How to Make the Big Decision to Move Country Using a Decision Weighted Matrix

Have you ever had to make a big decision and have been stuck between a rock and a hard place? Are you just relying on your gut feeling? Do you find it hard to detail why you are coming up with the decision?

Have you ever heard of a ‘Weighted Decision Matrix (WDM)’? A WDM breaks down a large decision to be made into smaller chunks of independent criteria which you specify. It really does ‘dumb’ down a big decision into smaller bits which you can assess each criteria – and then get an overall decision based on each of the smaller chunks. It really is a helpful way to make big decisions; especially when they are not clear cut.

I have used this WDM to determine whether it truly was worth moving to another country; moving to Australia from New Zealand. It was such a hard decision to make at the time that we employed this method in order to help us make the final decision. This method proved independently it was the right decision to go for.

Here is how to do it – using moving country for example for the decision to be made.

1. List every criteria you value most in life; such as –

• Family

• Climate

• Money

• Access to housing

• Access to schools

• Employment opportunities

• Cost of living

• Friends close by

• Anything else you can possibly think of which is important to you and your family.

2. Next thing to do is write a number between 1 and 5 next to each of these values you have just written. The number 1-5 corresponds to how much you value the criteria with 5 being you value it the most. Example Family – 5. You value family the most you possibly can. Money – 2. You value money only a 2 out of the scale to 5.

3. Next thing to do is list the current situation and the decision to be made. Example –

Stay in the USA / New Zealand

Move to Australia

4. Under each decision (if you stay where you are or whether you move) you need to specify of the values you have picked (Money etc) are met or not. The scale here is 0-3. IF the value you specified is completely met then you would give it a 3. Say, by moving to Australia the money value was completely satisfied, you would rate that 3. If it wasn’t then you could rate it 0 or 1 for example.)

5. Once you have rated each of your specified values/options such as money/lifestyle against each decision to be made (stay in the USA or move to Australia for example) then you multiply the value score by the criteria score.

6. Sum total each column for what you just did above and you have a winner.

7. This is a very basic example and you need to fluff out the options using many more such as access to schools, retirement etc.

What to Look For in a Moving Company When You Have Very Expensive Furnishings

Insure your possessions – You need to realize that your belongings are bound to be hauled across thousands of miles thereby subjecting them to the risk of breakages or even loss. Although the number of moving claims filed is minimal, it is advisable that you get proper insurance cover for your possessions because things may just go wrong. If you are not sure about a cover that is suitable for you, consult the moving company that will be helping you relocated for advice.

Pack your possessions for a long distance – When moving over a long distance, it is highly likely that your possessions will be handled by numerous teams of workers in addition to driving across thousands of miles over a lengthy period. This calls for you to ensure that all your items are adequately cushioned and sealed inside the box. Additionally, pack all boxes to the highest level so that there is nothing loose.

Carry with you belongings you will need on arrival – Personal documents like social security card, driver’s license, birth certificates and passport must be within reach when moving. Do not pack them alongside other items in the boxes. This also goes for other items that you will need when you get to the new home as you wait for your shipment. These include hygiene products, clothes and sleeping materials among other things.

Organize your possessions when packing – Pack your belongings according to the type and be sure to label the boxes so as to be able to tell the kind of care needed for the different categories of items. This form of organization is also a time-saver not only in packing but also when unpacking.

Avoid packing liquids and food – Refrain packing liquids and food as they run the risk of being crushed or even attracting vermin. Besides liquids may end up spilling and getting your stuff wet.

Clearly label the boxes with your name – In most instances, long distance moving trucks will have belongings of different people. Thus, labelling your stuff minimizes the chances of your items getting lost. Moreover, with labelled items, it is easier to tell when there is a mix-up of the shipment.

Keep in mind the delivery window – Long distance moving can take such a long time because of the various destinations involved. You need to ask your moving company about when you can expect your belongings to arrive at the new home.

Don’t Move By Yourself, Hire Movers In Fayetteville

Fayetteville in Cumberland County, South Eastern North Carolina, is a famous town, well recognized for the U.S. Army installation called Fort Bragg. This County seat holds the 6th largest position in the State of North Carolina and has a recorded population of about 2.05 lakhs. A visitor stays in the town must include a tour of America’s history stored in the must-watch landmark, “Airborne and Special operations museum”.

Nature lovers can wallow in the beauty of the Daffodils and camellias spread out in the Botanical Garden in Cape Fear. There is so much more to see, just head to Fayetteville, North Carolina for a stay! Is a smooth move possible alone or should you hire professionals for the job?

