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International House Moving Tips

What's in this article?
  1. International House Moving Tips For Moving Abroad
  2. Get Minimalist
  3. Visas & Passports
  4. Overseas Home Moving Medical & Banking Preparations
  5. Insurance & Medical
  6. Finances & Banking
  7. International Moving Resources
  8. Cheap Moving Rates & Time To Move Examples
  9. Related Information & Faq
International Moving Tips

International House Moving: Tips For Moving Abroad

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.

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Get Minimalist

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!

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Visas & Passports

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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Overseas Home Moving: Medical & Banking Preparations

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.

Insurance & Medical

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.

Opening A Bank Account

Finances & Banking

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 Resources

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.

Cheap Moving Rates & Time To Move Examples

To / FromDistanceCost (2 BR)Cost (3 BR)Cost (4 BR)Estimated Time In Transit
El Mirage, AZ to Raleigh, NC1907 miles$4,180 – $5,423$6,527 – $8,871$8,871 – $12,9855 - 7 days
Atlanta, GA to Carmichael, CA2070 miles$4,608 – $5,891$7,030 – $9,447$9,447 – $13,9006 - 8 days
Montrose, CO to Davenport, IA1101 miles$1,981 - $2,422$2,642 - $2,972$3,523. - $4,0734 - 6 days
Seattle, WA to Hapeville, GA2181 miles$4,637 – $5,959$7,033 – $9,524$9,524 – $13,9166 - 8 days
Detroit, IL to Filer, ID1251 miles$2,612 – $3,561$4,405 – $6,199$6,199 – $9,4874 - 6 days
Gillette, WY to Kingman, KS604 miles$2,701 – $3,404$4,030 – $5,265$5,265 – $7,5963 - 5 days
Minnetonka, MN to Philadelphia, PA989 miles$3,445 – $4,346$5,148 – $6,853$6,853 – $9,9793 - 5 days
Egg Harbor, NJ to Cleveland, OH487 miles$876 – $1,071$1,168 – $1,314$1,558 – $1,8013 - 5 days
Hampden, PA to Leesburg, VA80 miles$1,884 – $2,142$2,553 – $3,433$3,433 – $4,7212 - 3 days
Wilsonville, OR to Cumberland, RI2535 miles$5,122 – $6,592$7,797 – $10,464$10,464 – $15,4706 - 8 days

*Prices and times are estimated. They can vary depending on the season and other factors.

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