6 Mistakes When Moving Overseas
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Moving overseas is generally a very exciting time in your life. However, you know that it's not going to be an easy job. Considering how many things need to be done and the huge change to your life, it's certainly worth taking the time to think about what to realistically expect.
Regardless of your reason for moving, you will never regret doing things the right way. It may only take you a day or two to get to your new country, but it will truly take weeks or months of ocean shipping for your belongings to get there. Can a person make mistakes when moving internationally, wishing they had done things differently? Absolutely. There are so many things to consider, that regardless of how well you do, you are going to have a regret or two. Avoiding extra time, money and stress are the most important factors to consider.
1) One major mistake that people make when moving overseas is
to think of it as an escape. Making an international move is
much different than taking a vacation overseas. Regardless of where one
lives, there are going to be stresses, disappointments and problems. As
a matter of fact, moving in itself can be quite stressful, perhaps causing
you to periodically wonder if you should move at all.
2) Don't be unrealistic about what you are doing. You
are going to have to continue working, paying bills and dealing with relationships,
no matter where you live. It's important to have a positive mindset and
yet know that the move will be stressful at times and also know that day-to-day
living will commence. All of your problems are not going to miraculously
disappear by making an international move. In fact, it's best to resolve
as many issues as possible before moving and therefore, feel like you
can move on with your life rather than escaping from current problems.
3) Don't expect things to be the same in your new country, but
plan on lots of change. Don't ever forget that you are now the
foreigner, the visitor, the stranger in this new country. It's most likely
that you will make some mistakes and be misunderstood from time to time.
For example, if you are moving to England, you will find that they live
by an entirely different set of rules and regulations. Rather than argue
or complain about this, just accept the fact that you are no longer in
your home country. Also, if you complain or argue too much, people in
your new country will begin to dislike you because you will appear arrogant
4) Do not insult their weather, rules, homes, laws, culture, cars
or food. Slowly acclimate yourself, being kind and courteous
at all times. In some countries, people are more formal at first, so accept
that and be polite in all circumstances. Do not try to act like you know
everything. Unless you are absolutely positive of the correct usage, do
not use their slang and never try to speak with their accent. You will
be amazed at how helpful people will be if you remain respectful and courteous
and ask for their assistance.
5) Do not make any long-term commitments to anyone. Your
move is likely based on some type of relationship with friends, employers,
and business associates. These people are going to try to help you make
good choices about moving, getting a job, a home, etc. However, it is
important to remember to give yourself plenty of time before making any
commitments at all. The very best intentions do not always work out, so
give yourself time to learn a few things about your new country, associates,
real estate, and other important things before signing your name on the
line. You need to reserve the right to your own preferences by waiting
and avoiding a bad situation later. Before signing any major contracts
for a job, car or home, plan to spend several months, even a year, to
make sure you are making the right decisions.
6) Don't wait to find a reputable international moving company.
Most likely, you are going to have to ship by ocean in order to move all
of your belongings. You have paid good money for your belongings and you
need to know that they will be well taken care of. As soon as you know
that you are moving overseas, you need to start getting information from
various moving companies. You need to get a minimum of three quotes from
reputable international moving companies. It's possible that you do not
yet have your visas yet, but representatives from the companies will need
time to come to your home and access everything to go on your inventory
form. They will need to know about every single thing in your home that
needs to be moved.
There are always possible problems, especially during the difficult task of relocating. Thankfully, most of them can be avoided by careful thought and planning. Give yourself plenty of time and realize that although you might make some mistakes along the way, you will soon be in your new country, learning a new culture, and broadening your horizons.
Are you moving to England or another country overseas? Don't forget to make moving and shipping plans ahead of time. We are a family-owned international moving company in New York, certified by FMC as worldwide movers. Please visit our website today for more information!
Published - May 2010
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