Moving house can be a very stressful experience, especially when it includes moving to another country. Bishop's Move created a moving abroad checklist which includes essential things to remember when moving abroad to make sure that everything is covered before you leave.
First things to remember
Confirm your moving date as far in advance as possible, and don’t forget to book your flights.
Make a list of the items you are bringing with you and those you are leaving behind.
Get in touch with your removal company regarding packing materials, international shipping and storage.
Ensure your passport is up to date, apply for any required visas or permits.
Arrange for any necessary vaccinations.
Close or transfer any bank accounts.
Enquire about insurance – travel insurance during your trip but also have a look around to see what policies are available in your country of destination.
Gather copies of your medical records.
If you own a driving license, then make sure that your license will be valid.
If you are bringing your car with you, ask with your removal company to organise any required vehicle export documentation. Ensure your car insurance is valid.
Arrange to have your mail redirected.
Clear out your garage, attic and shed, if you own any.
Ensure that all water, electricity and gas meters are read on moving day.
Have your phone disconnected.
Arrange your bills to be forwarded to your new address.
Enquire about your tax position in your country of destination.
Terminate any club or association membership and don’t forget to inform doctors, dentists, etc. about your leaving.
Don’t forget to empty & defrost your fridge and freeze
Keep photocopies of your personal documents somewhere safe.
Obtain the necessary foreign currency ready to use upon arrival.
Arrange for professional movers to help you with the packing of furniture and belongings.
Keep your personal documents, medicines and any valuables close to you for the journey.
Pack a suitcase with items you might need on arrival.
Make a final check of your luggage to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything.
Double check if all your items you wish to bring with you are inside the removal van before leaving.
Follow this list of things to remember when moving abroad and have a look at any other information online about International Removals and moving abroad if you aren’t sure yet.