How to Prepare for an Overseas Move

There’s no denying that moving is stressful, and moving overseas is even more so. But there are plenty of ways to reduce your stress. It’s true that moving to a new country is a big deal and could quite possibly be one of the most stressful things you do in your life. However, by being well-organised and planning ahead, you can limit the stress and ensure things run smoothly and efficiently.

Does it Stay or Does it Go?

First things first: you need to figure out how much ‘stuff’ you really have. It’s quite staggering the amount of material possessions we accumulate over the years. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that moving is easier and cheaper when you have less stuff to account for. If your work is covering the cost of your move, happy days! If not, no need to fret; just get a bit ruthless and figure out what you really need to take and what needs to stay.

Sell, Sell, Sell!

Once you’ve identified all the items you need to take with you, it’s time to find new homes for all the things you’ll be leaving behind. You may have friends and family you’d like to give certain items as well as supporting charities by donating your household goods. For big-ticket items (e.g. white goods and cars), get out the camera and get online to create some ads. The more time you give yourself to do this, the more likely you are to get the prices you want rather than just running a ‘fire-sale’ and being forced to accept low offers. Even if your work is funding your relocation, extra cash is never a bad thing.

Storage Salvation

The process of sorting through all of your possessions can be quite overwhelming. It also takes up loads of space as you create piles of things to take, things to donate, things to sell and things to throw out. This can create clutter which is not good for staying focused and on task. To simplify the whole process, outsource the problem by getting some extra self-storage space. Check out companies like Fort Knox Storage, who provide different size spaces that you can rent on a temporary basis. This will help you to keep items clearly separated and will make things run a lot more smoothly.

Magical Movers

If you’re organizing your overseas move (rather than your work), you’ll need to hire a removalist with international experience. When choosing a moving company, don’t just go for the cheapest prices, but make sure you pick someone reputable with solid reviews by real customers. Given the different quarantine and customs requirements set by each country, using an experienced removalist can minimize delays and will ensure you get into your new home sooner. Be sure to check the details of their insurance and what they will do if they cause any breakage or damage to your items.

An international move is a big deal and with it comes excitement, anticipation, and a fair bit of stress and hard work. By planning ahead and being methodical, you can streamline the whole process and reduce the tension and strain on yourself and others. This will allow you to get on with the important task of settling into your new home and your new life.


About Christa Thompson

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Christa Thompson is the Founder and Chief Editor of The Fairytale Traveler. She started traveling the world in 2003 when she attended a summer abroad study at the University of Cambridge in England. Since then, her wanderlust has been fierce. Her three passions in life are her son, traveling, and being creative. The Fairytale Traveler brand gives Christa the opportunity to do all of these things and to live intentionally every day. "It's never too late to believe in what you love and to pursue your dreams." -Christa Thompson

2 Comments on this post

  1. What perfect timing as I was just asking about this on my Facebook! Great Information very informative! I had never heard of a removalist. I’ll just be taking my 3 bags 🙂

    Danielle / Reply
  2. Hey thanks for sharing these helpful tips! Decluttering your stuff and selling what’s unnecessary is the only way to stay organized before moving! Greetings, Man With Van Islington Ltd.

    Daniel / Reply

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