Expert tips for saving time, stress and cash

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If you've already moved for mining, it probably comes as no surprise that relocating your home rates in the top five major stresses in life? But if you're contemplating relocating to take advantage of the next mining boom, there are a number of steps you can take to significantly minimise the hassle. George Aslanis from Kent Corporate Relocations explains how...

Much of the stress revolves around the huge amount of change that a relocation entails. It impacts all areas of your life, both personally and professionally. 

Because I specialise in the relocation and mobility of employees, either on behalf of major organisations or making the move personally, I see common mistakes being made that, if avoided, could make the entire move far less stressful.

I vividly remember when I secured a new position in Western Australia, and how excited I was.  I talked about the opportunity with my friends and family, but did not ever really consider the wide range of issues, and level of change that I was about to experience.  Being a busy professional, I knew the need to get organised. But as everyone knows, time flies by very quickly. Before you know, it is only weeks before you leave and panic sets in. 

If you are considering a relocation, or about to relocate, these tips may alleviate some of the stress and save you money:

  1. Plan ahead: like any project, relocation has a start and end date. Give yourself as much time as you can to prepare, so you can address all the varied issues. Simple things like disconnecting and reconnecting utilities, and redirecting mail.
  2. Research your new environment: for example, if you are moving to Karratha or Perth your relocation costs will vary significantly. Additionally, infrastructure, housing costs and community services will differ across locations. Consider this in relation to your personal and family needs.  For example, if you or someone in the family has special medical needs, a more remote location may not offer this.
  3. Choose reputable companies and get two or three quotes from removals companies. Always check the cubic metres quote on a removal are similar, as you can be underquoted in order to win the job, only to incur additional costs once underway.
  4. Do not skimp on insurance: unfortunately accidents do happen so make sure you are adequately insured.
  5. Prepare for some changes in time or delay: delays can occur due to shipping timetables, or interstate rail freight for various reasons. Have a contingency plan if there is a delay in delivery process. It might mean having alternative accommodation organised or extended "just in case".
  6. Be aware that the busiest time of year for relocating is between November and February, so relocation costs tend to increase and service levels are stretched. Try to avoid this period if at all possible. If not, then communicate with your service provider during this time to ensure everything remains on track.
  7. Most people over-pack belongings, so use the relocation as an opportunity to purge those items you rarely use. When packing, think carefully about what you really need. This way, you might avoid the need to place some items in storage until you are settled. In those cases where you've not yet found a new home in the new location, it could mean you are then paying storage costs for items that are not entirely necessary.
  8. Consider the total cost of the relocation if considering a personally-funded move (include temporary accommodation, airfares/travel, bonds etc).  If you have children, factor in the cost of school fees and new uniforms etc.