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Moving Abroad? Do These Four Things First!

Last Updated on: 14th January 2024, 06:45 am

So you’re making a big move over international borders, or maybe even across the ocean. As exciting as a worldwide relocation may be, residential moving of this scope is never easy. In fact, it can be downright stressful—but it doesn’t have to be.

At AMS Bekins, we’ve been helping families move around the world since 1949, and our San Jose international movers are well versed in every step of the global relocation process. Make your next journey easy by following four of our best international moving tips!

1. Get to Know Your New Home

Whether you’re being transferred for work or are simply moving for the fun of it, the first step is to spend some time learning about and understanding your new home. Browse travel books, internet forums, and popular travel sites to learn more about the food, culture, housing, language, and social norms of your new country.

2. Prepare Your Essential Documents

Once you arrive at your destination, you may find it difficult to obtain or replace your essential documents—which are often necessary to rent housing, enroll in school, and maintain employment.

So before you go, be sure the following documents are secure and up-to-date:

  • Passports
  • Background checks (if necessary)
  • Diplomas/transcripts
  • Medical records

3. Think About Your Pets

Planning to take your furry friends? Then make sure you’ve done your research about animal transportation and in-country regulations. Some countries require specific blood tests and microchips, while others have mandatory quarantine periods. You don’t want to be surprised—or worse, turned away—when you arrive with your cat or dog in tow!

4. Have a Plan for Your Belongings

Unless you’re hoping to backpack your way to your new home, you probably have a lot of household items to take—from smaller things like clothing and electronics to larger items like vehicles. While it’s possible to arrange transport yourself, it’s much easier to work with a San Jose international moving company.

By trusting your belongings to skilled international movers, you can get help with critical aspects like:

  • Packing
  • Cargo/vehicle shipping
  • Customs clearance
  • Shipment tracking
  • Storage

If you’re making a move around the world, you deserve nothing less than the expertise, professionalism, and care of AMS Bekins! With the support of a dedicated move coordinator, our San Jose residential moving experts can take you and your family anywhere you need to go. Call us today to learn more about our international movers, or request your free moving quote by completing our simple online form now!


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