When it comes to successful relocation planning, you need to start early and organise yourself well. Here are some important steps that may be of help.
Make a project plan
As soon as you have determined the date when you will be making your move, go ahead and book a removal company if you need one.
They tend to get booked up very fast, so they may not be able to help you on the day that you need them if you are not careful.
It is also wise to make a relocation budget, and stick to it as much as you can.
If you are moving overseas, now is the time to book the mode of transport you will be using to get to your final destination.
Make a to-do list
One key to a successful move is keeping organised.
Write out a to-do list and tick off the tasks you complete.
Not only will this make your life easier, but it will also give you a feeling of satisfaction that you are on the way to reaching your goal.
Things to put on your list include:
- Key dates for when you need to complete your tasks.
- Items you need to help you pack including boxes, tape etc.
- What you are going to take with you / trash / recycle / donate.
- Important documents and paperwork you require.
- Services and subscriptions you need to cancel or redirect.
Check in with your moving company
If you have booked a moving company to help you carry or store your belongings, it is a good idea to check in with them a few days before your moving date to make sure all is well.
Also make sure to check that they will be there on the reserved day and at the right time. You don’t want any nasty surprises on the day.
Always have a Plan B to ensure a successful relocation
In life, things rarely go exactly to plan. So, it is important to have a ‘Plan B’ just in case.
In this way, when things go wrong (and they invariably will), try not to panic and do be flexible.
If you have an alternative plan, you can be safe in the knowledge that you can salvage your day/time/money.
Take care of children and pets
Moving is always a tense experience to a certain extent. Even more so if children or animals are involved.
Big events such as moving can make them stressed or worried, so do try and make their experience as easy and pleasant as possible.
On moving day, try to get someone else to take care of them, so you can concentrate fully on the move.
Research your new home for a successful relocation experience
Finally, do some homework on the country you are moving to well before you leave.
It is a great idea to learn about things like the weather, language, culture, and customs so you have an idea of what to expect when you arrive to start your exciting new life and start to meet new people.
If you are working onsite, you should also research where the office building is, and how best to get there, so you are not late or flustered on your first day of work.
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