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Overseas Moving Checklist

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Follow all the steps in this moving overseas checklist to manage your move abroad like a pro.

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  • 3 Months Before Moving

  • 1
    Decide what to do with your current housing: rent out, sell, or terminate lease.
  • 2
    Look into storage costs for storing personal possessions in your home country rather than shipping them to the new destination.
  • 3
    Choose the moving company and set a date for the movers to pack your belongings.
  • 4
    Consider a small airfreight shipment of essential items that you would like to be there on your arrival.
  • 5
    Choose a relocation agent and inform them of your accommodation and schooling needs
  • 6
    Inform your children’s school that you will be moving abroad and ask for transfer certificates and any information which will be relevant when you move.
  • 7
    Book your air tickets and hotels if they are required.
  • 8
    Check quarantine requirements in your destination country and arrange pet relocation.
  • 9
    Create a folder with all hard copies and paperwork of the important documents and create a file on your computer for all of your saved files.
  • 10
    Obtain original copies of important documents like:
  • 11
    Passports
  • 12
    Driving license(s)
  • 13
    Birth certificate(s)
  • 14
    Wedding certificate(s)
  • 15
    School report(s)
  • 16
    Work references
  • 17
    Medical reports
  • 18
    Check the documentation requirements for the country you are moving to
  • 19
    Create a tax and finance folder with any information which can be claimed back on tax.
  • 20
    Make a checklist of all packing boxes and what will go in each one.
  • 21
    Print out change of address cards to hand to friends and family and let everyone important know about your departure and change of address.
  • 22
    If you are renting out your house and do not have any tenants yet, contact local rental agencies for their help.
  • 23
    Start packing items which you do not need in the next three months such as ornaments, books, photos, jewellery and out of season clothes
  • 24
    If you are selling your house, put it on the market.
  • 25
    If your national driving license needs renewing, do so before you leave.
  • 2 Months Before Moving

  • 26
    If you are selling anything such as a car or any household equipment, put everything on the market.
  • 27
    Check all insurance policies and organise your visas if you need to.
  • 28
    Organise leaving parties for yourself and your children.
  • 29
    Contact the post office to set up their mail re-routing service.
  • 3 Months Before Moving

  • 1
    Decide what to do with your current housing: rent out, sell, or terminate lease.
  • 2
    Look into storage costs for storing personal possessions in your home country rather than shipping them to the new destination.
  • 3
    Choose the moving company and set a date for the movers to pack your belongings.
  • 4
    Consider a small airfreight shipment of essential items that you would like to be there on your arrival.
  • 5
    Choose a relocation agent and inform them of your accommodation and schooling needs
  • 6
    Inform your children’s school that you will be moving abroad and ask for transfer certificates and any information which will be relevant when you move.
  • 7
    Book your air tickets and hotels if they are required.
  • 8
    Check quarantine requirements in your destination country and arrange pet relocation.
  • 9
    Create a folder with all hard copies and paperwork of the important documents and create a file on your computer for all of your saved files.
  • 10
    Obtain original copies of important documents like:
  • 11
    Passports
  • 12
    Driving license(s)
  • 13
    Birth certificate(s)
  • 14
    Wedding certificate(s)
  • 15
    School report(s)
  • 16
    Work references
  • 17
    Medical reports
  • 18
    Check the documentation requirements for the country you are moving to
  • 19
    Create a tax and finance folder with any information which can be claimed back on tax.
  • 20
    Make a checklist of all packing boxes and what will go in each one.
  • 21
    Print out change of address cards to hand to friends and family and let everyone important know about your departure and change of address.
  • 22
    If you are renting out your house and do not have any tenants yet, contact local rental agencies for their help.
  • 23
    Start packing items which you do not need in the next three months such as ornaments, books, photos, jewellery and out of season clothes
  • 24
    If you are selling your house, put it on the market.
  • 25
    If your national driving license needs renewing, do so before you leave.
  • 2 Months Before Moving

  • 26
    If you are selling anything such as a car or any household equipment, put everything on the market.
  • 27
    Check all insurance policies and organise your visas if you need to.
  • 28
    Organise leaving parties for yourself and your children.
  • 29
    Contact the post office to set up their mail re-routing service.
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