People move abroad for all kinds of reasons The quality of life, the job opportunities, ties to family and friends, even the weather can draw people away to a more exotic life abroad. Whatever the reason is for your move, planning and careful consideration is needed. Uprooting your old life and starting a new one is exciting but not without it’s difficulties. This moving guide covers the ins and outs of moving. From shipping to sorting out your money, we’ve got you covered.
First things first, you need to plan and sort out all the boring bits. If you’re moving abroad you’ll need to set up and deal with bank accounts. You’ll need to consider how you’re going to manage your finances. It could be wise to keep an account open in your home country if you have ongoing direct debits of expenses to pay off. It makes sense to keep an account open in the country you’re moving from if you still have property there. Then you’ll need a new bank account in the country you’re moving to for all your day-to-day needs and new salary.
Make sure you’re clued up about travel insurance. You may have it with your old bank account but you need to be sure that it will cover you when you leave your home country. Most of the time, your old account won’t insure you for a more abroad. Instead of using your existing travel insurance you’ll need to set up a new agreement with your new country of residence.
If you have a family pet that you’re taking with you, you’ll need to make sure you do some pre-planning. Firstly your pet will need to be microchipped by a vet. This will make it easier to find should it get lost in your place of relocation or anything goes wrong in transit. Then you will need to make sure you’re pet is immunized against rabies. Pre-planning is necessary as this immunization must occur at least three weeks before you travel.
In terms of physically transporting your pet, you should seek the advice and approval of the animal transportation company and also a vet. They will be able to help you choose the appropriate carrier and method of transportation. Obviously, you’ll need to consider a crate, food, water, and any other necessities your pet might need for the big move!
The chances are you’ll have to ship some of your belonging over to your new country of residence separately. Presumably, you’ll only be taking your clothes with you for luggage when you leave, so all of your furnishings will need to be shipped. This can be a time-consuming and costly affair. Shop around for the best deals and consider having your belonging shipped to a friend before you arrive. That way you won’t be waiting weeks in your new home without any furniture and can resolve any issues before you fly out. New dimensional weight calculators help you to accurately determine your shipping weight and cost. Use the online calculator beforehand to budget how much you’ll need.
It may sound obvious but it’s often easy to forget about your utilities in the hustle and bustle of moving. Make sure you have canceled any direct debits and paid existing charges for utilities at home. If not you may continue to be charged whilst you’re away, racking up huge debts. Similarly, make sure you alert your postal office that you will be changing address. Have your post forwarded on to somebody in your home country who can either send it to you or hold on to it for your return trips. There are small charges to redirect mail but it is possible to do.
From an organizational point of view make sure you have your visas in check. You need the right paperwork to enter certain countries, without it, it could be a long journey home. You may need to provide details of your new place of work, evidence of financial security, and proof of address. This is so countries can see that you will be able to support yourself.
Some places are easy to obtain visas for, for others, the process is lengthier. Check online to see what paperwork you need and when to apply.
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