1) People are very busy and always on the run. A constant time demanding job, attending to the needs of the family, performing daily chores and so many more necessary tasks, can pull the morale down excessively. The thought of going to a new place that is not familiar is also scary and stressful. Plan your relocation carefully and make it easy by hiring the specialist movers in Fayetteville, NC.

2) It’s a tough and agonizing task to pack your whole family’s stuff. It takes up loads of time, needs a lot of effort and demands extra planning to complete the task in a smooth manner. You are going to shift to a new home in a new town. The transfer is definitely emotionally and physically taxing so leave the packing worries to the expert movers in Fayetteville, NC.

3) You need to start segregating your precious memories and belongings one by one to carry them safely. Each item has to be assessed and delicate ones need extra care. Can you fathom how much sweat, struggle, and energy is required in all this? Get a certified packer and mover to do the tasks for you.

4) The move may require loads of packing and supplies and the stuff may have to be stored securely for a long or short while depending on the needs of the customers. You need state of the art and safe facilities, till the transfer is complete and unpacking done.

5) Delicate and fragile stuff needs special care and this can be done properly only by trained diligent and dependable staff. Experienced moving teams pack and unpack the material by assessing its properties. The packed belongings are picked from source and unloaded at the destination.

6) Packers and movers work around your schedule and provide a time for pick-up and delivery so that they do not disturb your daily routine.

7) The products are covered tightly with dirt proof covers so that no dust settles on them. This is a great option for carved furniture items. Dirt particles cling to the small carved areas and settle there refusing to budge. The best way to protect these delicate items is to shield them tightly with water and dust proof coverings.

Experienced Packers and Movers Ensure Sanity While Relocating

Do you want to ensure sanity while relocating? If you do, then you need to start looking for experienced packers and movers. Though it is a good idea to handle packing and other moving tasks on your own to ensure safety but you can benefit more by hiring professionals and supervising.

Relocating can be exciting, but it is also frustrating and stressful.

There are plenty of things to move and pack such as household goods, appliances, furniture, and other personal stuff. The extra cost that you’re going to pay for the services of packers and movers will allow you to focus on more important aspects of the move.

For instance, several months or weeks before the move, you have to find a new home, a new school if you have kids, change your mailing address, handle utility bills, and many others.

Follow the following tips and ensure a hassle free move

• Make a plan and a checklist to ensure that everything you want to take with you during the move is packed properly. You can orient the packers a day before the actual packing to keep all your things organized. By doing so, unpacking will not be a huge problem.

• If you have a vehicle that you want to take, you can either hire vehicle transport services or you can drive it (if you are moving within reasonable distance). Not all moving companies offer vehicle transport services, so be sure to inquire in advance.

• Trust the moving company and the process in which they function. They know their job and are quite experienced, have faith in them.

Advantages of hiring experienced packers and movers

• Packers and movers will ensure that goods or items are safely packed inside the moving boxes, and are properly labeled for instant recognition.

• Shifting or moving companies can guarantee the safety of your goods and belongings in transit. The experienced team is well-trained and only the latest equipment or tools are used during the shifting process.

• As additional service of these experienced professionals, insurance coverage is offered. Reputed movers will cover loses and damages incurred during the shifting process, but this is not always the case. Knowing the terms or conditions can help you in making an informed choice. Be sure to check with the company’s insurance policies before signing any written agreement.

• You save a lot of time and effort. Well, experienced packers and movers can handle moving tasks in one or two weeks. It would usually depend on the number/quantity of goods or items you want to move.

When you hire experienced packers and movers, you are sure to enjoy many advantages. Just supervise the tasks of the moving company – especially packing and unpacking, and you are in for a relaxed and stress free move.

Plan the move in advance and you won’t regret it. Starting out in a new place will require your peace of mind, so be sure to preserve it by hiring experienced moving professionals. Be sure to do your homework and choose the best packers and movers for your move.

Deciding to Relocate – Some Tips With the Tough Decisions

When making the decision to relocate, there are many complicated factors to consider. You may be leaving friends, family, and a job you love behind. You could be moving from a big city to the suburbs, or countryside and encounter a new world you’re vastly unfamiliar with. Maybe you’re married, and this seems like a great move for your spouse, but you’re wondering what’s the benefit for you, besides accompanying your spouse?

