The Ultimate Checklist For Moving Your Entire Family

Moving can be a nightmare and moving your whole family can be a very difficult task. If you want to ensure that your family move is as smooth and easy as possible, you need to have a checklist. The checklist should cover everything that you need to do before and during the move.

8 Weeks Before Your Move

Around 8 weeks before you move, you need to explain the move to your children and talk to them about the moving process. This will be very helpful for older children and can help younger children comprehend the move.  can also help to get your children more involved in the moving process which will make everything easier for you.

At this point, you will need to contact your children’s currency school and inform them about the move. If you are moving to a different area where your children will need to attend a new school, you will have to locate a new school. Before you make the final decision between schools, you need to check their rating and the overall quality of the education your child will get.  

You should also take your children and pets to the new house for them to get familiar with the area. This will make them more comfortable with the move and will help your child to find fun places that they can look forward to. Taking the time to make this trip will increase the excitement that your children have for the move and will make it easier for you.  

6 Weeks Before Your Move

Around 6 weeks before you have to move, you should look at getting copies of your medical records and that of all family members. Once you get to your new home, you will have to register with a new doctor who will need these records. Having the records on hand will reduce any complications that can come with transferring the records.  

If you have a pet, you will need to get a copy of the vet records as well. This will ensure that your new vet will be able to properly treat your pet. Before a vet will see your pet, they will generally want to have the records of the vaccinations that have been completed. Having these records will ensure that your pet can see the vet as soon as possible and you will avoid any complications if you are moving to a new state.  

4 Weeks Before Your Move

In the month before your moves, you will need to start the nitty gritty of the move. You will need to create a packing plan for your move and a plan of action along with a timeline. This will ensure that all aspects of your move are organized and planned correctly.

At this point, you will also need to determine what you are going to be taking to your new home and what you are not. It is important that you help your children determine what they should be keeping and what they should be getting rid of. You may not have to move everything that your child owns and working through their belongings can make the move easier.  

If you are going to be moving long-distance, you will also need to plan activities for your children. This is particularly important if you are going to be traveling to your new home by road.  If you are going to be flying, you will need to look at booking your tickets and ensuring that your children understand the move.

At this point, you should also start to pack your home. It is recommended that you start packing the items that you are not going to be using on a daily basis. You should also get your children to pack their rooms as this will help them with the moving process. Teenagers will be able to pack their room on their own, but younger children will generally need more help and you need to set time aside for this.  

During this time, you also need to look at hiring a moving company. You should never leave this too late because moving companies can be booked fast and you could be left with a company that is not providing the right service. If you are moving across state lines, you will need to ensure that the moving company you choose is licensed to do this.  

2 Weeks Before The Move

In the weeks before your move, you will need to start planning the first few days after your move. Planning meals is important because you do not want to disrupt your children too much.  Additionally, the first few days after the move will be hectic and you will want to have something easy planned and know what you have to do.

If you have a pet, you will need to ensure that they have comfortable travel arrangements. Pets will hate moving as much as small children and you need to consider this. If you are going to be driving, you need to ensure that your pet has a comfortable travel crate and that you are prepared for the long journey with them.

Another critical thing you do not want to forget is changing your address. You can do this at the post office or for convenience do it online at

1 Week Before You Move

In the week before you move, you will need to start collecting snacks for the family to enjoy during your move. On the day of your move, you will not be able to stop for full meals and you need to consider this. Having snacks ready will stop anyone from becoming too hungry and will help you avoid screaming children while you move.  

You will also need to pack a first night box for every member of your family. These boxes will need to include the possessions that you need to have such as toiletries and clothing. A box with utensils and crockery is also important because you will want to be able to comfortably eat before you have time to unpack all of the boxes.  

There are a number of steps that you need to take in the weeks leading up to your move.  These steps will ensure that your whole family is moved successfully and with as few problems as possible.


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