Moving overseas can be a fantastic way to improve your work prospects and live in the kind of climate that you would prefer. However, it can be a pretty daunting prospect too, which is perhaps why fewer people take the plunge than would really like to. The good news is that, despite moving abroad having its challenges, if you are well-prepared and you take the time to do things the right way, you shouldn’t have a problem.
With that in mind, here are some essential things to do before you say Bon Voyage and leave for pastures new…
Arrange Visas ASAP
The first thing you should do, when planning a move overseas is arrange visas for you and your family. You won’t be able to move without them, after all. If your employer is handling your work permits or visas for you, it is usually still worth getting in touch with an immigration office representing the country because they can help you to ensure that you have all of the relevant paperwork necessary for a smooth move.
Find a New Home
Obviously, if you’re moving overseas, you need to find a new place to stay. The easiest way to do this, and ensure that you are getting what you think you are is by first using a local (to the place you’re moving) real estate site such as http://rumahdijual.com/jakarta-timur/, and then when you find a place you like, getting in touch with a local real estate agent or lawyer who can help you move on the sale or sort out the rental agreement. Why? Because the legalities of real estate can vary immensely from place to place and you don’t want to be left with any nasty surprises when you rock up at your new place.
Tell the Kids ASAP
If you have kids who will be moving along with you, then it really is important that you break the news to them the second you know that the move will go ahead. They may need time to get their heads around the fact that their world will be changing so much, and telling them well in advance will help to minimize the shock when the move does happen.
Arrange an International Removal
Clearly, when you’re moving abroad, you can’t just call up the local white van man and have him cart your possessions a few miles down the motorway – you need to deal with a professional overseas removal company.
If you don’t want to be left without any of your possessions when you reach your new home, you should arrange your removal at least one month in advance of your scheduled flight date because these companies can get quite busy.
I’d also advise getting at least three quotes before settling on a company because prices can vary significantly in this sector, and the last thing you need is to be paying over the odds when you’re getting ready to start a new life and you probably need every penny you can spare to help you settle.
Get Rid of Stuff
When you’re moving overseas, it’s the perfect time to declutter your possessions, not only because it will cost you a lot more money to lug every single thing you own abroad with you, but because you are starting a new chapter of your life, and that makes it easier for you to leave old things behind.
Go round the house, making a list of everything you own and then work out which things you want to keep with you, which can be taken to the tip, and which you’d like to donate. Start this process as soon as you know you move and get rid of a little at a time to make it easier for you.
Update Your Documents
Wherever you move in the world, chances are there are going to be certain documents that you need in order to do so. If you’ve spoken to the immigration office, you should know what these are, but do you know if yours are up to date? If not, make it a priority to check the whole family’s important documents and have them updated if necessary. This will save you from any major headaches at the other side.
On the subject of documents, it’s probably a good idea to scan or photocopy them before travelling too. That way, should they be lost in transit, you’ll still be able to produce them should you need to, until a replacement can be sent over to you.
Notify Official Bodies
Before you head off to your new life, you’ll need to get in touch, not only with your utility and credit card companies etc., but you’ll also need to get in touch with the government, to let them know about your move. Contacting HMRC, at https://www.gov.uk/contact-hmrc, and the National Insurance Contributions Office is particularly important for your future. Please don’t neglect do this because it could lead to serious problems later in life.
Make Provisions for Your Healthcare
Depending on where you’re moving to and whether you have a new employer who is taking care of your healthcare provision for you, you might need to purchase health insurance policies for your family. This is something you need to do before you get there because, you never know when you or a member of your family could get hurt, and if you have no coverage, then you could very quickly find yourself in dire straits.
Make Provisions for Your Pet
If you’re taking your pet overseas with you, then you will need to look into either airlines that will carry him if you’re not going too far, specialist pet relocation companies if you’re going further afield. You’ll also need to check what vaccinations your pet needs to be granted entry into your new homeland. This is really important.
Research the Area
It’s always a good idea to research the area that you will be living in when you move and the customs of the people who will be your neighbours. This will make it easier for you to find your bearings and make friends once you get there.
Now, all that remains is to get excited about your new venture! I wish you luck.