01 May 2014
Helping Your Older Children Move House For The First Time
Helping Your Older Children Move House For The First Time
Your children have to leave home at some point, and when they do it’s important that you make sure that they are prepared for their moving day. Moving into a new home isn’t easy, and it’s much worse if you’re moving for the first time! If your older children are leaving home then these hints and tips can help provide you with everything that you need to give help and guidance to your little ones!1)    Make sure your children are prepared to live on their own.Whether living in a house share or in student accommodation, living on your own is much different to living with parents, and it’s important that your kids understand that. Try to teach your children about budgeting, bill payments and rent payments before they move so that you won’t have to deal with too many financial crises in the future! 2)    Buying for a first home.Your child is going to need to have a lot of items for their first home. Start by making a list of what’s needed – try thinking room by room so that you don’t miss anything out! The kitchen is probably going to be the most expensive room for you, as your child is going to need everything from crockery and cutlery to pots and pans. A great way to save money when buying for your child’s first home is to sort through your own belongings to find things you might no longer use, but that might be perfect for your children. 3)    Helping your children downsize their belongings.Leaving a family home doesn’t mean that all of the belongings need to go with your child! Although it’s always tempting to get rid of everything and have everything packed away, this isn’t always practical, especially since lots of student accommodations and small flats or houses might not have the room! Instead try to help make a list of necessary items that should be taken, as well as ones that your son or daughter would like to have with them. 4)    Deciding what gets kept in your home.Deciding what your child needs and doesn’t need, and what gets kept in your home can be a big decision. You’re probably not going to need to move furniture from your home into their new one, as lots of student halls and first-time house shares comes fully furnished. Instead concentrate on childhood keepsakes and mementos that don’t need to be travelling too far. If you want to use your child’s room when they’re gone, trying boxing everything that’s left behind and putting it into storage. 5)    Hiring a removal company or moving services.It’s now time to hire your removal company. Look online or speak to friends and family to find out about reliable companies. It might even be worth looking at university bulletin boards and websites to find student-specific removal services, if your child is a student. Lots of places offer student rates, so if your child is moving away as part of their studies then these are definitely worth investigating as they can save you a lot of money! Make sure to read all of the fine print and terms and conditions so that you understand what services you’re paying for, and so that you won’t fall victim to any moving scams!