Thursday, 26 August 2010

(Re)location, location, location

For an expat, making a second international move can often require a lot of time, especially when it comes to organising the associated logistics. There is much to think about, from what you want to take with you to what you need to sell, which accounts you need to close down and then what you need to plan ahead for in your next location. It leaves many pondering where to begin

Source: Marie Claire

Planning is therefore such a crucial part of this process and leaving as much time as possible to organise your state of affairs is a must. Start by making a list of the things that you need to get through before you leave – split this up into several sections to cover aspects such as:

• What you want to take with you to the next location
• What you want to sell and possible people to sell it to
• Things you need to close down, such as accounts with utility providers
• What needs to be planned for the next location, such as Visas and accommodation
• What experiences you still want to have before you leave – this one is important too as you need to make sure you make the most out of your current location!

It’s also important to line up a removals company early. Start by getting several quotes from good companies like Global Moving Systems or Crown Relocations and then line up a packing date so you have something to work towards.

Quite often time will run away from you, so making sure you have plenty of time to cover off everything will mean that you have more time to relax before you depart. It will also mean you can then prepare yourself for the other side of leaving – the emotional one, when you have say goodbye to your friends. Whilst this will always be sad, remember that it’s not all bad – ahead of you lies another adventure…

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