Whether you are relocating abroad for work or retiring abroad, there are so many things to think about!
All the usual tasks involved in moving home apply, such as re-directing your mail and informing your utility suppliers – but you will also have to concern yourself with transporting your belongings overseas, perhaps learning a new language and fitting in with a different culture!
To help you with the moving process, we have put together a useful checklist when you are planning your move abroad.
- Check each family members passport is in date
- Begin to learn the local language
- Decide on a date to move – if you have children you may prefer to move in the school easter or summer holidays
- Book a professional European Removal Company
- Research the culture and history of your new home
6 weeks prior to move
- Double check and confirm all travel arrangements – including flights, trains and ferry bookings
- Book any overnight stays in hotels
- Advise both your doctor and dentist of your move abroad and obtain the family’s medical records
- If you are moving to Europe, apply for a European Health Insurance Card at the Post Office.
4 weeks prior to move
- Discuss your move with your designated project manager
- Form a list of what you wish to take with you
- Cancel club memberships and subscriptions or inform them or change of address
- Arrange to have your post re-directed to your new address
- Ensure your driver’s license covers you in the country you are relocating to
3 weeks prior to move
- Clear out the attic and garage and recycle or get rid of anything you do not intend to take with you
- Transfer and close bank accounts
2 weeks prior to move
- Begin dismantling any large furniture items
- Arrange for gas or electricity meters to be read on the day of your move
- Organize phone to be disconnected on day of your move
1 week prior to move
- Empty and defrost the freezer
- Collect important documents (marriage and birth certificates) together so you can carry them with you on the move. Ensure you have photocopies transferred separately
- Go over and confirm everything for your move with your project manager again
- Get euros (or alternative foreign currency) to use on arrival
1-3 days prior to move
- Arrange with your neighbours/council (if parking restrictions apply) for a parking space to be available for the removals lorry
- Pack suitcases for your journey, ensuring you have easy access to toiletries and fresh clothing if you have any overnight stops
On the day of your move
- Before our moving vehicles arrive, double check every room and cupboard to ensure you haven’t left anything behind
- Relax – let us co-ordinate your move!
Our checklist is thorough but not extensive – to ensure we can plan for every aspect of your move, speak to us directly and inform your project manager of everything!