Planning to move home can be an exciting time. Many of us get bored with the same old daily routines and sights and end up desiring a change of scenery. There are also many other factors involved in a house move. For example, you may move home for a job or because your child has gotten into a prestigious school. It is very easy to consider just all the benefits of a move without any of the drawbacks – but you need to make sure that it’s right for you. Here are some of the things you may need to think about when planning your long-distance move.

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The Move Itself

Moving home can often be like having a fresh start, so it’s only natural that most of us want to be able to hit the ground running. Our plans can often fall at the first hurdle, however, when the actual logistics of the move prove too challenging. First things first, you will need to take time off work to orchestrate the move, and in an ideal world, it would be during school vacation too (so you don’t have to take your kids out of school). Then you will need to take into account the cost of moving long distance. This includes moving all your possessions across country, and also getting you from A to B – whether you take the car or take an internal flight.

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What to Do When yYou Get There

If you are moving many miles away – whether to a different country or a different state – you will need to be aware that the neighborhood and customs could be quite different from what you are used to. It could be quieter than where you come from, so you might have to make sure that your children don’t play outside too late in the evenings. It may also be much bigger than you are used to, and much busier in terms of traffic. If you don’t scope out the neighborhood fully before the move, it should be one of the very first things you do when you get there. Find out where all the local conveniences are (shops, parks, public transport stops etc) and make an effort to introduce yourself to your new neighbors. Moving somewhere completely new can be a little alienating at first, so having some friendly faces around can make the whole thing a lot easier.

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Keeping in Touch

Moving away from friends and family is always a lot harder than people think it is. You will probably find that after your move, certain relationships (especially with friends) do start to fade away simply because you are no longer in the immediate social circle. This is just one of those things and is not necessarily anybody’s fault  – just part of life! There are, however, things you can do to make sure you still keep firm ties with certain people back home. Make agreements on how often you and your family will visit each other and try setting a weekly Skype or FaceTime date to catch up with one another. With all the technology that is now available, it’s easier than ever to keep in contact with loved ones, so make use of it.

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