Moving abroad is exciting. Of course it can also be stressful. However, it doesn’t have to be that way if you take some time to get organized. Having a checklist of important tasks to accomplish before your international move is very helpful. You don’t even have to come up with a checklist on your own – read on to for an expert take on what you need to do before moving internationally.
Set a Timeline
You should already know the date you’re going to be leaving the country. Using that date, work backwards to create a timeline for the things you need to do before you move.
What should you include on this timeline? Important dates would be when the movers need to come, when you need to submit necessary documents such as visa paperwork, when you need to pack and when you need to either sell your home or find a new tenant.
Start Sorting Your Stuff
Over the years, people accumulate more and more things. When you’re going to move to another country, it’s neither practical nor cost-effective to take all of your belongings with you. It’s a good idea to sort through your stuff and decide what you’re going to take and what you’re going to give away or throw out.
A good rule of thumb for sorting is that if you haven’t used it or worn it in the past year, an item shouldn’t come with you to your new home. Many charities collect gently used household goods in decent condition. Consider donating things that are still useful.
Find a Moving Company
This can be one of the trickiest tasks on your checklist, especially if you’re not familiar with international moving companies. You might not know what to look for in an international moving company, and as a result, you could wind up choosing movers that aren’t reputable.
So, how do you find the right international moving company? Ask friends, family and coworkers for recommendations. They might also tell you which companies to avoid – which is also useful. Call these companies and get quotes for your move.
How do you know what’s a “good” quote? A quote should include as many services as possible. Don’t be afraid to ask exactly what a quote includes. If a company can’t or won’t tell you, that’s not a good sign. Also, remember that a low quote isn’t necessarily the one you should choose. That quote might not include the cost of the truck, packing materials or movers.
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By Adi Shaked