Moving for Diplomats
So you’ve just landed your dream job in diplomacy? Congratulations! This can be a momentous time in your life, but it can also be stressful, especially when working on your relocation.
There are many things to take into account when planning your move, and if you are not prepared, it can be overwhelming. That is why we have put together this list of time-tested tips to help make your transition smooth and stress-free! Follow these tips, and you’ll be able to settle into your new home with ease!
Do Your Research
It’s important to know what kind of neighborhood you’ll be moving into before making any decisions about where to live or how much money should be invested in a home purchase vs. rent. Of course, you’ll want to live in a safe and friendly community.
Once you find the perfect neighborhood for you, make a list of all the important contacts (utilities, internet service providers, etc.) in your neighborhood and ask them about their services and charges, so there are no surprises when it comes to getting things set up at your new home.
Make Sure Your Family Is On Board
International moving is not only about you but your family as well! Make sure that everyone in the household is on board with the move before you start planning.
If you have kids, make sure they understand what’s going on with the move and give them enough time to say goodbye before leaving their friends. Also, if you have pets, make sure they’re prepared for the move. Talk with a vet about vaccinations and other health requirements that may be necessary before the move.
Get the Paperwork Done Early
Before moving internationally, it’s essential to get all of your paperwork in order. You should make sure that you have valid identification such as a passport, driver’s license (or international driving permit), birth certificate, visa, and any other relevant documents required for entry into the new country. Also, be sure to alert the bank and post office about your move.
Create a Moving Timeline
Moving can be a time-consuming process, so it’s good to create a plan that you can work on in stages. A timeline is a great way to break down the process into manageable parts and ensure that nothing gets forgotten along the way.
Decide What to Take with You and What to Leave at Home
A great way to save money when moving is by getting rid of unnecessary items. As such, take the time to decide what items will be taken with you and what can stay behind. You can sell or donate some of your belongings, so they don’t end up in storage.
Start Packing and Do It Wisely
Pack up your belongings in advance so that they are ready to go when the moving truck arrives. When packing, make sure you make lists and check them twice. This will help ensure that everything is done correctly and that you do not miss anything important.
It’s also a good idea to label your boxes with both their contents and where they should be placed in your new home. This will make it easier for the movers and you when you’re unpacking.
Take Your Time!
Do not try to plan your move in a few days. This is not only unrealistic, but it can also lead to stress and chaos. Instead, pace yourself and take your time with each task. This will help you stay organized and calm throughout the process.
Hire a Professional Moving Company
Relocating can be a daunting task, so it’s advisable to hire a professional moving company that will take the burden of loading, unloading, and organizing your items off of your shoulders. Make sure you choose a moving company with vast experience in helping diplomats move their belongings.
In the weeks leading up to your move, try to relax and prepare yourself, at least mentally, for all the changes that are about to happen.
We hope these tips will help minimize uncertainty and make your move a success.