Moving Your Family to a New City

Guest Post – Simple Tips for Moving Your Family to a New City

Relocating can be life-changing, thrilling, stressful, and lonely—all at the same time.

If your family is moving to a new city to rebuild your lives from a low point, or if you simply need a change of scenery, then you’re in for an adventure. Relocating can be life-changing, thrilling, stressful, and lonely—all at the same time.

The key to making a smooth transition and laying a solid foundation in your new community is to plan, prepare, and step out of your comfort zone while fostering your health and wellbeing along the way. To help you get ready for this new chapter and not let the stress overwhelm you, try some of these practical tips.

Research Locations    

Unless you’ve already decided where to move, dedicate time to diligently research potential locations. Consider several factors when determining the best place for your family, including:

While you may not find a city that meets every one of your needs and wants, try not to settle for a place that will not allow your family to flourish.

Find Housing

The next task is to find housing for your family. As for choosing a city, you will want to consider many factors to determine what type of home will best accommodate your needs and preferences. For instance, decide if you wish to live in a house, an apartment, a condo, or another style of home. Then, research the local housing market to see what options you are working with.

If you hope to purchase a home, do everything you can to prepare for the process. Along with researching the market, find a reputable real estate agent to reduce your stress and guide you to find and close on the ideal home.

You will also want to learn what lenders will expect from you, such as maintaining healthy credit and getting preapproved for a mortgage. Moreover, take time to figure out how much home you can realistically afford for the next few years.

Say you are moving to Seattle and don’t want to buy a home. Fortunately, you won’t be hard-pressed to find an excellent apartment rental in Seattle. Search online for apartments in your price range that provide the amenities, features, and layout that will allow your family to live safely and comfortably. You can even take 3D tours on many properties, which can help you envision life in the apartment better.

Head to Town

When you have arrived in your new city, begin exploring the local establishments and find places you want to frequent. One stress-free way to do this is to make a list of food, activities, and other needs your family has and try one new place every few days.

Make Friends    

We are social beings, and it’s essential to have relationships outside of our immediate families. Using social media, throwing a housewarming party, and taking walks through the neighborhood are some practical ways to accomplish this. Be intentional about meeting your neighbors, and see if any of them have children the same age as yours.

Keep a Self-Care Routine

Finally, make sure that each person in your household is maintaining a self-care routine as you transition into the next chapter. Along with regular exercise and a nutritious diet, find relaxing activities to do in the evening that can help you unwind and get the restful sleep you need. Also, plan calming activities to do as a family at a local park, museum, or even in your backyard.

Moving to a new city is exhilarating, but it can also be stressful. Be sure to research locations and housing options before committing to your relocation. Find local establishments your family loves, and start making friends soon after arriving in your new community. And make sure your family is practicing self-care as you deal with the stress of the move.

About the Author

Jenna Sherman
Parent-Leaders.com

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Please note that there is no guarantee a particular stress relief tool will work for you. Thus you must take complete responsibility for using them and for your own physical and emotional wellbeing. Further, Professor Pete Alexander is not a licensed health professional. Please consult qualified health practitioners regarding your use of any stress relief technique. Medical advice must only be obtained from a physician or qualified health practitioner.

Posted by Professor Pete Alexander

A seasoned professional with over 35 years of Sales, Marketing, Educational and Entrepreneurial experience, Pete has battled the negative effects of stress head-on and has developed the LIGHTEN™ stress relief model that motivates his peers to better protect their health and handle challenging situations with grace and success.

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