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Expert Guide: Moving House with Children

Expert Guide: Moving House with Children – Ensuring a Smooth Transition


Moving house is a significant life change, especially for families with small children. At ASP Removals, we understand the unique challenges that come with this process. This guide focuses on the emotional and psychological aspects of moving with children, offering practical strategies to help them cope and adjust smoothly.

Understanding the Impact of Moving on Children

Emotional and Psychological Effects

Children can experience a range of emotions during a move, including anxiety, sadness, and excitement. The disruption of their familiar environment and routine can be unsettling. It’s crucial to acknowledge these feelings and provide support throughout the transition.

Strategies to Help Children Cope

1. Involve Children in the Moving Process

Involving your children in the moving process can give them a sense of control and reduce anxiety. Here are some ways to do this:

  • Decision Making: Allow children to make small decisions, such as choosing the colour of their new room or selecting which toys to pack first.
  • Packing: Encourage them to pack a special box with their favourite items. This can make them feel more involved and excited about the move.

2. Maintain Routines

Consistency is key for children. Try to keep their daily routines as normal as possible during the move. This includes regular meal times, bedtimes, and activities. Familiar routines provide comfort and stability in a time of change.

3. Communicate Openly

Open and honest communication is essential. Explain the reasons for the move in terms they can understand and address their concerns. Encourage them to ask questions and express their feelings. Reassure them that their feelings are valid and that it’s okay to feel nervous or sad.

Practical Tips for Moving Day

4. Arrange Childcare

If possible, arrange for a trusted friend or family member to look after your children on moving day. This allows you to focus on the logistics without worrying about their safety and comfort.

5. Create a Safe Space

Set up a designated play area where your children can stay occupied with their favourite toys and activities. This keeps them safe and entertained while the movers work.

6. Pack an Essentials Bag

Prepare a bag with essentials for each child, including:

  • Favourite toys and comfort items
  • Snacks and drinks
  • A change of clothes
  • Toiletries and any necessary medications

Settling into the New Home

7. Unpack Children’s Rooms First

Setting up your children’s rooms first can help them feel more at home in the new environment. Make their new space familiar by arranging their furniture and toys similarly to their old room. This provides a sense of continuity and comfort.

8. Explore the New Neighbourhood

Take time to explore your new neighbourhood together. Visit local parks, playgrounds, and other family-friendly spots. This helps children get excited about their new surroundings and makes the new location feel more like home.

9. Stay Positive and Patient

Your attitude towards the move can significantly influence your children’s perception. Stay positive and patient, offering reassurance and support as they adjust. Celebrate small milestones and progress in settling into the new home.


Moving house with children requires thoughtful planning and a focus on their emotional well-being. By involving them in the process, maintaining routines, and providing open communication, you can help your children cope with the transition smoothly. At ASP Removals, we’re here to support you every step of the way, ensuring a stress-free moving experience for your family.

For more information on our moving services, packing or storage visit ASP Removals and let us help you make your next move the best one yet.


ASP Removals & Storage
137 Broadway
DA6 7EZ Telephone: 020 8306 8313
Email: info@asp-removals.co.uk

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