Moving Your Family out of State
How to Prepare for Success when Moving your Family
Moving is a big decision. Deciding to move out of state is an even bigger decision. Deciding to move out of state with a family tops even that. Whether you’re starting a new job or just looking for a change of environment, an out of state move can end up being an intense process. You’ll want to ensure that you’ve properly prepared everything you’ll need before you start your journey. Here are some tips to ensure your family move goes smoothly for everyone involved.
Checking your Area Before the Move
Do your research! One of the first things you’ll want to check before you make your big decision is the area that you’re looking at moving to. For example, if you were to move to New Jersey, you’d want to know exactly what it has to offer and if it’s the right fit for you. Here are just a few things that you should look into before making the decision to move out of state with your family.
When moving with kids, or if you plan on having kids in the future, you should always check to see what schools are available in the area. How are those schools rated compared to schools available where you currently live? What kinds of extracurricular activities are offered and what is the school known for?
Being in a community that you’re comfortable with is going to be a major factor in your decision. You’ll want to check the local crime rate and type of crimes committed in the area. You’ll also want to see what activities are available. Are there annual festivals and fairs? How are you going to fit in with the local culture? The culture living in New Jersey is likely far different than that of somewhere like Utah.
The cost of living will determine a lot when deciding to move into a new area. How much you can afford will directly reflect the lifestyle you live. You should ensure that you’re comfortable with the prices you’ll be paying for not only your housing, but, everyday expenses such as groceries, and restaurants.
Finally, your career opportunity will likely be the number one factor when making the decision to move. Knowing what jobs are available and what upward mobility is available, which in turn, influences your financial freedom, can make living in a particular area worth it for many people.
Preparing Kids for a Move
When relocating with kids, you’ll want to prepare well in advance. Allowing your children to have the opportune time to prepare is crucial to making the move as easy for them as possible. First, they’ll need time to process the move. It’s likely that your children won’t be on board with moving because it means they’ll be leaving all their friends, and very likely, what they’ve known for most of their lives.
Reassuring your children is key to making the transition seamless. After you inform them of the move, ask them what their concerns are. This will help you understand how they feel about the move and give you a platform to address each concern.
Finally, try to be patient. Understanding that the move is essentially world-changing for your children is crucial. It’s very likely that you’ll receive some push-back from the move, and having empathy and patience will help sooth that over.
A Final Note
With all things considered, moving is a big step, and is oftentimes, stressful! But it doesn’t have to be. If you prepare, moving to a new state can be exciting and incredibly rewarding! You never know what new opportunity is going to present itself and having an open mind to new places will likely end happily for everyone involved.