Moving house is stressful enough at the best of times, but what about when you’re a mum? Us mums are incredibly busy people. We spend our days caring for our kids, cleaning the house, running errands, and more often than not, holding down a job as well. Add house hunting and moving house to the mix and surely you’ve got the recipe for a stress-induced, mummy meltdown.

The good news is that moving somewhere new doesn’t have to be a nightmare and doesn’t have to result in you having a breakdown. It’s just about handling things properly and being as organised as possible. You’ll find that the more organised you are, the easier and less stressful house hunting and moving house with kids in tow will be.

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Think about where you would like to live

If you’re moving house because your growing family has outgrown your current home, you probably won’t want to move far. However, if you’re moving for another reason, such as to be closer to family, you will most probably have some options about where to move to.

Think about the type of lifestyle you and your family enjoy. Are you someone who loves being surrounded by people or do you prefer a quieter life? Would a home in a town or city suit you or would you prefer to be somewhere more rural? Everyone has different views on the best places to live; it’s just a case of working out what’s best for your family.

Write a list of your family’s needs

Once you’ve done some research and decided on the type of area that your family would like to live in, the next step is to focus on what your family needs. Not only from the property itself but also from the local area. For example, if you’ve got little ones that love being outside, you’ll probably want a house with a large garden. If you want to ensure your move is a success, it’s important to be aware of what you and your family want and need.

Write down a list of everything that your family needs from your new home – amount of bedrooms, storage space, etc. As well as a list of things that you would like your new home to have. These aren’t deal breakers, but it would be nice to find a property that has them. It’s also important to think about the local area and what you would like/need it to have. For example, you may want a supermarket within a 10-minute drive, a bus stop close by, and a selection of suitable schools for your children close by.

Get the help of an experienced estate agent

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Once you know where you want to live and what you want from your home, the next step is to get in touch with local estate agents. This is important, as these guys at Bridgfords, for example, can make a big difference to how stressful your house hunting process is. If you use a reputable realtor to help you, you’ll find it much easier and less daunting to find your perfect new home.

Of course, there are apps and online house hunting sites that can also be useful. But there’s nothing like having an experienced realtor to guide you. This helps to make house hunting quicker and easier and means that the process won’t be as daunting. Plus, any houses that aren’t suitable, your realtor will be able to warn you about. This means you won’t have to waste time viewing them.

Leave the kids at home while house hunting

It can be tempting to take the kids house hunting with you, after all, it will be their new home too, but don’t. Unless you want to deal with moans of ‘I’m bored’, while you’re viewing properties, it’s best to leave them with a babysitter. When you’re viewing your potential new home, you need to be able to concentrate on what you’re seeing.

If you’ve got little ones to think about, the chances of missing something important are much higher. So it’s best to leave the kids at home and house hunt alone. If you want them to see their new home, you can always take them along to the second viewing. Just make sure to keep the first viewing adults only so that you’re able to concentrate and listen to what the realtor is saying.

Have a tick list

To each house viewing you arrange, take a tick list with you. As you go around the property, tick off everything that it has. Anything that it doesn’t have put a cross next to. At the bottom of the list write down any pros and cons. Do this for every house you see so that when it comes to comparing them, you have a quick and easy method.

Be organised about moving

Once you’ve got your house sorted, it’s time to talk moving. Packing up all your belongings and shipping them off to somewhere else is extremely stressful. This becomes even more strenuous when you have little ones around. The best thing you can do to make moving house with kids in tow easier is be organised. The more you plan in advance and are organised about things, the easier the move will be.

Start off by ordering boxes and other moving supplies on the internet. Then write a list of what needs to be done when. Such as six weeks before the move, hire a removal service. (This is something we’ll talk about more later on.) When it comes to packing up your home, start at the top of the house and work your way down. But don’t forget to have a clear out first, to ensure that you’re not taking any junk with you. Oh, and don’t forget to colour code each box with a sticker corresponding to the room it needs to go in at the new house. This will make unpacking at the other end much easier.

Use a removal service

As mentioned above, use a removal service. On moving day you’ll have children to look after, the last thing you want to be doing is loading boxes into a self-drive van. To make your move easier and less stressful, hiring a removal service is a must. It might be a little pricey, but it will mean that on moving day you can focus on your kids and won’t have to try and do a million things at once.

If you can’t afford a removal service, don’t have your children about while you’re loading the truck and cars. Send them to a playdate or to spend time with their grandparents. So that you can concentrate on getting your stuff out of the house as quickly as possible.

So there you have it, everything that you need to know about moving house with kids in tow.