How to Avoid Common Mistakes When Moving Internationally

When you plan on relocating overseas, there are a number of things that you will have to do in order to make the transition smoothly. From hiring a moving company, to getting your documentation in order, to finding a new place to live and work, there is a long list that you will have to check off before your move is complete. Naturally, you might overlook some things on the list. Here are the most common mistakes that people make when they decide to move overseas.

To start with, quite often people do not do enough research about the place they are going to move to before deciding to move there. A lot of people vacation in a spot and feel like it would be a great place to live. However a vacation is completely different than permanently moving. If you live near a tourist destination, you know that people treat tourists completely different than they do locals. They know that the people they are dealing with will be leaving soon, so they put on an act to try to get the most money from them that they can. You will want to find out about living conditions, government regulations, cultural differences, language barriers, entertainment spots, work availability, and a variety of other facets of the new place you plan on moving. You can never do enough research, and each thing you look up will give you a greater understanding of what daily life is like for a resident of a particular area, rather than just a visitor.

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Another common mistake is not budgeting enough money for your move. One thing that people often overlook is the taxes and duties that you will have to pay when relocating overseas. Every item that you bring with you has the possibility of having a duty, or fee, that you will have to pay in order to bring it in, if you are allowed to bring it in at all. Furthermore, you will need to budget for life right after your move. If you have just enough money to cover your moving expenses, you might find yourself in big trouble once you arrive in your new home. It is smart to figure out the cost of living in your new home, and budget a couple months’ worth of finances to cover that. You might find it difficult to find a job, or find it expensive to get around once you get there. You need to have a failsafe in case things do not go exactly as planned. Also keep in mind that it usually costs money to process any paperwork that you will have to submit to actually move all of your things and set up residency.

Speaking of documentation, a lot of people will overlook, forget, or not keep up to date the documents that you will need to move. While you will want to have things like identification, birth certificates for you and your family, and social security information, you will also need to have things like a passport, a work visa, insurance for your things, customs documentation, a bill of lading for your items shipped by boat, and any moving documents that the moving company gives you. If you are confused by the exact number of documents to bring, call the American embassy in your new land and make sure you have everything that you need to move there, as every country will require different things.

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One other mistake that people often make is using an international moving company that they are uncomfortable with, is unqualified to handle the move, or is an outright scam. Just as you will want to research the land you are moving to, also research the moving company that you are planning on using. Moving internationally is a lot different from moving domestically, and you will want to use a company, like Allied International, that can handle it. You need experience, insurance options, and a company that offers affordable rates. As stated above, there are a lot of documents that you will need, and a lot of factors involved in getting your items through customs. You will need to find a company that is experienced in that field.

Moving overseas is a gigantic step, so you will want to make sure that you are ready for it on all levels. This includes financially, with documentation, and even emotionally. Being so far away from your home can take a toll on a human being, and not every deals with it in the same way, or can handle it at all. Make sure that you are committed to your move, because it will cost you a great deal to reverse your decision once you get there.  

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