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Everything You Need To Know About International Moves

Published by Chris Townsend

Everything You Need To Know About International Moves

Let's get one thing straight: moving out is a difficult process. It entails a plethora of chores that you may find quite exhausting to do. When you declutter before a move, it's not like you're having a standard spring cleaning weekend. Although you may be dreading it, decluttering today will save you time and money in the long run. It will also make you happier.

Here are some helpful tips on how to begin decluttering your house while you're moving:

  1. Begin preparations early.

If you start early, you'll be able to deal with any unexpected problems or complications that may arise. Ideally, you should start at least six months before your relocation. Investigate your destination to find out more about its culture, customs, and laws. Doing some research before packing will give you a better understanding of what to expect when you arrive in your new country.

  1. Consult with an immigration officer.

Make sure you understand the immigration regulations and keep track of dates for submitting paperwork, time periods such as for how long you're legally permitted to stay in the nation, and procedures for importing home items and currencies. Even if you are obtaining work permits or country visas through your company, you should speak with an immigration officer. For more information, contact the nearest embassy or consulate. Alternatively, if you are traveling on your own without the assistance of an employer, you may need to contact an immigration lawyer to assist you with the visa procedure.

Need while you're abroad
  1. Check the validity of your passport.

Visas cannot be obtained without a valid passport. It is sometimes required that you hold a passport good for at least six months beyond the date of your intended departure. Your passport can be renewed at your nearest U.S. consulate if you don't have a specified return date and your passport expires while you're abroad.

  1. Gather all of the documentation you'll need for your overseas transfer.

Ensure that all family members have valid passports. Birth certificates (both long-form and wallet-sized are recommended), current driver's licenses, professional licenses, and membership cards, as well as marriage certificates, certificates of adoption, school records, and medical records, should all be obtained.

  1. Look into international moving businesses.

Prepare for the big move by doing a lot of research and getting settled into your new house as soon as possible. You will need more time and licenses to move your household items to another country. You need to research international moving companies and get quotes from several reliable companies to compare. It is necessary to investigate a firm that is both licensed and bonded. This gives an extra layer of protection for your things if something goes wrong during the relocation. It's also an indicator of a reputable, dependable transportation firm. A reliable firm will also assist you in completing the necessary customs papers to lawfully transport your things into the nation. Make certain that the firm you hire has a superb reputation for communication, competence, and service. You should feel at ease interacting with a shipper and trust them with your stuff.

Price factors can add up to thousands of dollars
  1. Learn about shipping charges.

Price is undoubtedly the first thing you will consider, but that doesn't necessarily mean you should purchase the cheapest option you find. Do you plan to move your possessions to your new home or your native country? Logistical and price factors can add up to thousands of dollars if not considered. Selling your items may make sense if you're moving permanently. Your budget is directly impacted by the number of items you are moving and the size of the container needed. Larger containers are more expensive, but they can hold more. This is especially useful if you are moving out of a residence or shipping a car along with your things.

  1. Make arrangements for accommodations.

The process of arranging your lodging from afar may be more difficult than you think. It is, fortunately, possible to find accommodation that meets your specific needs with the assistance of relocation experts and realtors. Let experts who understand the local laws and real estate markets handle your search for temporary housing or purchase a property in a foreign country.

  1. Obtain the required vaccines.

Before going, consult with your local health care practitioner or a travel health center to determine which vaccinations you will require. Some countries will make this information available on their websites. A travel health clinic, on the other hand, will know what is best. Remember to maintain good notes of the photographs you get and add them to the records you'll gather and bring with you.

Pets require health paperwork depending on where you're relocating
  1. Acquire health certifications for your pets.

Pets may require health paperwork depending on where you're relocating. It's a good idea to look into pet admission regulations well in advance of moving. If your pet does not have the right documents, several nations may mandate quarantine or impose a quarantine term. Make a list of nation entry criteria, then consult with your veterinarian.

  1. Obtain customs paperwork for household items.

Moving companies typically give you the necessary customs forms if you hire them to move your belongings overseas. You should, however, confirm that you have all the necessary documents with the consulate or embassy. Be sure to have both the exit and entry paperwork. If you're relocating a car, pets, or other goods that your moving company won't transport, you'll need additional documents, which may be obtained from the local consulate or the country's official government website.

  1. Set up funding access.

Before you relocate, consult with your bank or financial institution regarding accessing your cash while abroad. Check with your banking institution to determine whether they have branches in other countries. Some banks have branches or associated branches in foreign countries, making money transfers easier. Find out how to organize the transfer if you wish to move all of your cash to a foreign bank. Online banking makes it easy to keep local access while living abroad. More information can be obtained from your bank.

Local government agency regarding tax legislation
  1. Understand the tax legislation.

If you want to work in another country, you may be required to pay taxes in both your host country and your home country. Inquire with your accountant or a local government agency regarding tax legislation. You'll need to understand policies for both your present government and the country you're migrating to. It's a good idea to plan ahead of time.

  1. Get health insurance.

Healthcare does not always operate in the same way in every nation, and your health insurance coverage may not be accepted in a hospital outside of your native country. Some nations and healthcare plans will provide you with a set number of days of coverage, but it will normally be limited. Determine this before you relocate so that you and your family are properly covered. If you are relocating for employment, your company may reimburse the costs. You can also get foreign health insurance.

  1. Purchase maps and a travel guide.

Before you relocate, do an extensive study about the location you will be relocating to. Before you go, in addition to studying information online, get a country and city guide. A guide not only provides you with important information, such as the addresses of healthcare institutions, embassies, and forex offices, but it also serves as a terrific welcome to your new life.

Create more memories before your move
  1. Organize a farewell party.

Say goodbye to all your friends and family for one final party, along with all of your favorite comfort foods, and prepare for the most amazing adventure of your life. Make sure to let everyone know that you will still be there regardless of how far you will go. The best thing about a farewell party is you get one last chance to create more memories before your move.

  1. Get ready for your exciting, new life!

After you've unpacked your final luggage, the first thing you should do is settle into your new surroundings. But don't stop there; make your place seem really like home by filling it with items that remind you of home–things that make you feel at ease. Many of us overlook the fact that one of the most important preparations you can do while relocating to another nation is to mentally prepare yourself for the transition. If you were unable to transport items from home, look for items that will make your new home seem more like home. Candles, blankets, and plants are all very affordable ways to bring some much-needed warmth and comfort. In your space, display images of your house, friends, and family. They will not only remind you of everything you love, but they will also make you feel safe while you are still settling in.


If you want more support with your relocation, particularly overseas relocation, please contact us at (888) 202-0036. We will be delighted to help you with any moving services you may require.

Particularly overseas relocation

Chris Townsend is a moving professional and relocation expert that has more than 10 years of experience in the moving industry. With a background that includes working in virtually every aspect of the company, he has distinguished himself as an integral part of our operations with expertise in all things related to moving. Chris has a keen eye for detail and brings intelligence and passion to every project he’s involved with.

While getting his degree in communications from Santa Clara University, Chris started out with the company working in the field as part of our team of professional moving associates. Following graduation, he was promoted to our main office, where he has thrived in a role that involves increasing responsibility and requires him to wear many different hats. Some days, you may find him answering the phone and providing moving estimates, others he may be writing for our moving blog, and another day he may be coordinating a large corporate moving job or helping us with our marketing efforts. Chris has authored many of our in-depth moving guides, as well as provided our clients with information and advice to handle the complexities of their upcoming moving plans. Simply put, there’s nothing he can’t do and we wouldn’t be where we are today without him.

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