The New Year can bring many new life changes and events that can often mean relocating overseas. Perhaps you’re relocating for a new job, wanting to be closer to friends or family, or just wanting to experience another part of the world. People move overseas for many different reasons, and to many different places. Popular destinations for Australians when relocating overseas are the United States, New Zealand and the United Kingdom – primarily due to having close relatives already living there or due to those countries having a familiar way of life.
While moving overseas is an exciting prospect, the reality of moving is a lot more stressful. Careful planning and consideration is required to haul all your belongings around the world.
Here Are 12 Tips for Moving Overseas:
1. Make A Checklist:
Write down anything and everything you think you will need to remember, as chances are, you’ll forget unless it’s written down! Write down everything you need to take with you, everything you need to get done before you leave, and everything you need to do once you’ve made it to your destination.
2. Complete All Necessary Paperwork:
This means talking to your bank, your service providers, and anyone else necessary to let them know you are moving overseas. This also includes the electoral commission to ensure you can still vote while you’re out of the country. You should also redirect your mail if you know what your new address will be.
3. Get Insurance:
This includes travel insurance and health insurance to cover you and your belongings while you’re away. There’s nothing worse than planning a big move overseas to arrive at your destination and find your bags or belongings haven’t arrived as they were lost during the move.
4. Check Your Health:
Before you go, it pays to see the doctor for a general health check-up, get any vaccinations necessary, and see the dentist. This will allow you ample time to get that unexpected filling before you go, rather than trying to sort it overseas where it may cost you a lot more.
5. Organise Your Belongings:
Decide what you want and can take with you, and what you will have to leave behind. This includes all clothes and furniture. Anything you can’t take with you should be sold, donated, or placed into long term storage.
6. Talk To An Accountant:
Discuss any implications of a temporary or permanent international relocation, and if you have any tax obligations before you go.
7. Get An International Drivers Licence:
This will allow you to drive in another country for a certain period of time, so you can drive as soon as you get there and sort something more permanent once you’ve settled in.
8. Buy Adapters:
Your technology and electrical items will be useless without an adapter – buy some before you go so you can use them straightaway.
9. Check Your Passport:
You’ll need to have 6 months remaining on your passport after your intended return date. Take extra copies of passport photos, as well as photocopies of your passport, in case it gets lost or stolen.
10. Get A Visa:
You should have a working visa or permit to legally work in the country you are moving to. Talk to the embassy of the country you are relocating to, to find out what is required when applying for a visa. You may require your new employer to sponsor you.
11. Research Your New Neighbourhood:
Find your local bar, café, park, supermarket, post office and other essentials to help you settle in to your new home. You can also find expat groups on social media to meet other expats in the area, or to find like-minded people with similar hobbies.
12. Use A Relocation Company:
There is enough to worry about when moving overseas, let alone how you will actually move all of your belongings. Talk to aninternational removal company in Australia to do all the heavy lifting for you, so you can focus on the important things like organising a farewell party!
John Ryan Removals Can Help You Move Overseas:
We’re the experts in international relocations in Australia, and we can make your overseas move stress free.
We service all major international destinations through a range of relocation options to suit a variety of needs and budgets:
Full container loads (FCL) – This is the fastest way to relocate your items by sea. You can fill up the entire container with your belongings.
Shared container loads (Groupage) – Your furniture will be loaded into the container with other people’s items and the shipping cost will be shared, making this a great option if you’re watching your budget. However, transit times are a bit longer as you need to wait for a full load.
Less than full container loads (LCL) – Your belongings are secured in a container with other people’s items, but are sent as soon as possible, regardless of if the container is full or not.
Airfreight – This is the fastest way to relocate your belongings, and our specifically designed modular carton pack allows you to save space and shipping charges.
Our International Relocation Service Is Second to None, Here’s Why: