3 Questions to Ask Before an International Move

Before you start an international move, ask these three questions. Are you planning for an upcoming international move? Moving to another country adds an extra wrinkle to the move. So, before you plan to move internationally, ask and answer the following questions to avoid any hiccups during the process.

Do I Own Anything That’s Illegal in My New Country?

If you want to bring certain plants, animals, weapons or foods to your new home country, you’ll have to decide if it’s legal to do so. Many countries have laws that make it illegal to own or be in possession of things that are legal in the United States. Even if something is legal to own, be sure you fully understand how to get the item through customs. You’ll need to be sure you complete the necessary paperwork properly so the item doesn’t get held up by government officials.

Decide If You Really Want to Take Something with You

International moves are expensive, especially those that span across oceans. Every item you decide to pack takes up space and weight that adds to the overall cost of the move. Figure out if moving the item is worth this cost. You'll also need to consider the cost of replacement. It might be cheaper to sell or give an item away in your former country then buy a new version of it in your new country.

How Will My Belongings Travel?

One way to decide if something is worth taking with you is to understand how it will travel. If you move across the world, there’s a good chance your belongings will take a long time to reach you in your new country. Even if the financial cost of moving a particular item is worth it, you may be without the item for several weeks as it travels thousands of miles and gets through customs. Before packing it up, make sure you're okay with being without it for a long time. If you need assistance in planning your international move, contact our team at Nilson Van and Storage. Our professional moving company understands what it takes to get your belongings to your new country as seamlessly as possible.

Whether your move is big or small, our skilled movers are dedicated to helping you every step of the way, no matter where life takes you.