advice for new parents while moving

A significant life change such as a move can be a lot to take on, especially as new parents. If you can relate to this feeling, understand there are ways to have a smooth relocation with minimal stress or worry along the way. By applying some moving preparation advice to your situation, you can better equip yourself to handle inconveniences that might arise and focus your attention on the exciting part of this journey.

Enlist Help

It’s unlikely that you’ll be able to handle this major responsibility on your own or solely with your partner. This is why it’s important to hire others to help make this process easier on you. Whether that is hiring movers, finding someone to watch your child, or asking for help when prepping your home for safety, it will be worth every penny. Of course, moving is not cheap, but there are ways to budget for things you need and spend in a way that will give you the most return on your investment. Preparation is critical in this situation, so the more in advance you plan, the more likely you can find ways to save money on your move and have more to spend on your new place.

Get Organized

When you are moving, it’s a good idea to take advantage of any spare time you may have to get organized. For example, if you’re packing up your kitchen, consider donating or selling dishware you never use or that is not part of a matching set. Broken and worn out appliances should also not be taken with you unless absolutely necessary, as it takes time and money to transport these items. If you are not in the position to replace them, decide if you really need those items in the first place. You will be glad you took this opportunity to organize ahead of time and pack with a plan. Label all your belongings to make it easy for yourself when you are unpacking. If there are breakable or potentially hazardous items that your kids should not have access to, it’s especially important that you keep an eye on these specific boxes.

Consider Insurance Needs

With any significant life transition comes a good opportunity to reevaluate your insurance needs. Buying a home, moving, and starting a new family are three major events and reasons to consider looking into updating your homeowner’s insurance policy. It’s important to take into account where you are moving to and the potential exposures or risks that could arise in that area. A homeowners insurance policy is necessary to protect yourself, your belongings, and provide temporary lodging if anything were to happen to your home. It’s important to make sure that your homeowner’s insurance covers the new property to the extent you need it and that you have a financial plan to handle an unforeseen circumstance.

In the same vein, life insurance is another way you should protect your loved ones and their future. Of course, this is not the easiest topic to discuss, but a very necessary one, especially after a year of uncertainty surrounding a global health crisis. If you have not already secured a policy, now would be a good time to consider the cost of life insurance, benefits, and specific options for your particular situation. Purchasing a policy can provide you with some extra financial protection and confidence when it comes to the future well-being of your loved ones. Should your family rely solely on your income to meet monthly obligations, it helps to know they will be financially protected should anything happen to you unexpectedly.

Prepare Your New Home

From transferring utilities to connecting the internet and services to updating your address, there’s a lot you can prepare ahead of time to save you time and avoid frustration later. Make a list of reminders and review a new house checklist that can help keep you on track and make your transition easier. As a parent, you will also want to ensure that all safety precautions have been taken prior to staying in the home. Checking that smoke detectors, locks, security systems, electrical outlets, heaters, and any other utilities are up to standard. You’ll want to know your family is going to have a safe transition, so referring to a list and having a plan can help ensure you don’t skip over any important steps.

Set Up an Emergency Fund

You can never be too prepared when it comes to your financial future. Setting aside some extra cash or creating an emergency fund during this time is a great way to gain some extra protection while helping you avoid potential financial stress. When you move into your new home, it’s likely you will want to work on new projects, consider a remodel, or decorate. That’s all exciting of course, but it’s important to have a backup plan aside from your regular savings to support you during a stressful time. Your emergency fund will be separate from your regular savings and won’t be used for updates and projects. Instead, this account would serve as a safety net in case something were to break or stop working and require you to fix it as soon as possible. Building an emergency fund is great practice as both a new homeowner and parent when looking for the best ways to protect your family and loved ones.

Have a Garage Sale Or Sell Unwanted Items Online

As you are going through your home and packing all your belongings, if you find you have a lot of high-ticket items that you do not want to bring to your new home, you can consider selling. There are many online marketplaces that allow you to conduct these sales safely and easily, putting some extra cash in your pocket for other things. Don’t be afraid to post on social media and let people know you have items for sale before your move. College students, young adults, or those interested in a project of their own might take full advantage of your unwanted items and can repurpose them for their lifestyle. If you have the time, you can even involve your children and arrange a garage sale to get rid of items you no longer want.

Make It Fun With Family And Friends

With so many considerations, it’s easy to feel like you are not even going to get everything done. Before you begin to panic, touch base with friends and family and see if anyone is interested in helping out. You’d be surprised to see how many of your close friends wouldn’t mind spending an hour to help you pack or load up a moving truck if they have spare time. If your kid(s) are old enough, feel free to involve them in the process—whether that is crossing items off a list or helping you put items into boxes. Involving the family is a great way to bond while also being productive.

There is no doubt that moving can be an exciting yet stressful process whether you’re a single parent, couple, or first-time mover. By taking some preparation steps months and weeks ahead of time, you can set yourself up for a smooth transition and start your journey on the right foot. Don’t be afraid to spend money where it will relieve a burden or to ask for some help or guidance along the way. Remember to enjoy this time of change and focus on the new opportunities that await you in this next phase of your life.

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