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Whether they use professional moving companies or they slog it out on their own, families face some unique challenges when moving. One of the primary considerations is children, especially young ones.
Kids don’t often understand the reasoning behind a move. And if they’ve only ever lived in one home, they will likely be attached to it. Asking them to leave it all behind can be difficult for them to comprehend.
Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to get them involved in the process and help them prepare for what lies ahead.
Stress is contagious. If you’re planning a move—whether you use a moving company or you choose to go the DIY route—and you let anxiety get the best of you, your family is bound to notice. Rather than an exciting new chapter in their lives, it will feel like an ordeal.
Being prepared will help you:
If, despite your best efforts, you don’t feel you’ll be able to pull off the move on your own, it might be in your best interest to research moving companies. That way, you’ll be able to:
Most Kelowna movers offer free in-person estimates. By getting moving quotes from multiple outfits, you’ll get a better idea of which companies offer the best value for money. For more on this, read: Moving Company Offers 4 Tips for Lowering Moving Quotes.
Moving for most children means leaving behind some pretty important parts of their life, including:
To help them bring some of these memories with them, get them to assemble a collage or scrapbook highlighting their favourite memories.
Another way to keep children occupied during a move is to put them in charge of something. With a little supervision, there’s no reason they couldn’t pack up their own room. You could even put them in charge of the family pet.
A family home is a meaningful place, so it’s a good idea to commemorate your time there when you’re about to move. It could be something as simple as a family dinner at your favourite restaurant, or something more elaborate like a going-away party with the entire neighbourhood.
Similarly, when you’re settling into your new home, it might be nice to celebrate with a family-friendly activity, such as:
If you’re looking for moving companies with a reputation for professionalism and integrity, call Bekins Moving & Storage. We offer a full range of moving services, including residential and commercial moving.