The excitement of living somewhere new can open up a whole new world of possibilities for you and your family. This sense of adventure can carry you throughout your move and make it something positive. Because you’ll be looking forward to what life will hold for you in your new destination, you’ll feel energized to begin the search for the home of your dreams and get packing.
Find a Home
If you’ve been relocated to a particular city, you can research the area ahead of time using an online real estate service like Movoto.
Here you can check out homes in the area, review costs, research real estate agents and take a virtual tour of the home, all from the comforts of your own home.
When you’ve narrowed down your search and found something that meets your criteria such as prime school districts, close to public transportation and a great location, you can plan a visit to locate the ideal home.
Once you’ve decided on something you just can’t live without, a real estate agent will be able to negotiate a fair sale based on a market analysis. All that’s left is closing on the property and moving in.
Make Packing Fun
The excitement from finding the right house can be especially fun and get everyone ready to make the move. While you’re at a heightened level of happiness, you can use this positive energy to get the family involved in packing. Packing materials can be inexpensive when you shop around for boxes and other materials through your local merchant.
Color stickers with designs are ideal for packing boxes and make it easy for the movers to know what goes where. Stickers with food, spices, tools and flowers can be used to organize items for the pantry, garage and garden. You can also assign each person in your household a color and place the stickers of the various colors on the boxes. This will make it easier to organize your home when you first move in.
Get to Know the Area
Before the actual move, you want to familiarize your family with the area where you’ll be moving. Finding places such as baseball fields, sporting events, schools, parks, shops and restaurants can boost your mood and build anticipation. Take a tour throughout your new home and have your children plan where they want to place their furnishings.
Once the furnishings arrive, you’ll be amazed at how quick you can put the rooms in your home together. Sprucing up a new dwelling can be just as exciting when you choose the colors and furnishings together, especially when you start fresh and need to pick out a new T.V., sofa and fun furniture for the children.
Relocating to a new city can often be intimidating. However, when you think of it as a new adventure and a place where you can start fresh, the possibilities of the move are endless. In addition to meeting new people and making friends, you’ll also be exposed to new things and may even try something you’ve never thought you would enjoy.
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Savannah Bobo is a blog contributor and freelance writer from the Atlanta area who has helped friends and family move dozens of times over the years. She herself also recently relocated. Movoto services offer a fast and easy way to find the perfect home, which can reduce some of the stress and exhaustion that go along with moving.