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Patricia Sprague
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Relocation Information

One family’s overall plan will differ greatly from another’s. Here are some ideas to incorporate into your individual family plan:

  • Divide a loose-leaf notebook into the three phases of relocating. Keep this family “Moving Book” in one place where everyone can check it out and make entries.
  • Set up a file for collecting important papers and receipts in connection with your move.
  • Hold family, “brainstorming” sessions, perhaps at mealtimes. Record the best ideas in the loose-leaf plan book.
  • Assign responsibilities and target dates, and review progress at family meetings.

Whether you relish the idea of moving or dread it, there is no question a relocation can be stressful. Yet knowing your next step and being prepared is the best remedy for stress. Also, don’t add to your stress. This is not the best time, for instance, to sort all your old slides or to try to lose twenty pounds. 

The key making a family project out of the move is good communication. Strong feelings may surface. Keep talking and, mostly, keep listening.

 The family meetings can serve three purposes:

  1. To exchange information.
  2. To let off stream.
  3. To uncover real feelings.

Give everybody a chance to air problems, but focus on finding solutions. You might say: “If you can give me a hand on Friday, I’ll take over for you on Saturday so  you can go to  your ballgame.”

Frequent meetings-through all stages of the move-go a long way toward getting family members to work together. They’re also good for handling stress. Some key subjects to cover:

  • How to arrange a school transfer
  • How to keep in touch with old friends
  • What to pack, what to toss
  • How to stop feeling sorry for oneself

Focus on the positives:

  • Remind children of their past triumphs coping with disappointments.
  • If our move is a step upward, say: “Moving may mean more family income, a better house, nicer clothes, more chances to travel.
  • If you’re making a lateral move, focus on the different things to look forward to. Remind the young that their old wardrobes will be new to the new people they meet.
  • If “loss-of-friendships” is uppermost, say: “Think of all the friends you’ve made in the past. Who knows who’s in store.”
  • If “loss-of-activities” is the crusher, find a parallel: “Remember you thought  you’d die when you broke your foot and couldn’t play basketball? That’s when you discovered the guitar!”
If “leaving home” is the trouble, give illustrations of how the more one moves, the better basis of comparison one has to discover and enjoy your favorites in life. It’s “like wearing different clothes.”

Calculators Measure Cost of Moving Moving to a city can be baffling. A cost-of-living calculator can take some of the mystery out of moving for a relocated customer.

Here are just a few:

Bankrate.com’s Cost of Living Comparison Calculator. Select your current city, the city to which you’re moving, and current income. The calculator displays a range of relocation factors, including home prices.

Homestore.com’s Salary Calculator. Calculates cost of living for hundreds of U.S. cities and the salary you’ll need to match your current situation.

CityRating.com’s Cost of Living Comparison Calculator. Determines the cost of living in two different states based on your current income.

Source: Myrtle Beach Sun-News, Chuck Myers (06/18/06)

Real Estate Links
Cainonline.org - great information on association-governed communities
Mortgage101.com - good source of financing information

Community Links

Jackson County
Ashland Chamber
City of Jacksonville
City of
Medford
Medford Chamber
City of Talent
City of Phoenix
Oregon Schools K-12
Great Schools.net

Entertainment
Ashland Shakespeare
Britt Festival
Craterian Theatre
Camelot Theatre
Ashland Indie Film Fest.
Oregon Cabaret Theatre
Rogue Valley Symphony

Wineries
Ashland Vineyards
Bridgeview Vineyards
Eden Valley Winery
Paschal Winery
RoxyAnn Winery
Stringers Orchard
Troon Vineyard
Weisinger's Wines