Published on Monday, 10 September 2012
Perhaps one of the hardest types of moves, the overseas relocation is a big endeavor that costs lots of money and requires proper time and preparation. If you think that you can move within a few weeks after deciding upon it, you are wrong. An overseas move is a huge task. The first thing you should know is that in order to find the right property it could take you months of searching. Contacting a good real estate agent is advisable, as not many of us can afford to go to the specific country and look for property themselves. You should accept the idea that you'll probably have to move into a place that you have not even viewed before. However, it's not as bad as it may look in the beginning. Just make sure that you are working with trustworthy professionals and you will manage. One of the things that you have to realize is that you cannot possibly move on your own. This is not a local move that you can hire man-and-van services for, this move requires shipping, additional charges and restrictions and flying. In order for the move to go smoothly, find a moving company that has been in the business long enough to have the right expertise in international removals. This is of key importance - don't trust new companies which are only starting as they may fail to deliver the best service for you. After you have set the date of the move, book your flights. The earlier you do this, the lower the cost will be. Think what you are going to take in your luggage - this is very important. Since you are flying long-distance you will be allowed much more kilos, so combined with the hand luggage your whole family can transport quite a bit of your belongings. Stick to essentials, personal documents, valuables and things you simply cannot live without. The rest can be transported via the moving company. Make sure you insist on a good insurance - sometimes the coverage isn't full which may be a problem if something happens. Look for expat information, check forums and groups online. This is a great way to find information about the place you are moving to and meet new people before you have moved. In such forums you will get honest opinions and information and you can find about scam practices that you should beware of. Don't forget to research everything on the visa requirements or work permits. Moreover, if you are moving with your children make sure you contact the school you've chosen a few weeks before the move. Taking them to the school to see the facilities and meet their new teachers will help them adapt to the change quicker. Determine the budget for the entire move and don't forget the after-move costs, which can be considerable too. Moving to an entirely new place isn't easy and there will be a lot you need to plan in advance and pay for after the relocation. Remember to start packing early enough so you will have time and you won't have to rush in the last minute. Most of the things need special packing which will survive the long shipping so discuss the option with the movers. Prepare to pay a considerable amount for that. However, once you receive your belongings at the new location you can save up some money by doing the unpacking yourself with the help of your family.
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