They say that moving house is one of the most stressful life events, but if you’re moving overseas, it’s a whole new level of stress!
With that in mind, we’ve put together a few tips that should help you to make a successful move overseas wherever you may be moving to. We hope it helps one of the most stressful events in your life, a little less stressful.
1. Pay a visit
It may not be possible. But if you can, you should definitely pay a visit to the new location a few months before moving day. This will help you to more effectively check out the local schools and amenities, find out how housing, healthcare and other important life stuff works in that country and enable you to get more acquainted with the culture. you’ll also be able to measure up your new home, which will make sorting the decor a bit easier when the time comes, too.
2. Get the legal stuff in order
When it comes to the legalities of moving overseas, it’s important to get them sorted as soon as possible so you can put that particular stress behind you and focus on packing, moving and starting a new life. So, whether you need to determine the cost to apply for ILR, ensure you have the right paperwork to be able to work in your new location or you need to negotiate a relocation package with your work, do that as soon as you know you’re going to be moving.
3. Check out expat forums
Expat forums are a great source of information on everything from the best schools to how to avoid paying too much for your new property. They’re also a great place to find a few potential friends in your new location, so be sure to sign up and start mingling.
Transporting the contents of your home overseas can be expensive, so it’s a pretty good idea to do a little decluttering around the home before you head off. That way, you can save on shipping costs AND start fresh with new decor in your brand new home. Decluttering takes some time, so start as soon as you can.
5. Start packing soon
The sooner you start packing for your move, the better. The longer you leave it, the more sloppy your packing will be, the more likely you’ll be to miss stuff and the more stressed you’ll be when you get to your new place. Starting early will also enable you to arrange for delivery of any items you may need in your new home so that you have them ready for you when you get there; there’s nothing worse than moving to a new place and having no access to a couch or cooker or whatever you need to keep you comfortable.
6. Learn the language (and the law)
Learning the basics you’ll need to thrive in your new home, from the language to the laws of the land, is so important, so be sure to make it a priority.
Good look in your new home.0