Susanne Rae Lopez, Esq's Blog
Moving is a big adjustment for any of us, yet it can be hardest on the children in our lives. Moving can mean a new school for your kids and a whole lot of unfamiliar faces. There are a few ways that you can help kids adjust to the change of moving to a new place and help them to feel at home faster.
Let Them Be Involved With The New House
As a child, it can seem like moving into a new house is all about adults. Kids may feel that they’re merely along for the ride. You can let the kids pick out some things in the house. What color should their room be? Can the kids give some input on a new piece of furniture? Make moving a family affair and allow everyone in the family to feel included to make the transition smoother.
Get Enrolled In Local Activities
See what types of local activities are available for the kids (and you) to be enrolled in. From tennis lessons to summer camp to after school activities, there’s plenty of things in a community that you and your family can get involved in. If you can find an activity to participate in with your kids, it will only make it easier for them to feel comfortable meeting other kids. You can also get acquainted with other adults to get some more information and insight about your new community. Making new friends and doing something they love will help your kids to feel right at home. The kids will feel more comfortable i their new school as well if they get involved.
Help Kids Stay In Touch With Old Friends
Moving isn’t all about making new friends. Kids can still keep in touch with their old friends. If you didn’t move very far away, schedule dates for your kids to meet up with their old friends. If you have moved across states, encourage your kids to keep in touch with old friends through phone calls and video chat meetings. They’ll know that someday, they’ll see each other in person again. These actions can help in the transition of moving as well, since kids will see that their old lives have not been completely lost and forgotten about.
Stroll Around The Neighborhood As A Family
One great way to get adjusted to a new neighborhood is to explore it by foot. Make it a point to take an evening stroll as a family. The kids can learn a bit more about the area and begin to feel more comfortable in their surroundings with your help. You’ll also make discoveries about your new surroundings as a family.
After you have dotted your i’s and crossed your t’s to purchase a new home, you may have a million things running through your head. You probably want to buy new furniture and throw a house warming party, but there’s a few more pertinent things that you need to address just as you turn the key to enter your new home. The first thing that you should do when you move into a new house is create a checklist using the information in this blog post.
Inspect Your Stuff
Moving can cause some damage to your furniture and boxed up things. You’ll want to take a look at everything that’s been moved into the house and make sure that it’s completely in tact. If anything is damaged, you’ll need to file a complaint with your moving company or replace any items that were broken by the move if you were responsible.
Turn On Your Utilities
There’s a process in getting your utilities up and running. You’ll need to either have them turned on completely or just transfer their operations from the old owners to your name.
It’s important to unpack all of the essential things that you’ll need at your new home. These items include sheets, pillows, blankets, kitchen items and coffee makers.
Moving into a home is a clean slate for you and your organizational skills. This is the time for you to get organized and put everything in a proper place. No one wants to move into a new home and immediately have a giant mess to clean up! Take your time and put everything in the right place. If you need to purchase shelving or other organizational tools, do so at this time to help you get off on the right foot.
Inspect The House
It’s important to check out your house from top to bottom one more time shortly after moving in. If there are any problems that weren’t there during the home inspection or any major issues that weren't revealed, you’ll need to address them at this time.
Check For Pests
If there are any pests like mice or bugs in your home as you first move in, you’ll need to take care of this ASAP. You don’t want to have an infestation on your hands just as you move into your new home. You can either take on the problem yourself or call an exterminator for professional help.
Secure The Home
From door locks to window safety, you’ll want to check all around to ensure that your new home is safe and secure for you and your family. There’s nothing more important the the health and safety of those you love, so you want to be sure that they are indeed protected from accidents and crime.
Enjoy Your New Life!
Moving into a new home is very exciting. You’ll want to take the time to enjoy your new neighborhood and new surroundings. This also means taking care of your own well-being and your financial well-being as well. Make a budget so that all of your monthly payments are made promptly. Now that you have “taken care of business,” you can enjoy life!
Moving into a brand new California home can be stressful. You have a new place to get used to along with a new neighborhood, new people, and new surroundings. From the time you begin to search for your new home, you can become overwhelmed. Once you have the keys, you want to get settled after the long, arduous process of buying a California home. There are a few essential things that you should do before you start shopping for a sofa or mounting that television to the wall. Read on to find out what should be first on the list when you move into a California home.
See What’s There
Once you glance at your boxes and furniture, refer to the list you started with when you moved out of your old place. What did you take? What got junked? What’s now damaged or missing? Professional moving companies can be held liable for stolen items or damaged goods from your move, so you need to take inventory of your things as soon as possible.
Unpack Your Things
It’s important to unpack all of your things strategically. If you labeled all of your things, then this should be easy. Go and find the most important items like your coffee maker, clothing, towels, and blankets. All essentials that you need on a daily basis should be the first to get put away. This way of unpacking is a simple strategy, but it works to keep you organized in your new space and keeps you from being overwhelmed.
Don’t feel that you need to get all of your unpacking done immediately. Take your time to get things placed where you want them. The more time you take to unpack and be mindful of where you are putting things, the more relaxed your life will be in the house in the long term.
Secure Your New Space
You want your new home to be safe and secure for your family. Check the windows to be sure they lock. Change out the locks on the doors. Inspect your property for any hazards or places where thieves can break in. Next, install an alarm system or have an existing one serviced. Small steps can make a big difference when it comes to the security of your home.
Finally, it will be time to enjoy and explore your new neighborhood. Take a stroll through the area and see who you meet along your path. Stock up at the local grocery store. Learn your new route to work. Take the kids to the local park and meet more parents. There are so many things that you can do to explore your new surroundings and begin to engage in your new California community once you have settled into your new space.