Moving is an emotional process. It can represent growth and new beginnings, but the strain of making a life changing decision is often fraught with mixed emotions. This is especially true if you’re moving as a family with younger children, or moving a long distance.

Here are a few ideas on how you and your family can help mitigate the stress of your move.
Understand that the jitters are normal.
You’ve just made a major commitment. Ask questions throughout the process. Part of my job is to provide you with information and keep you informed so that you are confident about your decisions.

Get better acquainted with the new place.
Let me help you ease the transition to your new environment. I can provide you with information on your new neighborhood, school districts, and more.

If you’re moving with children, it’s always a great idea to familiarize your kids with the new neighborhood a few times before moving day. Be sure to emphasize the positive aspects of the move and explain your reasons for relocating. You can also contact the school your child will be attending and arrange a time to visit.

Don’t get blindsided by expenses.
The more you plan for your move, the less likely it is that you’ll encounter unexpected and unbudgeted expenses. That being said, it’s always a good idea to be ready for the unexpected. Keep an emergency fund for unexpected costs that may crop up during the move or as you set up your new household.
Don’t wait until the last minute to pack. Whether you’re hiring a moving company or planning to do it all on your own, you should start to plan and pack for your move now.

You should look to book a moving company six to eight weeks before your move if at all possible. You’ll also want to interview a few moving companies and ask lots of questions to make sure you understand all the potential costs.

As you’re working on packing up your stuff, remember that one of the best ways to save your time and your money is to bring less. Remember that moving is a great opportunity to clear through the clutter, and anything that you don’t need or don’t want should be donated or disposed of now.

Make a moving plan for kids and/or pets.
Plan to have a friend or family member take care of younger children and/or pets on moving day. It will make the day much easier!