Things You Need to Do Before Relocating to Another Country

Moving is a necessary evil.

You can’t stay in your native country when you’re not making as much money as you should for the kind of job you’re doing. And your opportunities are not going to widen when you limit yourself to only one place.

So you’ve packed your bags and set your sights on a mysterious land. No. Not Narnia. Just another country that is completely different from your own — from the language down to the customs.

In this land, you’ve heard many wonderful things; things that have lured many other expats such as yourself. In fact, there are so many expats in this new country of yours that it barely feels like you’ve arrived in a foreign country at all. That is, until you learn about new rules on banking and the new neighborhood you’ve picked turns out to be terrible — you can’t move because you’ve had to pay your rent a year in advance.

Hopefully, these situations will have met you in a bad dream.

So you might still have time before you start packing up and leaving all that is familiar to you.

Here are some things you should do before you relocate to that mysterious land:

Make proper arrangements for anything you’ll leave behind.

If you own property or have several possessions you don’t want to bring over to your new country, get them settled. You can get a trusted family member to look over your property for you, while you make a new life in your new country. You can also put all your belongings in a reliable storage facility.

When you’re moving with the family, don’t surprise the kids by telling them you’re doing it a week from now. Give everyone time to process the idea and to say goodbye to friends.

Familiarize yourself with neighborhoods before committing to an apartment.

Here’s where it pays to rely on a relocation service; this agency can do a home search on your behalf, and because they have locals on their staff, you’re bound to get a thorough evaluation of the properties and best areas to rent in. You do not want to be stuck with a lengthy lease in a high-rise where neighbors are noisy or disruptive.

Get all your documents in order.

Different countries require different documents, and with them, varying processes. For instance, in the UAE, you will need to get specific papers attested.

This process lets authorities know that your documents are genuine. It’s a critical procedure for having your residency visa processed.

Among the documents you may need attested are your birth certificate, educational certificates, marriage certificate, and other such papers.

Get real accounts from other expats.

Finally, it pays to get your stories straight from the people who have actually lived in the country you intend to move into. From getting around in a private car or public transport system to dealing with different leasing agreements, you should be fully aware of what you are getting into.

Because while the country looks “shiny and new” from afar, when you put it under a microscope, it may reveal a few things you’re not willing to live with — so think long and hard.

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