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Getting Ready to Move: 7 to 12 months in advance

Print Your Moving Checklist (.pdf format). A couple of hole-punches and it will be ready for your Moving Binder!
Family Support

  • As a family, find information about the new community in maps, books, travel guides, and on MilitaryAvenue.
  • Encourage your children to ask questions and be available whenever they need to talk.
  • Most children will feel some anger, sadness, or worry about the move. These responses are natural, and kids who have a chance to express them will work through their doubts more easily. Gently tell your children about any sadness you may feel about leaving or uncertainty about a new home, job, or city. This will reassure them that they aren't alone in having worries or concerns.
  • If you have older relatives who will be affected by your move , begin to plan what steps you need to take to be sure your relatives have the support and services they need. Talk with other family members.
  • Tell your children about the move as soon as you can. The more time they have to think about and prepare for the move, the easier it will be for them.
  • Know that all children are unique and adjust to change at different rates and in different ways.
  • As a family, talk about how making new friends can be fun.
  • Make a memory book of favorite things with your children. You can visit your local scrapbook / craft store and make an event of it. (You can find one near you on MilitaryAvenue under Hobbies & Crafts.) Some things you might want to include are pictures and journals; write down your favorite things and your least favorite things of your current home and write down the things you have to look forward to you in the future.

Planning Ahead

  • Moving is a good time to learn where you stand financially. Be sure to check your credit

  • Start saving for non-reimbursable moving expenses.
  • Get Organized:  We’ll call it your “Move-Day Planner".  Even if you never use a planner at home or on the job, a business planner is more important to a move than boxes and tape. Get one with big pages, one for each day, and throw in some business card holders, zipper pouches and receipt envelopes.

Your Current Community

  • If you own your home and are going to sell find a Real Estate Agent. You will find several in your area on MilitaryAvenue under Real Estate.

Your Future Community

  • Think about your child care needs if you have a younger child. You can begin to look for programs, referrals, and resources in the new town where you will soon be living. Whether you are looking for Home Care, a Child Care Center or more of a Preschool environment you can find what is right for you on MilitaryAvenue under Child Care.
  • Gather information about schools (under Education on MilitaryAvenue) in the new community if you have a school-age child. There may be a number of different options to choose from.

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