7 Ways to Help Your Family Adjust to a New City [Guest Blogger]

Uprooting yourself from a familiar place you call home can prove to be a tough task. It takes careful planning, the support of your friends and family, and a period of adjustment to your new locale — in this case, Houston. However, if you do intend on making the leap of faith, following a few simple guidelines can help make your family’s transition easier and more comfortable.

6 Ways to Help Your Family Adjust to a New City

Keep Family Communication Open

As with any other big decision, it’s vital that you keep the avenues of communication open between your family and yourself. Allow them to express all the concerns they have with the impending move. This allows them to air out everything that’s bothering them, giving you the opportunity to help with the transition. Children often take the news the hardest; they must leave behind friends and familiar surroundings. Make sure you take extra time to help them get settled and have them discuss their feelings once you get to your new home.

Move to the Perfect Area of Town

Because moving to a new area can seem overwhelming, especially a thriving one such as Houston, make sure you have everything planned ahead of time. Check out different homes in Houston, see what the community has to offer, and try visiting the area before the move. Finding a home in the perfect area of town to suit your family’s needs can often be the difference between happiness and loneliness. Remember to always ask your family what they think about the new area and house. Make sure your new home feels like home and not just a new house, this may take a little while, especially with children, but making it as comfortable and as beautiful as possible for everyone in the family is key to adjusting to a new city.

Get Involved

Even if you begin to work an insane amount of hours, use your free time to get your family involved in the local community. The sooner you get your spouse or children involved in activities, the faster they’ll acclimate to the move. Many bigger cities like Houston offer an array of free or cheap activities such as youth sports programs, museums, and fun runs to keep your family occupied and get their mind off the move.

Deal With Goodbyes

Perhaps the most difficult part of a move is saying your goodbyes. Everyone has something that they’ll miss. Understanding that everyone copes with this in a different way is important. Make sure you allow everyone to air out their grievances before the move and afterward. That way, you can pay special attention to your family members that are having trouble with the transition.

Schedule Family Days

Once again, the mental health of your family tends to be the most integral aspect of the move. Even if you’re working non-stop, take a day to schedule a family day. While this tends to be a bit more difficult with teenagers, they won’t regret it. Make sure that you don’t make the outing too long. If you have younger children, it’s a perfect way to get your mind off work and entertain the kids by going to the zoo or an Astros, a Texans, or a Rockets game.

Make Your New Home Feel Like Home

Making your new abode feel like home means making it as comfortable and as aesthetically pleasing to everyone in your family. It’s a good idea to have the whole family help out and have some input in the decorating and painting process of the new home. Check out these apps to help spur some creative design ideas. Letting them pick out the new paint colors, theme and decorations for their own rooms, will give them a sense of customization, ownership and pride in their new home, which will in turn expedite the adjustment process.

Help Your Spouse

Much like your children, your spouse has doubts and questions about the new move. To help with the transition, make sure your finances are in order. This allows your spouse to search for a rewarding job as opposed to taking the first one that comes their way. Also, lend ideas to how they spend their free time. Sitting idly at home is a horrible way to transition to a new city, so finding clubs, trivia nights, and open mics is a great way to meet new people and have fun at the same time. No matter where you choose to move and at what time in your life, the transition is harder than you think. However, you can help smooth things over by making sure your family is in good spirits. This will enable you to keep your focus on your job and not stressing out over things at home. A healthy family life should be the focal point, and once everyone is adjusted, you’ll find yourself loving life in a new place and enjoying new adventures for years to come.


JT Ripton is a freelance writer out of Tampa, who loves to write about a myriad of things, home improvements, moving and interior decorating being a few of them, you can follow JT on twitter @JTRipton

“Tip-Off” to Spring Maintenance

Have you been watching the clock and hoping for spring? Spring has FINALLY arrived along with the best few weeks of college basketball!

We don’t want you to be embarrassed by shooting an air ball with your home maintenance this year. Start playing offense and take advantage of these slam dunk tips to start the season off right.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing Spring maintenance tips that will get you off the bench (during time outs of course!) and into the game. Be sure to check back frequently as we reveal more tips.


Bonus!  We’ve gathered even more Spring Maintenance tips into a handy checklist that you can print & check off this Spring.


Print it now: Spring Maintenance Tips 2014

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New Homeowner’s Checklist

Moving into a new home soon? Here’s a handy checklist of things to do before & after the big move, put together by SecurityChoice.net, an ADT Authorized Company. Enjoy!

Download the checklist: SCnet-Homeowner-Checklist


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Selling & Moving Don’t Have to be 4-Letter Words.

Spring is almost here.

Wait, we didn’t hear any cheering! For those of us who reside up north, Spring is a big deal. Dreams of sunshine and warmer days consume our thoughts. The break in weather also means that more people start to think about moving into a new home and hope for a bustling real estate season.

If you’re one of those who needs to get his or her home ready for potential buyers to “ooh” and “ahh” at your stunning taste in decor, here’s a great place to start. We’ve dug up some blogs that will point you in the right direction and hopefully have you on your way to “sold!” more quickly.


Happy Filter, Happy Home!

Almost there… 28 days until Spring!

If you’re like us, you’re daydreaming about warmer weather, grilling out on the porch and enjoying your yard that hasn’t seen you in months. We would venture to guess, however, that you’re not thinking about preparing your home for Spring with a new air filter.

Air Circulates 100x a Day

Did you know that the air in your home filters through your furnace 100 times a day? Go take a look at your furnace filter. Do you have a standard one-inch filter in there? (It’s probably pretty dirty unless you have just replaced it). Most homes typically have a one-inch filter, but have you ever thought about the impact that having a thicker air filter would make?

Think of it this way – when your filter is only 1 inch thick, the amount of particles that are in the air only have an inch of filtering to pass through and more than likely are recirculating back into your air. (Cough!) When your filter is thicker, like this 4 inch MERV filter, you have now quadrupled the amount of filtering that is taking place in your home! This helps to capture more of those nasty particles that continue to circulate throughout your home.

Who wants yesterday’s dust (or worse, months of dust) floating around? We bet that after watching this quick video about your furnace filters you will feel empowered for your filter to collect all of those pesky pollens and allergens that come with the Spring season!

*Furnace Filter Size and Rating Varies by Division

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