The following page was provided in part by, Most of us aren't big fans of change. We like to keep the same friends, the same residence, and the same life, but sadly this is not always possible, especially in a recession when a lot of people are losing their jobs and having to put up their home for sale. If you find yourself suddenly faced with the prospect of having to relocate to a new city, it can be daunting. Here are some hints and tips for accomplishing the relocation successfully. You can find a check list of moving tools and tips right here

Pre-arrange Your Living Space

Moving is always stressful, but it's a hundred times worse when you put up your old house for sale before you have somewhere to live in your new city and you end up having to make do with apartments, hotel rooms, and storage. To smooth your transition, take a trip ahead of time to look for your new house or apartment so that when you do move, you can move right into your new house without the period of stress and uncertainly.

Tie Up Loose Ends

The toughest part of the move, especially for children, is always leaving old friends behind. Although there's no way to keep from missing them, having a going away party or at least taking the time to say goodbye to everyone will help you move into your new area without worrying about leaving a lot of things left unsaid.

Get Referrals in Your New Home Town

The staff at Loadlaw suggest that the best way to find a new tax accountant, doctor, hair dresser, etc. is to ask your current provider for a referral, or get in touch with a local community group like Welcome Wagon. You'll also want to have your medical, school, dental, and vision records copied or transferred so you can pick up where you left off in your new city.

Stay Positive

As the parent of the family, it's up to you to encourage and maintain your family's positive outlook on the move, even if you don't feel it. Focus not on all the things you're leaving behind, but all the things you're going to find when you get there. Buying a new home means there will be theaters and museums and concerts and all sorts of fun stuff. Even small towns have their attractions. Keep emphasizing that your kids will make new friends and be able to play the same sports and eventually they'll believe it.

Get Everyone Involved

If kids and other family members don't have any responsibilities to help with the move, they'll feel like it's something that's being done TO them, like a punishment. So while you arrange your mortgage and home purchase, have the kids be in charge of packing, picking out their new school, selecting places to visit on free days, or plotting your cross country drive. Work on tasks together, that way the move will feel like a team effort and is less likely to create fractures within the family.

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