Transitioning to another home overseas or even halfway across the country can be a challenge, especially when moving for work. If you are part of a corporate relocation, you'll need to move swiftly and with a minimum of fuss. Your company will be waiting for you to get settled into a new home so you can get to work in the new office. Olsen & Fielding provides commercial relocation services for companies and their employees. We can help with all aspects of your move. However, there are few things you might want to take charge of yourself. Read on to find four essential tips for moving your family a long distance or internationally.
1. Arrange Your Visas
Whether you are moving for work or relocating for family, you can't live in another country without the proper visas. Your employer may be providing you with the appropriate work permits for your relocation. It's also a good idea to double-check what you'll need to do with an immigration office for the country you are moving too. Consider reaching out to the nearest embassy for the country to get assistance finding the right office to contact.
2. Keep Copies of Important Documents
Make copies of important documents for your family and keep them all on hand when you move. This includes, birth certificates, immunization records, driver's licenses, and immunization documents. You may even want to create a digital backup of your documents that are easy to access online or left with a trusted relative back home in the form of a USB drive. If necessary, you can request that they email you copies of whatever documents are needed.
3. Get Rid of Excess Belongings
When you move with Olsen & Fielding, like many other commercial relocation companies, you'll be charged by weight for shipping. The less you take with you, the lower your costs. Review your household with a stern eye and only take the things you'll really need or that you truly value. Consider donating old furniture or having a yard sale to bring in extra money. If you have family heirlooms, consider leaving them with a trusted relative or have us place them in long-term storage.
4. Keep Copies of Your Receipts
Using long distance movers for a work relocation is tax deductible in the United States, and you may also get some deductions in the country you are moving too. If you pay out-of-pocket for part or all of your relocation, keep your receipts and refer back to them for potential deductions when filing your taxes next year.
5. Reach Out To a Sacramento Moving Company Now!
It's best to get in touch with a moving company about arranging relocation services as early as you possibly can. We suggest reaching out to a mover one to three months before you plan on leaving. Summer is a very busy time for moving companies, so be aware that you might have difficulty scheduling services if you don't call early.
At Olsen & Fielding, we offer a full range of long distance household moving services for Sacramento customers. Whether you are seeking cross country or international movers, we have the experience and resources to make your relocation seamless. Find out more during a complimentary, in-home consultation with a moving price estimate. Our friendly representatives are available by phone or via our online contact form.
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