How To Prepare For An International Relocation

Monday, May 22, 2017

Organizing a move can be challenging, but moving to another country creates an entirely new set of details and issues that you'll need to handle. Moving from Toronto to somewhere across the globe can cause stress, no matter how well you plan the move. Make the transition easy by keeping the following guidelines provided by Best Moves in mind as you ready yourself for an international relocation.

Stay Organized and Center on Communication

Careful organization and clear communication are important when it comes to moving to another country. Keep all of your important documentation together in one accessible location. Birth certificates, social security cards, medical documentation, passports, and wills are just some of the papers you may require access to regularly. Ensure that they are in an area where you can easily get them.

Pack and Travel Lightly

Before you begin packing, toss any clutter or other unnecessary things that have collected around your house or garage in the last several months or years. Handle each room one at a time, and sell or donate items that you don't want to carry with you to the new country. The fewer items you take along with you, the easier the relocation process. Also, if your movers have less to pack and ship, you'll save on moving costs.

Conduct Some Research

Before relocating to another country, do as much research as you can about the new country to which you're moving. Research what areas of town are the best, which neighbourhoods and schools are reputable, and what parts you should avoid. Email or contact local organizations with questions so that they can give you advice about the area. Researching ahead of time means that you'll have less worry and anxiety once you arrive at your new place.

Pack Smart

Efficient packing cuts costs, protects your possessions and makes relocating easier. Best Moves will handle the packing for you. If you want to handle the packing yourself, find strong crates and boxes and enough padding elements. When time comes to pack your belongings, keep boxes as light as you can. If they're hefty, they will be hard to handle and costly to ship.

Maintain a Support System.

Moving to another country means you'll probably have to leave some of your friends and family behind. If so, focus on nurturing a support network through regular emails, phone calls, and letters. With regular communication, even from a distance, you'll feel loved and cared for. Make new friends in your new country by introducing yourself to neighbours, joining clubs or volunteering.

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