Relocation week one! The kids are sick. The washer is missing a part. The water is still not on. School starts Monday. And oh by the way you need to start interviewing.
Who DO you call in those first few days or weeks?
It was your friend. She knew everyone and had a knack for knowing what to do and who to call, but she is 350 miles away.
In this new city, the only people you know are your realtor, mortgage banker and perhaps a neighbor who dropped by to introduce themselves. Not friends, but the only locals you know.
WHO AND WHAT YOU NEED
Is everything an answer?
Perhaps, but let’s categorize these needs 4 ways: Me, Home, Children, and Spouse
Below each list out what each needs to move forward tomorrow and in the next week. Here are some examples.
The relocation challenge of this list is that it takes extra time to make any of this happen. Phone calls, online reviews and referrals from the few people you know here will add 5 to 15 minutes to each.
Knowing this ahead of time will help manage expectations.
WHERE TO START
Everyone loves to feel like the hero, especially when helping kids. Asking the questions gives them that opportunity.
BEFORE THE MOVE
Create an organized list, by type, of all the go to people in your phone. Chances are these are the same services, activities and types of organizations you will look for in your new community.
As you contact the “Where to Start List”, ask them for referrals to fill out your list.
If you are working on your second black belt OR your children are current Karate students, ask everyone.
Oh by the way, do you know of a great Karate school?
You will find that they have children, neighbors or cousins that love their dojo.
A FEW ADDITIONS
Emergencies happen. These are times when you call your next door neighbor, your mom or your best friend. Those are not available in the first few weeks so you need to be prepared for
Just in case
Being a corporate move your first line is the new colleagues. These are the people you met before the move and now are seeing on a daily basis. That working relationship is actually stronger than any of the other connections.
Professional organizations and services are your next option.
Medical and Childcare will be the most important issues that will arise. A medical emergency that keeps you from being able to take care of the children is worst case.
As you are asking for opinions and referrals, remember to ask for local organizations that help with 24 hours childcare as well as preferred emergency medical facilities. If anyone in the family has critical and specific medical issues this is imperative.
ONE LEADS TO THE NEXT 4
Your dependable Who to Call list will grow exponentially. Everyone will have multiple referrals for you.
The entire list may be filled in a few chats, especially if both of you work on it.
For more information, ideas or encouragement, please email me at Annette@ReloMoms.com
A ReloMom currently in the wilds of Texas, working to encourage and inspire others while seeking another adventure.