Whether your current property is on the small size for your expanding family, or you simply want to explore and experience somewhere new, moving house can be one of the most stressful moments in your life. It’s even more stressful if you’ve decided to pack up your possessions and move across the country! While all moves require dedicated organization, moving across the country needs more precise and detailed planning than most. Below are a variety of aspects to consider.

Plan

Before you begin to try to find the perfect home for you and your family, take the time to look at the logistics. Don’t underestimate the importance of having a thorough and detailed plan. One of the most plans you can make for your relocation is, of course, a budget. House prices will vary across the country, even across individual states. By creating a budget, you’ll be prepared to see dream homes you can actually afford, rather than falling love with one outside your maximum price. Your budget will also need to include moving costs, such as removal companies, transportation for yourself and your family, and any unexpected costs that may arise.

Even before you’ve found the house, you could take the time to make an inventory of everything you own and what you will be taking with you to the new location. You may find that some of your larger items of furniture can be left behind and bought new when you arrive, or you might decide your well-loved bookcase must come with you.

Research, research & research some more

It almost goes without saying that deciding to make a move this big needs a lot of research. You may know the area or state you’re hoping to move to, or you may instead be seeing where takes your fancy. Whenever and however you decide where you’re going, you should take the time to research individual towns, neighborhoods and districts. It includes checking out school reviews, finding local amenities and even trying to find doctors and dentists. It’s easier than ever to now find all the information you need online. For example, if you’re living in New Jersey but are looking for downtown Seattle homes for sale, there are dedicated real estate sites that can provide you with all the information and pictures you want.

Visit

If you’ve narrowed down an area or state that you think will be ideal, it’s worthwhile to try and visit the new location. Your chosen town may look idyllic online, but by visiting it, you can really get a feel for how living there will be. It means you can look at transport links and even trial run how long your daily commute might take. It may not be easy if you’re moving from coast to coast, but if it’s possible, you should definitely jump in the car or hop on a plane to check it out.

Moving With Children

If you’re relocating with your family, it’s important to discuss your plans with your children first. You should prepare them in advance to where and when you’re hoping to move so they too can get used to the idea of leaving their life behind in one state and starting fresh somewhere new. You could get them involved with looking at the houses with you, and definitely take them if you decide to visit the new location first. Relocating with your children will keep you busy, and provide extra worry, but by talking through the move and keeping them updated on all your searches and decisions, it should relieve some of the anxiety – for you and them.

By Erica Buteau

Change Agent. Daydream Believer. Maker. Creative. Likes love, peace and Jeeping. Dislikes winter, paper cuts and war. She/Her/Hers.

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