Moving On Quotes: 17 Quotes & Action Steps to Feel Better Now

Moving On – these amazing moving on quotes can help you turn the page.

Moving on quotes on a moving blog?   What is this?

Well, life happens to us all.

We experience broken hearts, loss, and rejection.  There’s no way of getting around it, experiencing pain is a part of the human condition and almost everyone feels the pain of a broken heart at least once in life.

You know what a great remedy can be for heartbreak?   Moving.    Not just moving on, but literally physically moving to a new location.

With that in mind we scoured the internet for a bunch of amazing moving on quotes and paired them with action steps you can do right now that will make you feel better.

When it comes to moving on, you’re probably tired of the age-old wisdom about “giving it time.” If you’re like us, you want to ignite positive change now, today – not next week or next month.

Here are some inspirational quotes with action-oriented steps to help you not only move forward, but make you feel better now.  Today.

And if you do think about moving, go get some moving quotes to see how much it’d cost to move to the city of your dreams.

Quotes about Moving on With Life

1. There is no time like the present

“Hesitating to act because the whole vision might not be achieved, or because others do not yet share it, is an attitude that only hinders progress.”
– Mahatma Gandhi.

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Is it possible to turn your life around simply by acting?Physician-writer Kiran Kumbhar credits this quote by Gandhi as inspiring him to finally make the decision to return to his home country of India to serve after receiving his education and training in America. Essentially, Kumbhar argues that if you have something worthwhile to contribute, you must. You must do so even if the circumstances or context isn’t as inviting as you’d like, or even if you can’t immediately see the impact you’re having.

If you feel that you can make a difference, do it now!

  1. Identify one decision, action, or step that you’ve been delaying until the right time or situation.
  2. Take action– no matter how small– today to build momentum towards helping you get there. For instance, if you want to volunteer, find a location and set up a meeting to speak with someone about it

 

2. Commit yourself to your goals, and the Universe will help you

“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back- Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth that ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

 

07b57ba9-e3a0-4057-a5ae-60cdf656a43fCommitment-new Renowned leadership and personal mastery speaker Robin Sharma lists the above quote as one which has dramatically changed the way he thinks, creates, and lives his life. It offers inspiration to act boldly and take action towards the future.If you want to see this theory tested, and convince yourself in the importance of bold decisions read along.

  1. Get out a sheet of paper
  2. Write down your biggest goal or dream. Start off with “I, _______, commit myself to do everything in my power to [list specific goal]. Sign the paper at the bottom.
  3. Post this somewhere, so you’ll see it daily.

 

3. Knowing your own worth is how others will see it

“Go where you are celebrated – not tolerated. If they can’t see the real value of you, it’s time for a new start.”
― Unknown Author

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Entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist Jeremy McCaslin discusses how this quote can be applied to the workplace. He states that when he worked in an environment that celebrated his unique skills and what he had to offer, he thrived. Suddenly, you can be recognized for your true worth, and this makes a dramatic change to self-confidence and self-satisfaction.
Apply this same bit of advice to your workplace, romantic relationships, friendships, and even family.

  1. Take a moment to figure out if the people you dedicate your time to are celebrating or merely tolerating you.
  2. Aim to spend more time with the people who value what you bring to the table, and less time with the others.
  3. If you don’t currently have this, join a group or organization that will help you thrive.

Quotes about Relationships

4. Focus on what you want, and not what you dread

“When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”
-Paulo Coelho

 

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Michelle from Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life says this quote taught her to shift her perspective from how things weren’t going right. Rather, she decided to align her mind and her intentions with her highest truth. That way, the things she wants are more likely to manifest in her life.
If the universe is working on your behalf, then you want to be sure to send the right message.

  1. Refrain from thinking about what you don’t want.
  2. Instead, focus all your attention on what you do want
  3. Make a list of your immediate goals
  4. Recite the list aloud each morning when you wake up
  5. Recite the list each night before bed

 

5. Breathe to relax

“Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.”
— Oprah Winfrey

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According to Kevin Daum at Inc. 500, the “Queen of Media,” Oprah Winfrey, shared a lot of inspiring wisdom in her years. One particularly useful sentiment is the above quote, which encourages you to be mindful of the moment and not let worries or fears creep in.
What if we told you there is a way to fight anxiety, and stress that requires minimum effort?

While striving to move forward with your life, one useful strategy is the practice of deep breathing. Checking in with your breath helps you re-focus on the moment, on your own body. It helps reconnect you with yourself.

  1. Try this technique when you feel overcome with anxiety or stress
  2. Breathe in through your nose for about five counts, hold the breath for about three counts, then release the breath slowly through your mouth for eight counts

 

6. One is enough to make a difference

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
–Margaret Mead

 

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Invisible Mentor writer Avil Beckford describes this quotation by Margaret Mead as a personal favorite. She says too often we fall prey to self-doubt and wonder, “What can I do as one person?” Beckford credits Margaret Mead’s quote with helping her realize that we all have the “capacity to make a difference in this world, even if it is one person at a time.”
Initiate a chain reaction.  Don’t think that you alone can’t make a difference. You can! Plus, helping others will improve your mood and may even inspire others to contribute, creating a domino effect of good.

  1. Write a list of things you can do that could have a positive effect on others. Perhaps you could help a neighbor with a home improvement project, volunteer at a local shelter, or rave about a friend’s blog or business to help them build a following.
  2. Post that list somewhere where you can see it often
  3. Do one item on that list per day or per week

Quotes about Letting Go

7. Change is the only constant in life

“There is nothing permanent except change.”
– Heraclitus

 

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Lifehack writer Melissa Atkinson argues that while change can be unsettling, it helps launch us to new areas in life. She states that when you embrace change, you will enjoy personal growth, flexibility, greater strength, and even more opportunities.
Create forward momentum in your life and embrace change by trying something new.

  1. Choose at least one foreign, and possibly unsettling, activity to pursue.
  2. Take the necessary steps to get started today. Some good examples include joining a club or Meetup, taking a foreign language class, writing a book, or moving to a new city.
  3. After the first activity, choose another and repeat the process

8. No regrets, embrace your choices

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I –
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”
Robert Frost

 

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Author Jesse Browner analyzes his life and career decisions against Frost’s famous poem, “The Road Not Taken.” Browner was at age 50 when he started to question whether career decisions he’d made earlier in life were the best.

