Checklist For Moving AbroadAugust 26, 2015
One of the most stressful things you can do in life is move home, so just think how much more stressful it would be if you were moving abroad. Whether it’s to begin a new career abroad or simply to settle for a new life in your retirement, there are extra logistical factors which will need to be taken care of.
In this month’s post we’re going to help you prepare for your move with a moving checklist. Take a look at our countdown to see when you should be organising and planning.
6 Months To Go
The move may seem a way off still but you might finally be getting into gear with your preparations for the move. Having sorted out your visa for your destination – if you haven’t, you should do so now – you can begin to look for the children’s new school while informing their current school in the UK of their departure date from classes.
Should time and your finances allow it, you could visit your future home to really get a feel for your surroundings – take pictures and gather up the key things you might need to know and have. Having all of your documents and paperwork organised is the most important thing at this stage.
3 Months To Go
By this point you should have organised for a removals company to come and give you an estimated quote for moving your things. Don’t just take the first quote though, look around for the best deal and buy your own packing materials to save on costs if money is tight.
If you have a lot of things to move you might take this time to start filtering things out, selling or throwing away things you don’t need or use. This can help to lower moving costs and reduce the stress of moving lots of things.
Having already informed most of your family and friends about your move, give the people closest to you your future contact details – including address and contact number.
6 Weeks To Go
The time left until the move is ticking away so now is the time to organise storage for any of your possessions which you want to have out of the way while you move. Whether you’re moving them on the day of the move or you’re coming back for more items once the initial move is over, at Nationwide Storage we have flexible storage options available for you.
4 Weeks To Go
A gradual progression, most of your affairs should be in order, you can now look at smaller details such as cancelling your phone, internet and other utilities. On the flip side of this, you can also start to organise your utilities in the country you intend to live in.
As much as we love our pets, it can be a stressful time for them during a move and the massive upheaval will be made easier on them if you can have them stay with family until you’re ready to make the move. Alternatively, house them in a cattery or kennel for a short period.
2 Weeks To Go
Stay focused! Think about the smaller tasks you need to handle such as ensuring any vital medicine is picked up before the move. If you’re travelling in your own vehicle, have it checked over to ensure it’s roadworthy for your journey.
Packing should already be under way but if you haven’t yet started then don’t worry – start now! Label boxes for their designated rooms and you’ll make life much easier on the other end of your move.
So many things will be happening all at once in your final week before the move but you will hopefully have made things easier for yourself. Some final thoughts on things to organise if you need them are:
- Currency for destination country
- Fridge and freezer defrosting
- Packing an essentials box
- Final meter readings
While this is not an exhaustive list for preparing for your move it might allow you to start planning and organising. If you need storage services for your move, contact us at Nationwide Storage today.
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