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Planning to Move Abroad? Here Are Some Tips to Keep in Mind!

Moving can be both an exciting and a very stressful experience regardless of where it takes place. Some people move across the ocean and feel just mildly stressed out, while others move a few blocks away or in the nearest town and they feel overwhelmed with anxiety – it all depends both on who you are and on how well you have planned everything ahead.Moving house abroad is a huge step in anyone’s life and the truth is that there’s no actual textbook on how to do it. While International house removals (and office removals) are available these days, you should know that aside from the company you hire, there are some other things to keep in mind as well.Which are the most important tips for people who plan on moving to a completely different country? Read on and find out more. •    Start planning the removals as soon as possible. This is true for any kind of removal out there, but in the case of those who want to move abroad, there are some “special” issues to take care of and you will want to make sure you don’t end up feeling overwhelmed by the large number of things to do. Therefore, sit down and start planning as soon as possible – at least 6-9 months before the actual moving date (but keep in mind that this will depend on how fast the paperwork procedures are going, on the circumstances under which you are moving and so on).

•    Inform yourself on the paperwork that has to be done and on the officials you will have to note of your moving as well. The Local Council, HM Revenues & Customs as well as the institution handling your pension should be among the first organizations you let know of the fact that you are moving. Also, keep in mind the fact that if you need a visa, you will have to make sure that it will be released before you actually leave the country so inform yourself on how long this usually takes. •    If you are thinking of importing or exporting your own car, do take into consideration that each country has its own laws when it comes to this – and that it can be quite expensive too! On the long run, it may be cheaper for you to sell your current car and buy another one once you arrive in your destination country. However, remember that this depends a lot on a large variety of factors so reading as much as you can about this and asking questions will help you determine what the best solution is for you.

•    If you plan on shipping your things and if you want them to reach the destination by a particular time and date, you have multiple options. One of the cheaper ones is to share a shipping container with other movers. Your belongings will be placed in a container with those of other people shipping their own things and they will all reach the destination by the specified time and date. •    Also, remember that you will not be allowed to enter with food in most of the countries out there. There are very strict rules when it comes to importing food so make sure to read about the legislation of your destination country before packing all those delicious things that taste like home. •    Smile. If you are doing this huge change, you are most likely doing it for a good reason. You will be given the opportunity to discover a new culture “at home”, from a native’s point of view – and that’s truly priceless!

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