Using the poem, the author later came to the conclusion that placing too much emphasis on one decision as shaping his entire life was foolish. It’s better to turn one’s attention to the positive results that came from the decisions you made.

Browner says that “no matter what you do, you’re always going to be thinking about what you didn’t do, that whatever road you chose could make a difference. But the difference is all in your head.”

Here’s an action you can take now: Rather than dwelling on past decisions, make peace with them. Stop looking back. What’s done is done. In order to move forward you must focus on what you did do, not what you didn’t.

  1. Think of one major decision that you made in your life.
  2. Write down at least five ways that making the decision you made has had a positive impact.   For example, you chose to move to a new city, which led you to a great job or dear friend.
  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 for at least three other major decisions

 

9. Follow your own path

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
— George Bernard Shaw

 

photo-1508795156417-116392cfa95dTed Rubin uses this quote to specifically encourage his daughters to move forward, follow their wildest dreams, and let go of societal expectations.

He explains that so often in our lives we end up only doing the things others have recommended. These externally-endorsed experiences often leave us feeling “let down.” When we create our own route, though, it is a “much more satisfying experience.”

 

  1. Find a quiet place to sit undisturbed for a few moments
  2. Close your eyes and take several deep, calming breaths
  3. Scan through the faces of the people in your life who influence you and your decisions
  4. Make them all disappear and focus on only your own face in your mind’s eye
  5. Call to mind one thing you’ve always wanted to do, but haven’t because it’s a little unconventional or because others discouraged you from doing it
  6. There’s a reason you have this desire, now go do it!

 

10. Action means life

“A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.”
— John A. Shedd

 

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Lifehacker writer Alan Henry talks about how this quote by John A. Shedd can really help you get out of your comfort zone. His take from the quote is pretty simple. He says, …that it’s better to get out and do the things you want to do, or the things you need to do, than to sit and rot and do nothing.

Even if you fail, at least you’ll have tried, and at least you’ll have done something and learned something extraordinary in the process.”

If you’re living life in your comfort zone, there’s a chance fear is calling the shots.

  1. Create a list of your top three fears that are holding you back from moving forward.
  2. Write out an action-oriented solution you follow to quiet and overcome these fears
  3. Try repeating positive affirmations or calling a friend for support when your fears are at their strongest.

Quotes for Him

11. Recognize when it is a good time to say “goodbye”

“I realize there’s something incredibly honest about trees in winter, how they’re experts at letting things go.”
― Jeffrey McDaniel

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Dr. Nikki Martinez, Psy.D., LCPC describes letting go as “one of the most difficult tasks any individual can master.” The above quote by Jeffrey McDaniel offers inspiration for going through challenging times, so that you can experience the rebirth and newness that awaits.

  1. Set a firm date to carry out a purge in your life.  Like the trees willingly release their leaves in the winter, willingly release those possessions, mementos, or even thought patterns that are keeping you in the past.
  2. Box up  any items that remind you of the chapter you just left behind, so you can make room for new things to come along
  3. Store, donate, or trash your box

 

12. Seek justice, fight unfairness

“If you see fraud and do not say fraud, you are a fraud.”
— NassimTaleb

 

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Here’s another quote that Thought Catalog writer Ryan Holiday identifies as being life-changing. He explains that, sometimes, speaking out against injustice may cost us, but we must do it anyway. “What’s the point of working hard and being successful if it means biting your tongue (or declining to act) when you see something unfair or untoward?”
Moving on means using your voice. You’ll feel guilty or even cowardly for biting your tongue.

  1. If there’s someone who hurt you or someone else in your life, share your viewpoint with the person
  2. If you feel unsafe doing so, write your feelings in a letter
  3. Wait a few days, then mail it if you really must, or throw it in the trash

 

13. Everything has meaning; you just have to find it…

“It can have meaning if it changes you for the better.”
— Viktor Frankl

 

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Have you ever felt like everything you do is pointless? It is a common condition of modern life, but one should not drown in such despair. Thought Catalog writer Ryan Holiday explains that he turns to this quote during particularly bad moments in his life. According to Holiday, this quote by concentration camp survivor, Viktor Frankl, reminds him “that I can change for the better because of it and find meaning in everything — even if my “suffering” pales in comparison to what others have gone through.”

  1. Identify one difficult situation you have recently gone through
  2. Try to reframe the experience through a different lens
  3. Answer these questions: did you learn something useful from the difficult experience? Is there anything positive that came from it?  Write down your answers.

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14. Others will carry on, so should you…

“The most difficult aspect of moving on is accepting that the other person already did.”
– FaraazKazi

 

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The Positivity Blog writer Henrik Edberg accepts that letting go and moving on is an incredibly difficult thing to do. However, he also describes it as “powerful and liberating,” especially this inspirational quote by FaraazKazi.
Don’t let fear of moving on keep you stuck. Perform an acceptance and closure ritual to let go of what happened to you. Whether it was a bad breakup, the end of a long-time friendship, or a termination from a job, write down how you feel about it.

  1. Compose a letter, detailing what happened and how it hurt you
  2. Read the letter aloud and finish off by saying, “…but I’m letting it go.”
  3. Tear the letter into pieces or toss into the fireplace or trash

 

15. Spend every moment wisely; there is no turning back

“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo. “So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
— J.R.R. Tolkien

 

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Medium writer and Behavioral Exercise Physiologist Stuart McDonald says that the above quote exchanged between Gandalf and Frodo of the Lord of the Rings teaches us that “In the midst of despair, there can be hope.” Tough situations are difficult to process and accept, but you still have to carry on despite them.
Strive to make the most of every single day.

  1. Create an exciting morning routine that gets your day off to a positive start. When your day starts off with momentum, you’ll feel energized and excited about the afternoon and evening.
  2. Try meditating, reading a personal development book, exercising, or watching a motivational video or podcast within the first 30 minutes of waking.
  3. Look into Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod as a possible way to make the most of your mornings.

 

16. Shift your perspective

“Don’t take things personally… nothing other people do is because of you.”
-Don Miguel Ruiz

 

photo-1515191107209-c28698631303Michelle at Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life credits this quote with helping her not get caught up in other people’s words and actions.

