Deciding to pack your bags and move overseas can seem like the dream of a lifetime but collecting important documents, finding a new job, and relocating belongings can quickly turn that dream into a logistical nightmare. To help you stay on top of all the moving parts, we’ve put together this quick and easy three-part checklist for moving abroad.
Part One: 6 Months Before You Move
Part Two: 3 Months Before You Move
Only three months to go before your big move and things are quickly heating up. While there is still plenty of time to get your belongings, documents, and finances sorted, waiting until the last minute could make the process a bit bumpy. With that in mind, here is everything you need to get organized three months before you move abroad.
Contact Removal and Storage Companies
If you’re not sure what to do with all of your leftover belongings, getting estimates from storage companies with international packages may be the way to go. Many of these companies offer 2-in-1 solutions for storing and removing. It’s also a good idea to see what insurance plans these companies offer to cover your valuables.
Make Your Travel Arrangements
Planes, trains, and automobiles! With your big move getting closer, now is the time to make arrangements for the trip. Are you flying with multiple people? Trying to book a ticket that includes your animal companion?
Get any and all tickers sorted three months in advance to give you some breathing room to handle any issues that may arise.
Get Your Medications Sorted
Now is the time to make an appointment with your general practitioner to ensure that you're up to date on all vaccinations. If you have current prescriptions that you need to be transferred, finding out if there are any issues with getting them into your new country should be a major priority. It’s a good idea to try to get your next prescription early so that you have enough to tie you over while waiting for your medical records to arrive.
Speak to Your Bank
With three months to go before your big move, it’s now time to make an appointment to speak with an advisor at your bank. An advisor can help you identify any available services to help streamline the moving process or may even be able to help you set up an international account, if applicable. That being said, opening an account with Moneycorp can help you securely and cheaply transfer money abroad, without the traditional hefty bank fees.
Stay tuned for part three of our moving abroad checklist.