When we are young, it is pretty fancy to imagine a life of a traveller. But unlike a traveller, we grow up with attachments and belongings, we have too many bagagges to take care of. And therefore, the idea of relocation either for family reasons or job-call, causes a lot of unwanted stress. To help you avoid any stress related to moving to a new city or state, we have 5 simple tips to share-
Pack it up
Packing is the most important task when you have to consider relocation. Select quality material for packaging and once you have the boxes ready, label each one as precisely as possible. Store your fragile items carefully; use bubble wrap to do individual packing of each one of these fragile items and tape them neat. You should also consider marking a box as open first that you can fill up with all the essentials such as medications, toilet paper, snacks and beverages etc. This can be a great start and gradually you can figure the bigger items which will eventually make your settling much easier.
Cut it short
It is during a relocation when you have to take stock of everything you own and decide what is worth taking along and what is not. If the reason behind relocation is to start a new retirement life in some idyllic setting or if it is because the family has either grown bigger or smaller, it is important to determine items that you would like to retain. If the place you’re relocating to is warmer than your current geography, then you do not need to carry heavy woolens or winter jackets and boots. For example, if you are relocating from the hilly east or the northern part of India to Chennai or Kerala, you probably won’t need any winter items. Auction them online and use the money for suitable purpose.
Don’t leave any loose ends
Relocation automatically calls for making a list of all moveable and unmovable items. Once you have created a checklist, look it up twice to ensure you haven’t missed out anything. If you have pets, ensure they are up-to-date on their vaccinations and along with them, your medical records and other legal papers and documents are scanned, uploaded and packed safely. If you hold a ration card or a voter card, talk to the area office to find out the address update procedure. If you have any banking issues related to change in home branch or updating your new communication address, get them done before hand. If you’ll be driving your car across states, ensure your car is in a good condition and you have necessary backup in case there is an emergency on road.
Contact Movers & Packers
Irrespective of the journey you need to cover in this relocation, it is always a safe bet to contact movers & packers. I mean, it not only helps you travel light, it also helps you avoid incidental damages which professionals can easily take care of. In fact, some movers & packers offer insurance facility which you may opt for if you have really expensive items to transfer. And sooner you contact these people, the better you get to bargain as last minute bargains are hardly in favour of the bargainer. Start short-listing them at least a month in advance to avoid last minute rush. Also, have these people visit your house to give you the right estimate of all big items and small. Individual quotation can also help you figure if something is worth moving or selling.
Take a week’s time to settle in
If this relocation is due to your new job, see if you can request for a week’s leave or plan your joining in a way that you have at least a week’s time in hand to unpack, settle in, and explore your new city and surroundings. This way, you will be much more comfortable and secured at work and your new home. In case you are relocating within the same state, it is still better to have ample time to introduce your family members to the new place before you get busy at work. Please note that some companies offer temporary stay at their select residencies and if you move wish to avail that, then hold on for the time duration before you call in your entire family. After work, you can take time to explore further before figuring a place for your entire family.
Relocation can be tedious, but with proper planning you can simplify the experience. As discussed above, if time is a constraint, seek professional help. Keep a tab on all your transactions, discussions, important numbers of people you deal with in the process of relocating so that you may refer to them in settling any future dispute. Sounds a lot? Why not get a robo advisor who can take over all these responsibilities?