She says “we all at some point in our lives have taken things personally and therefore have suffered because of it.” But, we don’t have to. An immense freedom comes with this concept.
Two quick ways  you can avoid taking things so personally are to:

  1. Remind yourself of your relationship with the person. If something hurtful comes from a loved one it’s likely not meant to intentionally hurt you. If it comes from someone whose relationship doesn’t matter to you, choose to keep your distance.
  2. Consider where the person is coming from. Stand in their shoes for a moment and imagine what they are feeling: maybe rejected, disappointed, or humiliated?

 

17. It all starts with you…

“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.”
– Andy Warhol

 

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Thought Catalog writer Katie Marshall lists this quote as helping her get comfortable with change. Change can be good or bad, but it’s all a part of the human journey of growth and discovery.

  1. Identify one small thing in your life that you don’t like. Perhaps it’s something you often complain about, but never take any real action towards resolving. Maybe it’s your hair, the broken plumbing, or your cluttered office.
  2. Write down something you can change immediately that will make a difference.
  3. Now… go do it!

Conclusion: Move on and live your life to the fullest!

You just read a plethora of wisdom and insight from more than a dozen people about the quotes that have inspired them to move forward. What are you going to do with this new information?

Will you file it away for a rainy day?

Or will you get out there and make something happen?

Remember, changing something is better than changing nothing at all.
Choose just one simple and straightforward tip to put into action today.

And if you decide to move, check out our great movers!   Here are some in Chicago, Austin, Orlando and Phoenix.

Mover Marketing – Google Adwords Case Study

Mover Marketing:  How to Turn $18K in Google Adwords (& Bing) into $136K of Revenue

I am going to show you, with hard data, how one local moving company spent $18,540.74 on Google Adwords and Bing Ads and cashed in $136,962.00 directly as a result of that spend.

Wow, talk about a huge return!

But before I dive into the hard data, let me tell you a quick backstory.

Back when I worked at Orbitz.com (the travel site, not the now-defunct moving lead gen site), we spent well over 8 figures per year on Google Adwords  (8 figures = a bunch more than $10M per year).

Crazy huh?

Not really actually.   That 8-figure spend brought in more revenue than it cost us.   Everyone loves making more money than they spend!  That’s the name of the game, isn’t it?

When we started MovingCompanyReviews.com in 2012 we noticed that buying clicks from Google Adwords for terms like “Chicago Movers”, “Orlando Movers”, and “Atlanta Moving Companies” could drain your wallet faster than the blink of an eye.   Companies typically paid $10, $15, or even $20 per click.

Whoa!

I ran a quick check in the wonderful SEO/SEM tool Ahrefs to check the latest cost per clicks, and Ahrefs reports “chicago movers” costs $17 per click, “atlanta moving companies” costs $18 per click, and “orlando movers” costs $16 per click.

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Not much changed since 2012, did it?

With clicks costing so much, how can a local mover make a profit using Google Adwords or Bing Ads?    A bunch of companies certainly advertise on those terms:

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Looking at that data, I often wondered:

Can Local Moving Companies Make a Profit With Adwords?

I honestly thought that very few companies, if any, could turn a decent profit spending on Adwords (and Bing Ads) when paying $15+ for a single click.

Then I met a crew from an ad agency specializing in search engine marketing that claimed amazing results for one of their moving clients (a local moving company).    I asked to see the data, and they agreed to share.

Check these results out:

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Let me summarize for you:

Spend:        $18,540.74

Revenue:  $136,962.00

Now that’s a good return on investment!

Who performed this feat of magic?   Our good friends at TENSHI, an advertising agency who focuses on search engine marketing, who were nice enough to share their results (thanks TENSHI!)

Do they harbor some magic formula to mastering mover marketing, especially when it comes to SEM (Search Engine Marketing), and specifically Google Adwords and Bing Ads?   No, they don’t claim any Harry Potters on staff.   However, they do know their game and relentlessly optimize campaigns in order to lower click prices and maximize conversions.

Employing engineers who specialize in machine-learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) certainly helps too.   To give you a sense of the complexity involved,  TENSHI applied two sets of machine-learning algorithms in this campaign to lower the costs over time and raise the conversion value per cost, all while optimizing for multiple location parameters.   It’s quite technical, but this human and AI approach ensured an optimization would take place every 15 mins to drive considerable results.

Take a look at this graph for example and you can start to understand great results don’t come overnight.  Over the course of 5 months, TENSHI accomplished the following:

  • Cut the average cost per click in half
  • Quadrupled the number of clicks

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Results didn’t pour in overnight, but took many months of careful optimization.

Take a look at this more detailed view:

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You can see the average cost per click dropping from $10.95 at the start of the campaign to $5.17 by month 5 and total clicks rising from 166 to 693 in that same time period.

So Can Your Moving Company Get These Results Too?

My favorite piece of advice to tell people when they ask if they can make money using Adwords in the moving industry is, “hire a really, really good expert.”

For example, our best SEM manager at Orbitz had degrees from IIT (one of the best technical schools in India), an engineering undergrad from Stanford, and an MBA from Northwestern.   He wrote programs that optimized our ads by the hour (or more frequently) in response to a multitude of variables, including location, booking availability and pricing changes.  Not work for the faint of heart.

So What Should You Do?

The high cost per click and intense competition for moving keywords can make Google & Bing advertising a dangerous game.  Tread carefully if you want to dip your toe into the water, and follow the rules of thumb below.

These apply if you plan to spend money on Google Adwords & Bing Ads, or any other paid ads:

  1. Track your ROI every day and make sure your tracking is accurate:
    • How much are you spending on ads?
    • How much revenue are the calls, clicks and emails turning into?
  2. Optimize, optimize, optimize!
    • What keywords, ad text, ad creative, and other ad characteristics perform the best?   Spend more on these and create variations of them.
    • What does not perform well?   Shut these off.
  3. Repeat this process every day (seriously)

I love when hard data proves me wrong about something I thought was nearly impossible.     This case study shows local movers can make a profit bringing in traffic from Google Adwords and Bing Ads.    Success requires constant vigilance and high levels of expertise, but the numbers don’t lie.

A big thanks to TENSHI for sharing their data with us!

