Moving house with a child

Preparing Children for a House Move

Moving to a new house with your family can be a hectic and stressful time, with plenty of packing, planning, and significant changes for both you and your children.

Your kids will need extra attention and time before they can transition to your new home without any issues and to help you prepare your children for a house move, here are some tips to help them adjust to their new surroundings and make a move less daunting.

Have an open discussion with your kids

Being upfront and honest with your children’s questions and opinions on the move will help them feel more at ease about the change.

Whether you’re moving for a change of scenery, career change, or an upgrade to a bigger home, it’s essential to include your children in the discussion and give them as much information as possible. Highlight the positives about your new home, and make an effort to avoid comparing your new house with your old one.

Take a day trip to visit your new neighbourhood

Make sure to take the opportunity to explore your new neighbourhood at least once, and have conservations about the new, exciting activities that are in the area.

Visiting local coffee shops, parks, shopping centres, and sports centres is a great way to familiarise your kids and give them something to look forward to. Visiting ahead of time will help rid your kids of uncertainty and worries during the move.

Take a day trip to visit your new neighbourhood

Involve your children with the moving process

Whether it’s during the house viewing, room decorating, furniture moving and so on, getting your children involved as much as possible will give them valuable life experiences, and they won’t feel left out during the process.

Most importantly, giving your children a role will give them a sense of freedom, control, and responsibility in the whole process. For a bonus tip, you could consider giving your kids extra pocket money for helping out.

Explain the process of moving day ahead of time

Moving day can be a hectic and disorientating experience for both you and your kids, so it’s essential to explain the process by explaining what the schedule will look like. For example, let them know ahead of time that people from the removal company will come to help you pack and move your things.

Pack their room last and unpack it first

Pack their room last and unpack it first

To minimise the stress of a house move for your child, it is recommended that you pack their room up last, as close to moving day as possible. When you arrive at your new home, make their room a priority to unpack to give them more time to settle in to their new surroundings.

With a house move, it’s tempting to give everything a wash beforehand but try to avoid this with your child’s bedding if possible as it will provide some familiarity.

Stokes Removals & Storage

If you’re moving house and are looking for an experienced, professional team, Stokes provides removals in Leicester and across the UK. Our team of experts will ensure that you and your kids will have a stress-free experience on a moving day, so you can transition into your new home smoothly. For any enquiries or to receive a free no-obligation quote, please call us today on 0116 239 3000.

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