moving overseas

Moving to a new country is a thrilling and exciting event. Soon you will explore a whole new world with many new opportunities.  Here are some tips that can help you with your overseas move – things to know before moving overseas:

Decide on the country.

Before rushing to book overseas movers, make sure that you have decided on the right country. Many of the moves are due to job opportunities for example, but along with a fancy new job, you should also embrace the new country. See, you may love the job, but what if you lose interest in the country and the local culture. Wouldn’t that be frustrating? How will you bear it?

Gather a lot of information about the country you are about to move – history, culture, cost of living, job and real estate market, health care, educational opportunities and last but not least – entertainment.

Before considering relocation to a particular country, check the visa options.

That is quite an important matter to deal with once you choose the country. Research the requirements for foreigners to live and work legally in the particular country. The US, for example, has strict requirements regarding the visa permits. Requirements vary depending on the country you are coming from. Many countries have a point-based system for evaluation of your skills and education level like Canada.

Thereby, look through the country’s immigration department website to find out all the requirements you have to comply with, so you live and work in the country.

What do you know about the culture? Do you know the language?

If you are planning to move to a country with a completely different culture and language from yours, then you will have to take some time to prepare yourself. Determine how much of an issue it will be to deal with the language and the culture. You should consider a language course.

What about your occupation?

As important as it is to know the country which you are moving to, it is even more important to find a job in advance. Many people relocate due to a job opportunity or because their current company offers them a new position abroad. However, if you are about to look for a job abroad, you should start as soon as you decide on the country you are moving to.

Research the job opportunities. Be prepared you might not get the job of your dreams at first, but moving overseas without securing some income is quite an adventure, and it may turn out to be a bad-ending one.

You’d better save a few bucks prior to the big move.

Whether you have secured a job, or not, you should have more than enough money for the first month, at least.

Find overseas movers.

In order to experience a safe and smooth move, you have to find reliable overseas movers. Under Federal Law, overseas movers must be licensed or registered with the Federal Maritime Commission. They have to either be registered as a freight forwarder or as a non-vessel-operating common carrier. If you’re uncertain about the status of your chosen overseas movers, check their license number at the U.S. Department of Transportation. Take your time to research your international mover well.

You could also read some reviews and testimonials about the chosen movers before booking. Do not rush to schedule some randomly picked company, do your homework. Mind that many rogue movers give low estimates only to get your job and finally double, even triple your moving cost.

Overseas movers cost.

Your international moving costs will be based on the weight and volume of your items. Mind that most overseas movers have a minimum charge of about 200 c.f. For a two bedroom apartment – approximately 950 – 1000 c.f., you may expect an estimate of $4800-5500 if moving from UK to the USA for example. Packing labor and packing materials are charged separately. Full-service packing of a two bedroom home would cost you around $1000 – $1200.

Plan your moving budget well in advance, try to downsize. Leave all the items you are not using anymore – still-usable items are good for selling or donating, everything else you can do without goes to the garbage.

Usually, moving insurance price rates vary between 2-3.5% of the value of your items. When obtaining insurance, look through the insurance policy and if there is something you do not understand fully, just ask. Mind that most insurance providers will require that you opt for professional packing services in order to insure your stuff.

Author Bio: Manuella Irwin is a moving professional and one of the esteemed contributors at