A stress-free move to a new city is possible, as long as you prepare ahead of time. These 10 tips will help to ensure a seamless transition for settling into your new home, as well as keeping your family members as comfortable as possible while you all start the newest chapter of your life together.
Check Out the School District
Find out what schools your children are going to be attending. Contact them ahead of time to let them know an enrollment date, as well as ask questions about extracurricular activities and after-school programs. If the district offers open enrollment, check out every available school in the area to find the one that best fits the needs of your kids. This is especially important if you have a child with special education needs or one who has specific interests or talents. Inquire about credit transfers, as well as any additional requirements a specific institution may have in place for new students. If you find the district lacking in opportunities, ask about any community education classes offered in the city, such as art programs or sport teams, to keep your children’s current learning schedule on track.
Have a Bill Budget in Place
Contact the local utility companies to get estimates on how much your bills will be at your new address. If you are purchasing a home, ask if certain services, such as water, sewer and garbage pickup is included in your local taxes or if you have to sign up for service at outside companies. If you are renting a place, whether temporarily or long term, ask your landlord for this information. Knowing ahead of time how much you have to budget for living expenses prevents any shocking surprises that may cause additional stress.
Have Installation Dates Set Up
Get quotes from local television and internet companies, if your current company does not service the area. After doing a price comparison, have an installation date setup for when you move. The faster your family can get into a routine, the easier it will be for your new house to feel like your home. You’ll be surprised how much more comfortable everyone will be if you can sit down and watch your favorite weekly shows together, without having to miss an episode because of moving.
Keep All Important Documents with You
Invest in a portable file portfolio for birth certificates, social security cards, immunization shot records, medical insurance cards and other important documents and carry them with you during the move. This prevents the stress of having to dig through boxes to find the one that contains these papers or the possibility of losing them during the transition. This way, you can enroll your children at school, transfer your bank accounts and perform other important tasks as soon as possible after you get into the city.
Have Everyone Pack a Favorite Bag
Give everyone an allotted amount of space, such as a suitcase or travel bag, to pack their most prized possessions in for the trip. This could be favorite books, stuffed animals, toys or small photographs. This offers a security package to hang on to during the move to your new home, as well as prevents the frantic searching for these items once you reach your destination.
Pack the Homey Stuff Last
Pack items, such as large family portraits, vacations mementos and other memorabilia last, so the boxes are the first to be unloaded at your new residence. This way, while waiting for the movers to bring in the rest of your stuff, your family can enjoy placing these things around the new house to make it instantly feel a little more like home. Include kitchen comfort items in this batch, such as your coffee pot, toaster and microwave. Also, do not forget about your bathroom stuff, like a shower curtain and your personal toiletries, to ensure everyone goes to sleep clean and refreshed for the first night in your new dwelling.
Browse the Official City’s Website
Order a local guide through the official city website. Learn as much as you can about the area, before your move. This will get your family excited about the attractions around their new home. Look up online reviews for local entertainment venues to find the best places for age-appropriate fun, depending on the ages and interests of those in your household. Inquire about any housewarming packets your neighborhood has to offer, which might include coupons or discounts for being new residents.
Call Local Restaurants Ahead of Time
Plan for easy meals during your move by calling local restaurants ahead of time to inquire about hours, as well as takeout or delivery options to your new address. Make the first few days in your new dwelling fun by ordering everyone’s favorite dishes, instead of cooking them, and spending the extra time together settling into and decorating your new home. Forget being fancy and invest in paper plates, foam cups and plastic silverware to eliminate the need of having to do the dishes or clean the kitchen afterwards, as well.
Plan a Family Outing to Explore
As you pour over the city guide and travel brochures about your new neighborhood, plan you first fun family outing to explore your new stomping grounds. Make it an adventure, complete with an itinerary, to turn your move into more of an adventure. This gives your family a small vacation from any of the stresses that come with making a major transition in life.
Plan Ahead for Any Emergencies
No matter how much you plan ahead, small inconveniences can happen. Make sure to check out local storage facilities in the city, in case you have store your belongings for a short time, because of a delay in moving into your new home. Also, check out local hotel rates and policies in regards to the number of people in the rooms, as well as any pet fees if you have furry family members who are moving with you.
Although, a completely stress-free move may not be possible, these 10 tips will help ease any tension you may encounter with the transition of settling down into a new city.
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