Things to Know When Moving as a Large Family

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Moving house is meant to be one of the most stressful life events you can go through, but when you scale this up and move a larger-than-average family it can quickly become overwhelming! Like most things when you’ve got a lot of children to consider, organisation is everything. We’ve drawn on our experience and pulled together a few things that could help you if you’re planning a house move as a large family.


Lists, lists and more lists!

We cannot stress this enough – lists are your friends! If you love using a spreadsheet then even better, you can get super organised with a room-by-room inventory Assign each packing box a number and then in your spreadsheet you can detail the contents of the box and which room it needs to go into in your new home. This means that everything is in the right place from day one and when you are desperate to find the kettle you know exactly which box to go to.

Having your own moving home checklist is also a sensible idea. This should include everything you need to do as part of the moving home process such as switching your utilities, booking the removal company and when you’re going to tackle cleaning. (You’ll be surprised at how much dirt has gathered under the sofas and behind the bookcases!)


Timing is everything

Including timelines as part of your checklist will help to keep you on track, but there are certain parts of the moving process that can feel a little out of your control, especially when it comes to the buying and selling and legal process. One way to speed things up if you’re in a hurry to move is to use an online service where you can get a guaranteed sale at a time that suits you and receive funds in as little as seven days.

If you need a quick sale and don’t want to take the chance on having your chain break down and losing your dream home then this could be an option worth exploring. 


Share the workload

While having a large family can be hard work, moving house is one of those times when you should be pulling together as a team to get things done. It’s time to reap the benefits of having all those children by putting them to work! 

Make a list of all the small jobs that need doing throughout the house and delegate tasks to responsible family members to take care of. Children should also take an active role in sorting and packing their bedrooms. This should include sorting out toys and clothes that they’ve grown out of ready to donate to charity and packing up the things they do want to keep into boxes. Younger children may need supervision but everyone should be encouraged to share the workload.

Moving a large family can be a lot of work but if it means having more space or being closer to friends, family, work and school then it’s worth doing.






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