Relocating to a new home in a new town, city, state or country is an interesting experience and likely to spark a range of emotions. After all, moving means beginning a new chapter of your life, to be filled with new people, new places, and fresh opportunities for your career and personal growth. At the same time, the physical and mental toll of planning a relocation project is complicated, especially when trying to adjust to the new situation you’re moving into.

If you’re planning a move with kids, however, relocation can be hard on the entire family. Accomplishing move-related tasks with children is particularly difficult, and dealing with their feelings regarding the upcoming changes can also be tricky to manage.

Westheimer Transfer & Storage is one of the leading moving companies in Houston and the surrounding areas. We’re experts in planning easy, efficient, and stress-free relocation projects for families of all kinds—whether you’re moving locally, long-distance, or to an entirely different country in an international move. Take a look at these tips from our team for planning your family’s move and experience a more efficient relocation with your kids this year.

Explain Why You Need to Move

As soon as the decision to move is final, gather your whole family to announce the move. Be communicative, patient, and understanding about their feelings, while explaining the reasons for moving and why it’s going to benefit the entire family.

Whether you need to relocate because you got a new job, you’re moving to be closer to family, or for any other reason, your kids will come around to the changes eventually. Breaking the news beforehand will help them get used to the idea, and your honest communication will make them feel more comfortable with the decisions you’re making on behalf of their best interests.

Get Your Children Involved in the Moving Process

From the packing down to the unloading of your boxes to your new home, children of all ages love to feel involved with the moving process. Moving can feel cathartic, so take advantage of the extra energy and put them to work on age-appropriate tasks.

Allow them to help you sort through your belongings to decide what to keep, sell, or donate to charity. You can also bring them along when you choose new household items or furniture to bring to your new home, to get them excited about the changes.

Get Them Excited About the New Neighborhood

If you’re able to visit the new city before relocating there, try to take your kids with you as well. However, if visiting is impossible before your move-in date arrives, research the new area online and give them a tour of the neighborhood once you get there.

Focus on nearby parks, shopping centers, restaurants, schools, and the county library, for instance. Also, you can help them research about their new schools, extracurricular activities or sports teams, and community events that you think they’ll enjoy attending.

Hire a Kid-friendly Moving Services Provider

There are surely a lot of moving companies out there, but not all are created equal. This is why it’s so important to research the options in your area and to interview multiple moving services providers to assess which one is qualified for handling your specific moving circumstances. Ask the moving professionals about their experience moving families, and the services they provide that can facilitate a moving project with children involved.

The best moving companies will customize your project to make sure it reflects your needs, with full-service options like packing, unpacking, custom crating, and more, that will give you the time you need to focus on your family.

The Most Trusted Moving Company

If you are looking for a moving services provider in Houston with a solid track record of satisfied clients, contact Westheimer Transfer & Storage today.

Since 1883, we have dedicated ourselves to serving others with top-quality commercial, residential moving, and storage services in Houston and other nearby areas. As an Allied Van Lines agent since its inception in 1929 and a member of the International Association of Movers, AMSA and SMA (Southwest Movers Association), we’re proud of the tradition we’ve created in providing superior, professional moving and storage solutions for our customers.

If you want to learn more about how we can help you with your moving and storage needs, give us a call to speak with an agent. Alternatively, you may fill out this quick online form to book a free, in-home moving quote with one of our moving coordinators now.