If you’re planning on moving overseas anytime soon, just thinking about it arouses so many feelings! It’s exciting because you’re moving to a completely new country and a thrilling journey awaits you, and yet, you’re still here having to plan and organize how you’re going to get to your final destination.

As you begin to prepare for your departure by hiring international movers, it takes a little more effort than calling up your friends a week before the move date and offering them beer for their help! There are steps to take and measures to plan when making an international move.

How to prepare for an international move: before the move

What kind of timeframe do you even begin to implement for an international move? The tasks may require a wide range in time from learning the language (which may require at least a year) to planning on how to get your family pet overseas. We’ve compiled a list, but by no means does it go in order of priorities, it’s just some things to take into consideration!

  • Visas (and other important permits) – The bureaucratic paperwork process will always take time, when you find out you’re moving, it’s a great idea to get the ball rolling on visas and permits. The timeframe on these items will vary from country to country, so it is wise to expect delays or hiccups throughout the process. Having your visa and permits ready to go before the big move is crucial for a successful move. Keep following up in the process to ensure everyone has the correct information they need to approve and finalize the visa.
  • Taxes (and other government entities) – Research tax information sooner than later. You’ll likely run into statuses such as “fiscal residency,” “bilateral tax treaty,” or “primary abode.” Taxes are confusing and murky to navigate to begin with, so dive right in! Your pension and social security status may change, as well, upon moving internationally. You may not be eligible to contribute your normal funds, or you could face double taxation. To grasp and understand both your taxes and pension, connect with a financial expert who specializes in international taxation.
  • Tie up any loose ends with companies – Communicating with companies whose services you use may seem like a no-brainer, but the list of companies to contact can build quickly! This is canceling your utility services and internet provider, car insurance, a gym membership, and the list goes on! Also keep in mind that some businesses may require you to return equipment or stop into the office, so factor this in and plan accordingly.
  • Schedule a wellness check up – A couple months before you leave, schedule a wellness check-up to ensure you are healthy and in tip-top shape to travel abroad. Take care of any nagging health issues like cavities or sports injuries, so you don’t have to deal with an emergency situation in a new country and get the recommended or required vaccines based on the country you’re heading to.  

How to prepare for an international move: closer to the move

Now that we’ve established the things you may need to take care of promptly after receiving the news, below are things to address a little closer to the move date.

  • Make a list – When moving tasks seem insurmountable, make a list. A list helps you sort out and prioritize what needs to be accomplished. Making a list can be helpful in the way of getting all your chaotic thoughts about what needs to be done, down on paper. Keep your list handy, and add to it as you think of things.  
  • Organize, organize, organize! – Organizing your belongings is a huge part of moving, but maybe even more so when you’re doing it internationally. The first manner of business is finding out what you’re allowed to move. Some countries restrict what you’re allowed to bring over the border, so be sure to get in touch with the embassy and request an official list of import restrictions. Once that is established, begin sorting through every room making piles such as:What to keep – Things you’ll bring overseas.

    • What to donate – Things you’ll donate to a local charity.
    • What to store – Things you’ll take to a storage facility.
    • What to throw away – Things you’ll purge.

You can further organize the items by separating them into different colored totes coordinated to each pile appropriately.

  • Plan for international movers – This is a good time to contact a moving company about their international moving services. Do they ship by air or by sea? Perhaps both? Do a little research about fees and duties that may come up. Moving internationally is more involved than shipping or moving your things cross-continental, so be more flexible with your moving budget.

Stay tuned for part two!

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At Ability Moving And Storage, we specialize in international moving. Moving abroad can be full of tedious time-consuming tasks and negotiations, so let us help!

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