Moving with Kids: From Closing Day to Moving Day

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When it comes time to move into a new home, especially with kids, you really have to be able to roll with the punches. As most parents can attest, life with kids, in general, requires an ability to go with the flow. In fact, so does moving. Whether you’re moving across the street, across the state or across the country, having kids in tow can make for a whole different experience — even at the home buying and selling stage. Here are a few resources to help you from the moment you decide to buy to the first time you unlock your new front door.

 

Do Your Research

The house of your dreams before kids hardly resembles the house of your dreams today. A big master bedroom may not be as important as a big backyard. Make a list of what your family needs and wants and then hit the internet — research the best prices and neighborhoods in your region so you have a baseline for weighing your options. For example, knowing that the average sale price for a home in Fort Collins is $395,000 can help you when it comes to looking for homes and making an offer. Many parents consider school districts, nearby parks and playgrounds, and crime rate to be important considerations when moving with children.

 

Go for Low Stress

Moving day is stressful no matter how you cut it. With kids along, it can be a madhouse if you haven’t taken the time to prepare and plan. It might be a good idea to have a family meeting to discuss how the day will pan out and come up with a fun outing afterward. You can make moving day less stressful for you and your kids by:

 

  • Packing nonessentials in advance (you can buy moving boxes at Home Depot for less than $1 each).
  • Creating a moving-day schedule and explain it to your kids before the big day.
  • Arranging for child care, especially if you have little ones who will most likely get underfoot more than they will help out.
  • Hiring movers to get the loading and unloading completed quickly so you can be there for your child throughout the day.
  • Deciding in advance if you need to store certain belongings that won’t fit in the new home right away. Book a storage unit as soon as possible to save time and reduce stress. You can rent a 5×5 storage unit in Fort Collins for $52.61 per month on average, or as low as $44 per month.

 

Settle in the New Space

Perhaps the most important part of moving into a new home with kids is being intentional about how you settle in. This is especially important if your kids will be attending new schools or leaving behind close neighborhood friends. Settling into your new home comes with a little finesse. You can start things off on a happy note by:

  • Unpacking and putting together the kids’ rooms first. Let them have some say in where things will go and help you as you put away favorite toys.
  • Phasing in new furniture and other belongings so there is a mixture of the familiar with the new. This way, your children will still feel at home because the change has been gradual.
  • Offering a reward for moving, such as that puppy they’ve been begging for since last year or a new swing set for the backyard.
  • Taking your kids to meet the neighbors, especially those who have kids themselves. A new friendship is a great way to kick off a new neighborhood.
  • Sticking to the same rituals and routines you had at the old house. If you took family walks after dinner, keep it up. If the kids took a bath and read a book before bedtime, try to stay on the same timeframe.

 

Your children will be very sensitive to the move, even if they don’t show it right away. Change, even well-planned, can be chaotic for kids. It’s important your kids know they can talk with you, even if it’s to share their anger or shed a few tears.

 

Credit : Kris Louis of Parentingwithkris.com

Posted on October 17, 2019 at 4:45 pm
Meagan Griesel | Category: Moving tips | Tagged , , , ,

4 Steps to Help Your Family Relocation Go Smoothly

Relocating your family is a lengthy process. You first must sell your home and find a reputable real estate agent to help you navigate the house-hunting experience. Then you have to plan the move (and possibly find a moving company), pack up all your things, and make the trek to your new city.

But relocating is also an exciting time. Months of anticipation builds up, and then it hits you, as you’re surrounded by boxes, that this is your new home. It’s finally come. But now what? Here are some tips on how to settle into your new home and adjust smoothly.

  1. Switch Registrations and Insurance

After a move, the focus tends to be on unpacking and decorating, but certain changes need to be made to important policies and registrations, such as:

  • Applying for a new license or changing your address on your current license.
  • Switching your contact information with your health insurance, bank accounts, retirement accounts, investment accounts, phone provider, etc.
  • Switching your address with your car insurance provider or, if in a new state, switching your auto insurance coverage.

If you need to switch your auto insurance coverage, do some research to determine your state’s minimum requirement and whether it’s best to extend coverage based on underinsured and uninsured statistics. Also, look at the cost of different policies. This way, you can determine whether you should opt out of unnecessary coverage, purchase full coverage, or get personal injury protection (PIP) coverage. PIP coverage covers you and any passengers in your car. Some policies even cover and lost wages and other types of damage.

 

  1. Begin Unpacking and Organizing

During your first week in your new home, you will want to give your home a thorough deep cleaning and start unpacking your belongings. Children often have a difficult time adjusting, so it can help to make their rooms your first priority. It can also help to involve the kids by having them unpack some of their belongings. That way, it’s a family activity, and you can even have rewards each evening, such as game nights or dinner out.

Unpack one room at a time and organize the items as you go. Seeing your belongings in the new home will help you to envision any new decor you may need to add later down the road.

