you, and can help keep your kids occupied during the move. If you’re not sure how to delegate, we’ve listed a few ideas:
- Create an inventory of the kids’ toys and belongings.
- Help label fragile items.
- Organize boxes and tape so they’re easily accessible.
- Carry small, light furniture out of the house.
- Before the move, ask them to pick decorations and decide where their bedroom furniture goes.
With the ease of decoration in mind, REX partnered with Cort to give our clients the best experience when choosing to rent all kinds of furniture – we’re all about fast and easy. With Cort’s app, your kids can actually see all the items available and choose from them.
- Exclusive price for REX clients! If you’re buying with us, you’re guaranteed premium service and special pricing.
- Items that fit any budgets and styles, so you don’t have to worry about variety.
- Choose long-term or short-term lease.
- Call Cort to pick up your furniture whenever you’re ready!
Now all you have to do is choose your items and schedule your pickup!
5. Be Prepared to Improvise
Moving is all about planning, creating to-do lists, and double-checking a thousand times. However, it’s impossible to be in control of everything and last-minute problems can inevitably pop up. The best thing you can do is be prepared and don’t panic in case something goes wrong.
- Keep an eye on the weather. Climate changes can affect your plans for moving day. Working under an intense heat wave or snowstorm can surely ruin everything, so checking the forecast for the weeks close to the day of your move is a smart move.
- Check door measurements before moving. This might seem to be an obvious one, but just know that it wouldn’t be uncommon at all for you to arrive at your new house just to find out that your furniture won’t get through the door. Take measures and figure out the best entries beforehand.
- Double check with your mover and have a backup ready just in case. It’s safe to say that this is a definitely worst-case scenario, but your mover could not show up for a number of reasons. If there’s anyone you know that owns a pickup truck or even a local mover, it’s a good idea to call them and see if they’re free the day of your move and could help you just in case something happens.
- Watch out for bad traffic. This is a factor that can at the very least make your move longer than you expected and, depending on your mover, it could increase the fees you’ll have to pay. It’s a good idea to pick a day and time of the week when the streets aren’t so busy, lessening the chances of traffic getting in your way.
- New house issues. It’s possible that you’ll find a few problems waiting for you at your new house, like not having your utilities transferred when you get there. Make sure you get the number of a handyman that could help with any physical problems your house might have.
- Damaged/missing items. Before loading the truck, make sure you’ve taken pictures and created a detailed inventory of everything will be going inside – this is to make sure you know what was damaged and what wasn’t before the move. It’s important to double wrap and put a special label on fragile items.
6. Avoid Stress with Handled
Here at REX, our main mission is to make your life easier when it comes to this change of space. We have partnered with Handled to help do all of the heavy lifting. If you’re moving with family, you don’t want to have to deal with movers that don’t show up and overdraft fees. Handled is the only company to offer bindable moving quotes with guaranteed algorithmic-based pricing, cutting out the need for an estimator to come out to the house.
Say goodbye to the days of expensive, chaotic moving! It doesn’t matter if you’re just moving within the city or moving long distance across the country, you will get the same dedicated and complete service.
- Book your moving day for free and in less than 5 minutes.
- Customer-rated professionals who have received training and went through background checks.
- Fixed price that won’t change out of the blue, doesn’t matter how long your move takes. Yes! You read that right.
- Unloading and unwrapping in your house.
- Live customer support just one call/text away. Problems or doubts can pop up during moving day and Handled is right there to give you that last minute help.
- Special price for REX clients!
Sounds too good to be true, but I promise you it is! You can get to know Handled and read more about their services here.
Moving with family can be a bigger process and there are quite a few things that can go wrong. Yet as long as you plan ahead, stay organized and get help, you’ll be able to get through it without much or any trouble at all.
With the help of REX, Handled, Cort, and SpareFoot and by following our family-friendly tips, you’re bound for a great moving day! It’s always important to research and find the companies that match your needs, so make sure you do that before anything else.
You can learn more about how we can help you buy or sell your home by visiting www.rexhomes.com.