Moving is not an easy process, especially if you are moving internationally. It may consist of many, many things to think about, take care of, organize and pay attention to. If you have a supporting partner it will be easier. But if you don’t want to miss a thing, even the smallest of details, you must prepare a long, thorough checklist that will take care of all relevant tasks you have to complete before, during and after the move. With the following checklist, your relocation will be as easy and smooth as possible. Here are a few important hints to help you out:
Changing Address? Notify the Following
First and foremost, you are about to relocate to another country. Changing address and notifying the relevant institutes, service providers and authorities is very important. It goes without saying that notifying your relatives should be your no. 1 priority. Besides that, notify the post office for mail forwarding, the financial institutions to transfer or close accounts, car insurance, life insurance, health insurance, publications you’re subscribed to, doctors and dentists, your lawyer, and so on and so forth.
Take Care of Your Home
Your present home should not be out of your sight as well. Taking care of the house’s needs before you leave abroad will reduce future stress. Here are a few things to remember before taking off: disconnect sensitive electronics, arrange for the electricity and gas companies to do what’s necessary, dispose of items that you don’t wish to take with you, defrost your refrigerator and drain all water hoses. Don’t forget to return books and videos and discontinue internet and television service.
Choose a Moving Company
This is an important one. Thoroughly check for a moving company which is both professional and experienced in packing, moving and delivering. For Americans, there are a few international shipping companies in the USA that you can choose from. Have a separate checklist for the moving company and list all the required details to follow through: certifications, services, legal issues, prices, etc.
Take One Last Look Around
Finally, after crossing off every item on your checklist, take one last good look around. Did you forget anything? Are the main power and gas connections turned off? Did you leave anything behind in the attic, garden or garage? Now’s the time to travel stress free!