Things To Consider When Moving Abroad

Moving abroad is an exciting time for any one person, let alone an entire family, but people try not to think about the enormity of the situation itself. There are lots of things to consider when you’re moving to a different country especially if you have already built yourself a life in the country you are currently in. Lots of planning needs to be going into it and you can never be too ahead of yourself. Making lists is a sure fire way of being able to keep track of everything but below is a list of the bare basics you need to to be thinking about.

Employment – If you and/or your spouse are already in employment then you need to think about making a resignation letter and also being aware of how much notice you need to be giving your employer before actually leaving. It can take from 1 all the way to 6 weeks before you leave your job so make sure you give it plenty of time, beside you’ll need your time to be spare to pack away belongings etc. You also need to think about what employment you will have when you get to your new home, do you have something lined up or do you need to prematurely job hunt? Try to get as many interviews as you can when arriving so you have the best chance of becoming employed.

The current premises – If you have any loans, mortgages, leases etc then you need to think about whether these things need to be paid off or what can be worked out between you and either your landlord or mortgage providers. Or if you are trying to sell your house then you need to make sure you have a buyer that can move in as soon as possible so that you don’t need to be sorting it out in a different country. Make sure the house or flat is in top condition when you leave it, if you do not own the property this is essential anyway but if you’re trying to sell you need it to be spotless.

Shipping of contents and vehicles – Shipping is a word that people shy away from, it sounds very long and complicated but with the right company it is more of a breeze than you may think. Shipping contents of the house such as furniture and personal possessions can be a tough pill to swallow as you never truly know how it will all cope with the long travel. Be sure to dismantle furniture (which makes more room in a shipping crate) and to box up and seriously wrap up anything that can be easily broken. With vehicles you can trust in companies such as who are leading experts in logistics and all kinds of vehicle shipping. It is always important to go to professionals when it comes to your car as for some it can be the second most expensive thing they own (first being a house obviously).

Family and Friends – I know it seems silly to say not to forget about these people but I say it because of a lack of communication or forgetfulness. You need to make sure that you are always contactable so any information you have such as new telephone number or email etc, make sure that everyone who is important has that contact. Same goes for your friends and family, make sure that you have their most up to date details so you have no problems staying in contact with each other. Using social networking sites like Facebook and Google+ can be a great way to keep in touch and have recent updates from friends or family members.

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