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How to prepare for your big move abroad

Those who have moved house in the past know just how much preparation and planning it can take to ensure everything runs smoothly. It’s no surprise then that packing your bags and moving to a new country altogether isn’t as stress-free as one might hope. If you’ve found your new dream home and are currently planning your big move, take a look at these tips on some of the things you should prepare before moving abroad.

Narrow down your items

First things first, you’ll need to make sure you gather all your most important belongings that you want to take with you to your new home. Expensive items like beds, sofas or any other pieces of furniture that you can’t bare leaving are all essential for making your new house feel like home. Make sure you narrow down your items by sorting them into categories – what can and can’t be replaced? You might find that many of the items in your current home are easily replaceable, and it may be easier to just pass these onto another family member or friend.

Prepare your belongings

Once you have an idea of what items you’ll be taking with you, it’s time to sort out any packing essentials that will help the process run more smoothly. If you’re taking large items like a mattress, it’s important to invest in a mattress bag for moving to protect from any damage. Other bits and bobs should be kept in heavy duty packing boxes to give you peace of mind that they’re safe and sound during the journey.

Choose a shipping service

While moving items in the same city can often be done quite easily, you’ll need a lot more than the help of a friendly family member for your big move abroad. Although you’ll be able to take some bits with you in your baggage, you’ll need to find a good moving company to get the bulk of your items from A to B. Moving companies will help you work out the best shipping plan for you depending on the amount of items you have and arrange for these to be delivered to your new country, so it’s well worth looking into.

Arrange for pets to be moved

If you have furry friends that are coming along with you, this is another area you’ll need to make arrangements for. Different requirements apply depending on which part of the world you’re moving to, and there’s also additional factors to consider including the temperature of your new country, vaccinations, and blood tests for your pet. Since travelling can get very stressful for animals, it’s also important to make any necessary arrangements to ensure your animal remains as comfortable as possible throughout the journey.

Do you have any other tips and advice on moving to a new country? Let us know in the comments below.

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