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International Movers - Moving Internationally

Int'l-MoversMoving internationally can be overwhelming and scary, but also exciting. There is the excitement of living in a new country, but the sadness of leaving friends and family. The process itself is also overwhelming. Moving itself is a huge task, but add in customs, currency exchange, and all the other difficulties of an international move and it can be quite daunting. So long as you keep on top of all the things you need to get done and stay organized, you can enjoy this exciting time rather than focus on all there is to do.

As soon as you know that you are moving, it is best to start right away with the planning. Will you be keeping your current home or getting rid of it? If you are keeping it, you will not need to move everything. However, if you cannot maintain two residences you have to figure out what you are going to do with all your furniture. It would likely be more costly to move all of your furniture, etc... with you, so as soon as you know your plan it is important to decide what you are bringing with you and what is either staying or needs to be gotten rid of. Remember that if you are moving to another continent they have different electrical plugs and your electronics will not work in another country!

Once you have an idea of what you are bringing with you, it is a good time to start researching international movers. With such a difficult process it is best to get things set up and confirmed as early as possible. Starting your research early will also help you to find affordable movers that are also reliable. The movers will be able to give you quotes on cost, what they can take care of for you, and how long the move will take. Frequently with international moves that involve crossing an ocean what you move will have to go on a ship and it can take several weeks to arrive at your new home. Planning as far ahead as possible is key!

An international move has additional hurdles that a domestic move does not. Because you are moving to a different country you have to deal with customs, visas, changing bank accounts, and tax issues. The first thing you need to do when preparing for an international move is determine what type of visa you need and how to obtain it. This could take weeks or even months depending on different countries laws regarding potential waiting periods or the efficacy of their offices. It is best to do research on what the country you are moving to specifically requires. You will also have to do research into what taxes you will have to pay, both at the country you are moving to and your current country. Sometimes if you close all of your bank accounts in your current country, you will not have to pay taxes there. You will have to also set up new bank accounts in your new country with their currency.

If you have pets you should research whether you can bring them and what the process is. Many countries require that pets be kept in quarantine sometimes for 6 months to a year. If this is the case, you may find it better to leave your pet with a trusted friend or family member to look after them. Parting with pets is difficult, but you'd be much more comfortable leaving them with someone you know and trust than in quarantine for such a long time.

Finally, if the country you are moving to speaks another language you should begin taking lessons. Even if you are already fluent in that language, it might not be a bad idea to take some classes to brush up. You should also research the customs of the country and about their cuisine. Different countries have varying customs and you don't want to do or say something that is offensive. On that note, you should make sure that you are well versed in the law of the new country as well.

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