Your Guide to Moving Your Family Across the Country

A family packing for a long-distance move

 

Relocating to another city is hard enough. However, when you are moving to a place on the other side of the country, then you are entering a whole new territory, both literally and figuratively. This can be an especially difficult move if you have children and numerous other issues to contend with. So, if you want to make this process a little easier on all of you, you have come to the right place. Here, you will find some tips and guidelines to make this move a lot less frustrating for everyone involved.

Make the Move at the Right Time

Now, there is a good chance that you will not be able to decide just when it is that you should move. However, if you do have some wiggle room with this, then there are a few things to think about. If you are trying to save on money in terms of house prices and relocation fees, you should consider off-peak months. In most states, this is during the colder months when people are less likely to want to move. Of course, when thinking about the children’s school year, then this may not be the best option. If you want your kids to have a smooth transition to their new school, you should consider moving during the summer. This will provide them with ample time to settle down in their new home and start the school year at the right time.

Decide How You Want to Move

The next thing you will need to figure out is the moving process. Namely, do you want to keep your current furniture and transport it across the country or do you want to buy new furniture for your new home? Of course, to properly make this decision, you should take all the calculations into consideration. Ask a few moving companies how much they will charge to move your belongings. Then, do a rough estimation of how much your furniture is actually worth. This will give you an idea of how much money you can make should you sell your items. If the numbers add up, you may find that buying a new set of furniture may be more cost-effective. Of course, it is just as likely that you will discover that sticking with your own furniture is best. Just remember to take any valuable items with you as they are irreplaceable.

Choose Between Flying and Driving

On paper, driving cross-country can sound romantic and filled with adventure. There is no denying that in many cases, this can be true as well. Nonetheless, such an experience is typically meant for single individuals or a family with much older children. Driving with toddlers or babies in the back of the vehicle can be incredibly frustrating and can make your trip longer than necessary. Now, one of the reasons people choose to drive is to save money. However, it is important to keep in mind that fuel, hotel bills, and food costs can also cause your expenses to skyrocket. On the other hand, if you make bookings at the right time, you may get an excellent deal on plane tickets. Since time is one of the most valuable commodities today, shipping your vehicle might be an option also. Well, regardless of which option you decide to go with, it is vital that you make sure your car is in great condition before the big shift or drive.

Keep Your Essentials on Hand

Irrespective of whether you decide to drive or fly across the country, the one thing you should do is to keep the essentials on hand. This means packing clothes, toys, and other items that you and your kids just can’t live without. By having them close by, you will find it a lot easier to keep everyone calm and comfortable for the duration of the journey. Also, when you finally move into your new home, you will not have to randomly unpack boxes to find these important things.

Make Sure Everything is Ready at the New Home

Moving across the country can be rather startling for your children, and it may take them a while to get used to their new environment. To make things a little easier for them, make sure that everything has been set up in the new home. So, even if the furniture hasn’t arrived as yet, you should check that the walls have been painted, that the water and power are turned on, and so on. This will make the space a great deal more comfortable, especially when your kids are tired and confused. Moving to a new place certainly isn’t the easiest thing you will ever do. That being said, it will undoubtedly be an adventure. Also, if you follow the tips here, you will find that it is an easier process for you and your family.

 

Author Bio:

Tracy Plunkett is a writer and blogger that specializes in family, health, and fitness. She is constantly researching the various ways families can remain happier and healthier. When Tracy isn’t working, she pursues her passion for music and photography.