International Moving and Moving Checklist
Arranging shipments between any two points on the globe
UniGroup Worldwide UTS is the international transportation and move management subsidiary of UniGroup, Inc., along with sister companies United Van Lines and Mayflower Transit, the most trusted names in moving.
With more than 1,200 representatives, our global network is found in all of the world's major centres. UniGroup UTS successfully and economically relocates the personal possessions of tens of thousands of families each year.
For all your international moving needs:
Around the corner, across the country or anywhere in the world with a detailed moving checklist.
A range of overseas transportation services:
- Consolidation service to Europe and the United Kingdom
- Full Container service or Less than Container Load service (LCL)
- Sea & air shipments
- Origin services which include packing, wrapping, inventory and loading of effects
- Destination services which include delivery to residence, unloading, unwrapping, unpacking and removal of all debris.
INTERNATIONAL MOVING CHECKLIST
2 OR 3 MONTHS BEFORE THE MOVE
- Decide what to do with your current housing: rent out, sell, or terminate lease.
- Look into storage costs for storing personal possessions in your home country rather than shipping them to the new destination.
- Choose the moving company and set a date for the movers to pack your belongings.
- Obtain documentation from the moving company for the paperwork that you will need to complete for insurance, shipping and customs clearance of your personal possessions.
- Obtain original copies of important documents, i.e., passport(s), visa(s), driving license(s), birth certificate(s), wedding certificate(s), school reports(s), work references and medical reports.
- Arrange temporary accommodation for the period prior to the move (when having your house packed up) and in the new destination prior to the arrival of your belongings.
- Give notice to your child's school and request school reports.
- Investigate schooling in the new country.
- Investigate work opportunities for partner and/or children in the new country.
- Check on the quarantine laws regarding taking pets to the new country
- Consider whether private medical insurance will be required in the new country.
1 MONTH BEFORE THE MOVE
- Notify post office of change of address.
- Change of address notifications for any accounts that you wish to maintain (credit cards, etc.).
- Stop/transfer subscriptions.
- Cancel insurance policies, and check if you can get any money back for the period after the cancellation.
- Arrange to see your doctor and dentist. Obtain original copies of any medical reports and supplies of medication (find out the generic name in case you need to purchase medication in the new country).
- Order contact lenses, or spare glasses...Make a list of things to take, to leave behind and to buy.
- Find out whether your current bank has an overseas branch and if it can handle your future needs.
- Arrange for a statement of "no-claims" from your vehicle insurer.
- Sell things that you don't need or can't take with you. Take out advertisements for things to sell, have a garage sale, and donate things to charity.
3 WEEKS BEFORE THE MOVE
- Buy products you might need that aren't available or are cheaper in your home country than in the new destination.
- Send out notification of new address.
- Enjoy your time and friends before you leave. Make sure you get their e-mail addresses to stay in contact.
2 WEEKS BEFORE THE MOVE
- Arrange for transfer of bank accounts.
- Take pets to vet for immunization, obtain travel documents and records.
- Take care of any bills and investments.
- Arrange for any insurance requirements.
- Arrange for deliveries to be stopped.
1 WEEK BEFORE THE MOVE
- List all belongings to be moved, indicating a value for each (get forms from the moving company).
- Arrange for someone to look after children and pets during the packing.
2 DAYS BEFORE THE MOVE
- More packing and cleaning, leaving any cartons you pack open for inspection.
- Buy travelers cheques or obtain cash needed for the trip and your first week in your new location (credit cards can be used to get cash in your new country, but you will have to pay a commission).
- Deal with anything that needs to be picked up or taken back (e.g., dry cleaning, library books, videos, etc.).
1 DAY BEFORE THE MOVE
- Clean and dry all electrical appliances to avoid mildew.
- Decide if you want certain items to be packed together and group them together.
When you reach your destination, you'll naturally undergo a transition period while adapting to the new surroundings. The more you have pre-planned and prepared for your move using the above moving checklist, the easier your adjustment will be.