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The 4 steps for relocating with your family

The 4 steps for relocating with your family

According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, some 36 million families moved between 2012 and 2013. For some, it was due to new employment opportunities, while others move for recreational or family-centric purposes. Regardless of the reason, relocating your family - whether a few blocks over or across the country - can be a complicated process. Unless, of course, you and your family know what it takes to plan as smooth a relocation as possible. Pay heed to these following four tidbits:

"Some 36 million families moved between 2012 and 2013."

1. Do your homework 
The first step of any relocation process is to research heavily. You need to find where the best location for your family is based on a number of different considerations, including school districts and earning potential. One of the easiest ways to find that dream city is to rely on lists compiled by other organizations. For instance, Atlas Van Lines' 2014 report found that states like Texas and North Carolina had the highest inbound migration, due in part to job opportunities and affordable housing. No matter where you look, be it a real estate aggregation site like Zillow or real estate database like Trulia, always pay close attention to cost of living and median family income as these are vital indicators.

2. Consider everyone's needs
As mentioned above, some families will move to a new city because that area's school districts are highly coveted or have earned a number of local and national awards. And while it's important to ensure the move meets the entire family's needs, it's not always easy to find the best school districts. In 2016, Niche unveiled its list of the best school districts, and cities like Austin, TX and Oyster Bay Town, NY topped the list. There are a host of other sites that provide similar rankings, including GreatSchools.com and SchoolDigger.com. As important as schooling is, it's just as vital to consider crime rates in an area. NeighborhoodScout.com maintains a running list of the safest cities, and this is just one way to understand your new city.

3. Ask the right questions
Once you've performed the research, it's time to actually begin your preparations. Though you might feel the urge to begin putting your belongings into boxes, there are other steps to consider before packing:

  • Have you scheduled turn-off dates for utilities in your old house? What about the new home?
  • Was the U.S. Post Office informed of the move, and has your mail service been forwarded?
  • Do you have the proper packing materials at hand? That means ample boxes and plastic wrap.
  • What's your timetable for the move? The more time you have, the smoother the process should run.

4. Find a moving partner
Though some families choose to move on their own, hiring a moving service is always a good idea. That way, you have someone to help handle the logistics of the process, plus you're afforded the security of working with a truly reputable company. When finding such a service, you'll want to make ensure they are certified as ProMovers and they meet the guidelines as outlined by groups like the American Moving and Storage Association. Atlas Van Lines has achieved that status and offers an easy-to-use portal via the movr app.  Atlas remains committed to empowering customers, helping them plan the move that meets the entire family's needs and goals.

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