Moving Today For A Better Tomorrow
Relocating is a chore anytime. But add in a special needs child, and the challenge is that much greater. Fortunately, there are many resources that can help you make your move without added strain on anyone. Keep reading for insight and advice.
When moving with a special needs child, preparation is your best friend. The things you do today to smooth out the process will go a long way toward making it an enjoyable experience for everyone. A good first step is to ensure that all of your child’s information is readily available when you or a chosen caregiver needs it.
Something else all home sellers must take into account is the proceeds from their current home. Knowing how much money you have to work with – or how much you will be out of pocket – can help you better plan for the move today without changing how you save for the future. Get to know the selling process, including what the average realtor fees and selling prices are in your area. Once you figure this out, subtract your outstanding mortgage balance to get a better idea of how much you can expect to profit or lose.
Next, pay close attention to the area to which you plan to move. More importantly, confirm that the school that your child will be zoned for can handle their needs. If you are moving out of state, contact the local school board to confirm whether or not your child’s IEP will be accepted as-is or if they will need to undergo separate testing in their new district.
A smooth move
By now, you have already mastered the practical aspects of moving your child from one place to the next. But you must still think ahead and how the act of moving from one home to another may affect your child emotionally.
Be prepared for meltdowns, particularly in children with sensory disorders, or who have trouble communicating verbally. Make sure that your son or daughter has access to a sensory space where they can decompress when needed. During the move, you’ll want to give them their favorite things to serve as comfort while their world changes around them.
Children with autism should be given plenty of warning about the move. Creating a visual calendar can also be a good idea so there is no question of a timeline.
Plan to hire a moving service as opposed to doing it yourself. Fortunately, MoveMeWithCare can help you find reliable and affordable moving help! In addition to freeing you up to focus on your child, a licensed moving company will be bonded and insured in case your belongings are damaged. Keep in mind that this is an added expense, and your moving company may charge you for overweight belongings, how quickly you want them delivered, and how far you plan to go. In other words, budget ahead of time.
Whether you are moving across town or across the country, it’s a strenuous experience. It’s also stressful, particularly when the move involves a special needs child. Planning well and ahead is the best thing you can do to ensure a smooth move. This encompasses everything from looking at your budget to making sure your child has a safe space to call their own throughout the process. If you’re moving soon, congratulations, and heed the above advice for a more pleasant experience.