4 Things to do to Prepare for Your Move outside the Country

Posted by on Oct 5 | 2015

You’ve been offered a job in a new country and you’re now considering the next step in the process. What do you need to do to ensure a seamless transition into the new country, and how can you minimize your stress levels during this process?

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In this article, we’re exploring the answers to these questions as we present you with four things you can do to prepare for your move outside the country.

1. Buy a Cell Phone that Works Internationally

It’s a small element of our daily lives but, for many, a cell phone is a must-have accessory. It’s important to consider how you will use your cell phone from the moment you enter your new country.

For the first few weeks in the new country, it’s essential that your current phone operates over the GSM network, which is used throughout Europe and Latin America. Once you arrive, you can then assess your options as you may be able to find a more affordable option than using your current Canadian cell phone plan.

2. Ensure All Mail is Re-directed

While the vast majority of us now depend upon our email for our day-to-day communications, the old fashioned door-to-door mail is still important.

Government information and banking communications will likely be sent through regular mail and it’s important that all mailing information is updated so that you keep receiving your mail. Remember to update all government identification such as your passport and driver’s license to ensure you’re ready for the move.

3. Visit Your Local Doctor

It might be some time before you’re able to set up a schedule with a medical professional in your new country. Before you go, try to visit your local doctor for one last time to undergo a physical exam. This will also help alleviate any medical concerns you might have at this time, reducing part of the stress of the moving process.

4. Make Sure All Arrangements have been Made for Your Arrival

Before you leave, remember to speak with your representatives at the destination country to ensure your new home is ready for your arrival. This can help ensure you don’t spend the first few days in your new country in a cramped hotel waiting for the new home to be ready for you. It’s likely that these considerations will be covered by your relocation team and your employer, but remaining in the loop will help you be reassured that everything will go smoothly.

By learning the preparation process and analyzing your needs as you move to a new country, you can eliminate many of the challenges others have faced when going through this process. To learn more, speak with our trusted team directly!

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