The ultimate international moving checklist

So, you are planning to relocate abroad, you have come to the right place. It is always a stressful and messy “business” to move abroad. Especially, if you need to move your whole family and maybe even your car as well. Let’s not waste too much time and jump on to the ultimate international moving checklist.

Do the research

The first thing you need to put on your international moving checklist is finding out whether you need a visa or some kind of permanent residence permit to actually reside in the country of your choice. Secondly, before you hire NJ movers find out what are legislative differences between here and there, because sometimes some things that are normal in one place are completely forbidden in another.

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An international move requires a lot of research

Sort out your finances

Before you cross off the actual day of the relocation of your international moving checklist, you need to:

  • Contact your local tax department in order to avoid double taxation.
  • Open a new bank account in a local bank and try to do it before you arrive
  • If you are moving some valuable items, count on import taxes
  • Deal with all utilities, on both locations
  • Investigate how much are monthly living costs
  • Prepare contingency budget
  • Decide whether you want to have insurance or not
  • If you don’t already have a job, do research on the situation on the job market
  • If you are going to stay there for some time, think about your savings and pension fund

Lastly, get a couple of estimates from moving companies in order to get the best price. But you need international movers NJ you can rely on.

Health and Healthcare

As health (or the health of family members) is the most important thing in one person’s life it will get special attention. Healthcare is very different across the globe. In Europe, for example, in most countries, healthcare is free, you just have to know where to submit your papers. Private health care is there for extra precaution if you feel there is a need for it.

Inoculations and vaccines are for some countries a must even before you arrive. They will probably ask for conformation from a doctor’s office when you are applying for a visa. If someone in your family needs regular doses of a particular medication, make sure you have a stock. Or find out where you can resupply easily.

Also, if you own a pet, they will need vaccines as well. You may have to arrange some quarantines in some situations until your pet is cleared and released back to you.

Necessary documentation

Without these documents, don’t even think of going on the road:

  • Passports
  • Birth and marriage certificate
  • Proof of citizenship
  • Vaccination, medical, and dental records
  • International driving license
  • Insurance policies
  • Academic records and diploma/s
  • Previous employment records, if it is possible to obtain
  • Proof of residence and/or your new job
  • Will and testament
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You will need to prepare a lot of documentation

Couple of things to end with

Have a talk with your financial advisor about how are your assets going to be handled. You may decide to sell or rent your house or condo, or even car. Or maybe you want to ship your car as well?

If you have some mail subscriptions, you may want to cancel them or assign them to your new address.

If you are moving your kids, take care of their education, depending on the local language, you may need to enroll them in some international private schools. And those are not cheap. So make sure to investigate them long before you start making the international moving checklist in the first place. Best of luck!

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