Moving Overseas for Work

movingGone are the days where people started their career and stayed in the same town, with the same company until they retired. Nowadays, companies are operating in a global marketplace, and employees are as likely to be transferred to Beijing or Sydney as they are to Basingstoke or Swindon. Starting a new life overseas is exciting and a great opportunity, but what is the best way to deal with the practical issues that such a move poses?

Relocation

Most companies who recruit staff from overseas or send employees to work in offices abroad will have a department dedicated to assisting with the relocation. This assistance will include help with finding accommodation, recommendations about the best international removal companies, such as Sterling Relocation to use and financial help towards meeting all of the costs. Given the shift towards increased relocation for work, these companies are not in short supply. If the move is not permanent, it may be better to put things into storage here in the UK and renting a furnished home overseas so the expense of moving everything around the world is not incurred twice.

Settling In

Moving into a new city or country can be a daunting experience, especially if it is a country where English is not the first language. Luckily, there is more than likely to be many others in the same position, and the ex-pat network can be a valuable resource when getting to know other families. Moving abroad with children can seem extra complex, but often a whole new network of friends is based around schools, playgroups and children’s clubs. Take up every offer of coffee, tea or nights out and it will be easy to start to get to know people.

Possessions

If you have decided to take the option of a permanent move and have decided to ship everything overseas with you, international moving companies will assist you with all of the paperwork and explain the best methods from getting your things from A to B. It can take as long as three months for a shipping container to make it from the UK to Australia or the west coast of the USA, so when packing consider what are the bare minimum items which the family will need for their first few weeks in their new home. A good international moving company can advise on the safest and most cost-effective way of getting items which are too big or bulky to go in baggage on the aeroplane to your final destination.

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