If you’re a mover or mover marketing agency looking to increase your leads check out our free moving leads & review collection programs.  Take a few minutes and read our blog post on 3 incredibly simple things you can do to boost your SEO as well, it gives a couple super easy changes you can make to your website to boost your organic (free) traffic from Google and Bing.

Questions?  Leave a comment and we’ll try to answer!

Moving Food Without Losing Your Mind

Moving?  Read This Guide To Moving (or Getting Rid of) Your Food.

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It’s time to move houses and you booked a mover, packed the furniture and knick knacks, but what about moving your food?     Moving food is a pain!   There’s that awkward week or so before moving where you just don’t know what to do.

Fear not, you’re not alone.

We have tips to help you with moving that food!

Prioritize Your Food

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Before you do anything, assess what you have and its value. That box of weird Japanese cookies that no one dares touch can probably go. The expensive balsamic vinegar your aunt gave you will be hard to replace, so keep that.

It doesn’t hurt to do an inventory of everything in your pantry, fridge, and freezer. Now, go over the list with an eye to value and portability. Obviously, if you’re moving across the country, transporting frozen steaks won’t give you that romantic dinner you hoped for upon arrival.   You can replace a half-empty box of cornflakes in a jiffy for a few bucks.

Items that you need to use or discard before your move include:

  • Frozen items
  • Refrigerated items
  • Opened condiments
  • Fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Items that expire within the next few days
  • As you look at all your food, you’ll have some items that you obviously want to keep. Set those aside. You can pack this food and move it, along with your furniture.

Once you figure out what is most valuable and needs to go with you, you’ll have food that is hard to transport. You’ll also find food that simply isn’t worth the effort. That’s what you’re going to be dealing with in the days leading up to the move and we’re here to tell you how.

Stop Buying Food

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This point may seem a little obvious, but you may purchase something small for lunch thinking it’s only one meal. That’s a bad idea, because each item you buy is one less thing you’re getting rid of at home.

Skip buying food for at least a week before leaving and use up what is in your pantry. It requires getting creative, but it’s worth it when you have less to deal with later. Meal planning is your friend at this point.

Use Up Perishables

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Everything that is already opened or will go bad needs to be gone by moving day. Whether you eat it or toss it or give it away, get rid of these things. This includes pretty much everything in your fridge.

Since moving is rarely a surprise, you have time to do a little meal planning! Design your last meals in your home to use up those perishables.

To meal plan effectively, you need to know what you have on hand. Refer to the inventory list you took at the beginning of this article. Pair off the foods that go together to create meals. If you have open pasta sauce, cheese, and potatoes, you can make nacho baked potatoes. Frozen ground beef makes a hearty meal when added to the potatoes and a salad on the side makes for less to pack.

Make a simple calendar for the days until your move. Now add a meal you’ve come up with, using only pantry items, to the calendar. You’ll want one meal for each slot, breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

For your last home-cooked meal before moving, try making soup. Heat broth and add everything that is still hanging around to it. My mother used to call this “clean the fridge soup” and it’s a great way to use up leftovers.

Throw a Party

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While you might not want to try this if you’re struggling to pack in time, a farewell party is a great way to use up food. Not only do you get some quality time with friends, you eliminate a problem.

Dig out the frozen and refrigerated food and dust off the grill. Meat, fish, and seafood can all create a tasty buffet that your friends and family will enjoy. Add in the remaining vegetables from the fridge. You instantly have a smorgasbord of great food that means no moving food that will perish.

This is the perfect time to offload anything you want other people to take home, as well. Let them know in the invitation that they’ll be taking a can or box on their way home.

Donate, Donate, Donate

 

Take a good look at your pantry. Do you really want to lug all those cans and boxes with you? Probably not! Fortunately, there are tons of people who will take that food off your hands.

Food pantries and homeless shelters are often happy to receive non-perishable items. If you prefer, you can give the items directly to others. Talk to your local church about who might be in need of some extra nourishment. Some seniors may find it tough to get to the store, so you can save them a trip.

Contact your movers before you get too far into planning. If they’re part of Move For Hunger, they can actually take care of your extra food for you. It’s a good option if you prefer to let someone else handle the distribution.

Grab a Garbage Bag

So, you’ve eaten and donated as much as you can, now what? What do you do with the remaining odds and ends that no one wants?

You have two options. Pack the odds and ends and keep them kicking around your new house, or toss them. The second is your best option. Grab a sturdy garbage bag and dump everything that is leftover after packing and eating. This can all go to the garbage dump and you shouldn’t feel bad about it. After all, a new home is a fresh start and no one needs ten bags of food with half a serving left in them.

It might feel wasteful to throw food out. When you have already done all you can with the rest of the food, it’s best to cut your losses.

Moving Food You Still Want

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You won’t want to get rid of everything, which means you need to pack it. Moving food can be tricky if the packages aren’t sturdy enough. For example, a bag of flour could burst if anything heavy is on top of it.

The simplest way to avoid issues is to put everything into hard plastic boxes. You can find these at any storage store and they work well to protect your food. The plastic will also prevent any spills from leaking to the other items in the moving truck.

If you must package food in cardboard boxes, make sure you seal everything first. This may require using zippered plastic bags to contain any leakage. Packing tape can also be helpful for keeping opened bags closed. Put tape over the tops of spice containers and salt and pepper shakers to stop spillage, as well.

Packing order is also important. Put your heaviest items at the bottom of the boxes. This prevents heavy items crushing the lighter and more delicate foods.

Keep in mind that glass bottles are more likely to break than plastic bottles. It’s best to skip them altogether, but you can wrap the bottles in newspaper if need be.

Your Last Supper

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The final meal before a big move is usually a haphazard one. To make life a little simpler, plan to finish using up your perishables before this. Then, for your final meal, order takeout.

Takeout food lets you enjoy a fortifying meal without worrying about cooking. You’ll need your strength for moving the next day! It also allows you to pack up the last of your dishes and utensils. Everything you need comes with the meal.

When you are sick of leftovers and the pantry is empty, takeout will seem like a blessing.

Make Moving Day Easier

Moving food may actually be one of the toughest parts of moving (along with knowing how much to tip movers). It ranks right up there with sorting through your important papers, deciding which to keep.