 

  1. Get to Know Your Neighborhood

Exploring your new neighborhood and getting the lay of the land is an activity for the whole family, and it will make adjusting to the new home easier. Make a new-neighborhood bucket list that requires you to find some spots everyone loves. Your list could look something like:

  • Locate the best parks.
  • Get a library card at the local library.
  • Visit all the coffee shops and find a favorite drink.
  • Attend one community event a month.
  • Check out the town visitors center.
  • Take one tour.
  • Ask five people for their favorite places and visit those places.
  • Shop local and find locally made goods.
  • Host a housewarming party and invite the neighbors.

Even if your home isn’t fully unpacked or decorated, getting your bearings around town will help your family to start building familiarity.

 

  1. Socialize

This is actually one of the most challenging parts of relocating for many families. Amid the busyness of settling into your new residence, it can be tempting to stay cooped up. However, the quickest way to get comfortable in your new environment will be to meet your neighbors and make friends with people in the community who share your interests. Start by seeking out local events, go to locally owned establishments, and look online for community groups.

Doing a little planning will help your relocation go smoothly. Remember to get all your family’s registrations and insurance policies in order, and strategize your unpacking process. Leave the house to explore your new neighborhood and meet people. Most importantly, try to enjoy the journey with your family, and allow time to get settled in.

 

Credit : Kris Louis of Parentingwithkris.com

Photo Credit: Burst

Posted on September 20, 2019 at 1:53 pm
Meagan Griesel | Category: Real Estate Tips, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , ,

4 Steps to Help Your Family Relocation Go Smoothly

Relocating your family is a lengthy process. You first must sell your home and find a reputable real estate agent to help you navigate the house-hunting experience. Then you have to plan the move (and possibly find a moving company), pack up all your things, and make the trek to your new city.

But relocating is also an exciting time. Months of anticipation builds up, and then it hits you, as you’re surrounded by boxes, that this is your new home. It’s finally come. But now what? Here are some tips on how to settle into your new home and adjust smoothly.

  1. Switch Registrations and Insurance

After a move, the focus tends to be on unpacking and decorating, but certain changes need to be made to important policies and registrations, such as:

  • Applying for a new license or changing your address on your current license.
  • Switching your contact information with your health insurance, bank accounts, retirement accounts, investment accounts, phone provider, etc.
  • Switching your address with your car insurance provider or, if in a new state, switching your auto insurance coverage.

If you need to switch your auto insurance coverage, do some research to determine your state’s minimum requirement and whether it’s best to extend coverage based on underinsured and uninsured statistics. Also, look at the cost of different policies. This way, you can determine whether you should opt out of unnecessary coverage, purchase full coverage, or get personal injury protection (PIP) coverage. PIP coverage covers you and any passengers in your car. Some policies even cover and lost wages and other types of damage.

 

  1. Begin Unpacking and Organizing

During your first week in your new home, you will want to give your home a thorough deep cleaning and start unpacking your belongings. Children often have a difficult time adjusting, so it can help to make their rooms your first priority. It can also help to involve the kids by having them unpack some of their belongings. That way, it’s a family activity, and you can even have rewards each evening, such as game nights or dinner out.

Unpack one room at a time and organize the items as you go. Seeing your belongings in the new home will help you to envision any new decor you may need to add later down the road.

 

  1. Get to Know Your Neighborhood

Exploring your new neighborhood and getting the lay of the land is an activity for the whole family, and it will make adjusting to the new home easier. Make a new-neighborhood bucket list that requires you to find some spots everyone loves. Your list could look something like:

  • Locate the best parks.
  • Get a library card at the local library.
  • Visit all the coffee shops and find a favorite drink.
  • Attend one community event a month.
  • Check out the town visitors center.
  • Take one tour.
  • Ask five people for their favorite places and visit those places.
  • Shop local and find locally made goods.
  • Host a housewarming party and invite the neighbors.

Even if your home isn’t fully unpacked or decorated, getting your bearings around town will help your family to start building familiarity.

 

  1. Socialize

This is actually one of the most challenging parts of relocating for many families. Amid the busyness of settling into your new residence, it can be tempting to stay cooped up. However, the quickest way to get comfortable in your new environment will be to meet your neighbors and make friends with people in the community who share your interests. Start by seeking out local events, go to locally owned establishments, and look online for community groups.

Doing a little planning will help your relocation go smoothly. Remember to get all your family’s registrations and insurance policies in order, and strategize your unpacking process. Leave the house to explore your new neighborhood and meet people. Most importantly, try to enjoy the journey with your family, and allow time to get settled in.

 

Photo Credit: Burst

Written by – Kris Louis of Parentingwithkris.com

Posted on September 20, 2019 at 1:49 pm
Meagan Griesel | Category: Real Estate Tips | Tagged , , , , ,