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International Moving Tips

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Relocating to another country can pose some challenges that you typically wouldn’t run into if you were just moving down the street. As much as we’d like to wish that our house and belongings could magically appear at the new destination, we must face the reality of moving. Perhaps you are internationally moving because of a new job opportunity or you just want a change in scenery – whatever the reason, you’ll want to be prepared for the big move because it’ll involve strategic planning and some hard-decisions. But don’t fret, here are some tips and advice to make the move easier!

1. Choosing A Moving Company

When you move internationally, a local moving company may not be the right choice to manage the transition because they may lack the necessary business partnerships and connections in other countries. This is extremely important because your belongings will need the appropriate transportation arrangements in the country you are moving to which is often contracted by a partnering moving company in that specific country. Begin searching specifically for international movers because they will have the experience and connections you need to effectively transport belongings from one country to another.

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2. Simplify Your Belongings

When you are moving overseas, it can be expensive because you might have large items that need to arrive at your new, permanent location. But, you could go through all of your belongings and simplify them from the most important to the least important. Consider selling large, bulky items like furniture that can easily be replaced in the new country because they may cost more than they are worth to transport.

Additionally, if you plan on bringing a vehicle to another country, you must check with their laws governing foreign vehicles. Even if your vehicle can become legally registered and insured, does that country have the necessary products to regularly maintain it? Think of things like oil filters, oil, brake pads, headlight bulbs…the products specifically for your vehicle may be hard to find. Think it over wisely because you could find a similar replacement.

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3. Practicalities

Everyday conveniences like your mobile phone, bank account and healthcare coverage becomes a little more complicated when you move to another country. To make your transition a little easier, check for international plans with your current phone service provider and make the change for only a month. This will give you time to continue using your current device until you find another service provider in the country you’re moving to.

In terms of your bank account, check with your bank to understand how your account can work overseas. If you can continue using your current bank account for a short period when you finish your move, you’ll get the chance to check out new local banks without racking up enormous fees. Now that you have a plan for those two essentials, you need to figure out your healthcare coverage. If your employer offers health insurance, definitely take advantage of it to avoid outrageous medical bills if you were to visit the hospital. If you need private health insurance, look for plans that provide coverage in the country you are moving to and purchase it.

Moving internationally can be quite challenging unless you prepare yourself for the big change. Begin your planning the moment you know you’re relocating and the transition will be even easier!

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Author Bio: Brian Larson is the owner and operator of Mother Lode Van & Storage which specializes in local and international moving services. With over 25 years of experience in the moving industry, Mother Lode Van & Storage has the resources needed to make any move, a seamless and easy transition.