03a5eabad1d55340541f3022c05ad774-d36d5okIf you’ve got a move on the horizon this year, it’s best to start planning sooner rather than later. We know you’re not looking forward to it, but moving doesn’t have to be such a hassle. Let’s discuss how to put together a plan that will make relocating your family as smooth and stress-free as possible.

Start Planning Early

You know how there never seems to be enough time in the day? When you’re trying to plan a move on top of everything else, you’ll need ample time to take care of it all. Give yourself at least two months to find a new home if you haven’t done so already. If you’re buying then you’ll need an extra month for closing.

While you’re searching, you can start getting your plan in place for everything else. To avoid feeling rushed allot at least a month for packing up and taking care of everything that’s associated with changing your address.

Get Everything Down on Paper

All good plans start in your head, but they should end up on paper. In our electronic world, paper could be a Word doc, Excel spreadsheet or an app. No matter what way you want to get your plan down on “paper,” the important part is that you get it documented in a way that’s easy to update and share with others.

Break the plan out into the big milestones and list all the tasks for each one with an estimate of when each task needs to be done. For example:

Milestone – Find a House

Milestone Tasks:

Make this master task list as detailed as possible, and keep in mind that anytime one milestone timeline changes others will probably need to be updated as well.

Put Together a Packing Plan

One of the most time consuming parts of moving is getting everything packed up. A packing plan will help you keep everything in order and as efficient as possible. Your plan should give you at least a month to get everything done. The packing list will include milestones like:

Schedule Account Setups

All your accounts need to be updated before you make your move, but the timing needs to be right.

Head Off Family Drama Before It Happens

Moves are stressful for everyone, which can lead to a lot of family drama. You may not be able to avoid all of the trying situations, but you can plan for them. Work in time to unwind during the move – you may even want to add it to your master task list. Focus on activities that help relieve stress, like batting cages, video games, bowling and other physical games.

Also plan to address problems as soon as they occur. One way to head off problems before they get big is to have weekly family meetings. This will give everyone the chance to vent and for problems to be solved.

With a well laid out plan, moving doesn’t have to be such a hassle. Explore the rest of the blog for more tips and advice on getting your family through a big move.

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