Thursday, 22 July 2021

Preparing For A Long Distance Move

(Collaborative Post)

Moving with a family is stressful at the best of times. When you add distance into the mix things get a whole lot harder. Suddenly, as well as having to worry about the mere practicalities of a move, you also have to deal with kids who can’t bear to part from their friends, packing, unpacking and getting to know a new area.

Luckily, even in the case of long-distance moves, these initial setbacks are easy enough to overcome, and when that happens the chances are that the entire family will fall in love with this new home. That said, making sure that this happens sooner rather than later does come down to a few key factors. Here's preparing for a long distance move.

Welcome home

Build Your New Life Before The Move

If you don’t put any plans in place for a life in your new area, it’s going to take everyone a lot longer to settle. So, it's important to have some plans in place to ease with the settling. Attending school viewings and getting your kids integrated with a few local children ahead of time is especially crucial from a family perspective. For yourself, seeking transfer or new employment before the big day can be a huge help, and in cases of overseas moves can provide employers with an opportunity to look into an application for sponsor licence so that you can start as soon as you move. Even just taking a quick tour of the area and getting a feel for favourite restaurants, parks, etc. can help everyone to envision a life that they’re able to slip right into once you land in this location for good.

Get out as soon as you can

After a move, it’s not unusual to spend a few days in the house getting everything together. But, emerging in an unfamiliar area after days indoors when you don't know the area, might be a  bit of a shock to the system. To avoid this, take at least an hour or two out of unpacking each day to get out in the local area as a family far sooner. Something as simple as a walk around the block or a trip into town for a meal out can slowly but surely help you to find your place.

Stick to your routine

Everything can feel up in the air in a house move, especially when you’re in an entirely unfamiliar location, but routine can really help you fell grounded. As much as you can, sticking to the same bedtimes and wake ups can especially help you to find familiarity and rhythm on otherwise unfamiliar days. Equally, arranging to get back to school or work as soon as possible after your move (helped by your pre planning earlier,) ensures that you’re far better able to comfortably find a new rhythm.

Feeling a little lost after a long-distance move is normal, but your enjoyment in your ne
w area relies on your ability to help the entire family settle sooner rather than later.

Mummy Snowy Owl

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