6 Steps to Planning Your Move Overseas

As we grow older we regret more about the things we didn’t do than the things that we did do and therefore, as Mark Twain said, “…Explore. Dream. Discover.”

This is a very exciting and, understandably, a very nerve-wracking task to undertake. However, moving abroad doesn’t have to be as daunting as it might sound.

There are several steps to take that will make the transition to a new country as smooth as possible. Make a to-do list with the following steps of action:

  • TEMPORARY ACCOMMODATIONS FIRST

This tip is mostly intended for people who are moving to their new country blindly. Comfortable accommodations are mandatory to a peaceful transition.

Unless a person has such accommodations already confirmed, finding a fully furnished temporary accommodation is the best way to start this process. This gives one time to find a permanent home in person rather than over the internet.

  • STORE IT!

Tuck personal belongings and furnishings safely away in a locked and secured storage facility. Such facilities will be able to set up automatic payments so there are no worries that the valued items, which will not be taken abroad, are safe and secure.

  • DAYTIME HIDES THE NIGHT

If it is possible to visit the new home town before moving, be sure to visit during evening hours. An apartment complex, city street or suburban area may appear lovely and quiet during the day, but it could be a totally different story at night.

  • COMMUTING COSTS

Be sure to know the exact costs for commuting from the chosen temporary housing or permanent housing.

All major cities in almost every country will list the price for train, subway or bus tickets from one port to another. If a location has higher rents, the costs could be countered by lower commuting charges.

  • HANDLE FINANCES

Make a list of all the utility bills, memberships and standing orders that need to be cancelled. Many people who move abroad get so caught up in tending to business in their new country that they forget to end all financial business in their native country.

  • GOOGLE EARTH

Don’t forget about the power of the internet when it comes to remote viewing capability! Use Google Earth to see selected addresses and street views in seconds. Just download Google Earth and plug in the street address.

The site/app is free and will appear as an icon on the desktop once it is downloaded. This site even allows one to view the actual distance between an address and, for instance, the nearest train station or subway stop.

Image by warrenski and licensed through Creative Commons.

Paul Benjamin is a member of the friendly, expert staff at EZ Storage, a self storage company with over 30 years in the business, you can learn more about EZ Storage at www.ezmini.com.

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