Project managing your own relocation.May 6th 2019
Moving to a new house can be incredibly stressful. You add to that a change in country and therefore a difference in language and culture, the stress can often lead to explosive levels.
Many people opt to use a relocations service like Chepyng but many opt to project manage their own relocations, especially if they don’t need assistance with immigration or financial planning and can afford the time but not expense.
Here’s five steps we would normally go through with a client which may prove useful for you in a flow chart:
This is the most critical step. Here you need to do your research and be absolutely sure that you have chosen the right place for you and your family, considering elements such as:
- Work opportunities or demand for products or services dependent if you are employed or self-employed
- Economic factors such as the state of the national economy and risk prognosis, interest rates, foreign exchange rates and level of tax.
- Quality of the healthcare – is it necessary to have private or is public available and more than sufficient? Is your body well equipped medically to deal with the diseases present in your chosen country? If not, then arrange vaccinations and see what other things you can do to ensure your body doesn’t suffer from health issues after you have relocated. Even a change in diet can upset your system.
- Immigration status and visas and what you will need to be able to reside in the country. Legal advice is not an option here and is absolutely necessary.
- Education and schooling, should you have children or be studying yourself. What is the standard like and what are the costs involved? Are the courses going to offer good value for money? Will they need extra support? Will you put them in private or state, local or international schools?
- Property and accommodation planning such as what type of residence you would like to live in, is this affordable and would it be more preferable or convenient to live in a town, city or countryside?
- Logistical considerations and efficiency of transport – for example, do you need to live near an international airport so that you can travel for work or to visit family? What is the local transport system like? Is it efficient and good value for money? Will you be reliant on a car and if so how do you go about getting a car?
- Weather – do you prefer to live in warmer or cooler climates? Do you like seasons or consistent sunshine? Are you prepared for the difference in temperatures and hours of sunshine between where you are now and where you are headed. You may need to take Vitamin D if you are headed further north and protect your skin from the sun if travelling south.
- Personal considerations and preferences such as preferring perhaps to be near one’s friends or family or being close to facilities such as sports and recreation facilities or good bars and restaurants, near the sea, near the mountains etc.
- Language – do you already know the language and what can you do before you arrive and after you arrive to maximise your chances of being able to communicate in that language? Online tutors are often useful for these circumstances.
- Crime rates – which crimes are most prevalent and which areas and are you prepared? Educate yourself and your family on new risks and how to stay safe. If the crime rates are higher than you currently are then how highly do you rate feeling safe?
Once you have asked yourself all these relevant questions and researched the answers, create a project plan with milestones and ‘To-do’ lists. Use excel to separate each mini project and tasks associated with it. Treat this as a professional exercise, one you will not rush or take shortcuts on. We are more than happy to help with this step if you would prefer to do the actual planning yourself but just want to start on the front foot. Absolutely every element of this step is critical and will be the grounding on which you will begin to plan your relocation.
Now you’ve decided where to go and made your project plan, step 2 is about ensuring that you are legally resident in your new country. You will need to find a reputable immigration lawyer that understands the law of residency and citizenship in your new location of residence. They will talk you through the process and guide you through the form filling to help ensure your application is successful. Our global immigration lawyers are worldwide and happy to offer support, wherever you are going.
This is a big one where you start putting your key mini projects from your big relocation project into action. Now it’s time to find and apply for that school, explore and select between healthcare options, find that perfect home where you will be for the foreseeable future. You will also need to arrange the actual movement of people and property between the two countries and arrange flights, hotels, and removal companies. If you have pets then they will need a pet passport or special vaccinations, as well as a specialist carrier who will transport them to your new country.
This after you arrive in your new country and you have unpacked the boxes and you’re ready to get yourself settled in. You may need to do things such as:
- Open new bank accounts
- Register on a population register or voting system (in some countries)
- Find a hairdresser and other special service providers
- Learn the language and arrange further lessons
- Find a job, open a company, or find a new premises
- Settle your children into a new school and purchase uniforms and school materials etc.
- Join a gym or other recreational facility
- Contact a Counsellor to support you as you go through settling in challenges or feel homesick – here is a useful post on homesickness and how to overcome it.
This is the ongoing maintenance part of your project once you have fully implemented it. Here you accept and commit to continuing with the things you need to be happy in your new country; perhaps a counsellor for support, language teacher, or even a commitment to go to the pub on a Sunday for a roast dinner as it feels familiar and keeps you in touch with your own culture from home.
Arranging your own relocation can be a huge project that will take up your time for the best part of 1-2 years. However, if you can afford the time and prefer not to invest in getting a professional to do it for you then follow the steps above to help you to achieve success and feel happy and settled in your new country.
You can do it!
Contact us here at Chepyng if you would like us to arrange your relocation for you.