Overseas and International

Where are you moving from?

The more planning and preparation involved,
the more smoothly the international move will go.

Before choosing an international moving company, do everything possible to minimize the amount of items you will move. Now is a good time to declutter and maybe have a garage sale. It might be cheaper to sell or store many of your items and buy replacements in your new country, rather than pay to have them shipped there. Ask the name of the trade organization that they belong to & the amount of time they have been in business in both the country of origin & the country that you are moving to.

When moving to another country there are many extra considerations:

Prepare an inventory of all your belongings and from that list determine which items require shipping and those items that need be stored. Then brief your removalist accordingly

Some items will need to be disposed of or collected, or sale arranged. Allow enough time for sale of major possessions such as a car

Arrange travel documentation including booking flights, airport transfers, passports and visas. Check customs requirements

Apprise yourself of luggage and customs restrictions

Research and collate a file on your new country of residence. Include maps, travel guides, language translators etc

Transport and care of pets, including quarantine, needs be considered

Insurance for personal travel, transport of belongings as well as medical insurance needs to be arranged

Establish appropriate bank accounts in your new country

Cancel redundant credit or store cards

Advise all financial institutions of your move, including the Tax Department, Pension funds and Investment Portfolio etc

Share portfolios to be collated and copied

Custom Duties may apply to those goods shipped , so investigate and prepare as required

Contact Electoral office for overseas voting arrangements

Apply for overseas driving licence and obtain driving record details as pertains to insurance rebates etc

Domestic appliances need to be disconnected and some appliances will need be adapted for use in a foreign country

Comprehensively list then advise all your service providers: Internet, Cable TV ,Utilities, garbage removal

Cancel social associations memberships where relevant.

Obtain medical and dental records and any interim prescriptions that might be required.

Obtain prescriptions for glasses

Arrange for vaccinations and inoculations

Personal papers require special attention. Everything from Marriage, Birth and Death Certificates to Wills and School Records. Keep duplicates in separate file

Educational institutions need to be researched thoroughly and enrolments completed as a matter of priority

Cleaning and sorting the pantry by disposing of out of date items, placing open packages into plastic containers, disposing of items not suitable for shipping.

Plan Ahead For Moving Day

Check parking requirements for the moving truck at both properties and obtain parking permits if relevant.
Inform neighbours of parking needs prior to moving day. Start your packing well ahead,
don’t forget your priority carton. MOVINGHOUSE can assist with your decluttering, sorting & packing.
On moving days have access to snacks, water & drinks to ensure everyone is well hydrated.


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