It’s finally happened! You’ve landed a dream job in Paris! Or London! Or Moscow! Or maybe even Kyoto! After the thrill of new prospects dies down a little though, you will have to figure out how to get all of your things overseas, what international movers to use, and what to take, which can be quite a headache if you don’t heed some simple advise. Thankfully, you found this article, so half of your worries are over.
The first thing to do when you’re preparing to move abroad is to consider what you can afford to leave behind. This will depend on how long your intended stay will be. If you are only going for a relatively short period, like six months to a year, then it might be best if you simply pack your things in boxes and put them in storage and take only clothing. That would save you much of the cost of international movers, and then you would only have to move your things from your home to storage to wherever you go when you return. But if you’re planning on staying overseas for an extended period, you will likely have to take some things with you. In this case, you will have to do some research: what sort of electrical supply is used in your destination country? Many people don’t realize that often you couldn’t use things like lamps in a foreign country because there the electricity runs at a different power level. So, if your appliances don’t match your destination, you can either store them or sell them or make a trip to the good will. Your vehicle, if you have one, can be shipped, though it would pay to look into the costs of shipment and determine whether or not doing so is worth it.
After you’ve worked out what exactly you want the international movers to move for you, you can set about packing. This can be a source of frustration, because it is actually wiser most times to have a professional packing company do the work for you, even though it might appear a bit expensive. When your things have so far to travel, it is best to leave their care to professionals–and this way you can see about getting your possessions insured against damage.