Relocating to a new city or destination is an exciting yet daunting time for the individual, couple or family.
The best piece of advice you’ll hear, is to plan for your move well in advance. It will help to reduce the stress which can be overwhelming at times, especially if its your first venture into Expatland.
Tips on What to Do Before You Move
Declutter. It’s not only cathartic to do a clear out before the move but also makes perfect sense. It’s much more difficult and stressful to try and declutter when the packers are there. The packers can’t make those decisions for you, “Should that stay or should it go”?
Organise rubbish collection, garage sales and donations to thrift / charity shops in plenty of time before packing day. You’ll feel better for it and you’re not paying for transporting ‘stuff’ that you may very well throw out when you move into your new home.
Accept help when it’s offered from friends and family. Put your super cape away! It’s o.k. They want to help! Whether for child-minding duties, replenishing the mugs of tea or coffee or cooked meals, it all helps in reducing the stress. Especially on packing day.
If moving with children, get some small packing boxes in advance from the moving company. Let them draw on them, colour them in, write their names on them. They can pack those precious soft toys in preparation for the move. Imagine their excited faces when they recognize their own boxes arriving safe and sound at your new home.
Decide in advance what you will need to:
a) Take on the flight. Those items you’ll need immediately on arrival.
b) What might need to be sent airfreight (that can be expensive) but you can get access to it earlier than if it’s shipped seafreight.
c) Then what needs to go into storage at your destination until you find your new home.
Most important of all, choose an experienced, industry approved relocation company.
When the Relocation consultant has expat experience themselves, they understand and appreciate the stress and pressure that comes with the move. Remember they are your first port of call on this amazing journey, so you want to feel confident and happy with the service they offer.
Get that right at the start and they will assist and support you, listen to your concerns and advise you, as you embark on this exciting journey.
Written by: Nuss Relocations