Moving to Dorset with a Young Family
Dorset has always been a favourite destination for people who no longer feel at home in large cities anymore and want something else. The clean air, sunshine and outdoor experience are appealing for people with young children. It’s also ideal for people who need good transport links for business purposes. With high employment and low crime rates, Dorset ticks a lot of boxes, and there’s a lot of choices available.
Woods Removals keeps up to date with housing market trends and a lot more people moving from London due to lockdown. We put together a guide on everything you need to know about when moving with a young family.
What Makes Dorset Appealing to People with Young Families?
Dorset is the ideal location for people who have a young family and are looking for a new adventure. Our schools and day-care facilities are renowned for their high standards. Not only do we have some of the UK’s best nurseries and schools, but there’s also plenty of activities for everyone to enjoy in Dorset. Unless you know the county, you’ll be starting from scratch, which is why this blog exists. We want you to have the best possible start to your life as Dorset residents.
In addition to educational advantages the county enjoys, Dorset is a beautiful place with a plethora of towns and villages to make your home in. House prices vary from area-to-area, but there is something for all budgets here. You’ll just need to do your research broadly. Dorset also has low crime levels and high employment rates, which all adds up to a vibrant and friendly place to live.
Dorset has a thriving business community, with an emphasis on catering to residents as well as visitors. There’s no better example of somewhere that balances the two perfectly. People support Dorset businesses here and sourcing local produce is a noticeable feature. The farmers’ markets and community retailers have a prominent role in their community.
If you’re thinking of buying a second property and aim to retain your main house, you’ll find a lot of people in the same position. Dorset is a favourite destination for holiday cottages and second homes, with a supporting business sector here to manage the property while you’re away. We have excellent transport links to every main train and bus station in Southern England. Additionally, we’re close enough to London if you have business interests there.
Choosing the Right Removals Package –
At Woods Removals, we have two leading removals services that work for most relocations. We have a Small Moves service, which is our version of a man and van package, ideal for smaller relocations. Additionally, our Large Removals service covers a variety of sizes of the vehicle up from man with a and van situation. Moreover, we can adjust aspects of either package to ensure it fits your requirements exactly.
For properties with three bedrooms and up, we usually suggest our Large Removals service. However, in certain circumstances, this is also valid for people in smaller homes if they have possessions that take up more space in the removal’s van. Our Large Removals service fits an entire load done in one journey. And our team will plan everything in detail to ensure we cause a minimal amount of interruption when we’re packing and loading our van.
Our Small Moves service is a man and van package that’s ideal for smaller houses and apartments. The vans are better at parking on streets with lots of cars, and you won’t have any issues with us blocking the road with a large vehicle. This service comes with two of our expert team members to do all the loading and unpacking at the other end.
Woods Removals has a fleet of vehicles at our disposal, making it possible to take on any removals job. Our team have the best equipment and tools, which means we can manoeuvre any type of furniture. This is especially handy if you happen to have awkward items that would otherwise require us to dismantle before we remove them.
How to Help Children Cope When Moving Home –
Moving to a new home is never easy for anyone, but it’s especially difficult, potentially even traumatic, for children. While it’s possibly easier for very little ones because they’re still developing, the shock of leaving somewhere familiar can be jarring. For older children, this might cause a lot of stress. They’re leaving behind a childhood home with lots of memories and best friends. And they’ll likely feel like their world’s ending.
That’s why it’s crucial you begin preparing them for your relocation early and honestly. Tell them truthfully why you need to move and always be mindful of their feelings. The best way to help get them on board is to ask for their input. Involve them in the packing, visit your new location and commit to remaining in contact with their current friends.
You should visit Dorset at least two or three times before the relocation. Get them to help you note important information and have them record video footage and photos. It will also help if you can include plenty of fun activities. Find out if their interests or hobbies are available in the area or close by. Not only will you get the first-hand experience of where you’re moving, but they might also be able to make some new friends before the big move.
It will help if you allow them to spend as much time as possible with their friends. Then, set up some way for them all to keep in contact. This will help bridge the transition until they meet new friends. If you’re struggling for time, you can consider having a leaving party to get everyone together for a proper farewell. It won’t solve everything, but it will show that you care about how they feel.
Advice on Schools and Day-care in Dorset –
Start your research today – Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today. You’re making a life-changing decision to move your family to a different county. It’s essential that you give yourself as much time as possible to find the ideal home and schools for the kids. Contacting an estate agent might be a good idea to help arrange viewings.
Find the local council’s information – The local council for each area have excellent resources, and you should check out the information they offer. Whether it’s a list of local schools or childcare provisions, they will have them or can refer you. Additionally, they have extensive information on Dorset and various things that are happening.
Create a list of all schools and childcare facilities – If you’re not sure about the exact area you’re moving to in Dorset, start by creating a list of all schools in relation to the age of your children. You can check each school’s Ofsted scores as well as any additional achievements online. Then repeat this process for childcare and preschools in Dorset.
Set up meetings at potential schools and preschools – You can only learn a certain level of information online and by contacting schools. By arranging short meetings with the Headmaster of each school or preschool, you’ll have a better understanding of them. It might also help you secure a place for your children by meeting them in person.
Visit Dorset a few times – This is one that we suggest any potential Dorset resident undertakes. You need to get to know Dorset and the surrounding areas first-hand. Google is an excellent resource, but it’s not a substitute for the lived experience. Dorset has some unforgettable places to visit and lots of places to stay overnight, so make a weekend of it for the whole family.
The Importance of Excellent Customer Service –
At Woods Removals, we know that it’s vital to build close working relationships with our customers. This is how we design our removals and storage packages. We listen to feedback so that we can provide a range of services that cover as many situations as possible. That’s why we always have repeat customers who often recommend us to family and friends.
We prepare everything in detail, well in advance of the moving day. Our removals and storage packages cater to a variety of situations, and we make sure they’re the most affordable rates on the market. Moreover, we believe that removals and storage should be available to all budgets, which is why we keep our prices as low as possible.
Woods Removals has every service you need under one roof. For people who have lots of other responsibilities, our dedicated Packing service could make a world of difference. Our team will arrive the day before the move to prepare everything for loading. And on your moving day, they will arrange all your items to minimise the likelihood of breakages or damage when in transit.
The Woods team have expert-level knowledge of Dorset and the surrounding areas. We plan every relocation job using the best times to avoid any traffic, and we know every route to ensure that we provide the most efficient and professional removals service possible. We rely on word of mouth referrals, and people often use us after a family member or friend recommend us.
Woods Removals – Dorset’s Family-Friendly Removals Company –
At Woods Removals, we move thousands of people in Dorset and the surrounding areas every year. We get a lot of customers who are looking for a family-friendly environment to set up a home. As part of our drive to provide the best customer service possible, we offer the most affordable rates for removals and storage in Dorset.
From your first call to us, we’ll take you through our services to help you match them with your requirements. The Woods Removals team are happy to discuss your big move into Dorset. Even if you’re only doing some research or obtaining quotes. Providing the best level of customer service is our number one goal, and we go above and beyond for our customers.
If you’re planning on relocating to Dorset with a young family, please contact us today. We’ll discuss our range of removals and storage services in more detail. And it will be our pleasure to give you tips on life in Dorset.