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There’s a million things to think about when you’re planning to move to another country. Your life is going to be different, maybe drastically so, and there’s some common sense preparations you can make to ease the transition. These tips cover some of the common preparations you’ll want to get out in front of before moving and there are additional resources at the bottom of the page. We encourage readers to contact us with any questions.
If you’re making the big move to another country to live and work there, you’re first inclination is to bring all of your creature comforts with you. You’ll need to fight this urge and try to get as minimalist as possible in preparation for your move.
This means taking only what is essential to you. Even things that may be necessary, like a bed or kitchen table, can be more easily and affordably purchased in your new country.
If possible, it can be helpful to sell off the items you won’t be taking with you. This way, you’ll have some extra money to help you with the move, as well as the added benefit of having less stuff to take with you. If there are some things you can’t part with, but won’t need to take with you, storage is always an option.
While you’re de-cluttering, keep in mind that some of your favorite food items may not be as readily available in some countries. Depending on where you’re going, things like peanut butter or cream cheese may not be easy to get your hands on. Make sure you understand what’s available and what you should bring with you!
It’s obvious that you’ll need a visa and passport in your new country, but make sure they are valid for a sufficient amount of time for you to get situated and establish your local residence. Whether your stay is temporary or long-term, you’ll need to make sure you have the proper paperwork in order. By the same token, understanding the legal rules and timeframes in which you’ll need to accomplish any residency tasks is important to know.
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Two of the most important (and sometimes overlooked) aspects of moving abroad are medical care and banking. Both are things that are fairly simple to navigate in the U.S., but it’s not always that simple in other countries. This section covers the basics of what you’ll need to know.
Health insurance and medical care are key components to getting settled in any new place, especially another country. Make sure you have things arranged well ahead of time if you require regular medical care or prescription drugs—it’s not a bad idea to plan in advance just to find a general practitioner or primary care physician either. Don’t forget about any medical devices or supplies you might need.
It’s highly advisable to research the requirements for opening a bank account in your new country. In most cases, you’ll need to establish local residency and employment so give yourself a financial cushion to allow time for that. In some countries, you may need a local resident to vouch for you to open an account so make sure you are aware of the requirements. It’s a very good idea to have access to an emergency fund of money just in case.
International Moving Guide - A thorough guide that includes many of the most popular topics and frequently asked questions about moving to a new country.
Transitions Abroad - A long established website that has helpful information for expats living abroad, whether it’s for work, volunteering, study abroad programs, or just moving to a new country. You’ll find that many of the most important overseas moving topics are discussed there.
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.
Due to the nature of my work, I must relocate every couple of years to where my company needs me. Because of this, I’ve tested several moving and auto transport companies over the years.
And my choice in terms of auto transport has to be A1 Auto Transport. It’s in the name, but also in the quality with which they do their jobs. I’ve never had a problem with this company.
The only time my shipment was delayed was during winter when a snowstorm closed down all the major roads. And they still found an alternative and got my car delivered before roads got unstuck.
When I moved to West Virginia, they picked up my car the very day I called them. I like to think they take special care of me considering all the business I’ve sent them. I’ll continue to support A1 Auto Transport. It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.
I considered selling my car when I moved to Washington. It was old and rusty, but I grew attached to it. So, I called a couple companies to transport it to my new home, but they both fell through.
The first one couldn’t decide on a schedule. He would constantly change the pickup date till I got frustrated and canceled. The second was insufferable, very rude on the phone, even worse in person.
They started picking a part my car asking me why I still have it. If that’s their opinion of my vehicle, how can I trust they’ll take care of it? If something happened midway, why wouldn’t they just blame it on the car instead of paying up?
So, I cancelled this company as well and turned to A1 Auto Transport. From the get go, they were very different from my past options. Their website was very professional and up to date, full of useful information. I requested a quote using their online form, and I got an email response within an hour. Surprisingly fast!
If I didn’t know any better, I would’ve thought they were lacking customers, but the email spoke for itself. In just one email, everything I needed to know was there, including a contact number I could use to get more information or confirm the transport.
I called and got things rolling. I was very pleased with the driver. He followed standard procedure and represented his company well. Can’t remember his name, but props to him!
The car arrived in Washington 6 days later in excellent condition. From what I understand, the transport was delayed a bit by a storm, but since the time window was 4-6 days from the beginning, I don’t really care. You have my full support and recommendation!
There are a lot of options for auto transport these days, which surprisingly makes it harder to find a good company. I received more than 10 offers to ship my car, but I couldn’t decide on any of them.
After doing some research, I got even more worried reading about all the scams and accidents that can happen. But, I have work to do and couldn’t afford to drive my newly purchased Mini Cooper all the way to Virginia.
Fortunately, I made the right choice with A1 Auto Transport. They are very good at their jobs. I spent more than an hour drilling Joe with various questions, and he never once lost his patience. He saw I was interested, so he bore with me until I was satisfied. The driver was also very courteous and my car was intact on arrival. I couldn’t have asked for more.
By the way, the price we first agreed on stayed the same. There were no delays or unexpected “surprises.” I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.
We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10! We chose them to move our car from California to Vermont, since we needed professionals.
We were abroad during the transport, so the transport was a bit tricky. The driver had to pick it up from storage on short notice and get it to its destination within at most 10 days. I was happy to note it arrived sooner. We got it 3 days early, right when we got home to pick it up. It made getting around way easier. Awesome service!
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