Make your move child’s play!
Make your move child’s play
Simple steps will smooth the process of packing up and settling into your new home
The key to moving house as a family is getting the right balance between keeping children involved and informed while ensuring they aren’t in the way when things get busy.
It’s normal to be nervous about what it will be like to live in your new home; perhaps you are moving to a different part of the country, starting a new job enrolling children at a new school.
With young children in particular it’s important to stay positive about the move.
They will find it harder to understand why they have to leave their friends, their house and garden.
“It’s about including the children in the removal process but at the same time keeping younger children at arm’s length,” says Neil Purdie, Managing Director of Purdie Worldwide.
“Our staff are all very friendly and will have a chat with young children or even let them sit in the big removal van at lunchtime to see what it’s like.”
Smaller children and pets can be a hazard while the movers are carrying heavy items in and out of the house so consider arranging to leave them with a friend or family member just while the move is in full swing. “You don’t want to be tripping over them,” says Purdie. “It’s always better to keep pets out the way too – cats in particular can be inquisitive and it’s a trip and fall hazard.”
One way of ensuring children feel involved is to give them a box of their own which they can take to their bedroom and use to pack up favourite toys and books so they know exactly where to find them at the other end.
It’s also a good idea to pack their prized possessions last so that they are unpacked first-or even let them take a few favourites in the car when travelling to the new house.
“Children can also be labelling boxes,” says Purdie.” They can use coloured stickers-for example blue for the living room and yellow for the kitchen-and when they get to the new house they can stick the right colour on the doors of the rooms.
“That’s a good way of including them in the removal process itself.”
Unless it’s simply a case of moving down the street or round the corner to a larger house, it’s a good idea to explore a new area and get a feel for what it will be like to live there.
“Check out local schools and amenities,” advises Purdie. “Where you live is a big part of your life so it’s a case of ensuring where you are moving to is the correct place for you.”