Moving is tough, but moving internationally is even tougher. Moving internationally takes more planning than a small or local move, and it’s not really the same when it comes to certain things. However, we at Worldwide Moving Systems Southern Maryland want to help you have a carefree, safe international move. That is why we want to share these 5 insightful tips for moving your household internationally. Rest assured, you will be ready for the move when the time comes.
1. Prepare for the move mentally
Of course, you may be thinking: “But there are many more crucial things to take care of before the move!” To that, we say you’re right. However, you can’t do things right and you can’t get ready for the move if your mind is not in the right place for it. Take some time to think everything through: what you are feeling, how you’re taking the situation, et cetera. Allow yourself to take a break and unwind while you’re arranging your international move. Of course, you are going to miss Southern Maryland after you move out, so you should also look back at the time you spent here.
- Take photos of your favorite places in Southern Maryland. You can keep them online or develop them and put them in a photo album.
- Try to meet up with friends as much as you can. You will miss going out with them once you move abroad, and texting and video calls just won’t feel the same way.
- Go and see your family as well.
After you’re done coming to terms with your feelings and preparing, you can get down to business. You will soon find yourself looking for international movers Southern Maryland has available. Trust us when we say that it’s easier to plan your move with a calm mind than when you’re all over the place.
2. Moving your household internationally is impossible without the right documentations
Paperwork is probably man’s greatest enemy in life. It is so complex yet so important, so you have to be very careful when arranging your documents before your international move. There are several key factors that play a role in this step. For example, you may be receiving working permits or country visas from your employer. However, it is still a good idea to meet an immigration official before the move. They will know exactly how to help you and what you should do next. Or, if you are moving alone, without an employer, you might want to find a USCIS office to arrange your visas. Make sure to keep laws and deadlines in mind, as well as time limits and other rules and policies. As for things you can do alone, don’t worry. The least you can do is make sure you and your family have valid, up-to-date passports.
- Don’t forget the birth certificates, as well the adoption and marriage certificates.
- Current and valid driver’s licenses and professional licenses are also more than necessary.
- School records and medical records are a must-have.
- If you need to, make copies and scans of the documents. It is better to be safe than sorry when it comes to international moving! One wrong thing can cost you a lot.
3. Manage your belongings during your overseas move
Here comes the tricky, if not, the trickiest part of the process of moving internationally. Before you look for South Maryland moving services, you want to check a few more options and things you can do. If your move is short-term, it’d be better to rent a furnished home in your new country. This way, you won’t have to spend thousands of dollars moving furniture overseas or air freight. If it is a long-term move though, we recommend decluttering first so you can lower the number of things you will move by air or sea freight. Also, consider renting your old home while you’re away to avoid having to deal with more paperwork and bigger moving fees. One last thing is renting a self-storage unit in the U.S. if you don’t plan on bringing everything with you.
4. Moving your household internationally – additional preparations
But of course, you can never be totally ready. You might have missed a thing or two, and that’s okay. It happens to everyone. However, it’s best if you double-check every single thing on your international moving checklist. Make sure to check regulations for moving pets abroad if you plan to take your furry friend(s) with you. Think about moving your car internationally: are you allowed to drive it in your new country, and do you even plan to do so? Do you know all the moving insurance options for your upcoming move? Before the move, stock up on items you know you will want but won’t find in your new country. Get a travel guide and get some maps before you move internationally. Do as much research as you can and try to make living in a new country as easy and comfortable as possible.
5. The most important thing is to take it easy
Do things one day at a time when moving abroad. Relocation, in general, is a big change in every person’s life, whether it’s small or big doesn’t actually matter. Some panic and stress here and there are inevitable, and that is absolutely okay. You can always ask your friends, family, or coworkers to give you a hand or advice. On top of that, you can always do your own research and see what suits your needs the best. We hope these 5 insightful tips for moving your household internationally will help make your move abroad less hectic. Once you are ready to move out of Southern Maryland, you can count on Worldwide Moving Systems’ expert movers to take care of you and your items and have them delivered to your new home efficiently!