Moving is hardly the least stressful activity you can go through, even if you’re just moving a ten minute drive away. Moving to a new country, on the other hand? The sort of stress that will come with that seems so obvious that I barely need to go into detail about it, right?
Check out this guide to the things you need to consider seriously if you’re moving abroad, or thinking about doing so.
This seems way too obvious, so it’s probably not worth getting into for long. But a surprising number of people forget to make sure that their passports and visas are all in order. Make sure you know precisely what you need to get into the country you’re moving to - a passport and visa may not always be enough, especially if you’re actually moving there!
The stuff you’re going to take
Guess where a lot of the stress is going to come from? Yep: moving all of your belongings. It’s easily the least desirable part of the whole endeavor, and it’s not as if having to move your stuff over borders is going to alleviate your worries. Honestly, the best thing you can do is be utterly brutal when it comes to getting rid of stuff you no longer want or need. Try to reduce things to a bare minimum. See if friends and family are willing to hold a few things that you won’t need in the other country immediately.
The moving company you’ll use
For the love of whatever deity you may believe in, do not try to do all of this by yourself! Like it or not, you’re going to need the help of a moving company. And you’re going to want one that specializes in international moves. Thankfully for you, there are companies such as Chess Moving that specialize in just that. Once you’ve worked out how much you’re going to take over, get a quote and get the ball rolling.
So hey, newsflash: there are a lot of laws and regulations that come into play when people start moving about internationally! Making mistakes here can be pretty darn costly, so you may want to consider getting the assistance of an immigration lawyer.
Don’t assume that your car is going to be legal to drive in another country. Heck, your car may not be suitable for use if you’re moving to another state in the U.S., let alone if you’re moving to a different country altogether!
Another one that seems obvious but still seems to be ignored by many. Sure, you’re probably familiar with non-English speakers moving to the U.S. or the U.K. and not bothering to learn the language. But guess what? English-speakers may actually be even worse! We assume that the lingua franca will get us by in whatever place we’re going to. If you’re moving to a foreign country, don’t make this mistake. Besides, you’ll be so much more comfortable if you actually know how to speak the language. Try getting to an intermediate level, then become more advanced when you’re there.