Are you planning a move?
If you ever wanted to think about a stressful situation, we think this would be up there with the most stressful one to think of. Moving home when it was just you, or just you and your partner would have been a nightmare. But moving home when you have little children running around, trying to distract you to do anything but trying to sort the move, is going to be one heck of a problem. But it’s only going to be a big of a problem as you make it out to be, or as you let it be. Moving home with a family in tow can actually be a super fun little project, especially watching your child’s face light up with excitement as you realise they’ve got a whole new home to explore and play in. But before we even get to the day of moving in, there’s a lot of things to consider and manage to ensure your move goes smoothly, and it doesn’t quickly become one of the biggest regrets of your life.
Your finances would take a hit even if you didn’t have a family to look after as well, but obviously with more mouths to feed, you’re going to find it harder. Not only that, but you’ll be moving more things, needing a bigger home, and needing to buy more new things. So, the first thing you need to calculate is the loan you’re going to need to buy the home. The best housing loan calculator can be found online, and it is usually pretty good at telling you what money you’d be able to borrow. But the more money you borrow, the more money you’re going to have to pay back, so you need to think about what type of home you realistically need. Just because you have a family, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to go big or go home. Work within your budget, and your family finances should be ok. But of course, you then need to calculate all of the things you’re going to have to buy, and all of the fees that will be involved in the move. If you want our advice, we would make sure that you’re over calculating to ensure you definitely have enough money to facilitate what you’re doing. That way you won’t be caught out by any surprises!
What Area Are You Moving To?
If you have a family in tow, then everything about your new home has to be perfect, and that doesn’t just mean the home you’re moving into, it means the area you’re going to be living in. because you could find the absolute perfect home for you and your family, but it could be in one of the worst areas! You need to think about the schooling for one, because don’t we all know that education is now pretty much key to a happy future. Even if you only have young children, their schooling should be something that you keep in mind. You also need to think about the opportunities in the area, and how your kids are going to grow up. Are there plenty of sports teams, fun things to do, and places to socialise for them? Life won’t always be about school and going home, they’ll need to have the most experiences possible! You don’t want to move to an area that’s boring for you as well. Unless of course, you are looking for the quiet life. But for the most part, you want somewhere that’s a bit more lively and full of things to do!
How To Manage The Move
Managing a move is definitely harder than you think when you have a little family following you, which is why we think it’s important to make sure you put all hands on deck. You will have family members that will be able to help you with babysitting whilst you and your partner focus on the move. We also think it’s really important that you use reliable moving companies to help you get all of your belongings safely from A to B! The quicker it’s all done, the quicker you can settle.
Letting Your Family Adjust
Then it’s all about enjoying your life in your new home. Make any of the changes you wish to pretty quickly, but spend most of your time exploring the area with your kids. It’ll be all new and exciting for all of you, but especially your children! Take plenty of time off work so you can adjust, because that is the one thing that can get in the way!
Note: This is a collaborative post.