If you have packed everything properly, you shouldn’t have too many issues with leaks and spills. However, be sure to label your food boxes in big letters. This makes it simple to sort them out so you can eat once you arrive in your new home. It also lets the movers know that the boxes contain food items.

Not going too far? If you are only moving across town, you can get away with taking a cooler along. Put that jar of opened caviar and a few condiments in it. We don’t recommend this for longer trips, of course. Make sure you add ice to the cooler!

Finally, be sure to have some packaged food and drinks on hand for moving day. You’ll get hungry at some point and it’s easy to grab a bag of peanuts or a granola bar to munch on. There’s no need to leave any of your regular food out. Just have a tote or small box with snacks to keep you going.

Once you’ve moved, it is time to unpack everything, including your food. If you’ve prepared well, you only moved the best food and are ready to start your new life with a clean pantry.

Prepare For A Smooth Start At Your Next Home

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The first couple days after a move can stress even the calmest people out. You can plan ahead to make those first whirlwind days easier. Scout out new delivery restaurants by your new home on GrubHub, find some highly rated restaurants on TripAdvisor, and consider setting up food delivery if you can. If you’re a coffee lover/addict, consider a coffee subscription (Javaya is a good choice) and think about your home coffee brewing choices if you want to upgrade to a higher level off coffee happiness. For regular food delivery, check out InstaCart or Amazon Fresh to see if they service your area. Prep like this gives you one less thing to worry about after the move!

How Much To Tip Movers: The Ultimate Guide (advice from 20+ movers!)

Moving stresses out the best of us!   This is why most people hire movers to do the heavy lifting and careful packing. However, once the job is complete, you likely ask yourself, “how much do I tip the movers?  Is there a standard amount or percentage?  Do I tip at all?”

If your anxiety spikes thinking about tipping movers, you’re not alone!

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You’ll find yourself exhausted and distracted at the end of your moving day, the last thing you need is extra stress trying to figure out how much you should tip your movers, or if you should tip your movers at all.

To help you out, we asked the movers listed on MovingCompanyReviews.com to help.    More than twenty movers offered their advice!   We compiled their guidance and thoughts into this helpful guide.    Check out the appropriate chapter for your move to know exactly how much to tip your movers.

Everyone knows that tipping is customary in industries like hospitality, tour guides, and taxis.  Yet for movers, it can become awkward when customers ask how much to tip them.   Movers do get paid for their service. However, like any service, when you feel as though a mover has done a good job (or in many cases, goes above and beyond), movers appreciate tips.

As Jill Ihly, Executive Vice President, Olympic Moving & Storage/Bekins Northwest states:

A tip for a mover is just like a waiter. It’s nice to get a little something, but the more difficult the job, the more TLC the crew gives, and how far above and beyond they go should all contribute to the tip amount.

Before diving into the guide, ask yourself these questions when determining your tip:

  • Did the movers show a high level of professionalism?
  • Did the movers demonstrate a good attitude?
  • How well did the movers treat your belongings?
  • How hard did the movers work?  For example, did they need to move items up and down long flights of stairs?  Did they have to carefully move large items down narrow hallways?
  • What external factors did they deal with?   Was the day extremely warm or cold?  Did it rain?

To help guide you during your next move, we have created the ultimate tipping guide.   Read the guide below to feel more confident in the tip you provide and avoid stress and confusion at the end of your moving day.

Let’s get started!

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Dive into the following seven chapters to understand everything you need to know about tipping.   Keep in mind all of the challenges that your movers face and remember no move goes perfectly.   The tips from the movers give some fantastic advice, we hope you find it useful!

Chapter One: How much to tip long distance movers

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When you eat out at a restaurant, you may tip 15 percent — which is fairly standard.   However, we don’t recommend you follow this rule of thumb for long distance moves.

The American Moving and Storage Association (AMSA) writes that when moving interstate the average cost sets you back around $4,300.  If you planned on paying  20% in a tip to each mover your entire moving budget would blow up.    Remember, you may work with two sets of movers — one that helps you pack the truck and one that helps you unload at your new address.

In these cases, you’re better off tipping per hour. If your movers do a good job, consider tipping $5-$6/hour per mover.  Others prefer to just round up and provide x-amount for a hard day’s work, such as $40 per mover. If you have some extra cash and the movers do a flawless job, consider giving each mover a little extra.

Everyone likes to feel appreciated, especially when they put forth extra effort.  Make sure that you tip each mover individually for their work, including the supervisor.  Give the supervisor a bit more than the other movers, as his/her job requires management and coordination in addition to moving.   This is not only proper tipping etiquette but also shows your true appreciation on a more personal level.

We asked our movers to provide feedback, read below to hear it straight from the source:

Most of the time on a long distance job, the driver is going to be the only duplicate person at the time of loading & delivering. He is most likely a contractor. So tipping will most likely not be shared equally amongst everyone. Normally a good rule of thumb is 5%.

- Frank from Family Moving & Storage in Palm Bay, FL (website).

 

The tipping circumstances on long distance moves can be quite unique and present their own challenge. It is not always the same crew that is at the pick up location and at the delivery location. As such, you should strive to tip the crew after the load, and then again after the unload. There may also be an advantage, as you may get a better unloading crew if the movers are aware you are a "good tipper". You can apply similar math to that of local moves when calculating how much to tip, somewhere between $6 and $10 per hour per mover for the labor. If the delivery was prompt and the communication from the driver excellent it will be appreciated if you tip the driver or foreman extra, depending on how long the drive was.

- Paul from Go to Moving & Storage in Staten Island, NY (website)

 

First, if your movers ask for a tip, then most likely they do not deserve it. Second, if you see that your movers have treated your belongings with care and respect then please, show them your appreciation. (Only you know how much your belongings are worth) Third, movers shouldn't be tipped before your items have arrived at your destination, instead, tip them well once the whole job has been completed. 10% of your total charges is the average tip for the whole crew. If you are extremely satisfied, then 20 to 25 % is what people usually tip us. If your total moving charges are $2000 then a $200 tip for the crew will show them that their work has been appreciated. Our guys usually receive a 20% average because of our higher than average provided service.

