Moving house is probably one of the most stressful experiences that you’ll ever have. Firstly, there’s the process of finding a property you like, making an offer, and finding someone to buy your current home – which all comes with a lot of administrative hassle. Plus, it can often take a long time to find a buyer for your current home, unless you’re choosing to use a ‘we buy houses fast‘ service. Using a service like that can make the selling process a lot easier and quicker, especially if you’re in a hurry to move because of a new baby or job relocation. The admin and its fees are unavoidable, but if you are lucky enough to be moving to somewhere in Los Angeles then this can all be handled by a Manhattan Beach realtor. A friend of mine recently moved to a stunning new property in LA and her real estate agent could not have been more helpful! Nonetheless, there’s still the move itself to contend with. All the packing and unpacking can seem like a living nightmare.
Plus, if you have kids running around as well, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Fortunately, there are ways to ease the burden of moving even when you have little ones to deal with as well. So, if you’re thinking about moving your family into a new home, but want to keep your sanity intact, then keep in mind the following tips.
The best way of ensuring that moving into a new home goes as smoothly as possible is to come up with a plan. As soon as you being investigating homes for sale in your chosen area, the moving process has begun and you need to begin seriously planning. What sort of home are you hoping for, what’s going to happen with your current home and what’s your estimated timescale for the move?
Lists will become very important in the move, helping you to remember to call the estate agent or when your next viewing is. Aim to have your house boxed up by a certain day and do everything in your power to stick to it. If you get yourself organised, the move will end up a lot less stressful for you and the rest of the family.
Let them help
Kids can quickly become restless when boring adult stuff relating to the move is going on, but if you involve them as much as you can, they’re likely to behave much better. Even if you just give the kids a single box to pack, it could keep them occupied while you get to work on the important things.
Give them a focus
Another way to get your children excited about moving day (although hopefully not hyperactive excited) is to remind them that the move is about them too. Talk to them about their new room and ask them what they would like it to look like. You could even get them to come up with some designs so that they have something to focus on while you’re planning the move.
Use it as an opportunity for a clear out
When moving, you quickly begin to realise that you’ve accumulated a lot of unnecessary items over the years. Moving home gives you the opportunity to get rid of some of this “junk” and reduce the number of boxes that you need to pack and unpack.
If so, there are a lot of things you could do with that junk. You might be able to give a lot of it away to charity, for instance. Alternatively, you could think about selling some of it and making some necessary money to use in the moving home process. If there is a lot of stuff that you are not sure about whether you want to keep or not, you could always find a temporary home for it by using some storage units in your local area. That can be a great, affordable way to keep those things safe without cluttering up your new home.
Ask for help!
You don’t have to make it your own personal mission to move house, look after the kids, and work a 9-to-5 job. If you need your friends or family to look after the children or assist you with the packing, then pick up the phone. There’s no shame in asking for help!