As you struggle with the decision of whether to move, or, perhaps it’s why to move, I’d like to offer a great resource I’ve found when it comes to making big decisions. Debbie Ford, a Life Coach, wrote a great book called,”The Right Questions”. It offers some excellent strategies that can help with these decisions. (Note: I do not know Debbie or get any proceeds from her book! This is just an honest review of a book I’ve found excellent in trying times, and one that I’d like to recommend to you!) And, generally speaking, this is an excellent book if you’re not good at making decisions, or are confronted with a very difficult one and need some help.

In a nutshell, Ms. Ford suggests approaching difficult decisions with a core set of questions. I’ve summarized the ones I feel are most relevant to a relocation, but her book suggests a few others you might also find of use. I’ll distinguish between the “Expat” and “Trailing Spouse” where necessary.

1. Will this help me reach the future I am wishing for, or does it leave me stuck in the past? In other words – if you have a goal for yourself, or your family, will this move help bring you towards that goal, or, can you work together to create a new, joint goal for your family? This one is great to ask together, as a family, and also individually. Ms. Ford makes the point that decisions based on fear keep you rooted in the past, whereas those that you make to support your dreams give you a sense of empowerment.

2. Will this decision bring you long term fulfillment, or short-term gratification? Expat – does this move create a long-term, enriching experience for you (and your family) or is it something you’ll tire of after a few months? Trailing Spouse – consider the scenarios of going, and staying. Even if you have a great job that you’re giving up, is that job giving you enough satisfaction and money that you want to stay – or could there be new opportunity for you someplace else, if you were willing to try?

3. Am I doing what’s best for me, or trying to please someone else? Expat – do you really want or need this move (in a rough economy, the financial aspects may, of course, be the deciding factor) or are you doing this to please your boss or someone else? Trailing Spouse – are you saying “yes” to please your spouse, or “no” to please your friends and family? You may have a tougher time figuring out your own thoughts on this one, if you find yourself pulled in different directions by different family members. If that’s the case, take some time alone to devote to figuring out what is best for YOU in spite of what’s best for anyone else. Of course, you want to consider your goals, as well as those of your spouse/children in the process, but hearing your own voice amid all the others is key.

4. Am I seeing what’s right, or trying to figure out what’s wrong? Expat – when you get the opportunity, if you considered all the downsides, have you also considered the positive aspects of this move? For example, maybe there’s better education opportunities for your kids, or if you don’t know whether you can return to your present job after the Expat experience, maybe there’s opportunity for a new career path. Trailing Spouse – are you thinking only of everything you have to give up in this move, or have you considered the opportunities that could open up, and where those might take you?

5. Does this choice excite me, or deplete me of energy? This is a great piece to tune into – if you’ve made the decision to go, and feel excited, even though you have some fears and doubts, then you know you’re headed in the right direction. If however, the decision to stay/leave causes you to end up feeling drained, exhausted, and frustrated, it may be an indicator that something deeper than your conscious thoughts is calling for your attention.

6. Will this help me grow as a person, or will I use it as a way to beat myself up? This question is especially relevant if you decided to relocate and you end up disappointed. As the Expat, perhaps you end up disappointed with the work experience. As the trailing spouse, perhaps you don’t find the opportunities you thought you would. So, you have the choice, at that point, to beat yourself up, blame yourself for making a lousy decision, and either turn back, or be miserable. OR, you can accept that the experience didn’t turn out how you expected, and it’s not your fault. Then, you can decide whether to give up, or, truly take a look at the experience and decide if there’s something you can do to make it more joyful. Knowing that you hold the keys to your own empowerment allows you create the outcome you want, and that will make you truly happy.

7. Is this an act of faith, or an act of fear? This is so important, and really the core message of your decision. The choice to stay, or remain, will no doubt bring up fears, as change often does. It may bring up excitement, too. However, at the end of the day, if you choose to take, or turn down, this relocation opportunity out of fear, you will end up dis-empowered, and perhaps sabotage the experience. If, however, you act from faith, knowing and accepting that there may be hard times, you will open doors for yourself, and know that, even in the low moments, you’ll find a way forward.

Of course, there’s many points to consider beyond this such as education, health care, bureaucracy, cost of living, etc. But I offer you these excellent thinking points from which to start your decision process. I think the main benefit of asking these questions is that you get to realize this is a conscious decision, made by you. This in turn empowers you to take responsibility to make the experience the best it can be, even in the rough spots.

If you found these tips helpful, you might want to take a look at “The Right Questions” to learn more about this questioning process. You may also enjoy the tips and strategies about relocating successfully, offered in my How To Feel at Home Anywhere in the World report, and mp3 affirmation file available at culturetransition.com.