- Luis from Movers on Duty in Gaithersburg, MD (website)

 

How much to tip varies widely based on many factors – i.e. the size of the shipment, the nature of the belongings, the nature of access (stairs, long carries, challenging parking, complex logistics), the preparedness of the customer, and any special handling or services provided among other things. $50 to $500 depending on factors listed above

- Eric from Hansen Brothers Moving and Storage in Seattle, WA (website)

 

It can range from $0 to about $200. The reason for the variance is because it is all based on customer service, timelines, and did they do what they said they were going to do.

- Nicholas from Car Shipping Carriers in Tampa, FL (website).

 

Most customers we have provided service for are unsure whether they need to tip movers. We have been asked that question many times over our 48 years in business. As far as we are concerned, the simple answer is: Tipping is NOT required. However, if a customer is happy with the movers and wants to tip the movers, it is entirely up to them how much to tip. The secret for movers getting tips is for them to provide good service, great communication and to make sure the customer is satisfied with the work. It's that simple!   We have seen our movers get tips from $5.00 each to $150.00 each on local and intrastate moves. Mostly, the size of the job does not matter either. Some shippers have even provided meals during loading or unloading and some of those gave tips on top of that.  We have heard of movers that, upon arrival on the job, want to discuss tipping with the customer BEFORE they even begin to do any work. That is outrageous! To the customer, it may seem as though the workers will define how well their move is going to go based on the tip amount they will give to the crew. At our company, our movers are not allowed to mention tipping at any time - before, during or after any services provided.

- Robert from Tomball Moving & Storage in Tomball, TX (website)

The long distance movers I know have said that 10% gratuity is the going rate. That can get pretty high on large-size and longer-distance moves, so there's probably a cap of around $500 that would be considered "average" for an expensive move.

- Eric from Soda City Movers in Columbia, SC (website).

 

Chapter two: How much to tip local movers

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When moving locally, the same variables apply.  Movers who move you two blocks over still deserve the same recognition as movers who help  move long distance.  Depending on what they help you move (and what they pack or unpack), they can easily put in a harder day’s work than long distance movers.

Our movers mentioned three tipping strategies:

  • Percentage based: 5%-10% of the move
  • Hourly: $5/hour per mover is fairly standard
  • Per day: $10 – $40 per mover per hour

For example, if a crew of movers work for 4 hours, some customers will pay each mover anywhere from $10-$40 for their service.   This depends on how smooth the move went, how personable the movers were, and how comfortable they made you feel in terms of your personal belongings.

In addition to tipping, consider some nice small things to provide the movers –  bottled water, leaving the AC on during hot days, and even ordering the moving crew some pizza for lunch.   Moving is back-breaking work and to support their efforts, it’s nice to go above and beyond as a client. This extra thoughtfulness goes a long way with your moving crew.

Check out what our movers told us about tipping for local moves below:

Actually, tipping the movers IS customary and highly appreciated! During the summer in Arizona, people don't move themselves because it's so hot out. The movers highly appreciate it when getting a tip. It lets them know you did a great job! Our movers tips really vary but typically it's 15% or more.

- Don from Frontier Apartment Movers in Phoenix, AZ (website).

 

If you don't want to tip, you can always ask what they'd like for lunch. Another thing they appreciate is that you do NOT turn off the air conditioning in 110 degree heat. Our movers are courteous about not leaving the door wide open so it doesn't save you anything by turning it off. It actually makes the movers work in a hot, stuffy environment that isn't helpful.

- Lynette from All Star Movers in Glendale, AZ (website)

 

Moving is considered to be in the service industry, and tipping should be treated accordingly. 15% on the total bill is a good landmark and should be split between the crew members, not given 15% per mover.

- Luke's A+ Moving Service in Hurst, TX (website)

 

We encourage 10% of the move cost

- Frank from Family Moving & Storage in Palm Bay, FL (website)

 

From the perspective of a moving company owner, DO NOT TIP movers that did a bad job, especially if you intend on going back to the company to ask for concessions based on mover performance. It really muddies the waters when we go back to analyze a job and see that the movers were tipped (well), as we are assessing any concessions. It does not help make your case when you do this. Tips are appreciated but not mandatory - tip based on good service, not out of obligation.

Dan from All American Moving & Storage in Columbus, OH (website)

 

I usually recommend $5 per mover per hour as a good tip. This applies to all moves - big and small. If it's a 2 hour studio apartment, that's a $20 tip overall - $10 per mover. Say if it's an 8 hour move with 3 movers, that's $40 per mover, or $120 total. It goes without saying that tips are never expected, and we always tell our customers who ask about tipping that you should do it if you feel like our team went above and beyond the call of duty and exceeded your expectations.

- Eric from Soda City Movers in Columbia, SC (website)

 

The general rule of thumb is somewhere between 15%-25% for local moves, which translates to roughly $6-$10/hr per man, depending on how happy you are with the service. By using these guidelines in tandem you can be confident you are being courteous to your crew without spending too much.

- Paul from Go to Moving & Storage in Staten Island, NY (website)

 

$20 to $150 based on the move factors

- Eric from Hansen Brothers Moving and Storage in Seattle, WA (website)

Chapter three: How much to tip movers in New York City, Chicago, and other cities

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Movers in certain cities, such as New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles tend to report higher tips, as moves cost more there.

For higher income cities like New York, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, etc. some movers report tips in the $50-$100 range.   Regardless of the city, the fundamentals remain the same — tip more for a great customer experience.

If you are really unsure what to tip in your area. You can always reach out to the company ahead of time and inquire about average tipping. That way, you do not put any movers on-the-spot, as this can be an uncomfortable situation.

Check out what our movers told us about tipping in more expensive cities:

Our large metro area is Seattle. The tipping amount doesn't really change, but we do see more people giving tips. On average (we have 10 locations across the state of WA), less than 50% of customers tip, but closer to 75% do in Seattle.

- Sommer from Bekins Moving and Storage in Mountlake-Terrace, WA (website).

 

We mostly serve the Washington DC metropolitan area. Our movers' average tip is 20% from the total bill. Although we always tell our clients that tipping is not mandatory. But they usually are so impressed with our movers' work that they feel they must tip them. (And our movers always, greatly appreciate their kindness)

- Luis from Movers on Duty in Gaithersburg, MD (website)

 

Generally, 10-20 % of the bill would be considered good to excellent amount for a job well done. If you were not happy with the way the movers worked and want to tip less, or if your job was particularly easy, it is understandable. Ultimately, what you want to give the workers on top of the bill is at your discretion

- Vlad from 1st Moving in Howell, NJ (website).

