A Stress-Free International Move
Do you just dread the move? Moving can be very stressful, especially an international move. Research and organization can help you mitigate the pain of an international moving event in your life. But before you choose which international moving company is the best, a self-assessment of your international move needs is required. Not all companies offer the same services, rates, or guarantees and not two countries are the same. So, to know which international moving company is best, you must first know your budget and needs.
Moving overseas takes a lot of planning. That’s why it’s recommended to start your international moving research and planning 90 days ahead of time. That way you’ll have time to think about the smallest details and remember that very important thing that slipped your mind. Preparation is the key to a successful international move, no doubt. And here’s how you can make a successful international move stress free. Grab a notebook and keep a journal of your international moving event’s progress.
First of all, booking your air tickets and hotels, if necessary, will, in many cases, reduce your fare rate. Also, make sure you know what your airline’s luggage policies are before showing up at the airport with a keepsake’s trunk.
If you have children, inform their schools, sports team coaches, and other organizational affiliations about the international move. Get the organizations’ postal addresses and make sure you have the paperwork necessary from these organizations to help your children resume their education and favorite sports activities in the new location abroad.
Every country has its own quarantine policies. Make sure you find out what the quarantine rules are for your international move location, especially if you have pets.
Research moving company’s rates and services. Make a data bank with useful information about these companies before choosing the best international moving company for you.
International moving often requires a lot of paperwork. To stay organized, create a file on your computer desktop with a list of the documents and saved files, scans or pdfs of certifications required. It is common practice to certify official paperwork in many countries. Talk to the consulate of your international moving destination and get the list of certified documents you must show.
Next, you’ll want to choose what you’ll take with you and what you’ll leave behind. Make a list of these valuables and calculate the number of boxes you will need to package these items. Estimate their worth, and keep records in your journal of any new things you’re taking or leaving behind before your international moving date.
International moving is tax deductible in many cases. Create a folder with tax and finance information and documentation containing all your expenses. Take pictures, scan or save files with all expenses, receipts and agreements you’ve signed with the international moving company you will hire.
Driving can be problematic in another country. If you want to drive in your new international location research the requirements for a driver’s license in your new city of residence. In many cases, you can take tests online and already have this accomplished beforehand. If you driver’s license is about to expire, renew it.
Check your passports, you will not be able to travel overseas if your passport is expired. If your passport expires while you are living abroad, make sure you know where the nearest US Consulate or Embassy is and what the terms of replacing your passport entail. Moving to an international location will require that you have a valid passport at all times.
There are many kinds of visas required for any lengthy amount of stay in many countries, make sure your traveling visa expiration date will cover the length of time you will be at your new country of residence and what you need to do to renew your visa once you are there.
Once you have researched the best international moving companies and you have selected the best rate and service provider for your international move, select a date for them to appoint you. Ask them if there are any items, valuables, or belongings that do not meet the permissible items list for that country.
In some cases, vaccinations are required for people and pets before they are able to live in a foreign country. Research your new country’s vaccination requirements by contacting their official staff. Keep a record of all your vaccinations handy and book all necessary doctor’s appointments way ahead of your international moving day. Request medical and dental records of all the members of your family who will be traveling with you on your international move. Schedule check-ups ahead of time.
If you or anyone in your family is taking a prescription drug, find out what the equivalent of the medication is in that country by name and dose. You may even research doctors and clinics in your new neighborhood.
Once you know what your new mailing address will be, create and pass out new address cards to all your family and friends. Make sure to stay in touch. Let your subscriptions, credit card companies, and lenders know about your international move and where you can be reached.
Your bank will need to know you are moving abroad. Setup international banking for all your bill payments and receivables including pensions, life insurance policies, and direct deposits Make sure you can pay your bills from your new country of residence.
Change your address at the post office and ask them how long it will take to have your mail rerouted. In many cases, you might need to have someone hold your mail and send it overseas with the right international postal rates.
In many cases, people put their houses up for rent when they move to an international location. A rental agency will take on the role of the landlord when you are away and they can help you find the best tenants for your property. But if you are selling your house, put it on the market as soon as possible.
Draw a power of attorney and leave someone in charge of your affairs at home in case anything happens.
At the 60 day mark, it’s not too early to start packing items you rarely use but wish to bring along like jewelry, photos, ornaments, books, and clothing. Label your boxes accordingly.
Place any items you are not taking with you on sale even if you have to do without them while you are still here, it will be better than having to put them on the curb and lose money you could use for your international moving expenses. It could be cars, furniture, or appliances.
Check your insurance policies and ask your medical insurance carrier for their international coverage policies. Likewise, check all other insurance policies on your vehicles or on your life and keep them up-to-date.
When you have reached the 30-day mark before your international move, it’s time to review your lists and make the last arrangements. This may include setting new bank accounts and letting your utility companies know about your plans to move internationally. This may include your phone service which will be something you want to have in place as soon as you arrive at your new destination. Pay your outstanding bills and review your journal entries. You’ll still have time to take care of anything that slipped your mind.
Have a goodbye party and hold a few yard sales before you start packing away. When the international moving company arrives on your moving day, they should take care of the toughest job so you can pack your personal luggage with ease. Make sure to know what dates you are to expect your belongings to arrive in the new city and at what time.
Voilá, you are off to a new start as an expat!
Moving overseas can be stressful and daunting, but follow all the steps in our moving checklist template and you can manage your move abroad like a pro.