Over the decades of helping people moving overseas, we’ve seen a lion’s share of mistakes people have made when making their move abroad. Relocating overseas is difficult, for sure, and mistakes can be made. To help you avoid these mistakes here are the 3 most common errors people make when moving overseas:
What is your main purpose for moving overseas? Moving abroad is a challenging adventure and life-changing experience but finding your place in your new country has to be for good reason. If you’re moving overseas for an escape or looking for greener grass or you’ve met someone online, really think your move over before making the leap as these reasons often lead to a return trip to your home country.
If you think you can improve your career, have a strong passion for your new country’s culture and it will improve your living conditions then these reasons will make your transition much easier.
“If you fail to prepare, then prepare to fail.” This old adage is never more true than in moving internationally. There are a lot of bases you need to cover before you move overseas: what to bring with you, passports, visas, customs, travelling with pets and kids, learning new rules and tax codes, change of address cards/mail forwarding, cell phone & internet setup, international banking, medical records and birth certificates, driver’s licenses, school applications, selling your house, and requesting moving quotes (see below) are all things you’ll need to research about your new country before moving there.
It may seem like a lot to cover but the more of these items you address before your move overseas, the more successful your journey will be.
As mentioned above, finding the right international moving company and requesting quotes is one of many important items to address before making your move. Each type of move is unique to the individual(s) moving — so finding a moving company that fits your personal situation is key to making your move go as quickly and easily as possible. Will you be packing yourself? Or do you prefer to have everything packed and loaded for you? What add-on services might you be interested in (pet shipping, storage, finding a rental house, etc.)?
Look for companies who have a proven track record and read online reviews where you can. Be wary of quotes that are too low as these companies tend to add-on fees and other items that will cost you more later on; ask for all inclusive quotes. Make sure your international mover is licensed and bonded. Check the Federal Maritime Commission website and search for the mover’s licensing information. Researching all of these things will keep you from a having major headache in your new country that you don’t want in case something goes wrong with your move.
We love moving people wherever they need to go in the world — it’s our passion. It’s also our passion that your move goes as easily and stress free as possible so that you have the best chance for success in your new country and by avoiding these 3 common mistakes you’ll have a great chance at doing just that.
If you have any comments or want to add your own moving story please
let me know.
Mark Nash, EuroUSA