Moving house is an experience that can be exciting and full of promise, whether this is happening due to a change of job location, a desire to move closer to family members or just because you want a change of scene. Many people say it can also be daunting, but you won’t be surprised to learn that this is entirely in your hands and that by making good decisions early, your home relocation can be smoothly and swiftly accomplished.
This is true even when you have decided to move to another country. Check out what you should take care of in advance of your move and when.
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Do the research
Arm yourself with as much information about your destination as possible. Moving to another country means encountering cultural differences, and this applies to Canada just as much as elsewhere in the world.
- An authoritative travel guide that provides in-depth information is necessary. As soon as you have decided to move, learn all you can about your planned new hometown and neighborhood.
- If you will be using another language, do your best to achieve a decent level of fluency in good time.
- Ensure all your necessary papers and documentation are in place as soon as possible – passport, visa and work permit if applicable.
As early as you can, seek out a company you are sure you can trust to take good care of your belongings. Not every logistics company is the same, so look for one that has a track record of success and good customer reviews, such as Worldwide Express. As it operates within the global marketplace, no matter where in the world you are going it is an ideal choice. Founded by entrepreneur David Kiger, Worldwide Express also offers a small packaging service, providing customers with a smart way to send smaller shipments. You can find out more about David Kiger on his personal website.
Remember that if you’re moving countries you may not want to take every single large item of furniture with you immediately, as that increases the costs. Selling unwanted items or putting them in storage will lighten the load.
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- Confirm your travel arrangements.
- Get a health checkup and any necessary vaccinations.
- Take care of any insurance that may be required (including for the move).
- Remember to regularize your tax position with the IRS; if you are going overseas to work you may be entitled to claim some of your removal expenses.
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- Arrange for mail to be redirected.
- Cancel subscriptions and club memberships.
- Close accounts that you will no longer need.
- Pay any outstanding bills.
- Review your bank account and open a new one at your destination if necessary.
- Create an inventory of your belongings that are to be shipped.
- Begin packing little-used items.
- Start to dispose of or recycle anything you’re not taking with you.
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- Make arrangements to deal with large items of furniture and kitchen appliances.
- Put a timetable in place for utilities’ readings and disconnection.
- Continue packing.
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- Arrange for foreign currency to be available when you arrive.
- Label furniture according to rooms in your new home.
- Finish packing items not in daily use.
So, finally, moving day has arrived and you can pack your last few personal belongings, essential documentation and things you will need on arrival, ready to make your journey. After one more double-check of your old home, you are ready at last to move to your new one.