Let’s face it. Moving to your new home is both exciting and stressful at the same time! Thinking about how you’re going to decorate the inside of your new home or landscape your new garden is the fun part! You want it to be perfect but getting there is the hard part. Packing, cleaning and deciding what to bring and what to toss is stressful! With any move, there’s so much to do!

We know you’re stressed. We see this with our clients every day and we’re here for you. One of the things we want to remind you is that you’re not the only one who is stressed. Your kids are too, especially if they will be leaving their friends and attending a new school. This may be a scary time for them. However, there are some things you can do to help prepare for the move and make the adjustment a little easier.

  1. Involve your child in the moving process. If they are smaller children, they might find it fun to pack. If they are older, keep them informed and let them make some of the less pertinent decisions.
  2. Have a going away party. Allow your kids to pick the theme and invite friends, family and any neighbors you’re close to. Remember to prepare for the tears, especially if this is truly the last good-bye before the move.
  3. Schedule video calls or play dates. Scheduling video calls for long distance moves or play dates for local moves may help ease your child’s feelings about leaving. Then they have a concrete time to look forward to and catch up with their best friends and favorite relatives.
  4. Keep your regular routine. Even with more to do, such as packing, scheduling the movers, and contacting schools, it’s important to keep your regular routine as much as possible. Keep going to extracurricular activities, wake up and go to sleep at the same time, keep any family rituals, like Taco Tuesday. This gives your child some reassurance and stability during an increasingly stressful time.
  5. Get involved in the new community and school. By volunteering or enrolling in extracurricular activities, your kids will have the opportunity to make new friends. This is especially helpful during the summer months and may help ease the first day of school tension.
  6. Make the new house and neighborhood seem familiar. Take a walk around the new neighborhood and decorate their room and/or play area together. This will help make their new home and community more familiar and feel like home.
  7. Keep it positive. No matter how overwhelmed you or your kids may feel, keep it positive.

We are experts in moving and our clients often reach out to us during the process. We believe in treating you like family and this may include lending an ear or offering tips on how to help your family transition during the move. Our team works hard to make your moving experience as seamless as possible.

If you have questions about buying or selling your home in the Maple Valley or the surrounding community, talk to us! We are the number one real estate group in Maple Valley, and we are experts in this community. We stage your home to sell and often our listings sell within days. If you’re buying in Maple Valley, we know the best schools and the best places to visit or just hang out. We love Maple Valley and we all call it our home. Let us help you!