Organising a relocation when it’s just from one part of town to another is stressful enough. When you’re moving to a totally new country, things get a lot more complicated! No one wants to make their international relocation any more difficult and stressful than it has to be, and a smooth execution is all about the planning. Here are some essential questions to ask when planning an international move…
Which Company Will You Use?
A DIY domestic move is difficult, but certainly not impossible. On the other hand, moving to a new residence in another country is such a complex operation, you’d be crazy not to hire a firm like Matthew James International removals. Just like a domestic move, your choice of company is going to have a pretty big impact on how smoothly the whole operation goes. You’ll come across a lot of movers who will boast their years of experience, their prestigious reputation, and their cheap rates. Just remember to look past all the marketing materials, and really go out of your way to form an opinion of the company. Call each firm you consider, and ask any questions you have relating to your move. Go into detail, getting clear terms and conditions out of them. A good company will always get to the point, and put their cards on the table.
How Long Are You Staying?
The answer to this question will have a big impact on your packing and preparation. If you’re only going to be staying in the country for six months up to a year, you should try to travel light, and only take a handful of important belongings. Whether it’s a piece of furniture that has certain sentimental value, a book collection, or some other treasured possession, try to keep a cap on what you bring, and don’t count on being able to move everything in your home. However, if you’re moving permanently, or for several years, I’d recommend taking enough to create a sense of homeliness. Living in a vastly different environment, even if you’ve visited the country many times, can stir up some major feelings of homesickness and isolation. You can get around this by taking plenty of personal belongings to make the new place as familiar as possible.
What Are the Essentials?
Packing certain essential items is very important when you’re making an international relocation. Toiletries are the obvious one, but it’s also very important to bring essential medicines and healthcare products. After moving to a foreign country, it can take some time to find a good doctor and get your necessary prescriptions again. Shipping these things from home after you can also be a long process, which makes it even more important to have a decent medical stock to hand. Aside from that, you should look up some prices for day-to-day items in the country you’re moving to. You’d be surprised at the disparity in price for various regular products between different countries, particularly those with erratic or unstable economies.