School is out and that means it’s prime time for families who have been planning to move to actually make it happen. Almost 65% of all moves take place between May and September, according to the US Census data.
If your family is part of that number, we have a few tips to help you survive the move and keep your kids corralled so you can begin to enjoy the new family home. Above all, don’t pack your flexibility, patience or sense of humor; you’ll need all three!
Arrange to move mid-week, if possible. Fridays, Saturdays, and Mondays are the busiest for moving companies and for getting utilities turned on.
Build a little flex time into your moving plan. Even if you’re moving within the same city, allow yourself more time than you think you need for the actual move. Trucks can breakdown, unforeseen personal circumstances may arise, your helpers might end up with a cold. Have a Plan B and be mentally prepared to use it.
Have the electricity on in the new home. Knowing we’re in the hottest months, try to keep it somewhat cool in your house in order to keep your belongings from melting, but realize the doors to the home will be open for an extended period of time when boxes and furniture are being hauled inside, so don’t turn your air conditioning low or you could cause damage that can add up to big money.
Make arrangements for your pets. Dogs and cats are part of the family, but they will likely be more comfortable if you arrange for them to be cared for by another family member or at a kennel until the move is complete. If they’re underfoot, they might get scared and run away, or be in the way of movers and helpers.
Keep the family routine. If Tuesday nights are family pizza nights, do your best to maintain that tradition, even if you eat pizza on top of the packed boxes. It provides a sense of normalcy for children in the midst of the moving chaos.
Think ahead to school registration. Designate one box or tote bag for the kids’ vaccination records, school transcripts and other documents you might need to register your children at a new school. Avoid having to search through packed boxes, if possible.
By planning ahead, you’ll have a sense of what to expect; but also, know that the plans will probably change as time passes. Just keep in mind that soon, your family will be settled, the new home will be all you imagined, and you’ll be in a familiar routine before you know it. Happy moving!