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Take the Headache Out of International Relocation

Nov 06, 2018

While moving to another country is an exciting event, the process can be overwhelming. Aside from making travel arrangements, handling important documents and filing the right paperwork, and taking care of real estate issues in two different nations, the actual packing and relocation process itself can be a daunting task that’s best handled with plenty of help.
One of the best things you can do to take the headache out of international relocation is to hire professional international movers to help you with the process. A reputable, efficient team of moving professionals can provide invaluable assistance to those planning an international move, from the very start of your relocation process to the final unpacking of the last box in your new home.

International Relocation Tips 

At North Coast Moving & Storage, our Seattle international movers have helped thousands of customers arrange carefully planned and perfectly executed international relocations. We’ve learned a lot about the process through our years of experience as one of the area’s favorite Seattle international moving companies, and are eager to share our favorite tips and tricks on how to make moving abroad an easy, seamless experience.

1. Passports, Visas, and Other Important Paperwork

When moving abroad, be sure to carefully research the paperwork you’ll need to file before relocating, including your passport and visa applications and other documents. Make sure to know when you need to file this paperwork and in what office, in order to receive the necessary documents in time before your move. This is especially important for moving your business overseas, which may mean more forms and paperwork to file than when considering a residential move.

It is recommended to go to an immigration office of your destination country even if your employer will be providing visas and work permits. Contact your local government agency if you need help with this step.

2. Booking Seattle International Relocation Services

Moving abroad is no easy task, and a reputable moving company like North Coast Moving & Storage can help you make the process a lot easier with tailored services for planning, logistics, and the shipping of household/business goods to your new country.

North Coast Moving & Storage, for example, is backed by global reach giant Allied Van Lines, which allows us to provide affiliations in other countries and effective resources locally and overseas for your hassle-free move. So wherever you need to relocate, our company have the skills, transportation, and capacity to cater to your needs.

3. Get Rid of What You Absolutely Don’t Need

Keep in mind that shipping to another country can be expensive, so it is important to declutter and dispose of items that you shouldn’t bring with you overseas.

When packing, take great care to separate items you don’t use or want and sell, donate, or give them away to others. It could also be of great help to obtain a floor plan of your new living quarters to determine what you really need to take, and what you won’t.

4. Research on the Country

If you’re moving to an unfamiliar country, it is highly recommended to do your own research to know what to expect once you get there. You can find a lot of guides through the internet which can help you get an idea of what it’s like to live in or do business there. In addition to learning where important institutions are located, like schools, banks, hospitals, and other areas, you might also want to also learn about the particular country’s important days and public holidays. Needless to say, foreign language learning should also be at the top of your list of things to begin researching and practicing, if applicable.

5. Change of Address and Finances

Notify the relevant government agencies of your change of address and find out the new policies regarding your tax laws for citizens living abroad. Also, it would be helpful if you also know the tax policies in your new country of choice as well, and how they may or may not apply to you—especially if moving your business there.

North Coast Moving: Your Trusted Seattle International Moving Company

At North Coast Moving & Storage, we’re the area’s leading experts in international relocation management. Backed by industry-leading van line Allied Van Lines, our company is skilled in making smooth and efficient international moves, with expert planning, logistics, shipping services, and so much more, be it an overseas relocation to our neighbors in the Americas, we have the skills and transportation you need.

As an agent of Allied Van Lines, we have over 500 agents in North America and accommodating representatives in more than 135 countries across the world. Our services include packing, custom crating, customs clearance, destination services, storage, vehicle shipping, and many more.

To learn more about our Seattle international relocation services, give us a call now or fill out our online form to receive information on how you can schedule a free, in-home pricing estimate today.