Steps to relocating to another city: a family guide.
Moving out can be hard even when you’re alone – and it doesn’t get easier when you have kids. Not only do you have all your belongings to look after, but you also have to think about their schools, the safety of the neighborhood, and where they’re going to be when you’re moving.
Additionally, all sorts of arrangements need to be made. Sometimes everything you need to do can get pretty overwhelming, but talking to experts and lists can help. In this article, we’re going to talk about all the things you need to get in order for a smooth move.
Get professional help
Sometimes, you need to do more than just listen to the professionals – you need their help too. When it comes to relocating to a new city, it’s best to get the help of a good real estate agency such as The Urban Avenue. Not only do they know the area well, but they’ll also be able to help you weigh the pros and cons of certain neighborhoods, make sure you get the best price for your accommodations, and know exactly where to find what you need.
You’ll also be able to get their consultation for any contract that you might need to be drawn, and they can help you get in touch with home repair and cleaning services who can help you get your new home ready for the move.
Once it’s time to move, hire a moving company to help you with everything and make the process simpler and easier for you.
Carefully consider schools
Not only do you need to make sure that your new home is in a good and safe neighborhood, but you also need to make sure that you’re going to an area with good schooling. The quality of schools in the area is going to be a very big factor in shaping your children’s future, which is why it’s important that you consider the school district before your move.
You can contact the school district to ask if they’re planning on re-zoning any time soon so you’re sure your kids can attend the school you have in mind for the foreseeable future. In addition, make sure to visit schools yourself so you can form a personal opinion.
We would recommend only looking for homes in districts with good schools, but be prepared to pay top dollar for homes in a good district.
Visit before the move
Once everything is ready, make sure to visit once before you’re ready to move. This last visit is to make sure that your new home is ready for you, and you should check things like
- If the new locks are in place or not – this is a very important step to ensure no one else has access to your new home
- Whether the home is clean and ready for your furniture to be moved in
- If all the paperwork is in order
- If the electricity and gas in your home is functional – the last thing you want is to lug all your stuff to a new place, only to find that the heating or cooling system isn’t working
Hire a babysitter for moving day
Kids aren’t meant to be around the house when you’re moving. Not only will they get in the way, but they’ll also be at risk of serious injury. Huge things are being carried around and you don’t want any of your kids around for that.
Leave your kids at a daycare or a relative’s house before you move your belongings, and get them once you’re ready to make the trip yourself.
You can reduce more than half your burden when you pack with the help of some smart packing practices and careful planning.
- Pack a box of essentials – this box should be opened first as soon as you get home, and contain everything that you need to survive until all your stuff is unpacked.
- Make a list of everything that’s been transported. This way you improve your chances of catching it if something goes missing on the way.
- Pack for every room, and then unpack like that too. For example, there should be a box for everything that goes into your bedroom, all the little decoration pieces in the living room, and so on. Organizing your belongings like this instead of putting them in random boxes or by any other system can make unpacking easier for you.