Moving overseas is difficult. These tips are designed to help new expatriates move abroad, keep in touch with those at home, and create a new life with ease.
International moving is difficult. There are so many extra tasks you need to do to prepare to move that it’s often difficult to keep track. If you’re moving overseas, use this checklist as a guide to help you through a complicated move.
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Selection of International Moving Company

The most important factor to ensure a smooth and successful international relocation is to select the right international movers for the job.There are different international moving companies for different needs so you should be as familiar with your needs as possible. This will give you some time to narrow your move dates. When searching for a mover, you should interview at least three companies so you can compare prices and services. Remember to check the carriers’ documentation and licensing. Inquire as to their insurance policy (see below).

Packing

It is not recommended that you pack you own boxes. Because of the distance and the haul, you should let the professionals handle the wrapping and boxing of your belongings.
Whether utilizing professional movers or not, packing a lot of the items before the move will simplify unpacking and reduce expense. Prioritize boxes to make it easier to find and retrieve items. “A” items are things needed in the first week. These are also the last items to be packed. “B” items are desired but note needed in the first week. “C” items are seasonal things to keep that not used as frequently. The “C” items are the things that can be packed first, such as off-season clothes, a China set, and other things that are enjoyed but are not used every day.

Storage

If your move is temporary, you will have the luxury of storing a great deal of your belongings. Moving storage facilities are both affordable and convenient. Many storage companies will even pick up and deliver your items. However, if storage is not an option, take the time to do some research into what appliances will work in your new home. Since different countries operate on different plug types or voltage, most electrical appliances will require some sort of adapter. You might want to consider selling or donating your current appliances. It will save you the hassle of dealing with tricky adapters and the money you save in not shipping the appliances you can use for new appliances.

International moving insurance

Additional insurance on your items is always advised when you are moving internationally. You should perform an itemized inventory of your move, complete with precise valuation of each item. You can even include the cost to you of moving the item. For instance, if you are insuring a large screen television, add the pro-rated cost of moving the item to the full value of replacing the television. Ask your moving company for complete details and as always, get as many opinions as possible before making a decision.

If you are planning to ship your car or truck, you should expect plenty of restrictions. Import restrictions differ from country to country and you should research the allowances of your destination.

things to keep in mind regarding shipping your automobile:

  • Are you licensed to drive in your new country?
  • Does your vehicle meet the environmental standards required?
  • Is the cost of insurance prohibitive?
  • Is the cost of shipping your vehicle within your budget?