Chapter four: How much to tip movers for 2-hour jobs (and other short jobs)

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On average, most movers agree that a 2-hour job typically results in a $5-$20 tip.   That depends on the overall size of the shipment, the nature of the belongings, how difficult access is (i.e. tight spaces or challenging parking), and whether or not the mover handled special items.

Within a 2-hour span, movers may experience some highly stressful, challenging situations. If you feel as though a mover did a fantastic job, focus less on the timespan and more on what they achieved.

Read the feedback our movers sent us below about tipping for short jobs:

For 2-hour jobs, the average tip is $5 per hour per mover, and/or based on individual performance.

- Tommy from American Top Moving in Miami, FL (website).

 

Even for the very short jobs, you really should not be tipping less than $15 per person. $20 is usually the golden standard.

- Paul from Go to Moving & Storage in Staten Island, NY (website).

 

For 2 hours or less, $10 per mover is considered appropriate. If items are extra heavy or difficult to move, consider adding and extra $5 per mover.

- Ben from Olde World Movers in Euless, TX (website)

 

$10 - $20 dollars per mover

- Frank from Family Moving & Storage in Palm Bay, FL (website)

 

Generally no tip is given, but it's common for the customer to buy lunch, breakfast, dinner, or even drinks for the crew.

- Sommer from Bekins Moving and Storage in Mountlake-Terrace, WA (website)

 

If your move is a multiple day job it’s always nice to tip your movers at the end of each day. This is always appreciated by the movers and gives them incentive to do a good job for you the following day. We typically see tips around 15% of the total bill.
- Luke's A+ Moving Services in Hurst, TX (website)

Chapter five: How much to tip movers when they just pack

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Many movers and company supervisors agree that on average, movers who simply pack do not get tipped. However, this varies highly from city to city, job to job. Packing can pose equally hard work, especially when movers deal with valuable or fragile items — it’s stressful work!

Based on the movers we spoke to, some stated that $0 was customary, whereas others typically receive a $20 tip for packing only.    Packing is not as physically demanding, but it takes A LOT of skill to effectively and properly pack a full house or apartment.

Let’s see what our movers told us about how to tip for packing-only jobs:

Packing is actually harder than moving. Although it might not be so physically challenging, it still takes a lot of skill to properly pack a house or an apartment. If your movers, actually care about your belongings and they make sure every single box they pack is correctly packed and labeled, then they do deserve some love!

- Luis from Movers on Duty in Gaithersburg, MD (website)

 

I tell customers that tips are not assumed but instead earned. We would love it if all our crews received amazing tips for their hard work, but it is completely discretionary. When customers push, We usually tell them between $50 - $100 per man per day whether it is packing or moving and regardless of the area.

- Stephen from Molloy Bros Moving and Storage in Harrison, NJ (website)

 

Packing is hard work too, albeit in a completely different way. I think packers should be tipped $20-$30 per person.

- Eric from Soda City Movers in Columbia, SC (website).

 

Normally they don’t get tipped

- Frank from Family Moving & Storage in Palm Bay, FL (website)

Chapter six: How much to tip movers per day

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When movers spend a full day on one job, it challenges them both mentally- and physically.    Based on the input from movers across the country, the standard tip falls anywhere between $20-$100 per day. This appears to be customary regardless of the location, and whether or not movers were packing or physically moving items.

For multi-day jobs Luke’s Moving told us that it’s always nice to tip movers at the end of each day. This not only rewards a job well-done, but provides an extra incentive to push hard the following day.

Let’s see what our movers told us about how much to tip per day:

I would say 95% of our jobs fall within the $20-$100 range for one day.


- Paul from Go to Moving & Storage in Staten Island, NY (website)

 

For longer jobs, you can tip up to $100/per mover. Food and drink are also commonly expected for jobs longer than a couple of hours, and for a full day's job, a decent meal is not out of the question.

- Rachel from Transit Systems Inc. (TSI) in Wayne, PA (website)

 

I never pressure any customer to tip and if they ask how much I just say, “whatever you feel comfortable with.” Personally, I believe Movers should get tipped the same as waiters and waitresses - 15 to 20%.

- Chad from Movers with Manners in Venice, FL (website)

 

The biggest tip I ever received in cash as a mover was $200. We had just finished an understaffed 20 hour local move. Tips can take all forms. Sometimes customers will buy you lunch and some may give you things (I was given a coin collection recently).

- David from Around Town Movers in Sterling, VA (website)

 

Tipping depends on how well the crew did their job. If they were efficient and courteous I would say $3 - $5 per hour is appropriate. I have seen a customer tip each packer/mover $20 at the beginning of the day and then another $20 at the end. I thought this was very smart because the crew went out of their way for the customer all day long.

- Bryan from Move It Once in Pocatello, ID (website)

 

$20-$50 depending on the move cost and performance

- Frank from Family Moving & Storage in Palm Bay, FL (website)

Chapter seven: How much to tip piano movers

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First things first – never move a piano yourself!   Always hire a professional.

When hiring piano movers ask about the company’s moving trucks, as air-ride suspension and climate control are two variables that can make or break piano move.

Consumers often overlook piano movers and appreciate them less than other movers.  Piano moving charges tend to cost a pretty penny, which leads many customers to believe that tipping is not necessary.

Our movers recommended that you tip around $20 per person.  Depending on some the shape and size of some pianos, the job may require anywhere from three to seven movers.

Read the tips our movers sent in about tipping piano movers:

 

First, never do it yourself. Hire a professional. Make sure they have trucks/trailers that are climate controlled and air-ride suspension equipped. Tips for long distance movers average $20-$60 per person and for local moves, $0-$20 per person.

- Christopher from Modern Piano in Sullivan, MO (website)

 

Piano movers should get $20 each if it's upright piano. For baby grand $30-$40 each, and if the piano is moved upstairs, movers should be tipped at least $50 each.

- Roi from Above and Beyond Movers in Anthem, AZ (website)

 

It depends on the type of piano and if stairs/elevators were being used. If you stick to the classic 10-15% you should be OK. The main thing is that you only give what you can afford. Never feel its a demand but a reward for good work.

