Easy steps for planning an overseas move from Russia
January 6, 2016
If you are seeking a new and exciting adventure then moving to a new place might bring you that much needed change. Some of the benefits of moving abroad usually include better job opportunities, soaking up a new culture and making new friends.
Once you have made the decision to move the stressful task of planning begins and it’s natural to feel overwhelmed with all the details that need to be taken care of. Here are a few steps you should follow to help plan your move and minimize stress.
If you need to make special allowances for parking space for the removal lorry on moving day, contact the local commune so they can arrange this with the authorities.
As is the case with any move, there are utility bills that will need to be paid for. Electricity, Gas, council tax and any other bills will need to be up to date and it’s advisable to let the companies know up to three months in advance.
It’s a good idea to opt for a mail re-direct so that when you leave you don’t need to return to collect important letters and so that things don’t get lost. Some post offices provide fairly cheap deals so that you can inform companies that you have moved, as well as family and friends.
If you have children ensure you give the school a reasonable amount of notice before your moving date. Review if there are any outstanding bills for school fees, transport or meals to be settled before you move.
Ask for recent reports and certificates of grades passed by your child as you will need to pass these on to the new school. It’s a good idea to leave your new address with the school so you don’t miss out on any correspondence.
You should keep open your bank account in Russia for a short period to settle final bills and expenses. Any direct debits in place should be cancelled and credit card companies will need to be notified of your moving. Many banks allow clients to close accounts and change addresses online.
Moving your pets overseas will require documentation and possible additional vaccinations or medical treatment. Depending on the destination, some animals may require a period of quarantine.
Travelling within the EU with pets with passports (cats, dogs and ferrets) is relatively straightforward, relocating to a non-EU country may be more complicated.