Whenever it’s time to make a big move, there are so many things to consider. Although it can be stressful, by making a checklist and asking some important questions, you will be less likely to forget things. Hopefully, the list below will give you some ideas of things to consider as you make preparations for (moving to Ireland)…

1) Have you researched your new country? Every country has its own set of policies, standards, and way of living. Go to the library and local travel agencies and learn about your new country. What do the people eat? How do they dress? What routines do most local people have? What do they dislike from foreigners? What is the easiest and cheapest way to get around? How can you easily make acquaintances in the new country? There are so many things to learn and understand that will make your transition easier for you.

2) Do you have a budget? It’s vital to have a workable budget where you figure everything you will have to pay for. This can include your shipping costs for transporting your belongings overseas, lodging and food when you arrive, airline tickets, insurance and other important expenses that you must consider ahead of time.

3) Are you going to take your vehicle, store it or sell it? Every country has its own means of transportation. Many people who move abroad do not take their cars, but use the public transportation system to travel. If you do decide to take your automobile, get quotes on (international auto shipping) as soon as possible. Your car can be shipped in a separate container or it can be driven on and off the cargo ship. Consider your options based on how much you want to pay and the care you want to be given to your vehicle.

4) Have you taken proper care of your health? Make an appointment for a routine physical exam with your regular physician, explaining your moving plans. There may be immunizations or other precautions that can be necessary for you to move. Also, if you have any medical conditions that require special management or prescriptions, you will want to know that you will be taken care of until you can get moved and settled in your new country. Dental work and eye care also need to be attended to before you you’re your move.

5) Have you contacted an international moving company? They will need to make a list of your items to give you an estimated moving cost. It is best to get an estimate from at least three worldwide moving companies so you can compare cost and services offered. Getting suggestions from friends or family can be most helpful, such as learning that (international moving New York) will provide great customer service and support, along with reasonable pricing.

6) Have you checked on insurance policies? There are many different kinds of insurance to think about – health, life, property and travel – these are some of the most significant ones. This is something that needs to be looked into right away, as it can take awhile for policies to be approved. Do not take anything for granted, but take time to make sure everything is covered in case of any type of accident or misfortune.

7) Have you learned anything about the Irish language? Although English is the primary language of Ireland, it would be most helpful to learn some Irish. You are going to see Irish words in many places, along with some people speaking the Irish language. The Irish language is also taught in the Irish public school system. Also, this will help you to make friends effortlessly and promptly, which will help you to feel at home in your new home.

8) Have you taken care of bills, credit cards and banking? You need to contact your creditors to let them know that you are moving. Make sure your credit cards are accepted in other countries. Your bank needs to know that you are moving and whether or not you are going to keep your accounts open. Open a banking account that is acceptable worldwide, along with a worldwide credit card. They will need to know how to contact you through mail, email and phone if you have accounts based in the states.

9) Have you forwarded your mail and email? You will need to fill out paperwork at the post office to get your mail sent to your new address. Because you are moving, you may have to change your email as well. Be sure and let your friends, family and business acquaintances know ahead of time so they will know how to get in contact with you after you move.

10) Are you ready for this? When moving overseas, remember that not everything will go as planned. You will become aggravated sometimes, so plan on it. You may not get your visas as soon as you anticipated, you may get held up over trivial things, or it may cost more than you planned. Be prepared to be flexible during this period of adjustment.

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Written by Einat Mazafi
Einat Mazafi is the owner of NY International Shipping, an International Shipping and moving company based in New York. She is also a specialist in providing the best relocation solutions to clients worldwide.