- Ward from A League of Extraordinary Movers in Fort Lauderdale, FL (website)

 

Piano movers are usually the least appreciated workers. When someone is only moving a piano, the moving charges are usually so high that people tend to believe that a tip isn't necessary. Depending on the type of piano being moved, you might need 3 or 7 movers. $20 per person for a successful local relocation is what we would recommend. If you are crossing state lines then make sure your movers are well taken care of, especially if they deliver your piano in the same condition they picked it up in.

- Luis from Movers on Duty in Gaithersburg, MD (website)

 

If the company charges the same hourly rate whether there is a piano or not, it is highly recommend to tip at least an extra $30 for each person involved in the process of moving a piano.

- Paul from Go to Moving & Storage in Staten Island, NY (website)

 

$20-$30 a man

- Frank from Family Moving & Storage in Palm Bay, FL (website)

Conclusion

At the end of the day, like any service-based industry, you’re NOT required to tip movers.   However, even though tipping a mover is not mandatory, movers welcome and appreciate tips for a job well done.

When tipping, consider the level of skill and patience required to be a mover.    Read the helpful tips provided by our movers for your type of move and tip based your own experience.  We hope this guide helps you in your move!   And if you’re moving soon  get a free moving quote from one of our  highly-rated movers.

Moving in the Middle of High School – How to Prepare Your Teens

Moving in the Middle of High School – How to Prepare Your Teens

MovingCompanyReviews note:   We’re delighted to have Kerry Brown Hasbrook, Ph.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist, write this post for us.   Dr. Brown Hasbrook is a well-known Child Psychologist in the Chicago area, and  moved in high school from Connecticut to just north of Chicago.    Her post below gives some fantastic tips and tricks on how to make the moving with kids (teenagers specifically) less stressful.

Did your chest or back tighten when you read the title of this blog?  If so, you are not alone!  Not surprisingly, relocating to a new town is rated as one of life’s most stressful events.  For you are not just transporting belongings, you are uprooting your social network, your schools, possibly your work, and all your well-worn paths to the neighbor’s house, the beloved coffee shop, church, and the gym.  When teenagers are added to the equation, moving inherently becomes more complicated.

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Adolescence can be a period of turmoil for many, but also an exciting time in which they navigate social and identity issues.  With the increasing level of independence along with possibly an ability to drive, many teens delight in this new developmental phase.  Conversely, other teens struggle with “fitting in” socially, keeping up with the challenging academic curriculum, and managing both time and stress.  With that said, ideally, an adolescent could remain in the same high school setting until graduation.  When a family must move, however, doing so at the start of a new quarter or semester is recommended.  If for whatever reason that is not possible, parental care and concern, along with planfulness are essential for the entire family’s emotional well-being.

Below are a few suggestions for easing adolescents’ transition when switching schools:

  • Discuss the reasons for the upcoming relocation.  Explain that this move might not be optimal timing, but it is mandatory for economic, financial, or health reasons.  Since adolescence can sometimes be a time of self-centeredness or egocentricity, ensure your teens that transferring high schools is not an attempt at making their lives miserable.
  • Talk candidly with your teenagers regarding your feelings about the move.  Express your honest thoughts and feelings in an appropriate manner.  (This might require weeks of coffee chats with your girlfriend/therapist to get you to a sound place emotionally☺)  Anyone who has spent time with teenagers is aware that they have built-in “phony” detectors!  Acknowledging the difficulties associated with moving high schools and validating their feelings about such can be very impactful!
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teens have great b.s. detectors
  • Keep your thoughts and feelings on the positive side while simultaneously validating your teens’ feelings!  It might prove helpful to say things like, “I hear you saying that you feel like this move will ruin your life.  Thank you for sharing your thoughts and feelings with me.  I know it might feel scary leaving your friends, school, and sports for this unknown new town.  I have a feeling that this will all turn out well in the end.”   Conversely, avoid saying things like, “Get over it.  We’re moving.  End of discussion.”  Finally, although it can be difficult, try to hold back your emotional reactions to their mood swings and defiant behaviors.  Instead, try to uncover the feelings underneath these behaviors!
  • Involve your adolescents in selecting their high school, if possible.  If they are asked to participate in the decision-making process, their investment might result in a more positive adjustment.  Why not have them research their options based on their interests (i.e., academic, athletic, yearbook, drama) and desires (i.e., class size, public/private)?  Talking to the school counselor, the drama teacher, or the soccer coach ahead of time might also be helpful in increasing their comfort levels about this new adventure.  Finally, take a tour of the school ahead of time if that is a possibility!
  • Remind your adolescents that this is a unique opportunity to reinvent themselves!  Ask them if there are changes they would like to make regarding their reputation.  Specifically, do they want to remain known as “the party animal, “ “the star volleyball player,” or “the math whiz?”  Or, do they instead want to take on a new path by starting a teen advisory board at the local homeless shelter, play a new sport, or participate in the yearbook club?
  • Create a plan to assist your teenagers in maintaining their old friendships.  This is easier now than ever with the prevalence of social media and cell phones.  Remind your teenagers of the close relationships you continue to cherish with your old friends from childhood, college, etc.  Concrete examples might assist them in believing that their close friendships have the potential to remain that way forever.
  • Engage in a dialogue about how your adolescents can develop new friendships.  Participating in sports, plays, or clubs can be the perfect avenue for establishing friendships with like-minded peers with similar interests. Colleges look fondly upon a student who shows leadership abilities and consistency through this transition!
  • Request that the transcript and profile (explanation of grading system, curriculum, and school demographics) from the old high school be sent to the new high school.  When it comes time to apply to colleges, your adolescents will be one step ahead of the game!

On a personal note, my relocation from the East Coast to the Midwest (just north of Chicago) before eleventh grade turned out to be a positive experience.  I am grateful for the new friendships I developed while maintaining several of my old friendships.  Additionally, I enjoyed experiencing life in a different region of our country.  In addition, had we remained on the East Coast, I am unsure whether I would have achieved the highest honor in one of my sports or been offered the same scholarship.  Finally, I believe that our family’s frequent relocations armed me with an ability to quickly adapt to change and to relate to all different types of people!

Kerry Brown Hasbrook, Ph.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist