If moving house is stressful, then moving overseas can be truly overwhelming. Unless that is, you follow the sage advice you’ll find in the post below.
Know what you want in a home
OK, so in a perfect world you would have a new home sorted before you even embarked on your overseas move. However, practically this is not always possible, because not everyone wants to take on a property that they have not had the chance to visit in person.
With that in mind, you can make the process of finding a new home in a new country easier in several ways. The first is to make sure you know what you want out of your new property. Do you want a city or rural location? Is an apartment OK, or do you need a house? Will you need a garden and/or garage?
It’s also a smart idea to connect with a real estate agent who can start sending you potential properties to look at before you leave your home country. Then you can start looking around for new places as quickly as possible when you arrive.
Pack only the essentials when you move
Next, if you want your overseas move to run smoothly, then you must pack only the essentials that you will need. This is because shipping container space, and luggage weight both come at a premium so you’ll need to be very picky about the items you bring.
Most people pack clothing, small items, and important documents in their luggage when moving overseas. Then use professional movers that specialize in long distances to help them transport larger or more heavy items that they will need. Such movers can usually provide storage for any items that individuals do not want to get rid of but also do not want to ship overseas.
Make sure you have permission to live and work in your new location
When moving overseas it’s also crucial that you have the right permissions both to live and to work in your new location. Such permissions differ from country to country so you must research and apply for these well beforehand.
Often getting a VISA that allows you to work in a specific country is a lot easier if an employer that operates in the country can sponsor you. This shows that you will not be an economic burden, and so means you are much more likely to get in.
Make a plan for staying connected with friends and family back home
Last of all, moving overseas can be very isolating, especially in the beginning and that is why it’s a very good idea to make sure you make a clear plan of how you will stay in contact with friends and loved ones back home.
For instance, you’ll want to pre-arrange a time that works for both you and your loved ones for a regular video call, as well as an amount of time that if they have not heard from you they should contact the authorities to check you are OK.