Moving is stressful regardless of your final destination. It comes with a long list of rigorous tasks to be completed, a requirement for several days and nights, and a lot of heavy lifting, many of which lead to headaches, frustration, and an aching back. Oh, the aching back. Add an ocean and many miles of land to the equation, and international moves are never easy.
You can, however, have a successful, stress-free move to a new country with proper planning and professional moving services. Simply work your way through the following international moving checklist and you’ll be well on your way to traveling to your new humble abode, sans the stress and frustration often associated with a move.
Hire Professional Moving Services
The first step to a stress-free international move is to take advantage of professional moving services. Bekins Moving Solutions can take care of the complex tasks associated with your move – from packing to the dissembling and reassembling of your furniture, loading, unloading, self-storage and much more. We even set you up with a moving specialist to help you complete the next set of tasks and to answer any questions you have about your international move, from start to finish.
Obtain Necessary Paperwork
An international move requires a lot of paperwork. It’s important to obtain all necessary documents, such as visas for living and working in a different country, to passports, marriage certificates, birth certificates and sometimes even medical records. So, speak with your Bekins Moving Solutions specialist or conduct a search online to find out what type of paperwork you need to provide in order to have a successful, international move.
Receive Necessary Immunizations
Depending on the country you are relocating to, you may be required to obtain a set of immunizations. Most countries do provide such information on their official websites. However, we highly recommend paying a visit to your local doctor or travel health clinic to get their recommendation as well.
If you need immunizations in order to move to a country, be sure to keep records of all the shots you received, as you may be required to provide them upon crossing the border.
Decide on What You’ll Move and What You’ll Store
As a general rule of thumb, the less you have to move, the easier and more affordable the international move will be. However, that doesn’t mean you have to get rid of all of your prized possessions in the meantime. Instead, there are many self-storage options readily available to you for you to store your items for the short or long term. You just have to first decide on what items you’ll be moving and what item’s you’ll be storing, so you can choose the appropriate options for both. Of course, your Bekins Moving Solutions specialist can also help you with that.
Make Proper Arrangements with your Financial Institution
In order to ensure you have full access to your funds, it’s important to inform your financial institution of your international move. They will provide you with the necessary information with regards to which banks and branches you can use to access your funds, how to make transfers, how to move your funds to a foreign bank if needed, etc.
Purchase Health Insurance
When moving to another country, you’ll need to opt for additional health insurance and/or a health care plan that provides coverage for you and your family for the duration of your stay. This is one step you won’t want to skip over, as unexpected medical bills can be quite costly and you want to ensure you and your family will be provided with care if needed.
When you book Bekins Moving Solutions, your moving specialist will provide you with all the information and services you need for a successful, stress-free move. You will also receive contact information for to your Bekins specialist to ensure any questions or concerns are met in a timely manner. So, all that’s left for you to do is sit back, arrange transportation for yourself to your new humble abode, and enjoy a smooth transition.