It’s said that a house move is one of the most stressful things you can undertake. If you have children, it can be very stressful for them as well; particularly if you are moving away from their school and friends. There are, however, ways to make the move easier on everybody. Making sure you take plenty of distractions in the car on the day itself is very important but there are several other things you must be sure to do.
When you know you will be moving, sort all your possessions. Children can be a big help with this and may enjoy looking through old toys and books, deciding which ones are now too babyish for them. Book a table at a car-boot sale or sell items via an online auction site, making a bit of money as you get rid of the clutter. Recycle or throw away whatever you can’t sell. This will save money as you will need less packaging and possibly a smaller removal van. Put your important documents aside and make sure you know where they are at all times.
In the weeks or months before you leave, help your children to make a scrap-book of their current home. Pictures of friends, special places and the house will be a comfort to them once you move. However, you should begin to emphasise the positive points of the new house; it may be bigger, prettier, near a good park or have a lovely garden. If it’s not too far away, take your children to visit and do something fun while you’re there, such as going to the bowling alley or cinema so they know that life will still be good.
Packing in order
When you begin packing, always start with items that are least likely to be used, such as the clothes from the bottom of the drawers or the back of the closet. Ask your children to pick the toys and books they would like to keep out for the longest and then you can pack the rest together. Letting them help may make the job take longer, but it will help your children to accept what’s happening and process it. If you buy them a special ‘moving day’ bag for toys and books, they can use it to choose their favourite things and it will make the journey less tedious.
Sort out your energy provider
You will need to let your energy company know when and where you will be moving, so they can send your bill to the new address. On the day you leave, you will either have to read your own meter or they will send somebody out to do it for you. Your new home will have its own provider, but you can change to any company that supplies power to the area once you have moved in, so this is a good time to investigate different tariffs. When you get to your new house, you must read the meter and inform the company of the details so they don’t charge you too much.
With careful planning and sensitivity, you can make the moving experience more fun than stressful for your children, which will take some of the stress from you as well. Hopefully, by taking these steps you will not only end up with a lovely new home and happy children, but you may also find cheap energy and lower your bills at the same time.