Moving to a new house comes with its fair share of positives and negatives. While it may signal a fresh start and new job opportunities, it can also mean expenses and adjustments. Whether you’re alone or have your family with you, here are a few things to do for a more seamless transition:
Prepare for the Emotional Impact
Whether the reason for your move is negative or positive, it’s bound to affect your mental health. For perennial or distant moves, consider therapy for your child in South Jordan. A study has found that frequent moves can have a negative effect on kids’ mental health. Some children have trouble adjusting to a new environment and leaving their friends. You can encourage them to continue communicating with their old friends with video calls and online games. Point out the good things that come with the change, such as having a new room and nearby parks.
It’s also important to give yourself time to adjust. Don’t mount stress on yourself by setting up very ambitious deadlines. Ask friends and family for help during the unpacking process. It’s always better to share the burden than carry it by yourself.
Know Where Things Should Go
It’s hard to imagine how your furniture would look like in your new house. You might change your mind and rearrange them a few times before you get it right. The good news is that technology has made the lives of movers and renovators easier. There are now apps for your phone and computer where you can make a 3-D model of your home so that you can have a visual guide. The best part is that a lot of the apps are available for free so that you can have a much more efficient move.
It’s also good to keep track of your things with a list, especially if you have hired movers. You can get your things replaced or fixed if you have moving insurance and file a complaint to the moving company.
Work on Your Paperwork
Make sure that you’ve submitted all requirements and documents for your kids’ school. They may have trouble adjusting, so it’s crucial to make the transition as smooth as possible.
Ask your landlord or former homeowner for advice regarding the utility services. If they have a negative opinion of their provider, you can use your old provider and transfer your account. Question them if there are homeowner’s association (HOA) and their fees. Some HOAs include basic services such as water and gas.
Don’t forget to take care of your car’s paperwork as well. Depending on your insurance provider, you can stay with the same insurer, but your rates and coverage may change. Most states require car owners to show proof of insurance before they can register. The Utah government has created a guide for newcomers where you can get information for vehicle registration, taxes, and more.
Whether you’re moving to a different city or state, changing homes require adjustments. It can be overwhelming but remember not to be too hard on yourself. Making an apartment or a house feel like home takes time.