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Moving Before The New School Year: What You Need To Know
Dated: June 10 2022
By O'Brien Realty
Summer is the most popular time to make a move as many families want to make the transition before the start of the new school year. But moving can be stressful during any time of the year (especially when you have young children). That is why it is important to start early and be prepared!
To help you with the process, here is a timeline and task lists for moving into your Southern Maryland home this summer! The Southern Maryland public schools typically start within the last two weeks of August. So you have about two months to prepare and get settled before the start of the new school year. So let’s get started!
2 Months Before
The key to a smooth move is to start preparing early! Now is the best time to start your moving process.
-Begin collecting all of your important documents (birth certificates, medical forms, immunization records, etc.) and put them in a safe but accessible place. You will need them throughout the move, and to register your children for their new school.
-Schedule interviews and begin hiring cleaning crews and moving companies now. Summer is the most popular time to move, so these services can book quickly. Especially avoid scheduling around big summer holidays like Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day as these can be the busiest (and most expensive) times. Not sure where to start?- Your O’Brien Agent can give you some recommendations!
-Start discussing the big move with your kids, and ask them to create a “bucket list” of things they want to do and remember about their current home. This will give them some closure, make it an easier transition, and get them excited about the move!
A Month Before
Let’s get down to business! Now that you have prepared, it is time to work on packing your home and you, your home, and your kids ready for the big day.
-Now is the time to notify the schools about your move. Doing so now will give them extra time to transfer your students’ records and inform their new school about any accommodations they may need. It could also be a good time to ask about any supplies or uniforms needed. If you can, try to schedule a visit to the new school. This will ease some uncertainty for your children and get them excited for the new year.
-Schedule some time for summer fun! Sign your kids up for some activities, events or camps. They can make some great summer memories and give you some extra time to pack. If you are moving nearby, try to find some activities in your new area. Your children will be able to meet new friends and begin feeling at home there.
-Start organizing, gathering, and packing your belongings. Pay special attention to your expensive items and electronics. The summer heat can damage them, so it is important to pack them separately, and keep them in the air conditioning as long as possible. Make sure these items are the last to go and the first to unpack.
-Set-up the utilities for your new home now. Summers in Southern Maryland can bring high temperatures and humidity so you will want your new home’s air conditioning ready to go!
-If possible, try to schedule child or pet care for the day of the move. Whether it is with a care facility, family, friends, or even neighbors, having a safe place for them to go can make the process easier. It will be a busy day, and knowing that your kids and pets are taken care of can relieve some added stress.
Day Of Move
The big day is here! This is when all of your preparation pays off, and the hard work begins. But it will all be worth it!
-If you can’t find care for your kids or pets, consider setting up a designated “kids/pets zone”. You can set up a portion of the house or yard with activities, toys, snacks and more to help keep them occupied while everything else is going on. Packing a “1st day/night” bag with all of their necessities and favorite things can help you keep track of all of their things and guarantee a day full of fun for them.
-To “beat the heat” make sure that you are taking care of yourself throughout the day. Having portable fans and water set-up near the loading/unloading zones can keep cool. Wearing light (like cotton) and loose fitting clothing and sunscreen can also help. Taking short breaks throughout the day will help you recover and keep healthy.
-Consider making your children’s room the first one to unpack. Older kids will love being able to create their own space and it will help keep younger ones occupied during the day. But most importantly being surrounded by their familiar things can be the first step to making your new house feel like their home.
After The Move
Congratulations! The hard part is over and now the fun can begin. Now you can focus on making your new house a home, and get accustomed with the neighborhood and community.
-Once you get everything there, take your family on a tour of your new home! Take the time to remind yourself what made this house and area so desirable to you and your family whether it be the spare room, parks, neighborhood, pool or other attractions nearby.
-It is important to set ground rules when you first move in. Go over safety plans for your new home with your children and establish rules for things like pool usage, neighborhood areas, biking, or new curfews.
-Take a drive to visit the new schools and other areas around it. This can really help your children visualize themselves starting there soon.
-Become a part of the community but meeting your new neighbors or throwing a housewarming party! Inviting new friends and neighbors as well as family or old friends can really help kids adjust to this new change. But most importantly, enjoy your new home and neighborhood, you worked hard to get there!
Moving in the summer may seem like an impossible task, but it is much easier when you prepare early and break it down into smaller steps. Pay special attention to the summer Southern Maryland weather, and remember that any small thing that you can do to help your family ease into this transition will go a long way.
Still have questions or don’t know where to begin?- Talk to your O’Brien Agent! They are experts on your area and can give you advice and recommendations to make your move an easy one!
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