105 Relocation Tips

American society has become increasingly nomadic. In the past, it was not uncommon for someone to live and die in the house where they were born. Now, about 75% of the U.S. population relocates once every five years.

While many people may move elsewhere within their own state, at least 15 percent relocate to another state entirely. The average American will live in 11 to 13 different homes during their lifetime.

Moving can be a stressful, complicated affair, especially for families with children and pets -- and yet most of the "moving tips" out there seem to center on the importance of packing boxes and making checklists. A good checklist might keep you organized and reduce anxiety, but we noticed that there was a certain "human element" lacking in these endless lists.

We wanted to create some helpful moving hints that focused less on the physical aspects of moving to a new house, and more on doing what it takes to make a happy home once you get there. Finding a new home should be an exciting, joyful affair -- and that's something you can't always get from a checklist.

With that in mind, we created this list of 100 tips for a successful relocation that focus on the "human element" of moving.

To get first-hand information, we consulted real people with a wide variety of moving experience -- both expert bloggers and everyday people -- and condensed their considerable and varied experience into this list. They included:

  • Jessica Lynn from Jessica Lynn Writes, who has lived everywhere from New Mexico to Georgia to northern Italy.
  • Susan from Organized 31, a prolific blogger married to an active military member who has moved over twenty times.
  • Carmel from Our Fifth House, a design-obsessed DIY blogger whose blog is named for her fifth residence.
  • Allison from A Glimpse Inside, an Army wife and crafting enthusiast who has moved her family six times, from Virginia to Colorado and several other states.
  • Allison from Golden Sycamore, a married blogger with two young girls, a dog, and two cats, who has moved four times since getting married.
  • Jill from Forever Cottage, an inventive interior decorator who has moved ten times: from Illinois to Minnesota to Oregon to New Jersey, back to Minnesota, and then back to Portland again!

These contributors have moved a combined total of over 50 times, spanning a total of 20 states and 3 countries. Each of them had their own reasons for moving -- from military postings to marriages -- and all of them have a wealth of first-hand advice and experience making the most of every move, ensuring their families had a positive relocation experience.

Now we've put that knowledge at your fingertips. Enjoy, and happy moving!

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