The Moving Checklist for the New Mom

As a mom, of course my future plan is to have a home that I own for my children to grow up in and return to visit me with their children in the future. It’s a life goal. Some people already home owners, for others it’s a bit of a process to get to the point of home ownership. There are others like me, who probably will be renters for various reasons for a while or indefinitely which is fine as well.

The thing is, regardless of the reasons…moving is hard. Before you had children moving could be exciting and a pain at the same time. Now, the stress level can become unbearable if you let it. Of course as moms we want the place our children will be living in to be perfect. Logically we understand that it might not happen, but sometimes our hearts and mind do a great job on connecting the most important needs.

When deciding on the home to bring your family into, there are many things to consider. Everything should include short term and long term planning, meaning you need to look around your current neighborhood or prospective one and think if you can reasonably put in years living in these surroundings. But here’s the kicker, where do you begin in the home moving journey?

7  Renting or Owning a House

If you are financially able to purchase a home, that is great news, because you get to decide on the future of your family memories. Deciding on which of these two options is best suited for your current situation is essential. If you have a traveling job that you may be relocating for, perhaps renting is the best option for you. If not, then how big of a home will you need? 

Having a discussion on whether 3 bedrooms is enough is important, but if the home becomes too small, selling might be an option as well. Plus the upkeep should be foremost in your budgeting. Unlike a rental, if something breaks, you are the sole person responsible to fix it. As the owners you are responsible for all the upkeep on the house.

6  How Long You Plan to Live in Your House

Deciding how long you’re going to live in a house will depend on a few factors. These factors mainly have to do with your lifestyle. You should ask yourself these questions when you’re planning on moving. Do you have small children who have a few years yet until schooling is required? Are you planning to stay for the rest of your lives? These are two very important questions. 

From the time your kids are born up until they’re small children, you won’t really be required to research any school districts or distances to school or extra curricular events. Only when these factors become a reality will you have to decide if the surrounding areas meet the wants and needs of your current lifestyle. 

Planning long haul living arrangements for a family with children who will need schooling and the possibility of taking a bus route means judging the distance and time to school, parks and stores. Most likely it will require you to do some in-depth research on where you plan to buy your new home.

5 The Importance of Looking into School Districts

The internet is a wonderful tool that you can learn all about neighborhoods from, since everything is virtually at your fingertips if you know what you are looking for. Find out the schooling district of the home you are planning to move into and research test scores, student to teacher ratio, after school programs and everything! 

We want our children to have the best opportunities for education and if the schools assigned in the district you might be moving to are not great schools, you might want to think about moving to another area. There’s a chance you might need to do some thinking. Is the investment on the house worth your kids going to a school with a low ranking? Is there a way you can help your kids outside of school if you buy that house? 

Hopefully, you research schools first and then look for homes in the area with excellent education programs for the future generations. 

4  Safe Neighborhoods and Crime Rates

Unfortunately, there’s no one place in the world that is completely safe. There are, however, places that have low crime rates because of neighborhood watch programs, police patrols and security gates. I also believe that knowing what type of neighborhood you are moving into is the key to a peaceful night’s sleep, so do the research you need to do and look into it. 

You can get crime reports for the area you’re thinking of residing in by going to the local police station and speaking with officers. You can also do an internet search for all the registered sex offenders living in the area you’re thinking about moving to. Do a radius check for all the areas your children could likely be without you at some point in their life in that area, i.e. park, walking to school, corner market, being well informed helps you as a parent feel like you have all the tools necessary to make informed decisions.

3  What Does the Surrounding Area Offer

Growing up in the Midwest of the United States with sometimes brutal winters brings to mind generations of advice which have been drilled into my head. Pick a spot where everything is within walking distance. If you have a car, great! If you don’t have a car or lose the car you had, functioning in your daily life might become increasingly difficult. 

Grocery stores that either deliver or ones you can walk to are the most important thing to have near you. Being within walking distance of public transportation means not having to rely on a taxi whenever you want to go out. Living near a park means going outdoors for fun with the children, it will help burn off your children’s extra energy on the days it’s needed. 

If you're the type of family that loves entertainment, keep in mind which entertainment is within walking distance, moving to a neighborhood with shops and places to eat might be something you need to consider on your must have list.

2 Think About How Much Space You Really Need

Right now you may only have the need for a 2 bedroom home, but do you only plan on having the one child or do you plan on having more? Maybe getting the place with an extra bedroom seems like a waste of extra money now, but three years from now when you have another baby and a toddler needing their own play space it will come in handy. Think of it as office space or a spare room for the time being. 

The good thing is you can change rooms to fit the needs of the family, but you can’t add extra rooms to your house instantly the moment you need it. So when you’re looking at moving, consider which size of house is going to suit your future needs and not just what you need right now.

1  Making a Checklist of Details

You could end up with a five page “to-do” list you have to get finished before you can either think about moving, or physically move. To save your sanity and reduce some stress, make lists of the stuff that needs to be accomplished before, during and after the move. The truth is, every day you’re going to think about something that will need your attention, it’s how moms operate. 

So write it down! Then separate your list into categories of importance and make your way through it, checking things off as you go. It stops you from forgetting anything important or overlooking small tasks during the hassle of everything. Each family is different and needs change from person to person. A trick would be to make a list for each member of the family and post it somewhere everyone can see it. This way anyone can add to the list as they see things that need attention.

If you can take a moment to enjoy this new adventure you’re about to embark on, I highly recommend it. Moving can be fun, staying organized throughout the entire event makes for a relatively easy experience. Remind the family what the goals are before you start moving, by involving everyone you’ll get the help you need to get things done, so start planning your to-do lists early. If you take care of business before you start packing, moving doesn’t have to be such a headache. 

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