6 tips to prepare your international move
January 3, 2017
Don’t leave anything to chance and take the advice of experienced expats before leaving Switzerland
“I thought that planning my move abroad would be like planning my holidays – explains a 28-year old expat who has been for two years in Germany- buying the flight tickets, choosing an accommodation and then beginning an exciting adventure abroad. But then, after some research, I noticed that this “adventure” would be much more complex than I’d expected…”
Whether you are a student, a young professional or a parent, moving abroad will be a new, enjoyable and, of course, unforgettable experience. You will leave your comfort zone, improve your career opportunities and soak up a new culture – and probably language. But as this expat says, planning a relocation is a bit more complex than preparing a regular tip. Sorting out permits and visas, finding international shipping companies, looking for an accommodation… It’s natural to feel overwhelmed with all the details that need to be taken care of.
And here it’s when the advice of previous expats is useful. Follow these six tips from experienced expats, and you’ll see how your stress levels decrease as the big day approaches!
Contact your international mover with time
Especially if you aren’t really flexible with your moving and arrival dates, you should try to contact international shipping companies as soon as possible. Otherwise, you might not be able to move on your desired date. These usually means at least 12 weeks before your preferred moving date – but as said, the sooner the better.
Settle your utility bills
Before moving out of Switzerland, you should let the utility companies know that you are leaving. Do this with some notice – some people would suggest up to five months in advance from your moving date. And of course, don’t forget to pay the last utility bills.
Sort out your banking
It’s a good idea to inform your bank about your move and to keep your bank accounts in Switzerland opened for a short to medium term (to settle the last bills, for example). Before you travel, remember to notify the bank – you don’t want to have your credit card blocked in the middle of the journey!
Taking your pet with you
Unfortunately, moving your pet overseas will require some extra work too. Probably, you will need some documents and vaccinations. Also, animals need to travel in approved pet containers and by approved routes – which might mean that you cannot travel on the same flight as your pet. And depending on the destination, some animals might require a period of quarantine. To erase doubts, the best is to contact an experienced specialist on pet transfers.
When the moving day comes…
Have all your belongings ready, make sure all the furniture is empty and check you have all your important documents with you. If you live in the center, in a tiny street or in a place with no parking space, you might need to make special allowances for the parking space of the removal truck. Contact your local council in advance so this can be arranged.
Do you already have a moving date? Then ask for a moving quote and don’t delay your move planning!