Important Things to Plan When You're Relocating

Moving to a new city, state or country is a huge life change and can bring about chaos and stress you never even dreamed of. However, as with most things, planning everything thoroughly and well in advance can help manage and alleviate these issues.

Here are a few things you should start thinking about, planning and organising from the moment the decision to move has been made.

Travel Arrangements

If you’re moving far away, your travel arrangements will be a much bigger deal to sort out than getting the kids in the car for a simple road trip.

Booking your flights months in advance can help you save on airline tickets, but if you don’t have that much time, just be sure to make travel arrangements as early as you can. If you are planning on driving to your new location, you’ll probably need to plan in stops and accommodation along the way, as well as prepare for how much stuff you’ll be transporting.

Short-Term Accommodation

Getting all your moving dates to coincide is a miracle that almost never happens. The date you need to be out of your current home, the date you have access to your new home and the date the moving truck will arrive with all your stuff are pretty touch to structure to coincide in the same week.

Remove all this stress by simply renting a short term lease on an apartment in your new city. Avoid worrying about your furniture too, by taking out a short-term lease on furnished apartments, Toronto, or whichever area you’re relocating to.

Moving Company and Schedule

You’ll need to select and book a moving company to help you transport your belongings if that’s what you’re planning on doing. Many people who relocate to a new country choose to sell their items and start fresh, but if you want to you’re your possessions, a reliable moving company is important.

Planning well in advance will help you to save money on your move, which can work out to be very expensive otherwise.

School Arrangements

You’ll need to find new schools for your kids, apply and make sure they’re registered by the time you arrive to ensure they don’t miss too much school time. You’ll also need to purchase new uniforms and any other new gear required by the schools.

Don’t forget to inform their current school and teacher’s about the move as well, and be there to support them emotionally too. Transitioning to a new school can be challenging for your kids and you’ll need to understand this even during your own stress.

A Decluttering Session

Moving is a great opportunity to go through all your belongings and decide what belongs and what no longer has a place in your life. You can declutter clothing, furniture, pantry items, and basically anything else that is taking up space in your home.

You’ll want to do this well in advance to give yourself time to sell, donate or repurpose all the items you no longer need.