Moving House? Considerations for a Growing Family

Moving House? Considerations for a Growing Family

Moving house is stressful enough when children aren’t a factor, but when they are it becomes an entirely different ball game. It’s no longer solely about whether you and your partner like the house and the area, it’s about the impact this move could have on your children and growing family. You’ll need to consider school moves, friends and how adaptable your child is to these changes. That’s not all though, if you’re planning on growing your family further in the future then this needs to be taken into consideration too. Below are some things to think about when you’re moving house with a growing family.

Moving with a child

If you already have children, then it’s important for them to feel involved in the whole moving process, so they start to feel comfortable with the change. Understandably it’s not always going to be possible for them to attend house viewings with you, so if they can’t be there, take pictures or make a short video and tell them all about it as soon as you see them.

Show them a map to help them understand where their new house is in relation to your current one and the route you’d take to get to the house. It’s also a good idea to make it a positive process, by informing them of changes that’ll seem like a huge advantage for them, like, “It’ll only take 10 minutes to get to grandma’s house instead of 20!”.

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Finally, when everything has been confirmed and you have a set date, have them help you with the packing. Give them the boxes they need to pack up their room and teach them how to do it in an orderly fashion. Leave them to it and check on them every few minutes. By doing this, you’re giving them the responsibility, which they’ll appreciate and associate with the move, consequently positively reinforcing the move as a whole. Then, involve them in moving their boxes to storage, so they can see where their personal belongings will be stored until you move to the new house. This makes the change real for them, so they understand and can deal with the feelings of moving their treasured possessions to their new house. Shurgard is a great place to store your moving boxes because you can visit your storage area at any time. If there is a transition period between property A and property B, it may be worth taking a few trips with your child to your storage place, to show them that their belongings are still there and safe.

Moving with a growing family

All of a sudden your family’s growing and your new home will soon no longer be big enough to accommodate you all. It’s a scary time isn’t it, especially if you’re trying hard to sell your current home with no luck. It doesn’t have to be the end of the world though and there’s no need to get stuck in a rut of chains and waiting for 15 other people to complete before you’re able to move again. To avoid the same situation again in a couple of years you should sit down with your partner and talk through your plans for the future. Discuss whether you’re planning more children in the future and whether you will want a family pet. All of these things should be considered before committing to buying a house. If you think more children are on the cards, then a two-up-two-down won’t cut it when they come along. Equally a flat with no outside space probably isn’t the best choice for children and a dog either.

By sitting down and discussing your true intentions with your partner you’ll be able to avoid having to go through the house moving stress again until you reach a point where you don’t necessarily need to move out, but you want to move.

Do you have any tips on moving with a growing family? Please share your comments below.

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