Well, moving with a large family will be difficult and stressful, there is no way around it. You can make it go efficiently and make sure that your belongings are safely moved, your family members are safe and content, and that your move ends happily. You need to know how to move with a large family without giving in to the relocation chaos. These 6 tips to moving with a big family below should help you achieve this feat and turn the problematic moving process into a fun family adventure.
Plan the move
A move needs meticulous planning, yet, moving with a large family requires more than the typical planning. You have to decide on an appropriate moving date, create a moving calendar, set up a moving budget, hire good movers, etc. You also need to coordinate the move with your family, make your kids feel included, decide on the best moment to make your move and have a detailed, flexible plan.
Organize the move
Organizing a move with a large family will be much more difficult than organizing a standard relocation. You still require a detailed moving checklist and must follow it to the letter. Declutter your home and draw up a moving inventory, find a good moving company, handle the necessary paperwork, get the packing supplies and pack your things, etc., but you also have to coordinate the moving preparations with the rest of your family.
Turn it into a game
As challenging and tiring as moving tends to be, it can also be a lot of fun. It all depends on your attitude. So, why not turn the arduous moving tasks into a game? Games like:
- Hide and seek: ask your kids to find all out-of-season items or specialty items in the home and sort them by type, so that they can be packed quickly and easily.
- Speed packing: give each of your kids a large moving box and see who will be the first to pack all their things first.
- Box matching: give your kids boxes with clearly marked labels such as “toys” or “books”, and have them match the items in their rooms to the boxes they’re given.
There are a lot more moving games that you can come up with depending on the age and abilities of your kids, what matters is to keep everyone motivated and have fun while preparing your things for the move.
Organize your home before the relocation
Declutter your home, a big family means plenty of belongings and moving a lot of belongings means higher moving costs. So, you are strongly advised to declutter your home and get rid of items you no longer need before the move. Search your attic, basement, garage, closets, bookshelves, and toy chests. Sell the things you can at a garage sale, and throw out the stuff that can no longer be used. Once you have sorted out your things, make a detailed inventory of the items you are going to relocate to your new home.
Prepare the essentials for the move
Collecting and organizing all of your families’ vital, medical, school, and financial records will take plenty of time, so it’s a good idea to take care of the paperwork well in advance. Have all your essential items with you all the time. If you have a large family, you will need different things on a daily basis for each kid. When moving, make sure that you have all these items packed in a separate essentials box that you will take with you. This box should contain water, juice, formula, bottles, snacks, paper plates, medication, plastic utensils, napkins, and diapers, as well as a few things to keep your children entertained during the relocation. It is a good idea to prepare a separate bag in which each child will carry the practical and sentimental possessions that are important to them.
Keeping the kids safe during the move
You can ask the older kids to help, but try to find a place for the younger children to go for the day, or see if a friend or family member can come over and keep them occupied away from the chaos of packing and moving. If nothing else hire a babysitter to make sure that your smaller children are safe and out of the way on moving day, allowing you to focus on the move.
Are you planning on moving soon? Then you’re probably interested in finding out what the whole process of moving with Trico Long Distance Movers looks like. To help you with your research, we have put together some of the most frequently asked questions and our answers.
How much does the whole moving process cost?
There isn’t a fixed price for moving services provided by Trico Long Distance Movers. The cost depends on a number of different factors. Some of those are the distance between the pickup and delivery locations, the amount and type of belongings you are moving, the services you select, and even the time of the year. The best way to find out what the relocation is going to cost is by requesting a moving price estimate.
How do I request a moving price estimate?
Requesting a moving price estimate from Trico Long Distance Movers is quite easy. All you have to do is go to our website and fill out the form, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible with our quote. Of course, you can always simply give us a call, and one of our customer support agents will be more than happy to walk you through the whole process.
Is there anything I shouldn’t take with me?
Yes. No reputable moving company will agree to ship any sort of illegal or dangerous substances such as drugs or flammables. In addition, you shouldn’t let movers transport your weapons, and it is best that you leave perishable foods behind.
What does the moving process actually look like?
In short, once you schedule your moving date, our relocation experts will come to your home to take care of packing. They will then load all your belongings onto our moving truck and transport them to your new home. During the whole drive, you will receive updates concerning the location of your shipment. Once your belongings have been delivered, our experts will unload and unpack them. During this time, the transport of your car will also take place. Throughout the whole process, you can kick back and relax while our experts do all the heavy lifting.
Now that you have read these 6 tips to moving with a big family we hope that you are ready to relocate your family to your new home. If you are looking for a dependable moving company to help you get to your new home, then know that Trico Long Distance Movers can help you to move to and from anywhere in the country. Call our representatives now to find out about our high-quality moving services, get a free moving quote and schedule your moving date.