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8 steps to organising an international move

| Anna |

  1. Saying goodbye to your flat and neighbours.
  2. Organising and sorting things out.
  3. Order and organise the move.
  4. Finding a new flat and sorting out the associated paperwork.
  5. Moving to a new place.
  6. Change address and other details.
  7. Dealing with basic formalities in the new place.
  8. Meeting new people and acclimatising to new place.

Saying goodbye to neighbours before moving

When saying goodbye to your neighbours, it is important to thank them for their kindness and good neighbourliness. You can say something like: “I would like to thank you sincerely for being such good neighbours. I really appreciate that you have welcomed me so kindly and supported me in difficult times. Thank you for being so wonderful!” One could also add: “I wish you all the best. I hope our paths will cross again one day.”

Segregating belongings before moving

Before you move, go through all your belongings carefully and divide them into three groups:

  • things you want to take with you ,
  • things you can sell or give away ,
  • things that need to be thrown away.
    The first step in sorting things out is to remove all unnecessary items. The first step in sorting things out is to remove all the things you don’t need and then determine which things you can sell or give away. These items should be put away in a specially designated area. Finally, it remains to throw away the items that are no longer suitable.

Organising the move

  • Evaluate your needs: determine the size of your move and decide whether you need the services of a professional removal company or just the help of family and friends;
  • compare removal companies: check out suitable removal companies, their prices and customer reviews;
  • place your order: choose the offer you are interested in and order the service;
  • Organise your belongings: start by unpacking your unwanted items and sorting them for discarding, then start packing your belongings for the move;
  • prepare the destination flat: wash and vacuum your new flat before the removal company arrives;
  • rearrange your furniture: if you have specific plans for how you want your furniture to look in your new flat, then you can set it up yourself;
  • prepare all the necessary documents: prepare all the documents you will need for the move;
  • set a date for the move: set an exact date with the removal company and make sure everything is ready on time.

Finding a new place to move to

Preparing a list of criteria that your dream house/apartment should meet is the most important point. It is also a good idea to look through the adverts and select the most interesting offers. Once you have made your choice, it is a good idea to arrange meetings with landlords. Negotiate the terms of the lease. Check the property and landlord documents. Agree on the rent and payment terms. Sign the tenancy agreement. Apply to the building administration to settle the flat fees. Finally, the most pleasant, check in and live in your new flat.

Moving to a new place

Once you have moved to your new place, register with the relevant authority to access public services such as schools, health clinics and more. Also start getting to know people in your new place. Ask friends and family for help and contact local social and religious organisations to get in touch. Follow local laws and rules. Read local newspapers and magazines to find out more about your new place.

Formalities when moving internationally

  • registration – report to the town hall or local authority to register at your new address;
  • vehicle registration – report to the nearest Transport Department to change your vehicle registration address;
  • change of bank address – go to your bank to change your address or open a new account;
  • change of address in identity card – report to the Civil Affairs Department or the Municipal Office to change the address in your identity card;
  • change of address on driving licence – go to the nearest Department of Motor Vehicles to change your address on your driving licence;
  • health insurance – go to the nearest branch of your insurer to change your address and/or take out a new insurance contract.

Getting acclimatised to your new place after a move

  • prepare for the new place by checking information about it and finding out what the expectations are;
  • slowly build up your social network, trying to make friends with the people you meet;
  • attend social events in the area to meet new people;
  • be open and honest with people; be sincere in your own introductions;
  • try to take every opportunity to meet people and make new relationships;
  • visit different places where you can meet new people;
  • pay attention to your surroundings and be willing to work with people;
  • smile and be helpful to others;
  • learn from other people and take part in discussions;
  • discover your strengths and start using them in a new situation.