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Moving to a New Town? 4 Ways to Prep the Fam for Change

Moving to a new town can be bittersweet. People who are about to move are often simultaneously excited about all the new opportunities that lie ahead of them and a little bit sad about having to leave behind a place they have called home. Even if you and your loved ones are having a bit of a hard time getting ready for the adjustments you are about to experience, here are four ways you can help prepare your whole family for the coming change of scenery:

Make a List of Activities to Do

While you are in your new town visiting before your move, do some exploring to find places you want to visit and activities you want to do that will be accessible to you once you live there. You should also do some online research to find places and activities you may have missed while you were searching in person. Put them all on a list so you do not forget about them and, after you move, let the fun begin.

Plan Ahead

Transporting all your belongings–or as many of them as you want to take along–to a new town is quite an undertaking. You will need to decide what all you want to take, you will need boxes and packing tape to package everything up, and you will need to develop a labeling system to help you account for what is in the boxes once they have been packed up and sealed. If you would rather not tackle these tasks on your own, you can hire residential movers to take care of them for you.

Prepare Yourself for Changes

No two places are exactly alike, so be mindful of the changes you will encounter when you move to your new home. If the climate will be dramatically different or if you will need to buy or get rid of a vehicle, take as much action as you can ahead of time to help the transition go as smoothly as possible.

Before your move, you should all take the time to enjoy your current home and town while you still live there. Make a point to see your friends, visit some of your old haunts and see your town’s sights. There is still time for you to create fond memories in what will soon be a place where you used to live.

Tim Esterdahl

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