Have you decided, after much deliberation, that it is time to move house? Perhaps you are no longer happy in your current neighborhood, or maybe your house is just too small?
Either way, whatever the reason for wanting to move house, the chances are that if you have little ones, you are dreading the whole process.
The fact is that moving house with toddlers in tow is never going to be an enjoyable experience, but that being said, it doesn’t have to be a hellish one. When it comes to moving house, just because you have little ones in tow, that does not guarantee a bad experience.
In fact, if you are smart about the moving process and take the time to plan everything in advance, you might even be able to make moving day an enjoyable experience – yes, really! Don’t believe me? Have a read of these tips below, implement them, and you will see just how smooth and stress-free moving day with a toddler can be!
Pack in advance
Whatever you do, don’t make the mistake of leaving all of your packing until the last minute. Do this, and you will hate yourself when the night before your move arrives.
Start your packing at least two weeks beforehand, so that you have plenty of time to do everything.
Take advantage of child-free time, such as when your little one is in bed, on a play date, or with grandma and grandad, and use it to get as much packing done as possible.
Work through the house, starting upstairs and going downstairs with the exception of your little one’s room – to prevent them feeling distressed, leave their room until last.
Be selective about your removal service
To make the moving process that little bit easier, you will need to hire a removal service. Of course, finding a suitable service is not always an easy task, especially when you have high expectations of what you would expect from your removalists.
Take the time to research all of the best local AFRA accredited removalist services, to ensure that you are able to find the perfect service for your needs.
Ask friends and colleagues who they would recommend you use, as they might be able to suggest a service that they have used in the past and loved.
Hire a professional cleaning service
Often, part of moving out of a property, whether you own or rent your home, is cleaning it from top to bottom. While you can do some of the cleaning while all of your belongings are in the property, it’s not as easy as you would think to find the time to deep clean the whole property once your belongings have been moved out, especially when you have a toddler to take care of.
So, why not make the process easier for yourself and hire a professional cleaning service to deep clean the property for you? Just think, that way you can vacate the property with your belongings and family and not have to worry about returning to do the cleaning, meaning a lot less stress.
Ship your little one off
If it all gets too much for your little one or you, it could be worth having somewhere to send them to for a little while. Maybe you have relatives that live close by or a friend who you could call on to come and pick up your little one for a play date, to give them (and you) some time out.
Moving is hard for little ones, which is why arranging for them to spend a few hours with family or a friend while you get on with the boring stuff, could be a worthwhile move to make.
There you have it, all of the tips and advice that you will need to make the process of moving house with toddlers in tow, that little bit easier and less stressful.