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20 Things You Must Do When Moving Internationally

Moving can be difficult, especially when making an international move. There is so much that must be done, it can be difficult to keep up with it all.

Once you know that you will be moving abroad, consider the following checklist to help keep you organized.

10 Weeks Before Your International Move

  1. Create a moving file where you can keep all receipts for tax purposes as well as necessary papers for your move.
  2. Establish your budget and start researching international movers to get estimates.
  3. Create a plan for moving into your new home. This will help you determine if you should move or replace furniture and appliances.
  4. Check with the area you are moving to and find out if there is a way you can get information about the area.

8 Weeks Before Your International Move

  1. Make sure you get all medical, dental, school, financial and other important records transferred to the new country.
  2. Inform your bank of your move. If your bank is not an international bank, you will need to close your accounts and pay any fees for transfer and/or have the bank give you a check. Make sure you have cash on hand that you can use during the time it takes to transfer.
  3. Check with all of your insurance providers about whether your coverage will transfer overseas or if you will need to make other arrangements so that you and your family will be covered.

5 to 6 Weeks Before Your International Move

  1. Make an inventory of items you plan to move with you, items you plan to store, and items you plan to get rid of.
  2. Visit the post office and arrange for your mail to be forwarded to your new address. They will be able to do this for one year. You will still be required to contact everyone with an official change of address.

3 to 4 Weeks Before Your International Move

  1. Start the process of packing or let your international moving company do it for you.
  2. Begin by packing things that rarely get used and getting rid of things that you do not need.
  3. Schedule utility connection services at your new place and make sure you contact your current utility companies to have them shut off those at your current home.
  4. Start using up all perishables including cleaning products, foods and soaps/shampoos.
  5. If you plan to ship your car overseas, check vehicle regulations in the country you are moving to and be sure it meets the legal requirements.

1 to 2 Weeks Before Your International Move

  1. Confirm moving and travel arrangements both at home and in your new country.
  2. Finish packing essentials. Pack a “first night” or “first week” bag in case you have to wait some time for your belongings to get to your new home. This includes sheets, a few sets of clothes, food, sleeping bags and personal items. Also, be sure to include all important travel documents so that you do not have any problems when entering the other country.
  3. Arrange for someone to care for your pets if you are not taking them with you right away.

48 Hours Before Your International Move

  1. Double check your appliances to make sure you unplugged them or turned them off. Also, check your pipes to make sure the water is turned off.
  2. Clean and defrost freezer and refrigerator.
  3. Relax and enjoy your international move.

Moving internationally can be a difficult process. However, it does not have to be stressful.

Keep this checklist in mind during your international move.