Essential Things to Consider When Moving Abroad Permanently or for the Long Term
For whatever personal reason, you might decide to migrate to a different country for good and change your citizenship (or perhaps obtain a second citizenship). Alternatively, the situation might call for you to reside in a different country for several years to further either your education or your career.
Whether you will be making the move alone or you have been given the opportunity to start a new life abroad with the whole family, you must consider how much of your possessions you will be taking with you, and how you would be getting that done. Should you leave everything behind and simply purchase new furniture, appliances and other home needs at your new location, or is it wiser to have your things transported to your new residence abroad?
Well, it really depends on your specific needs and the cost of the items. For instance, you may have priceless artwork collections, rare books or expensive furniture. These items may also have some sentimental value which makes these irreplaceable, so surely you would want to take these with you wherever your new home will be.
Here are some things that you should consider when moving abroad, especially if it is on a permanent or long-term basis.
1. Make sure that all travel documents are in order
If you will be migrating abroad with your spouse and children, make sure that everyone’s passports, visas and other travel-related papers are in order. You would not want to arrive behind the schedule established for you to begin working or studying in a different country, so avoid delays by ensuring ahead of time that your family’s documents are ready.
Consult the immigration office and provide all the necessary documents several months ahead. If you will be working abroad, your employer should take care of the working permit.
2. Search for a place to rent or purchase
If you are migrating to a country, it is important that you have a place that you can call your own. It could be a condominium, an apartment or a house. Part of the process of preparing for your move abroad is to find a good property to rent (if you are moving abroad for work, your employer may help you find a place in a specific location in close proximity to your workplace). Make sure that your living arrangements are secured before you leave the country.
You could even seek property that you can buy down the line. You may visit credible real estate broker websites and get in touch with the professionals who can help you purchase a new home.
3. Clear the clutter and organize your possessions
Before you migrate to another country, you need to sort through your belongings, determine which items you will be taking with you, and organizing this for proper packing and transport. Some of your items may be disposed of, donated to charity, or sold to generate funds that could be used for your moving expenses.
If the things you will be bringing with you are well-organized, labeled and packed, the removalists you hire will not have difficulty identifying which boxes contain which items, and planning how to arrange them in the transport vehicles. Fragile items like antiques, chinaware and electronics, as well as bulky and heavy pieces of furniture, will need to be especially protected. Ask your removalist for advice on packing or get a quote for them to do it for you.
4. Hire a removal/moving company
You will need to hire an international moving company that can competently handle your possessions with care. Such companies offer services that help ensure a smooth overseas move, including professional and tailored packing and crating, export wrapping, customs clearance, door-to-door service, and maritime insurance.
Moving overseas is a more complex endeavor compared to a local move, so more planning and preparation must be done. With the right moving professionals helping you out, the process can be made much more efficient and successful.
Craig Jones is the Managing Director at Aussiemove, Australia’s largest independent moving alliance. Craig is a respected member of the removalist network in Australia, having served in senior positions, including the President of the removal industries governing body, the Australian Furniture Removals Association (AFRA). With 23 years of experience at Aussiemove, he has the skills and the highly trained team to move families safely and reliably, in Adelaide, across Australia and around the world.