Moving overseas to a new country should be one of the most exciting experiences of your life, but there are some common mistakes you should certainly avoid to make the relocation process as stress-free as possible. Here are 5 common mistakes we have seen.
1. Not planning the move
Moving Internationally takes a lot of planning and preparation. Research is crucial to making your relocation as hassle-free as possible. Have a good sort out of things you don’t use anymore. Then out of what’s left decide what you really need to take with you. Research what’s best to take, for example; will your electrical appliances work? Do you need all your winter coats? Will the DVD’s work? What about cell phones? Make a list of things that need to be done which includes everything from changing addresses, renting or selling your house, moving quotes, getting medical records, checking passports, driving licenses are up to date and possibly renewed, visa applications, school records and new school applications just to name a few. This will ensure that you don’t have to do everything at the last minute and that you can stay on top of everything at all times.
2. Not hiring the right international removal company
The safety of your belongings is crucial when you are moving internationally; otherwise there is not much point in paying to have them shipped in the first place. Decide what type of company you need for your move. Can you pack it yourself? Do you need everything done for you? Do you need add-ons like finding a rental house at the destination and some orientation, pet shipping, storage of things while you are away? Take time to research all potential moving companies. It is essential that you choose an experienced and professional moving company with the right qualifications for your move, for example, a mover who recently moved the president of Google might not be cost effective for your 15 boxes. A company that specializes in shipping to Israel might not be the best for moving to England for example. Many people are tempted to choose the cheapest moving agent available, however be wary of companies providing unrealistically low estimates as there must be some costs missing and you could end up spending more than some of the other all-inclusive prices. Be careful of quotes to arrival port or arrival terminal as there can be expensive fees at destination to pay before you are allowed to collect your shipment. Also make sure that your chosen mover is fully licensed and bonded. In the USA all companies performing international service have to be licensed by the Federal Maritime Commission. Check the FMC web site and if the movers name is not on the list of licensed companies they are operating illegally and you will have no recourse if things go bad.
3. Moving for the wrong reason
Moving abroad will unsettle your normal life and that of your family’s, so you need to think properly about why you want to leave before you go. Moving can certainly be an amazing life experience, but settling down is often hard work, and you’re not very likely to find your place if you’ve just moved abroad to escape from something else. If you have a passion for your new country’s culture, or if you are sure that your professional opportunities or living conditions will be improved, you’ll find the whole moving process much easier, but if it’s because you think the grass is always greener or you met someone on the internet, really think it through before you take the plunge. Here at UpakWeShip we quite often have to move people back home a few months after moving them over. We hear reasons like the weather was worse than expected, family wasn’t as close as I remembered, too expensive, couldn’t get a work visa, online relationship didn’t work out. If it doesn’t work out and you have to come back it’s an expensive mistake so research and make sure you’re moving for the right reasons.
4. Not researching your destination
Many expats make the mistake of not knowing their destination well enough to decide if they genuinely want to move there. Have you spent a two-week vacation in a foreign country and decided that this is where you want to live? This is certainly not the best way to find a destination, and living in a place is so very different from visiting for a week or so. Whether you are moving to England or moving to Australia, with relatively similar cultures or to Japan, where you’re likely to encounter vast cultural differences, it is essential that you know your new country’s culture, living conditions, and the city where you are planning to move. The internet is a great source of information to get to know your new country better, and it’s also a good idea to visit the country a few times before moving there. These trips shouldn’t be holidays though, they should be research trips that will allow you to understand what to expect when you actually move there.
5. Not making financial calculations
Many people make the mistake of underestimating their financial needs when moving overseas. Estimating how much the actual move will cost and the airfares is relatively easy but there are so many other expenses that are sometimes not so obvious. Make a budget list of all the initial costs in your new country, such as temporary accommodation, renting or buying a house, buying essentials like furniture and cooking equipment, a car, insurance, health costs, deposits for utilities, cell phones, as well as everyday expenses. You don’t want to end up in your new country and be broke straight away.
If you have any comments or want to add your own moving story please let me know. Mark Nash, UPakWeShip 1 866 868 6386 Email email@example.com