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Breaking the news about the upcoming household move

how-to-cope-with-friend-movingIt’s never easy to move house and leave friends behind, but you will certainly want to keep them up-to-date when it comes to your big decision. Letting your loved ones know that you are moving to another city or state is probably one of the most difficult and intense moving-related experiences.

Some goodbyes can be really heartbreaking, but you should find the way to make the separation easier on everyone involved. Although moving away from the loved ones is a stressful life event, there are some fun and creative ways to make moving announcements. At the end of the day, how you are going to inform your friends depends on the current situation and your personality.

How to tell your friends that you are moving house

– Decide who you will inform first and which relocation details you are willing to share with other people. Normally, your relatives and close friends will be the first to know that you are moving house.

– Take your time to decide when you are going to break the news to your friends. It’s always recommended to do it as soon as possible, your friends’ support will mean a lot to you during the moving process. Keeping the information just to yourself wouldn’t be fair to your friends. Give them enough time to get used to the idea and to process the change which is about to occur. Don’t wait until the moving day to let people know that you are moving. As a matter of fact, you may even regret not having a decent opportunity to say goodbye to your close friends and relatives. Therefore, if you know for a fact that you are moving, there’s no point in postponing the inevitable.

– How are you going to break the news that you are moving?
Refrain from announcing your big household move over the phone or social media. The easiest way is not always the best way to solve the problem, so instead of looking for shortcuts, deal with the problem in a responsible manner. Whether you are going to meet them individually or gather them all is entirely up to you – just do what feels right at the moment.

– Choose a convenient location where you can meet your friends.
A familiar restaurant or bar may make you feel more comfortable to have an honest conversation with your friends. Have some tissues on hand in case your highly sensitive friends get too emotional.

– Try to understand and accept your friends’ reactions. Be prepared to face their anger, sadness, shock, skepticism. If necessary give them enough time and space to process information and then talk to them once shock wears off.

– Don’t forget to mention how important your friends are to you and the distance won’t change that fact. Also, explain how you can stay in touch despite the distance. This is a perfect moment to exchange contact details and give them your new address and phone number. Bare in mind that some friendships are meant to last forever, while other long-distance friendships may fade away eventually. Embrace every change knowing that you’ve done your best, no matter how difficult it might be for you.

– Discuss about the options for staying in touch. Reassure your friends that you will do your best to stay in touch after you move away. Nowadays technology offers a wide range of forms of communication you can use to keep in touch with your loved ones. As long as you have a good internet connection, your friends are just a few clicks away.

– Keep your friends involved with your plans. You could use their love, support and assistance during the transition.