BY: Alexis Hall
A Guide to Buying a Home on a Budget and Moving With Small Children
Buying a home is an exciting experience. However, add on moving with small children and trying to stay on a budget, and these can become challenging. This brief guide offers some simple tips to help you keep your move and budget on track with your little ones.
Make a Thorough Checklist
Everyone works more efficiently when organized. As a parent, you know that things can easily fall through the cracks on a regular day. When you throw in buying a home and moving, it can get even more chaotic. Checklists are a great way to stay on top of things. For example, if you’re in the process of selling your current home, make a checklist specifically for the open house event. It should include things like putting away valuables, removing the pets, neutralizing orders, and making sure there’s enough light.
Make Space for Your At-Home Business
If you’re an at-home business owner, you have additional elements to consider before you move. First, make sure you move your entire business at once. If you’re relocating to a home nearby, you may be moving a little at a time, but your business should go all at once, so you don’t slow down production.
Start planning as soon as possible and hire movers with great reviews to help you move while you continue working. You can reduce downtime by planning to work remotely ahead of the move.
Look for Ways to Join the Community
Part of moving is getting to know a new community. If you’re moving back to your hometown, look up old friends on social media or other online databases. For example, you can find fellow high school graduates online from Mount Dora, Florida by putting in the year you graduated and what school you attended. You can even look people up by name.
Help your kids make new friends as well. Take them to a nearby park and strike up a conversation with other parents. You can plan play dates or learn about fun activities kids do in the area.
Accept Help Whenever You Can
Moving with small children can feel impossible without help. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. Talk to your friends and family in advance about babysitting so you can pack and get everything organized. You’ll be able to do it in half the time if you don’t have to watch the kids at the same time. If you have time to pack, you can save money by not hiring a full-service moving company.
Start the Packing Process Far in Advance
Research shows that the time you need to pack depends on the size of your home and the amount of stuff you need to go through. The earlier you start, the more opportunity you have to get rid of things you don’t need and organize the things you intend to keep. For example, start at least three months in advance if you have a large home. Pack seasonal items first. Keep everything organized by labeling boxes with the room items belong in. You’ll also have time to sell items you don’t want and make a little extra money to add to your moving budget.
Remember to be flexible now that you have some simple ways to stay organized and on budget. At some point, things may fall off track. However, it will work out as long as you allow yourself to take a moment to pause and regroup.