The complexities of moving home are increased ten-fold when moving abroad, so you will need to do lots of planning and preparation.
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Moving home can be a very chaotic and stressful time, which is compounded even more when you move abroad. There are so many different things that you need to research and prepare for, to do things properly it will take a few months work to get everything organised. The inclusion of children and pets can complicate things even more, but with plenty of preparation and research you can make the move as painless as possible.
Deciding What to Take with You
If you have lots of possessions then you will need to think carefully before taking them abroad with you. You may find that the cost of shipping is more expensive than buying new things, and there can also be the complication with electrical items as other countries do use other voltages. If you are going to take some furniture with you, then there are many different International Removals companies that can assist you with the process and take care of all of the necessary paperwork. Anything that you are not taking with you can either be sold or given away, which could help to give you some more funds for your move.
Arranging your Paperwork
Depending on the country that you are going to, you will most likely need to apply for a visa for you and your family. The process of gaining a visa does vary greatly, with different countries having different regulations and requirements. However, there are usually many agencies that can assist with this matter, and if you are moving because of work your employer will usually arrange this for you. As well as having the correct visa, you will also need to check if your doctor recommends any vaccinations before you go. These could include;
- Yellow Fever
- Hepatitis A
It all depends on which part of the world you are moving to as to which vaccinations you are recommended to take before travelling. You may also need to get your pets inoculated against various diseases, and also have them micro-chipped and registered on the government database. Quarantine regulations do vary a lot, with some countries allowing pets in freely while others have strict quarantine regulations in effect.
Preparing for the Culture
One of the biggest things that affect a lot of people when moving abroad is the culture shock. You will need to research the country that you are moving to and in particular look at the culture. The religion is always an important aspect, as well as the language and the food. It is advised to try to learn the language as much as you can before you move to your new country of residence. No matter what country you move to, you will find that there will be a forum on the internet somewhere, based in that country and full of expats. These types of places can be a good way to find out about the everyday living aspects of the country in question.
Houses, Schools, and Hospitals
It is hard to look at a house on a website and decide to live there without seeing it in person. However, if you do your research, especially the expat forums, you will find good areas that will be suitable for you and your family. A nice house located close to good schools for your children, as well as not far from a good hospital and other amenities. Being centrally located is good when you first move to a new town or city abroad, especially if you are not used to the driving conditions. Where ever you are moving to you can guarantee that there are many property websites offering accommodation for rent and sale. You can contact some these agencies before your move and explain your situation. If you give them a choice of areas, the requirements of your accommodation, and also your budget, they will be able to do the leg work for you. So, when you arrive, you will be able to meet each agency and see their prospective properties and see what is on offer. The sooner you sort out your accommodation, the sooner you can move out of the hotel! These are a few of the things to consider when moving abroad and it can seem quite daunting, you just need to think of it as an adventure!
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