Are you ready to move because you want change since your old place is too small, too ugly or too big?
Yes, moving is stressful when going to another state, or becoming a resident in Ingham to Clinton County, or enrolling in a different school district.
You can find many homes for sale in Lansing MI 48917. But when you add children to the mix, things get stressful.
After all, if you can handle the home buying and selling process, you can handle this move!
Below are tips to help you navigate the process of moving with children as smoothly as possible.
It all starts with planning.
This is where it pays to hire professionals and our list of Michigan Realtors can provide you recommendations for the local area.
You can also organize your move by using a resource like imove that provides everything from a moving checklist to a packing calculator.
Call a family meeting to clearly (using your most enthusiastic voice!) tell your children about your upcoming move.
Your positive attitude will greatly influence your children’s response.
Involve your child with the move as much as possible.
- Share with them houses you’re looking at online. Depending upon their age, they can do online searches too. Let them accompany you and your realtor as you visit homes.
- After choosing your property for sale in Michigan, make a special visit as a family to explore the new neighborhood.
- Make sure your children “say goodbye” to their old daycare or school.
- Ask your child to help you pack up his room. He’ll be comforted seeing that all his treasured belongings are going to your new house. Label these boxes with the ones that will be unpacked first.
- To keep your little one occupied, let him decorate your boxes with crayons, stickers, etc.
On moving day, the greatest gift you can give your pets and yourself is to arrange for them to be with a sitter.
At the very least, you’ll want to confine him to a quiet, secure room such as your bathroom or his crate and hire a dog walker to make sure he has plenty of water and walks.
Keep tabs on your child’s emotional well-being.
Moving can be all consuming, so be sure to stop and take your child’s emotional pulse from time to time by asking questions and listening to him.
If he expresses how sad he is to leave his friends, brainstorm for ways they can stay in touch. Acknowledge his feelings rather than downplay or dismiss them.
Keep it lighthearted.
- Play upbeat tunes while packing and unpacking.
- Take a walk on the wild side and do things you’ve never done. Bury hidden treasure in your backyard for the next tenants to find.
- Suggest pitching a tent in the living room where all the kids can do indoor camping their last night in your house or the first night in the new house.
- Make this your motto: “When the unpacking gets tough, the tough can make box forts!” Have you ever met a child who can resist playing with cardboard boxes? Take advantage of it!
They will have learned about teamwork and resiliency in a way not possible had you never moved. Remember before you start boxing things up, be ready to put an offer on a house. Based on your budget you begin searching big houses in Michigan, starter places like Holt homes for sale or check West Michigan Real Estate.
Need suggestions on what to do first? Call our RE/MAX Mid Michigan Real Estate Office 517-669-8118