By Kris Louis
Moving your family to a new city is a big step in life, and it can be a long and taxing process. Before you even leave town, you have to sell your house, find a new home, declutter and pack up all your belongings, and arrange the move, among other things. Then, you have to unpack, strategize any repairs and renovations, and take steps toward getting to know your new city.
When it comes down to it, relocating is a wonderful opportunity to start a new adventure with your family. If you’re about to move to a different city, check out these simple tips to help you and your kids settle into your new home.
Change Your Insurance Coverage
Before you hit the road, you will need to switch your auto insurance plan. Research the minimum coverage requirements and the frequency of uninsured/underinsured driving in your new state. That way, you can better determine the coverage you need, whether it be avoiding unnecessary coverage or getting full coverage, PIP, and so on. Also, give yourself more options by looking into various providers before you commit to a policy.
Pack Easy-to-Access Essentials
When you arrive in your new city, you won’t get unpacked and settled in a single day. That’s why it’s important to pack a box or two of essential items that can make your first week or so more comfortable in your new home. Here are some items to consider:
- Toiletries (e.g., toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, etc.)
- Toilet paper and paper towels
- First-aid kit and prescription medications
- Clothing for a week
- Chargers for your electronic devices
- Easy-to-use kitchen items (e.g., crockpot, microwave, disposable dinnerware, etc.)
Additionally, make sure your essentials are easy to access from the moving vehicle so that you can use them on your first day. You’ll thank yourself for that later.
Set Up Your Kitchen and Mattresses
On your first day in your new city, the kitchen should be one of the first rooms you unpack. Even if you don’t unpack every item that will go in your kitchen, at least make it to where you have everything you need to cook meals and spend time there, as this will help everyone with the transitioning process. Also, consider unpacking and organizing the kids’ rooms, since they may have a more difficult time transitioning. Moreover, ensure everyone’s mattresses are set up so that you have a comfortable place to go after a long day of unpacking and organizing.
Handle the Important Repairs First
If you have a list of remodeling projects to complete in your new home, make sure they take second priority to the more essential repairs. This includes any structural, plumbing, electrical and HVAC problems. Once you get these issues taken care of, your new home will be ready for its aesthetic enhancements, such as painting, new floors, new cabinets, and so on.
Get to Know Your Neighborhood
Networking before you move is a great way to start building relationships with people in your new community; however, if that’s not a practical option, you can still explore your neighborhood and give yourself the opportunity to meet people shortly after you arrive in your new city. Go around and meet your neighbors, host a housewarming party, eat at some local restaurants, and attend a few community events.
Help the Kids Settle In
Finally, it’s important to take the necessary steps to help your kids settle into their new environment. Here are a few ideas:
- Explain the move to your kids, highlight the positives aspects, and ensure that important family routines will remain intact.
- Ask your neighbors if they have kids or know families with kids around the same age.
- Sign your kids up for local groups (e.g., Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, sports teams, etc.).
- Consider moving during the summer so your kids can start with a fresh school year.
Relocating can be a great thing for families, and it doesn’t have to be an overwhelming process. Remember to consider the tips listed here to help your move go more smoothly. As with most things, the more you prepare and strategize, the easier the transition will be for everyone.
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