Moving Abroad: De-Cluttering and Planning Ahead

There’s no bigger home improvement than packing up and moving to your dream location. Your decision to move abroad has probably been years in the making. Deliberating whether it’s right for you and your family is no easy task, but just by making the decision to move you’re already over the first hurdle. If you’ve never moved from country to country before, then the thought of shifting your whole life across an ocean can be incredibly daunting from a logistical point of view. To get you started, here are a few things that should be at the top of your to-do list.

Have a clear out

Sorting out what should stay and what should go needs to be the first thing you do. Anything that you don’t plan to take with you, or you know you can replace  once you’re there, should be sold or given away to friends and family or charities. Shipping is likely to cost you a lot of money, so it’s best to only take what you really need.

Contact a removal company

Presumably you’re still going to be taking a lot of stuff with you, even after having a clear out. You need to contact a removal company to make enquires at least 3-4 months before you plan to move, as shipping can take a long time and you don’t want to end up at the other side of the world with none of your belongings. You can have the removal company pack everything for you, or you can do it yourself, so that’s something you need to decide from the outset. Ensuring you have the right insurance for your belongings is vital, and if you have any special requirements for valuable items you need to let the removal company know. If you need to make an enquiry, check out Abels – International Removals.

Think about your future home

Once you’ve had a clear out, review what’s made the cut and try to visualise how everything will look in your new place. Now that your current home is off the market, you can always start planning future DIY projects and home improvements for your future house. At least having some idea of what you’re going to do with each room in the new house will mean you arrive prepared with a plan of action. That means less time will be spent living in limbo as you unpack and slowly redecorate, and you’ll feel at home in your new house as soon as possible.


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