Relocating? Here's what you need to know.
Are you looking to relocate? Finally gotten that dream job or been bitten by the adventure bug? If that’s what’s on the cards for you, you’ve come to the right place for some useful tips on how you can best prepare yourself (and others) for your departure.
At some point in the process, you’re likely to get that hollow feeling in the pit of your stomach. When that happens, take a deep breath, and refer back to this article.
Here we go:
Ready? Let’s do it!
Deciding to relocate is not as simple as it seems. The decision is as much an emotional one as a logistical one. Regardless of your reasons you’re going to ask yourself the same question countless times – Should I go?
Once you decide to go, fully commit yourself to the decision. Having your heart fully in it makes it so much easier to get though the massive ‘to do’ list that relocating inevitably brings. This doesn’t mean you’re not allowed to feel sad or nervous about leaving though, so be kind to yourself through the process.
Decide when it is that you want to leave by. Make it a realistic timeframe so that you can wrap up your affairs, but don’t draw it out so long that you’ll have to renew leases or make any big transitions like changing schools. Start telling your friends and family about your relocation so that it becomes a reality to them too.
Declutter your life.
You’ve accumulated more than you think you have. Yes, way more. Once you’ve committed to relocating, start clearing out your home. Avoid buying any new items, but if you absolutely need to, be sure to get rid of two or three items in its place. The less you need to pack and ship over, the better.
See what you can sell, donate, or chuck in the bin. If you haven’t used it in the last 6 months, ask yourself if you really need it. That rice maker you’ve used once in ten years can definitely go.
It’s going to be pricey.
This is two-fold. Firstly, getting all your things and yourself across does not come cheap. You’re going to need to pay removal companies, shipping costs, plane tickets etc. to name but a few.
Secondly, moving to a country that has a stronger currency than yours is going to set you back. Whether you’re moving to a job or not, you will need a slush fund to carry you for the first few weeks, so save, save, SAVE! Remember that you need to pay for everything from transport to food and airtime.
Be in the know.
If you’re hoping to settle in with ease, it’s important to do your research beforehand. If you hate research, or you’re worried you’ll miss something, a relocation service like Juniper Shores will be able to assist you every step of the way and save you time, money, and potential heartache.
When you’re researching, think about all the things you enjoy at home. Do you grab a cup of coffee on your way to work? If yes, then check out the local coffee spots. Are you big on eating out? Then read up about the restaurant scene in your area. Being able to do the thing you enjoy most will help you ease into your new homjunipe sooner.
Now, think about all the things you do at home – banking, doctors’ visits, medical aid, using the internet, driving etc. How will you do those things in your new home? Who will you consult if you’re ill? Draw up a list of all the local emergency details to give yourself some comfort that you’ll be covered in any event.
So much paperwork. Oh, SO much!
Getting your documents in order is the single most important task that you need to take care of. Without your documents, you’re not going anywhere, and all your efforts will have been in vain. Requirements are different for different places, and again, this is where a relocation service will be of great benefit.
When you begin, start with the basics. Valid passport? Check! Valid driver’s license (is it transferrable)? Check! Then you will need things like police clearance certificates, birth certificates, bank statements – the list goes on. There will be even more paperwork if you’re taking your pets with you, so anticipate extra time to fill those in too.
Wrap up commitments.
You will need to cancel a bunch of memberships before you leave. Some of these will have early cancellation charges, so be sure to set aside some monies for that. The best way to know what you need to cancel is to work through your bank statements to see what is deducted monthly – we’ve all signed up to something we never use but still pay for! Keep an eye out for insurances, car payments, medical aid, sports club memberships and the like.
You might wish to close your bank accounts completely. If you do, be extra sure that you have settled everything you need to, so that you don’t build up a bad credit score unawares.
Saying proper goodbyes to family and friends seem obvious, but some people put it off because goodbyes are difficult. Passing it off as an ‘I’ll see you later’ becomes disingenuous after a few years, or if, heaven forbid, something happens to either of you in the interim.
You might be surprised to find that you will miss places as much as you miss your people. If it’s possible, take a trip to your favourite places before you leave – this includes your favourite coffee shop, restaurant, nail bar, etc.
If it’s the kind of thing that gives you comfort, pack a little keepsake that will remind you of home for when you’re feeling home sick.
Draw up lists
- Pre-plan packing
- Check bag weight restrictions
- Check cost of extra baggage
- Place passports and tickets in a safe place
- And so much more...
There will be hurdles.
Relocating is stressful, emotionally exhausting, and expensive. And there are bound to be hurdles along the way – a document you didn’t know you needed until after queueing at the embassy for hours; realising the home you chose to rent is much smaller than you anticipated; not having a fibre connection when you thought you would - these are all things that can happen.
Using a relocation service like Juniper Shores means that they jump these hurdles for you, and if it’s not something they can do, they know exactly how to prepare you so that it a cinch for you.
Relocating is by no means easy, but, if you do it right, it’s completely worth it.
No matter what the task is, whether you need a relocation manager, weekly errand runs, or you need an organisational genius, we are here for you!