Checklist for relocation

Key needs of the entire family while considering an area change

By Author  |  Published: 22nd Feb 2019  5:17 pm

People move for various reasons; be it the possibility of better career opportunities or to lessen the travel time, closer to schools and hospitals, etc. Irrespective of the reason, relocating from one place to another can be a herculean task for every member of the family.

One has to factor in a lot of things when you plan on moving — like time, money involved, physical strain, etc. Therefore, it’s important that you proceed with caution. Here is a list of things that you should consider before making the move:

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Take your time

Before you decide on moving places, it’s best that you sit down with your entire family and think this through. Consider all the pros and cons of relocating, and if it is in the favour of the entire family’s interest, then and only then, make the decision.

Know the area

It is one of the most important exercises that everyone in the family must undergo before you shift. Visit the new locality multiple times so that you know where the things are — like grocery shop, park, medical store, hospital, and library. This makes adjustment easy for not just you but your entire family as well.

Pack smart

A week or two before you move, get down and do a massive clearing out. Don’t relocate the entire house; pack only the essentials and discard or give away those items which you don’t really need. Pack room wise and store them in boxes and label them correctly, this will make it a lot easier to unpack.

Hire professionals

Save your time, energy and money and hire professionals to transport the luggage. This will make sure that things are done faster and avoid damage (mostly).

Legal work

Make sure that you finish all the legal work like address changes, telephone, gas, insurance, etc., before you make the move. It is important that you inform any banks, building societies and other organisations about the move and update the new address so that they can update their records.

Psychological effects

It takes time to accept change, especially for children and the older generation; so, make sure that you give them time to adjust to their newer environment. Factor in the psychological effects that this shift will have on your family before making the big decision and once it’s done, make sure that you do everything in your power to help ease the transition.