Murphy’s Laws of Moving

30 Dec

Kalpana Aswath

Kalpana Aswath manages the Santa Fe India Pvt. Ltd. Office at Chennai, a team dedicated to helping families and individuals with every aspect of the relocation process. Here are her and Kamini Murthy’s helpful tips for those moving to India:

Murphy’s Laws of Moving

1. No matter how many boxes you have, you will never have enough.

2. The more your friends promise to help, the more likely it is they will be deathly ill or out of town the weekend you are moving.

3. Whatever it is that you need, it is always in the bottom of a box that has already been taped shut.

4. Now that you are moving and no longer need it, you will always find something you have been looking for for years.

5. The tape, the scissors, the markers and the screwdriver all know how to play hide ‘n’ seek.

6. The thing that gets broken will always be an irreplaceable antique heirloom – never something cheap that you didn’t like anyway.

7. Regardless of how long the drought has been going on, it will always rain on moving day.

8. You will always lose your checkbook, your car keys, the remote control or the telephone.

9. If you stay up all night packing to be ready for the movers, they will be late.

10. No matter how large the new place is, it will shrink before you move in.

BE SURE – Moving can be extremely stressful, be as certain as you can be that it’s the right move for you before you go.

DON’T DELAY – Start preparing as early as possible, just getting all the necessary paperwork in order can take a long time.

PAPERWORK – No matter how insignificant that old document at the back of the bottom drawer may seem now, take it with you, the chances are at some stage you’ll have to show it to someone. Moving countries can be a bureaucratic nightmare at the best of times but if you come prepared with the necessary paperwork you stand the best chance of a stress free relocation.

FRIENDS and FAMILY – Don’t forget to inform everyone of your new address and when you’re going (unless you don’t want them to find you, of course!

YOUR BELONGINGS – Will you be taking everything with you or leaving some items in storage (or even getting rid of them completely)? Set aside those things you need to take with you in person so they don’t get packed accidentally (passports, tickets, etc.)

INSURANCE – Once you’ve decided what you’re taking with you, insure it. If you haven’t already arranged appropriate insurance (health/life/travel, etc.) for yourself and your family as well…DO SO!

ELECTRIC DEVICES AND MOBILE PHONES – Check whether or not your TV, video, hair dryer, alarm clock etc will work in the new country. And finally, a couple of important tips for when you get to your new country…

BE PATIENT – Things may be slow but ultimately the work gets done.

BE PREPARED – For anything and everything to go wrong.

MAKE FRIENDS – Whether locals or fellow expats, nothing will help you more than being able to rely on the assistance of your friends when you need it.

DON’T BE TOO HARD ON YOURSELF – Moving to a new country is difficult. Don’t be shy about asking for help or support, there are plenty of people who have been there before.

Good luck!

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