Relocating can be a stressful experience, most especially given the amount of things to be considered. A lot of potential things can go wrong, but if done right, moving can be quite an enjoyable experience. It can bring about fulfillment and a chance to start anew.

If you have motives for moving – new work opportunities, a new environment or considering the future of your kids – you’ll feel the pressure of ensuring that you’re moving for the right reasons.

Here are a few tips to ensure that you have a smooth transition during the big move.

7 Relocating Tips for a Smoother Moving Experience

1. Scout for a neighbourhood

The first step in the relocation process is to find a suitable neighbourhood. Having a good idea of where you want to live will make your move much easier. Among the things you may want to consider when scouting for a suitable area might be:

Education

If you’ve got children, choose a place with access to good schools, especially if you’re planning on settling there for a while.

Activities

Activities, events and community areas have a positive impact on your morale and instill a feeling of belongingness. As important as it is to make the kids feel at home, you shouldn’t forgo your own happiness and comfort.

Affordability

Pick a neighbourhood that strikes a balance between cost and quality. The ideal place is somewhere where you can live comfortably, while not stretching your finances too thin.

2. Prioritize security

Your family’s safety and security is definitely the number one priority. If you aren’t too convinced of the safety of the neighbourhood you plan to move in, make sure to check the crime statistics in the area. Alternative ways to check the safety in the area are personal visits and chatting with locals to paint a clearer picture.

After you’ve moved in, make sure to change all of the locks and codes on all of the doors.

3. Know where utilities are located

Another important consideration when moving in… utilities – water, gas, electricity, etc. When moving within the same town, city or province, check whether your service providers agree to transfer your utilities to your new place of residence. Otherwise, you’ll have to discontinue their services and look for new providers within the vicinity.

In the case of an out of province movecheck if the services you need are available in the neighbourhood you’re moving to. Chances are, you’re going to have to discontinue the existing service and find new ones.

4. Have a checklist

Keep a list of things to do throughout the moving process. You can categorize them into pre, during and post-move tasks, in order to lessen confusion and to stay on top of things.

Continually update your list as soon as you’re able to think of your tasks and check tasks as completed to ensure that you won’t forget anything important. This’ll help you track your progress and make the whole journey a lot smoother.

5. Have a strategy for packing and unpacking

Develop a system for packing (pre-move) and unpacking (post-move) your things. Consider packing as early as possible, so you won’t forget anything important. Also make sure that you stay organized. Only pack the things you’re most likely to use post-move. Label your items and boxes to save yourself the hassle of finding items during unpacking.

After the move, you may feel the urge to unpack everything, just to fill the spaces. Don’t unpack everything just yet! Prioritize rooms to unpack – the kitchen, bedroom and bathroom – and leave the other rooms for later. After all, you don’t have a deadline, so just make sure to take your time. Unpacking everything at once may be counterproductive and can contribute to more clutter in your new home.

6. Get help

No man is an island. Moving is a huge task and you may also need some help too! For closer moves, turn to your circle for help. A friend may have a truck you can borrow or even help you move in! In this way, you need not avail of relocation services, thereby saving you some money.

Bigger moves, on the other hand, will require more brawn. This is where professional movers and truck rentals come in – a small price to pay in exchange for the convenience of moving your belongings.

7. Give yourself a chance to acclimatize

Repotting a plant doesn’t mean that the plant will bloom the next day. It has to get used to the soil, the pot and the environment. When relocating, you’re just like the plant. You might feel out of place at times or even disoriented. Explore what the area has to offer, hang out with locals and immerse yourself in community events. By giving yourself the time and patience to get accustomed to your new surroundings, you’ll find that things aren’t as bad as you first thought. You’d feel right at home in no time!

Get Ready

Moving to a new neighbourhood can be tough for some families, especially those with young children. Then again, moving to a new home happens to give the family the best possible future.

After reading through this piece, you’ll find yourselves having an easier time transitioning to your new life, while building a better future. This is a big step that’s both exciting and terrifying. Knowing what you want and doing your due diligence will definitely help in achieving your goals.