Disclosure :: This post is sponsored by Two Men & A Truck.
When you’re getting ready to move, there’s usually plenty of excitement involved. You’ll have a fresh new home, a chance to renovate and decorate your new space, and possibly a new job or family member on the way! But no matter how exciting your move will be, you still have to handle the stress of coordinating your relocation and preparing your family for their “new normal.” To help, we have this handy printable check list along with a few tried and true ways that you can turn a potentially messy move into a family victory:
Before you fall in love with your potential new home, determine the safety of the desired location. When you have children, you want to find a safe, comfortable home for the little ones. Ensure your new neighborhood is safe before you settle on a new home by checking the local police department’s website and even the reviews on the neighborhood’s social media pages.
Prioritize the Schools
Don’t forget about schools! Picking a school is always a priority for parents. Before the move, be sure to choose a school that will be a good fit for your child. Also, determine if your new area requires zoning in the school systems. This could be a determining factor on where you want to purchase your new home. Even if your child is still young, these schools will be key to her future!
Learn Your New Surroundings
One of the most important things to do when moving is getting to know the surroundings of your new home. Before the move, find the locations of important things like hospitals, grocery stores, banks, playgrounds, and day care centers. As a parent, every minute is precious while moving. Researching ahead of time will cut down on future time spent searching for these resources when you are in need of them. Your research can also give you a better understanding of your new home’s location.
Let Others Help You
Don’t be afraid to ask for help! As a parent, you’ll need a little help from others. Hire a professional moving company to help you pack and move your items, and consider asking the grandparents or a babysitter to take over care of your children on Moving Day. When scheduling a professional mover, be sure your family is in good hands by looking the company up on the BBB’s website, asking the company up-front if they background check and train their movers, and ensuring that the company will pad and wrap your furniture items. Be sure to schedule your movers and your child care provider at least a couple of weeks in advance of the big day.
Think About Your Child First
Moving can be a very emotional time for your children. You can help by “selling” the new home to your children by discussing new friends, or activities happening in the neighborhood. Let your children feel included and needed by letting them pack up their own box with their favorite toys and security items. It’s also important to get your kiddos’ bedrooms set up quickly, so they have a sense of security in their new home. We have heard that our “Truckie Treasure Chest Box” makes an exciting new addition to the playroom!
If you have any other questions about moving, we’ll be glad to lend an ear! Call your local Two Men and a Truck office in Nashville or Brentwood, or visit us online at twomenandatruck.com.