Selling an old home and buying a new one is already a stressful experience. With children, the moving process becomes slightly more difficult. In fact, moving can be extremely overwhelming for children as well. When planning for the move, it’s important that you help your kids feel OK with it. Reducing your own stress and keeping a positive attitude will help your children get through this transition. Follow this essential advice to ensure your family’s move is a successful one!
Help Your Kids Get Rid of Clutter
Even if you’re moving into a bigger home, decluttering will help your family focus on the things that really matter. Plus, getting rid of stuff will help you save time and money when moving all your belongings. Start decluttering your own closets and get rid of anything you no longer want or use. Your children will observe what you’re doing and want to join in. Ask your children to help you set up a moving sale for your family’s unwanted items. They’ll like the idea of making some pocket cash off of their old toys!
Deep Clean and Stage the Home You’re Selling
If you’re selling your old home, make sure you prepare it properly for showing. Of course, it’s difficult to keep a house spotless if you have little children running around. Try your best to give your home a thorough deep clean. If you can, close off a couple of these cleaned rooms from your family. For example, only unlock your second bathroom on showing days. You’ll have to touch up all other rooms before each showing. You can also benefit from removing personal items from your house. Family photos and finger paintings tend to distract potential buyers.
Find a Family-Friendly Neighborhood
When it’s time to search for your new home, get your kids involved. You can pick out a few of your best houses and ask them what they think. More importantly, make sure you check out the neighborhood to ensure that it’s family friendly. You want to avoid red flags that suggest the home is in a bad area of town.
For example, avoid areas with a lot of graffiti, businesses with barred windows, groups of people loitering around, litter and unleashed dogs in the street. Instead, look for well-maintained neighborhoods, low traffic, friendly neighbors, and a close proximity to schools, parks, and other essential community amenities. Bonus points if your new neighbors have children your kid can befriend!
Help Your Child Feel at Home
It can take months to feel comfortable in a new home, especially for a child. Help your kid get settled in by unpacking their rooms first. If possible, give your child a choice of which room they want. Set up their room with their familiar possessions, such as toys, stuffed animals, pictures, and décor. Make their bed with their old blankets and sheets to help them feel at home in their room. Next, focus on your family area and make it as homey as possible. This can help make an empty, unfamiliar house feel warmer and more inviting to you and your kids.
Explore Your New Area Like a Tourist
After you’ve settled into your new home, it’s time to get familiar with your community. The Penny Hoarder suggests that it’s worth spending a bit of money to experience attractions in your new city and invest some time in exploring the area. Your children will love spending a couple of days like tourists in your new city and getting immersed in the local life. You can talk to your visitor’s center and chamber of commerce to get oriented when you first arrive. It can also be helpful to learn about your town history by doing some online research or visiting a local museum.
One of the biggest mistakes that parents make when moving is not telling their kids why they’re moving. This makes it hard for children to understand why their lives are being upended. Be honest with your kids and try to convince them why their new neighborhood is one they can love and accept. Eventually, your whole family will be able to call this new place home!
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