Teachable Moments: Moving House

As an adult, you’re probably well aware of all the hassle that moving house tends to entail. You know you’re going to spend months viewing properties, scanning over contracts, and juggling buying a new house with trying to sell your old one. It’s likely a situation you’ve been through at least once before, so you know what it’s going to involve.

Your kids, however? They probably have no idea. By the time they’re of an age to understand what’s happening, their first move is going to be an alarming time. They can only remember ever living in one particular place. What happens to move them to another house is a somewhat mystical process, most of which goes over their heads.

This isn’t necessarily the best choice. If your children are of an age to understand what’s happening, then it’s worth seeing moving as a teachable moment. Rather than the process being something your kids have to go along with, but don’t get much information on, it can be a time of learning. There’s so much you can teach them during this time, but perhaps the most useful things to extrapolate are…

#1 – The Basics Of Home Ownership

Teaching your children about the basics of home ownership is a necessary part of your job as a parent, anyway – but what better time to do it than in the midst of a move?

Explain how ownership works. If they’re of an age to understand the math involved, then you can also teach them what a mortgage is. Obviously, you don’t need to delve into hugely complicated legal and economic detail – but a basic overview should suffice.

#2 – The Process Of Moving House

There’s no need to hide what happens to facilitate a house move. The sooner your children are exposed to the way the housing market works, the more time they will have to understand it before it becomes relevant to them. Focus on the basics:

  • How to find homes for sale. While going to real estate agent’s shop windows is the established method, the truth is that your children will probably primarily search for their own properties in future via the online property market, so you’re going to need to cover this.
  • How you go about selling your house and how you choose a price for it.
  • The basics of the legal process of exchanging contracts.
  • How the escrow process works – obviously, only if this is applicable to the move you’re doing.

Most children should be able to grasp at least the basics of the above; you can add or subtract where necessary depending on your child’s age specifically.

#3 – Stress Management

It’s not just financial teachable moments during the house moving process, either. You can also teach about how to handle stress. We all know how tough moving house can be, so showing your children that you’re on top of all the stress – and managing to keep smiling – can be a great practical lesson. Making it a lesson will also force you to cope with the stress better, so both parent and kids will benefit!

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6 Great Tips When Moving House

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Undoubtedly, one of the more stressful experiences we go through in life is when we need to move home. To make your life easier, these are some of the things you need to consider before the big day.

Throw away things you don’t need

Now is the perfect time to declutter your house. To save on packing, get rid of those things you don’t need anymore. That magazine subscription you have collected for years? Ask yourself, how often do you flick through back copies. Still have toys that your children played with ten years ago? They probably aren’t collector’s items if they are covered in scuff marks. Get rid of them. Of course, you don’t need to throw unwanted items in the trash. Give them to charity shops so somebody else can make use of your once cherished possession.

Pack early

Packing takes time, and you will be amazed at what you have collected over the years. Begin with the rooms you don’t use frequently and start packing the items that are not needed on a daily basis. By starting to get ready early, you will be able to collect all the packaging you need for your precious items. Be sure to label them all as well, for easy access when you get to your new home. So what if you live in a house of boxes for a few days? It will only add to the excitement of your pending move.

Hire a removal company

You could just hire a van, or make a hundred trips back and forth in your car. However, you can save yourself a lot of work, and back breaking pain, by hiring the professionals to do it for you. Whether you are crossing over to the next town, or moving interstate, the cost of getting somebody to help you will cross one extra chore from your list.

Keep hold of the essentials

There are a few things you will always need to hand, so be sure to pack them in a separate container. There will be items necessary for the car journey, and on your arrival at your new home, so don’t give them to the removal men. Items such as the kettle, mugs, tea bags, bottled water, paper towels and toilet rolls, are just some of the things you might deem important.

Tell everybody

Unless you are planning to move away in the shadow of night, so nobody can find you, it is probably a good idea to let your friends and neighbors know you are moving. They may be able to help you on the day you leave, and it would be good to exchange contact information so you can keep in touch. You could even ask a neighbor to keep an eye out on any mail you receive, so leave a forwarding address.

Stay positive

You may be feeling emotional at the prospect of leaving your home, but you can still take those memories with you. It’s time for a new start, keep it together and get ready for the next chapter.