People move overseas for many reasons, whether it be a job, school, starting a life with a loved one, or a thirst for new cultural experiences. Whatever your reason for moving overseas it is certainly a big life change that can bring both excitement and stress into your life. In order to make the transition as smooth as possible it is important to prepare well in advance. Following some of these tips may also help make the process a bit easier.
Do Your Research
Whether you are moving abroad with your company, school, family, or on your own, it is important to do your own research. Sure, your company may say they will handle everything, and they will inevitably be more experienced at overseas relocation than you are, but your situation is unique and you will be faced with problems your company may not have expected. Make sure to know the basics regarding visa laws and the import of your household goods into a foreign country. This is especially true if you are moving a family, or expensive household items.
Be prepared to Be Separated From Your Belongings
The process of shipping an entire household overseas and clearing customs in a foreign country can take time. If your household belongings depart at the same time as you they may take longer than you expect to arrive. It can take anywhere from a month to a year for all of your belongings to catch up with you. Make sure that you have the essentials packed into your airplane luggage, and that you are prepared to forego some of your favorite pieces of art and home comforts for the first month in your new country. If you are not relocating permanently, it may be better to store some of the items you think you can do without for a couple of years.
Hire Professional International Movers
The process of moving overseas is more intense than moving across the city or state, and most people need professional help. International movers can give you advice about how and what to pack, guide you through the customs process, give you an exact date of arrival, ensure that your belongings arrive intact, and make the entire process run more smoothly. You will have plenty of things to take care of when you set up in a new country and the last thing you will want is to check the progress of your household belongings daily, especially if you do not yet speak the language.
Moving is a stressful and exciting life-change. When you are well-prepared for it, and find the support you need to make it go smoothly, it is possible to focus on the excitement and limit the stress.