If moving house is one of the most stressful things in life, then moving house to somewhere abroad is something that really can cause stress levels – and costs – to go through the roof. So before you commence such an undertaking, what essentials should you not fail to consider?
Get started early
Planning is the key to a successful move; the earlier you start organising things the more time you will have when something goes wrong. Surprises always occur when managing such a complex operation, so being as well prepared as possible is necessary if you are to be ready to negotiate the unexpected.
First, decide what’s not coming with. Then, long before you need to, plan a sale or giveaway of items that you will not want. This will remove the stress of having to handle small things when your focus should be on more important tasks.
Plan how to ship your items
Moving usually requires you to bring more belongings than can fit in a couple of suitcases, so shipping your possessions will be necessary. By using a pallet shipping courier that you can trust, costs will be reduced dramatically. Be sure to pack everything in boxes first, then stack them on a pallet to maximise the space available.
Register at the embassy
Contact your embassy in the destination country. This will be useful in case of any emergency, and they will be able to give you some practical advice, from special regulations that you should be aware of to local services that may prove useful.
Don’t leave your visa application late
In most cases, the visa process has to be started in the country of origin, so be sure to get this sorted out early. Research what regulations govern the visas, and what type of visa you need (for example, if you plan on working you will likely need a special visa).
Find contacts before moving
In any foreign country there are usually groups of expats already living there, and contacting them via various online forums (such as Facebook) can give you great insight into what to expect after the move. If they have regular meetups, it’s also a perfect way to find some friends right off the bat
Learn basic language
If English is not the main language spoken it could be very useful to complete a basic language course. There is usually no need to be fluent, but at least basic phrases and greetings should be known before taking the plunge. Not only does this help you get around in your new part of the world, but many foreign cultures will be friendlier if you try to communicate in the native language.
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