After you have hired your international movers and you have signed the contract stipulating the date and time that your moving company will be coming to get you started on your way, what should you do then? Unless your move is a last minute affair, chances are you will be months away from your move date – perhaps even one year away from it. Although it may not seem like you will be busy in that time, there are more than enough items that will need to be checked off before you are fully ready to relocate overseas. Here we provide you with a brief overview of the things you will have to get done before your international movers show up.
Yes, paperwork. What is meant by that? Well, you will have to make sure that you have all of the documentation required for your move. Documents to look into acquiring include work permits, visas, security clearances, vaccinations, medical certificates and passports. If you have school-age children then you will also have to get copies of their school records, their vaccinations and their dental histories. If you have pets you will also have to find out what the restrictions are on bringing pets into the country to which you are moving. In most instances you will have to provide proof that your pet’s vaccines are up to date and your pet will also face quarantine for a certain amount to time before being released into your custody at your new home.
Unless you are planning on either taking everything you own with you on your overseas removal or you are planning on selling those items you wish to leave behind, then you will have to find some means of storing your belongings. Until you are prepared to either have them shipped to you, sold or you return to claim them, they will have to be warehoused somewhere. In fact, you may also need storage if you are leaving before your belongings. If you leave to set-up your home, your belongings will have to be warehoused before your international movers can ship them over to you. Most moving companies offer storage options in their contracts and will have their own facilities so that you do not have to go to a third party in order to find storage.
The last thing you will have to really think about before your moving company shows up is packing. Many international movers will offer packing to their clients in order to ensure that fragile items are properly packaged for a long journey. What many people also opt for is allowing their international movers to pack only the fragile items but take care of packing the rest of their belongings themselves. In order to pack properly, you should first triage all of your belongings so that you are left only with those things that you are sure to take with you. The rest should be disposed off, either by giving it away, selling it or taking it to your local dump.
By addressing the tips listed above well in advance, you will be ready and fully prepared to receive your international movers when they finally show up to help you on the road to your new life.
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