The best way to conquer your stress during a move is to have a good plan in place and share as much of the burden as possible. To address all your family moving concerns, we recommend preparing a checklist so that it’s easier to remember and the tasks can be evenly divided.
Relocations often occur due to corporate transfers and job changes. In these cases, other family members, while understanding and supportive, might not be happy about it.
Frequently, the spouse also has to find a new job, so be sure to ask your new employer about spousal support programs. You should also subscribe to the local newspaper, contact the local chamber of commerce, and reach out to employment companies before moving.
Remember: your family members are leaving behind their friends and support groups, so be sure to take the necessary steps to keep in touch with your old friends while making new ones. Prior to your move, learn about the available associations in your new city, including sports clubs, churches, Scouts, the YMCA, etc. This will help your family members form new relationships. We also recommend using your real estate agent as a valuable source of this information.
When relocating to a new city, it’s necessary to find a new doctor, dentist, hospital, pharmacy, and veterinarian. Reduce your stress by figuring this out before you move. The last thing you want is to arrive with an ill family member and have no idea where to turn. Additionally, make sure that you have at least a 30-day supply of any maintenance prescriptions.
To find new health care providers, obtain a copy of local phone books before the relocation. There, you’ll often find physician referral listings. Your insurance company is also a great resource for this information. They may even place restrictions on your options, so be sure to ask for a list of accepted and recommended providers. You can also ask your current providers for recommendations. When your new providers have been selected, make sure to forward them all your medical records.
If you have children, you know that relocating within a quality school system is critical. Again, take the time to do some research in advance. Once you know which school(s) children will be attending, transfer your kids’ school records so there is no delay in registering at the new school. Good sources for school information include colleagues where you’ll be working, your current school management, your REALTOR®, the Teachers Association, etc. When reviewing schools, consider their scholastic rating, security, location, arts and sports programs, etc.
Moving can be difficult for children. Often, they’re trying to meet new friends while getting used to a new school, home, and community. Thinking about your children’s needs before, during, and after the move will make a significant difference in how your children feel and adjust to their new home.
Pets, just like humans, are very sensitive to change. Therefore, moving with pets can be stressful for both you and your animals. Planning ahead makes the move more comfortable for your pets and less stressful for you.
Be aware that moving companies typically do not relocate pets. So, if you plan to move with your pets, it’s important to remember that they are your responsibility. Check out the following tips to make pet relocation simpler.
Pets require love and care during a move. Therefore, approximately one month before your move, reach out to a veterinarian for recommendations about moving your pet, whether it’s in your family car or via pet carriers on public transportation. You should also select an enclosed area where your pet can remain while your doors are open during the move. Be sure to check up on them regularly. We recommend assigning an older child to be responsible for calming and entertaining your pets.
Try to avoid leaving your pets in the car. But, if necessary, open the windows slightly and leave water. Never leave pets in cars for extended periods. Remember: car temperatures, even with the windows cracked, can reach lethal levels for pets in only 15 minutes.