Moving is always an adventure, but moving to a new country can be the experience of a lifetime. There are lots of new places to discover and people to meet as well as chances to engage in unique adventures. As exciting as moving across the border may be, there are some things you should keep in mind before you move. Augusta Movers has put together a list of tips to help you prepare for your cross-border move.
Find Out More About Your Target Country
It is always important to research the place you plan to move, especially when you are moving to a new country. Find out what the local languages may be as well as the local customs and laws. Take some time to look at homes in the areas where you plan to move. Make a list of the housing prices, cost of living, and medical cost. This will help ensure you have enough in your budget to move internationally without heavily dipping into your savings account. Check out local schools and even job prospects ahead of your big day. Doing these things will ease the stress that comes with moving and make your international adventure something to look forward too.
Reduce Your Load
Moving internationally is a great time to downsize and get rid of unwanted items. Not only will downsizing reduce the cost of moving, but it will also help make your move easier. Most long distance moving companies charge according to weight, so leaving things behind that you can purchase in your new location is an affordable option.
Sort Your Possessions
Make sure that your items are properly sorted and labelled when you pack. Unlike moving locally, international relocation has the added burden of passing through a border check. Make sure that you only pack approved items and if you have fragile items, make sure they are clearly labelled to prevent accidents. Working with a moving company that has experience with cross-border moves will help reduce complications and make your transition more efficient.
Get Your Documents in Order
Make sure you have your passport and that it is currently valid. Check to ensure that everyone in your family has current visas to avoid hassles at the border on moving day. See if you can transfer your driver’s license once you move or if you will need to take a new driver’s test. It is also a good idea to check to see if there are any vaccinations required before you move. Make copies of all of your health documents and other important documents before you cross the border. Often, getting replacements or copies can get expensive when moving internationally.
Change Your Address
Make sure to let your family, friends, and educational institutions know that you will be moving. Send them a change of address form and also fill out a change of address form at the local post office. Cancel any recurring services and let them know your new address for any final billing or communication letters. At the same time, make sure that you get transcripts from your children’s school and leave your new address on file for future updates.
The best way to avoid getting overwhelmed is to stay organized. Make a list of what you are packing, tasks you need to complete, and any other pending items that require your attention. When you are ready to get your international moving project underway, Augusta Movers will be here to help. Give us a call at (647)783-8730 to find out more about our rates and international relocation services.