How to Say Goodbye When You’re Relocating

14% of the United States population relocates every year. No matter why people choose to pick up and move, for a job or a different lifestyle, the vast majority run into a similar problem — saying goodbye to loved ones.

For people who are relocating locally, saying Goodbye isn’t as much of a consideration. For those who are moving a greater distance, the amount of time they spend with their local connections is inevitably going to decrease drastically.

To help make your “goodbye’s” a little bit easier, we have compiled some quick tips that are worth keeping in mind.

1. Tell the People That Matter Most Well in Advance

Many of your closest friends and family members are going to have difficulty processing the fact that you are leaving. After all, you’re a central part of their lives, and by moving, you’re upending their social foundation.

To ease the burden of the news that you’re sharing, let your loved ones know that you’re relocating the moment that things are set in stone. That way, you’ll have weeks or maybe even months to make the most of your time together.

2. Talk to People in Person If Possible

Believe it or not, some people feel betrayed when their friends or family members announce a move. To ensure that negative knee-jerk reactions are kept at bay when you break the news, let people know that you’re leaving in person rather than by text message.

Communicating hard news by text can lead to misinterpreting feelings that could turn your once outstanding relationships into relationships that are filled with resent. Keep the personal contact so that there is no miscommunication.

3. Make Time for Your Loved Ones Before Leaving

You may be relocating, but you’re not gone yet! You may be relocating, but you’re not gone yet! 

It can be hard to find leisure time when dealing with the hustle and bustle of moving. Coordinating movers, dealing with utilities, and more, is challenging. Carve out as many opportunities as possible to be with the people that matter most to you.

The more memories that you can create between now and when you leave, the more likely that you’ll be able to maintain your relationship long-distance.

4. Organize a Moving Party

Moving parties are an excellent way for your close connections and your more distant ones to get together and share their love with you. Do your best to find time to have a get-together.

It will be a hectic time, but spending time with close friends in an intimate setting is essential. 

If the party ends up at your own home, you will need to plan accordingly. Some of your home might already be packed up, so consider using disposable plates, cups, and utensils. You might also want to order food since your kitchen’s functionality will be limited.

5. Leaving Doesn’t Have to Mean Goodbye

Saying goodbye to the people that you love might be a bit dramatic. If you really like the people in your life, you’ll make an effort to keep your relationship intact for years to come.

If possible, coordinate a date for when your loved ones can see you before you hit the road. Also, let them know when you’ll be back to visit.

Having plans on your calendar is a great way to make “goodbye” a “see you later.”

Saying Goodbye Is Hard: Relocating Doesn’t Have to Be

Managing your loved one’s emotions can be hard. Fortunately, while you focus on that, our team at Sinclair can manage the logistics of your move.

Learn more about our Philadelphia, PA, and West Berlin, NJ relocating services on our website and get a free quote for your big move today!