What To Do When You Have Decided To Move Home

February 19, 2020
Photo by Erda Estremera

When moving into a new home, a lot of people believe that they will be there forever. They will see their kids grow up, they will fill the walls with memories from family vacations, and the home will feel welcoming to everyone who walks in. However, this is not always the case, and you may need to move home for a variety of reasons. 

It could be that you have a new job, you may have encountered financial difficulties, or you want to move closer to elderly family members. It could even be because you’ve spent a summer traveling and realized you want a fresh start. And while there is nothing wrong with any of these reasons, you have to know what to do. 

Start Packing Early

While it might feel like you have plenty of time before you make your big move across the country or even across the ocean, it is sure to creep up on you sooner than expected, so start packing as soon as possible. 

Move through rooms and pack things that you do not use as often as others, so you are not left eating noodles out of a fruit bowl the night before you depart. It would be best if you also got in touch with local movers early to arrange a pickup time for your first of potentially many trips back and forth.

Part of the stress of moving comes from feeling disorganized, so as long as you do what you can to prepare, you will manage the move much more comfortable. 

Have A Plan

There are always seeds of doubt whenever you make a decision, especially one as large as moving house. To make the transition more accessible, you must have a plan about what to do when you arrive at your new home, whether that is around the corner or overseas. 

This plan will ensure an easy change for everybody involved, even those who are not moving. Try to work out what you are doing on your first night, and even your first week. It is also useful to have a plan to overcome any problems, such as a breakdown or any lost items during the move. 

Make Sure It Is The Right Decision

Moving house should not be a compulsive decision, especially if you have family that it could affect much worse than you. Before finalizing anything, go through your finances to make sure it is something you can afford without sending your family into the red. 

It is about more than merely affording it, though. You have to ask yourself whether you are emotionally prepared and ready for the move. A brand new city might seem appealing right now, but after the honeymoon period wears off, will you still love it as much? 

The move could also affect your kids and your partner, and while they may be happy to move because you want to, it might not be something they are entirely thrilled about. 

Packin’ Up

Moving house can be exciting and it is always fun to stride into a brand new chapter of your life, but it is not all sunshine and rainbows, and there are plenty of other things you need to consider before packing your life away and ending up on the other side of the country. 

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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