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Moving Internationally Can Be a Beautiful Thing

Watching the Olympic games unfold in Rio, I’m reminded of what a beautiful world ours is and what wonderful people inhabit it. Moving internationally enables people to explore the world while learning about themselves. When Weleski’s international movers help people relocate, I like to think we’re helping them to personally experience that beauty and wonder.

In one way, an overseas move can be like going to another world. Different language, unfamiliar customs, strange food. In another way, it can be like moving to another state. At least we try to make it seem that easy.

Amsterdam at Sunrise

It’s not the distance per se that makes an international relocation different. (Did you know it’s twice as far from New York to Los Angeles as it is from Miami to Panama City, Panama?) Rather, the red tape of differing legalities between countries is the primary differentiator.  Here are a few of the things to be mindful of.

Downsize your move. The extent of your downsizing can depend on how long you intend to be overseas. In general, the fewer things you take, the easier and more affordable your move will be. Establishing a furnished residence in your new country could end up saving you money.

Keep things separate. Don’t include these items when you pack your household goods:  passport or I.D., currency, important papers, jewelry, photos and keepsakes. For a more specific list of items you should transport yourself, check out Atlas’s list of personal belongings.

Important papers. You need ready access to several documents: such as your passport, work visa, birth certificate, marriage certificate, academic record, medical record, health insurance information, life insurance policy numbers, social security card, list of important contacts (personal and professional) and phone numbers. You might also snap a photo of each document to keep on your mobile device — and back the document images up with “cloud storage,” e.g., Google Drive.

Driving. What are the requirements for driving in your new country? Do you have to take a test before you can obtain a license? Be sure you are legally authorized and insured before you get behind the wheel.

London at nightMoney. How much will you need for miscellaneous expenses as you travel? If your bank doesn’t have international reach, you’ll often need your new address and your passport to open a bank account in a foreign country. Try looking into banking options before you leave so you can focus more on your international adventure.

Immunizations. Check the requirements for the country you are going to and make sure you are up to date on required vaccinations. The same goes for pets. Do they meet requirements for entry in the country? In the locale and housing unit?

Getting started. It’s a good idea to get estimates from at least two, if not three, moving companies with international capabilities. Ask questions, such as which insurance option is best for your circumstances. And ask for references, then contact those customers and ask if they would use the mover again.

This isn’t a comprehensive list of everything you will need to consider when moving internationally, but it’s a good start. You can read more about our international relocation services here. Or, send us a message with your question.  We’re glad to show you how moving internationally can be a beautiful thing.

What to Expect when Relocating for your Job

Moving Jobs

Moving can be both exhilarating and overwhelming at the same time, especially if you are relocating for a job. But don’t worry! Atlas Van Lines surveyed companies to reveal what you might expect in terms of reimbursement and relocation support.

Both moving and changing jobs have been identified as two of the top ten major stressors in life. Moving for a job, hits on both at the same time. But, Employers offer benefits, services and reimbursement to ease the transition.

The assistance comes in three forms: moving expense reimbursement, employment assistance for your spouse, and housing-related support.

1. Moving Expense Reimbursement

Moving Expenses: One thing that is not in short supply during a move.

A lot of the stress from moving is caused by the expenses! However, 96% of employers surveyed pay for part of the relocation and over 50% cover the entire move. This is great news whether your company covers it all or just partially, you do not have to bare the entire expense on your own. Some of the expenses included may be packing all your items, unpacking your items, moving an automobile (or two), and even moving pets. These inclusions may not seem all that important, but any expense you do not have to pay helps the bottom line.

2. Spousal Jobs 

Don’t let the fear of your spouse not having a job hold your family back.

Completely picking up your life and moving to a new location can be taxing for not only your bank account, but your spouse as well. 42% of companies surveyed said that they would assist the employee’s spouse in finding a new job. Some of the assistance provided could be anything ranging from networking assistance all the way to finding employment within the company. This is a great way to cut down on some of the stress relocation can cause on your entire family.

3. Housing-related issues

You may have a new home, but what happens with the old one?

The obvious goal associated with relocation is selling or renting the home you currently live in. 65% of the companies stated that they would help with the housing issues that may make it difficult for the employee to take the new position. Specifically if the sale is taking longer than anticipated, 72% said they would provide extended temporary housing benefits.

Life is all about constant changes and many companies are willing to help you make the next change easier.

Check out the So your job asked you to relocate infographic from Atlas Van Lines.