Moving is challenging, even if it’s just to the next street. When it comes to relocating overseas, there’s even more to consider, especially if your young family is joining you. But don’t let that distract you from the once in a lifetime opportunity to live, work and play in a new country!
Did you know that Grace Mobility can be your single point of contact for removal, immigration, relocation, mobility, tax, expense and travel services? Even so, there are a few things you’ll want to think about before jumping on the plane. We often find that when our clients know what to expect with an international relocation, the adjustment is much easier, so here are a few things that might help you too.
Visas and immigration
You’ll find it hard to get anywhere without the correct documentation. A Grace Mobility Specialist will be able to organise your visa and immigration documents, but you’ll need to ensure you have everything in order on your end too. Check your passports and make sure they’re up to date.
When it comes to travelling with your family, risks are probably something you’d rather not take. While most frequent flyers will opt for travel insurance, fewer choose to insure their belongings. We believe that looking after your things is an extension of looking after yourself. Regardless of how well you’ve packed, when your items are at the mercy of the seas, accidents can happen. Always plan for the unexpected and opt for insurance.
Although it depends on your level of cover, most overseas health insurance only covers emergencies. Seeing the doctor in your new country can be an expensive exercise if you’re not prepared or covered. Check to see if Australia has a reciprocal agreement with your destination and if not, find out what steps you need to take to get appropriate health cover. Before you leave, it’s always a good idea to get a check-up and take a copy of your records with you. And don’t forget the kids’ vaccinations records!
Preparing the children
Although our services take into account the younger members of the family, there are some things you can do to help them prepare for the big change. Allow them to get involved in the packing process so they have some control over the packing of their bedroom. If your children are really young, let them draw on and label their own moving boxes. Consider your children’s hobbies and interests and plan their enrolment in local sporting or social clubs at your new destination to help them expand their network of friends and settle into their new home sooner.
There’s nothing more frustrating than discovering your licence doesn’t cover car hire while you’re standing at the car rental office’s checkout queue. Don’t leave your licence to chance; get an international drivers permit before you leave. In some cases, it’s impossible to get one once you’ve left the country, so err on the side of caution. You can get an international licence for $39 – a small price to pay for freedom on the road. International drivers permits are usually only valid for 12 months, so consider getting a local licence in your destination country and check what you’ll need to prepare from Australia to get one.
Prepare the pets
Pets react very differently to moving house than we do. If you’re bringing your furry friend to your new country, you’ll need to start preparing them for the big changes ahead, well in advance. Get your pet comfortable with its travel crate a few weeks before they board the flight. Leave one of their favourite blankets and toys in the crate to provide a safe space for them. Don’t forget to visit your veneration to discuss any medical treatments your pet may need before, during and after the move.
Grace Mobility are here to help! Get in touch with us today to discuss your requirements and see what we can do to help make the move easier. We’ll act as your single point of coordination, getting you settled faster than you can say, “Adieu!”