We are so fortunate to have another guest article written by Josh Moore of Diaper Dads. Tis the season for moving and relocations. Below are Josh’s tips to make your next move with your family as kid-friendly as it can be!
The Best Game Plan for a Kid-Friendly Relocation
Guest article written by Josh Moore of Diaperdads.org
Moving to a new place can be both exciting and anxiety-inducing, and when you add children to the equation, new challenges may arise. So today, 50 is the New Mommy shares a game plan to help you find the perfect rental home for you and your kids.
Finding a Kid-Friendly Community
A kid-friendly location should include amenities such as a park with playground equipment and safe paths to ride a bike, along with places to go and visit on a rainy day such as a library, a museum, and a theater. Pediatricians, dentists, medical centers, and supermarkets that offer a good variety of fresh foods are also on the list when it comes to finding a kid-friendly place to live. And if your children are into sports, dance, or other artistic activities, find a community where they can enjoy their favorite pastimes and build long-lasting friendships with their peers.
Looking for a Rental
When looking for apartment, condo, or house rentals, make sure to inquire about the school district serving the area. Finding good schools for your kids should be a priority, whether they attend private or public institutions. And proximity to their schools will help you cut down on your time spent driving, as well as let you and your children enjoy a later wakeup time in the morning. Once you know what city you want to move in, perform an online search and enter the number of bedrooms and bathrooms you’re looking for as well as your price range to find your perfect rental home.
Packing Your Belongings
Real Simple recommends giving yourself and your family plenty of time before moving day. Spend a few days (or weeks!) decluttering, throwing away, selling, or donating your unwanted items. Ask your children to pack a box or suitcase with special things they will want to have handy right after you move into your new place: a favorite teddy bear, a comfy pillow, a beloved book or some art supplies will help ease your little ones’ transition into their new home. Make sure their box is clearly labeled so it doesn’t end up mixed with all your other boxes and furniture in the moving truck. If at all possible, take it in the car with you so it won’t get lost or forgotten.
To ensure your items and furniture are treated with care, Forbes suggests looking for a reliable moving company to handle the logistics of packing, storing, and delivering your most precious belongings. When looking for movers, read online reviews, ask for referrals from trusted friends or family members, and get a few estimates in writing before committing to one company. A reputable moving company will send a representative to your home to evaluate costs before giving you a quote.
Moving Your Business
When you’re relocating your business, don’t forget to inform your clients of your new address, post a message on your website and social media pages, put your new information in a newsletter and send it to everyone on your mailing list, and get new business cards printed with your new location.
If you’re working from home, look for a rental with a spare bedroom, an attic, or a garage you can turn into a workspace. You and your family will be able to cohabitate in peace when you each have your own quarters. Additionally, you’ll look and sound more professional when you have to talk to clients via video conferencing or over the phone.
When relocating with kids, look for places and amenities adapted to their needs. Peruse online rental listings to find the house or apartment that matches your criteria. And if you’re moving your business with you, make sure you inform your clients or customers so they can follow you.
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