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How to plan a smooth move abroad

By December 30, 2016October 3rd,

How to plan a smooth move abroad

December 30, 2016

You’re off! You’ve made your decision and you’re heading abroad. Now you have to put some practical steps in place to get you there. Here are some steps to follow to help you simplify the entire process.

Steps for a smooth move abroad

Decide what you’re storing, selling and bringing

Deciding what you’re leaving behind in storage (if you plan to return) and what you’re taking with can be a huge task. It’s even more difficult to decide what to sell. But once you’ve divided your belongings into these three groups, your move will be a lot easier. Do it before you even get the boxes into your house – because at that point things will start to get a little crazy!

Make sure you have enough tape and bubble wrap

You can never have too much tape and bubble wrap! Your moving company will probably supply a portion of these, but they are essential to a smooth packing-up process. There is nothing more frustrating than getting into the swing of things and then discovering you have run out of tape!

Start sorting and packing early

If you’re planning on storing goods, it’s good to get them out of the way early, even if it means you have to pay a month’s extra storage fees. They’ll generally be items that you don’t need to live with and it really helps to clear the scene before you start your serious packing. The next things to get out of the way are the things you plan to sell. Sell everything that will be of little use to you on the “other side”. These can include things like cars and televisions. It’s often a lot cheaper to buy a car in your new country than pay the transport and import fees associated with taking one with you.

Do your local research

To make your transition easier, how are some things you can investigate before you even arrive in your new country:

  • Research local utilities like the Internet and how easy it is to set up your phone line. Some countries require quite specific information, so it’s good to have it readily available when you arrive to ensure you get connected quickly.
  • Research your new neighbourhood.
  • Find out what’s in your local neighbourhood. Plunder the Internet for all information you can find on your new town or city. Find out where you can do your groceries, where the local dentist, doctor and hospital are. If you have children, look up the local parks and children’s groups you can join. Some countries have quite long waiting lists for these types of activity groups, so it helps to sign up early.
  • Research cultural differences.
  • If you’re moving to a country with a completely different culture, it will help to get to grips with local customs. Maybe even try making some of the local food to get your family used to the flavours. It will all help with the transition.

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