3 simple ways to kick-start your international move

man and woman looking at map planning for international move

Moving internationally can give the impression that you’ll be swimming in a sea of paperwork waiting for your belongings to make the journey to your new home. While there are certain considerations that you need to account for during a move overseas, our experts have a few pointers to help you start planning for your international move.

Determine your needs

Determining if you’re moving everything or if it makes sense to temporarily or permanently store items that you don’t want to make the trip overseas is a simple way to get a grasp on the size of your move. It’s also important to define your timeline for travel. Once you know when you need to be in-country, you can start work with your mover to create a moving schedule. Depending on when you need to arrive at your new destination, arrangements should be made to have your essentials delivered around the same time, or shortly after, you arrive.

Once you have answered both of these questions you will be able to determine what type of mover you need and what your next steps should be.

Preview the destination

Make sure to plan a preview, or look-see, trip. A preview trip allows you to determine where you want to live and offers a glimpse into the surroundings, culture and customs at your new destination.

A preview trip can also allow you to get a better grasp on the language the locals speak, as many cultures speak one way in their homes and utilize another more formal version of that language in writing and day-to-day life.

If you’re moving overseas for business, most companies provide a look-see trip for you and your family. However, if you’re moving yourself, this can be expensive. Here is a great article on how to create a budget for a trip overseas. (https://blog.mint.com/travel-tips/how-to-create-a-budget-for-a-trip-abroad-033117/)

Cultural orientation

Through our network of qualified agents around the world, Suddath provides resources around the globe, helping you not only move your belongings to a new country, but help make a smooth, easy cultural transition for you and your family.

There are a number of online resources that you can use to familiarize yourself with your destination. We recommend starting with these:

Not all international movers are alike. Suddath is a FIDI-FAIMPLUS certified mover, and we always evaluate our agent partners to ensure they follow OMNI and FIDI best quality standards to the letter. If you’re thinking about making the jump across the pond, contact us, we’d be delighted to help you plan your international move.