Let’s be honest, there’s hardly anything as exciting as moving abroad. To help you stay on track and make sure your experience isn’t tainted by stress, we’ve prepared some articles that will guide and prepare you for your move —check it out below!
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It probably comes without saying that you won’t get very far if your legal documents are not in check. So, one of the most important steps when planning your international move is making sure all your paperwork is ready to go!
Keep in mind that this not only includes gathering all the important documents you currently have but also applying for any permit/document your new country of residency might request. Below are some examples of essential documents:
In case you’ve decided to take your furry friend along with ya’ on your move, we recommend that you first check what are the entry requirements for animals in the country you’re moving to. As well, ensure you have the following documents arranged before your move:
When making the big step of moving to a whole different country, you’d probably want to know a few things about the area you’re moving to. One cannot simply move without knowing what are the best restaurants to try! But, on a more serious note, we recommend that you check out the following:
After you’ve gotten the basic research out of the way, it’s time to figure out what you’ll be doing with both your home and your household goods. Heads up, more organizing is yet to come, so stay strong! So, we recommend keeping the following in mind:
A crucial step when planning your move abroad is to calculate the total volume of your move. Providing this to moving companies guarantees that you’ll get accurate moving quotes —trust us, this will help you avoid any unpleasant surprises!
Tip!: Unsure how exactly to calculate the volume of your move? Don’t worry, our handy and easy-to-use moving space calculator is here to help! 😉
Unless you’re some sort of magician (and hey, you might be!), it’s of course nearly impossible to perform an international move without the help of an international moving company. So, a crucial step in your international moving checklist is to request multiple moving quotes and compare them among international movers! We recommend that you start requesting quotes at least 3 to 2 months before your moving date.
Wondering where to start? Check out our top 8 international moving companies page if you’d like to know which companies, according to our judgment, are the best international movers of 2020!
No matter how fit and healthy you are, it’s always good that you are covered by a health insurance. So, another important item to tick off your moving abroad checklist is making sure you take out a health insurance policy. We recommend that you:
Sorting out your finances before the big move is definitely something that cannot be forgotten! For the most part, there are a few things you will be able to get done before your international move. Here are a few things to be on the lookout for:
One of the most exciting parts of your international move will most likely be finally booking your flight! But, remember that it’s crucial that you make sure your passport is up to date —you don’t want to be stranded at the airport on your big day!
We often recommend that you book your international flight a few months in advance. The further away your booking date is from the date you’re planning on traveling, the cheaper the flight will be.
Making your moving date and the arrival date of your belongings coincide can be a bit tricky. Because of this, it might be smart to arrange temporary accommodation for your first nights in your country of destination. It goes without saying that this is particularly important if you haven’t bought or rented a property in this new place!
Hang in there, we’re almost done! It’s important that you’re aware there are certain institutions you must ring up and notify them about your international move, including:
As your moving date gets closer, there are certain things you will still probably need to tick off your moving abroad checklist. Although a tad tedious, remember these are the last steps before you start off your life somewhere new! 😉
Tip!: If you have any non-perishable goods you’d rather not take with you, you can donate them to NGOs like Move for Hunger!
We’re warning you firsthand, the last couple of days before your moving date can be quite chaotic, to say the least. So, keep in mind these last few things you’d definitely want to check off your moving abroad checklist right before your move:
Congratulations, you’ve made it to the end of this seemingly endless list! 😉 We recommend that during your move you come back to this moving overseas checklist regularly to ensure you won’t forget anything important! In case you’d like to continue expanding your moving expertise so you can be fully prepared for your move abroad, we recommend checking out the articles linked below.