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5 Best Practices for Moving Your Family across the Country This Fall

Right before the school year starts is traditionally a popular time to move so the move does not disrupt the school year for children. This makes moving during this time trickier, however. These five best practices can help make moving your family across the country this fall much easier.

Plan Ahead

Perhaps nothing is more important during a move than taking the time to plan ahead. Having a plan helps reduce anxiety and uncertainty, as well as ensures everything is in place before the actual move happens. Planning ahead includes ensuring your new home will be move-in ready when you arrive, considering how you will transport your family and your things, organizing your possessions and more.

Book Movers ASAP

Depending on when you are planning to move in the fall, you may need moving services at a time when most movers are booked solid. Don’t wait until the last minute and find no moving services are available to help you. Book them well in advance, especially if you are going to be moving during a busy time of year.

Consider Shipping Some Items

For a cross-country move, it can sometimes be more advantageous, as well as cheaper, to ship items to your new place of residence. You may even decide to ship your car—in which case, you will need to research car moving companies and then select the best option for your needs. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the process so you will know what to expect when shipping.

Keep Your Pets Comfortable

Unlike your children, your pets will have no idea what is going on, and moving cross-country can be an incredibly difficult and stressful experience for them. If you can avoid flying with your pets, it is generally considered the better option. Take your pet to the vet for a check-up before the move to ensure he or she is healthy for travel. You may also need papers that prove fitness for travel or vaccination records.

Consider Everyone’s Feelings

Moving is an incredibly stressful time on your entire family, and it’s important to push emotions out into the open so they can be addressed. For example, you should speak to your children about the move and determine how they honestly feel about it. Help your children work through their emotions about moving to a new place, such as changing schools and leaving friends behind, in a healthy manner.

You can make a cross-country move a little easier by following these best practices. Be sure to have a plan and consider the needs of everyone in your family. Your family will soon be settled into their new home, ready to start their new lives.

Tim Esterdahl

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