Once in a while, life has a way of throwing you a curve ball in the form of a blessing. We are talking about those unexpected overseas job opportunities that are too good and too big to give up. And if it’s a job that allows you to take your family with you, how can you say no?
But moving a family, removing it from its roots and all that’s familiar can be daunting. Here are a few tips that may help make your move to another country a little easier.
Doing the research
Knowledge is the key to a complication free life. Do your research: about the place you’re moving to, the local specialties, what’s easily available and what’s not, the schools and parks closest to home, and most importantly the vaccinations that some countries have as mandatory. Also, it’s a good idea to take a few lessons on the local languages and customs to make sure you fit in well.
One of the most complicated parts about moving to another country. What do you do about your house? Sell it? Rent it? Keep it closed? These thoughts will be swimming through your mind. If you plan on selling it, put it in the market once you plans are fixed. This can be done up to three months ahead of your moving to make sure you sell your house to the right people and for the correct price.
If you plan on renting it out, get help from local renting companies and agencies to get the best results. While it’s possible to find tenants even without them, doing it with proper guidance will reduce the complications related to renting out your house.
And if you plan on keeping your house closed, pull out a favor from a friend or family member and have them check on the house, and maybe even let in some air regularly.
What do you sell and what do you keep? And what do you take with you? These are the things you need to carefully think about in regards of your household things. Put up the things you plan to sell well in advance. Not only will it help you organize the remaining things better, the money you get selling them can definitely come in handy. With the things you plan on keeping, make sure they are well packed and covered so that you don’t return home to damage goods.
For the things you want to take with you, make sure that these items are extremely vital, and that you cannot live without them. This is to cut down the shipping cost. Hire or buy a good shipping container. There are many relocating companies with reasonable shipping container hire.
Research different relocating companies to find the most reasonable shipping container hire that suits your budget.
The hardest and saddest part about moving; loosing friends. Making sure that you have your new address beforehand makes it easier to print out the “change of address cards”. These little things come in handy in making sure those who are important to you know how to get in touch with you. Having a Skype, Viber or even a Whatsapp account also helps a great deal to keep in touch. Believe us when we say that having contacts with your friends from back home helps a great deal when you’re trying to get over those “away from home blues” …