Moving your family to a new suburb
Moving to a new suburb can always be a little daunting at first, even more so when you have children. How do you choose which suburb to move to? What are the schools like for your children? Are there other children-friendly amenities in the area? How do you make this whole transition easier on yourselves?
Choosing a suburb
When you have children, your priorities change and in turn what you look for in a home will be completely different. Yes, you want to move to a suburb that is good value for money and shows the potential increase over time, but your children come first: you are looking for a family-oriented suburb that they can settle into. Some of the most important things you might look for include:
• hospitals and medical facilities
• conveniently located shopping districts
• leisure facilities
• schools in close proximity
As every busy parent knows, if services and amenities aren’t conveniently located, parenting can be more like running a chauffeur service than spending quality time with your children. If schools aren’t within walking distance or a short drive away, every day has to be scheduled around transporting the children to school and back.
Traditionally, finding schools in an unfamiliar suburb is one of the hardest parts of choosing a home. Shopping centres are clearly indicated on maps, but schools, especially with zoning, can be hard to work out.
I’d recommend speaking to one of the local real estate agencies or if the agent you’re buying through is local even better. They can tell you what’s in the area without you having to dig around on the internet and may even have personal experiences with some of these schools. Also calling a few schools and booking appointments with the principle to have a walk through can be a great way to get a proper feel for the environment.
Easing the transition
How do you juggle children and a house full of furniture when you move from one suburb to another? First, study the pros and cons of moving everything on your own, take into consideration the packing, the amount you will need to move, cost, time, travel back and forth and of course the children. You might decide to let the removalist handle most of the work, but you will still have a lot of packing to do. I highly suggest if the children are young organising a night for them to stay with the grandparents or a close family friend, leaving you with extra time to get everything done and less to worry about on moving day.
Remember, too, that moving can very also be a stressful time for children. Include them in your moving plans and explain all the positive elements of the new suburb, even visit the suburb before moving. Point out the location of the new home and show them the neighbourhood, a sneaky picnic or trip to the local ice-cream shop never hurts either; make the first encounter of their new neighbourhood a positive one. To ease the transition, take some of their favourite toys and belongings with you in the car when you move and get their bedrooms set up first to give them a sense of being in a new home instead of a strange and frightening new location.
As a parent, your priority is always your kids’ welfare. Choosing the right suburb is a lot easier now that there are tools available to help you find what you need. Make use of all the available resources and both you and your children will be happier for it.