Making The Great Escape With An Interstate Move
My husband and I always talk about moving to Texas. It’s something that we said from the beginning of our relationship that we wanted to do. We didn’t when we were young though, which I now highly regret. Now there just seems to be so much more to consider when it comes to moving across the country – kids, jobs, families, and so much more… So how do you handle the decision as to whether or not to make that great escape move? This contribution post sheds some great light on the subject!
There are so many reasons that you might consider moving from one state to another. Perhaps you have an insatiable sense of wanderlust. Maybe you yearn for a change of scenery and atmosphere. You might even just be unhappy in your current location and fancy getting away from it all on a permanent basis. However, when you have little ones, this decision takes on a whole lot more importance. You can’t just up and leave without thinking twice. So, if the soles of your feet are itching, but you’re unsure what will be best for your kids, read on. Here’s everything you need to know about making an interstate move.
Why Are You Considering a Move?
First things first, you need to consider why you want to move. Remember that moving from one state to another won’t necessarily make all of your troubles disappear. You can’t run away from debt or individual insecurities. Make sure that you’re moving for the right reasons. Regular relocation has been shown to have potentially negative effects on children, as they are constantly disrupted and find it more difficult to form strong bonds with others for fear of upping and moving again. So when you do move far, you want to make sure it’s something you’re confident in and dedicated to. Only head from one state to another if the latter offers a significant improvement of lifestyle for you and your family. Check out local schools, look out for places with a real sense of community and plenty of extracurricular activities for your little ones. You should also ensure that you will be able to earn a good wage in the new location.
The Importance of Viewing Potential New Homes
When you’re considering moving a long distance, going to view homes isn’t quite as simple as popping in somewhere for a quick look around and then nipping back home. Many people will avoid viewing properties that are a relatively long distance before signing the contract. But you need to remember how misleading pictures can be. Clever angles, lighting, and editing can make living spaces look completely different to how it is in real life. So remember to visit. Book in a few viewings in the area in close succession so you can make a weekend of it.
Pack Things Up In Advance
Remember that moving interstate is no easy feat. You need to start packing sooner rather than later, as it’ll be more inconvenient heading back to your old property to pick up forgotten belongings in the long run. Be organized, putting similar items together and labeling all boxes so that you know exactly what’s inside. When moving day comes around, use professional removalists. This will make your life a whole lot easier, as you can focus on ensuring your kids are okay rather than lifting heavy items in and out of a van.
Give the Little Ones Time to Say their Goodbyes
The distance between one state and another is relatively small. You’re not heading overseas into the wider world. But to children, this move can seem like the end of all of their contact with their friends. While they will settle into their new home quickly once they arrive there, remember to be sensitive and give them plenty of time to say farewell. You might want to consider throwing a leaving party. It will also help the situation if you emphasise how simple staying in touch is nowadays. Your little ones can write to their friends, send messages, phone them and even use Facetime or Skype calls to talk face to face in real time.
By sticking to these steps, your interstate move will be as simple, quick and effective as possible. You’ll be comfortably settled into your home in no time.
If you could move to any state in the U.S., where would you move?