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Moving To A New Home

Moving houses is always a difficult task, especially if you have a family to look after at the same time. There are so many different things to think about: will you have nice neighbours? What theme do you want to design your house around? Should you have a guest room or a study? How will you coordinate the move?

There are a few key things to consider when moving to a new home. While these aren't the only factors to keep in mind, they definitely will make the stress of moving far easier on your family (and especially on the little ones).

Plan, plan, and plan some moreThe key to orchestrating a move that is relatively stress-free is to plan ahead, and plan as much as you can. If you are moving one month from now, try to pack a little every day and have a packing day on the weekend so everything isn't done at the last minute. Book the movers in advance, and make sure that you still have the keys to your house for up to a week after you move, just in case you forget any tidbits or you want to fix your old home up for the next owners. If you are buying new furniture as well, ensure that you arrange for beds to be delivered to your new home on moving day - you don't want to be sleeping on the floor, after all! It's all in planning the detail, but attention to detail is what will save you from a mountain of stress on moving day!

Window-shop before you buyRemember when you were buying property and you looked at all the sections, including listings in real estate, Armadale, and real estate, Ellenbrook? Well, buying furniture is much the same. If you're a little bit uncertain about what theme you want to decorate your house with, window-shopping at different furniture stores is your best source of inspiration. Furniture stores always have layouts and designs for every room in the house, so why not begin by looking at these? Get catalogues from every store and circle the items you like, then gather the family around with a cup of tea and talk about what you think would be the best for your new home.

Make the move easier on the kidsIt doesn't matter what age your kids are - moving will always be difficult. Make the move easier on them by talking to them every step of the way, and tell them about all the great things they will find when you move to your new neighbourhood. Also, get them involved in decorating their room and ask for their opinions; they'll be far more comfortable moving to a room they picked out for themselves.

Anita Broome is a writer and mummy who absolutely adores going to open homes. She's currently studying a course in property and hopes to be a real estate agent one day.

This is a guest post brought to you by Sienna Wood.

12 comments:

QueenB said...

i TOTALLY agree in letting the kids be involved. when we moved after i finished 8th grade, the deal was done- they didn't tell me- but all my siblings knew. it was a nightmare for me. i hated them, the house, the move- everything. great tips!

Tara said...

Planning ahead is so key to success. We are just starting the process to move out of our rental by looking to buy a house and I am already planning. Purging our house of stuff don't need to so i don't have to pack it and plan on packing up stuff we just don't use right now.

Wendi Scharrer said...

Packing a little everyday is a great tip. This is also a good time to donate to a local charity any items you will no longer be needing in your new home.

Addibrae said...

We're in the process of moving right now, so this is really helpful.

Carol L. said...

My daughter just moved to hr first house last month. I was amazed how quickly it had all taken place. All your suggestions is what she did. My grandson had a ball decorating his room and picking out his own colors. Truly, I have never seen such a stress free move in my life. Obviously her and my SIL did their homework and had everything in order when they moved. Great post.
Carol L
Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

Jessica B. said...

All of these are great tips for making a move easier. I think it is hardest on the kids sometimes. I like the idea of them getting to decorate their own rooms.

Renski17 said...

My kids would be happy to decorate their rooms. I'mnot sure if I'd be too happy but if it helps with moving to a new home ~ that's good

Karen Glatt said...

I think moving is so hard! I have not had to move since 1988, but when I was younger, I moved a lot. You have to organize and plan everything out or their can be problems. Much success in your new home!

Colleen Fowler said...

awesome tips for moving! It is so important to plan, it makes moves so much smoother - take it form a military wife!

Denise Taylor-Dennis said...

These are really great pointers thankfully I am not planning on moving any time soon.

Karen said...

Ugh. I will be oving soon. Thanks for the tips.

Jennifer Hiles said...

I have moved so many times that I've lost count. I agree with your tips. The one thing I didn't do was plan for the future. We bought a two bedroom house and then ended up having a baby. So four of us and 2 bedrooms. Not cool.

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