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5 Things to do Before You Move Overseas

Contributing Author August 18, 2021

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It’s a common vision. To raise a family, save money and eventually relocate abroad – preferably somewhere hot and sunny for the majority of the year. Moving abroad, on the other hand, isn’t as straightforward as packing your belongings and leaving; it comes with several obstacles along the road, which many people put off until it’s too late. Fortunately, if you follow good recommendations, you could be on your way to your dream beach home sooner than you think! Take a look at this detailed list of things to do before moving abroad.

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Find out what kind of mortgage to expect

Buying in a foreign country is not the same as living in the states. To buy a house or even drive a car in some countries, you must be a resident or the owner of a business. You should look into mortgage rates as well. So, if you wanted to move to Singapore, you’d first look into Singapore mortgage rates before packing your belongings and departing.

Check if you can apply for citizenship!

What you’ll need to legally live in the country you’re moving to is the one of the first things you should look into. Maybe they’ll want you to take a Citizenship & Naturalization exam or apply for a visa to live in their nation. Checking it out ahead of time will save you the disappointment of a postponed relocation date or, worse, being unable to relocate at all.

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Do you need to re-test for your drivers license? Check before you move.

Check out driving laws

Some countries need you to have a different type of driver’s licence or even take a different type of test than you would in the US, so it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the driving rules that will apply to you so that you don’t unwittingly breach the law. If you need to take more examinations or apply for a new licence, start the process before you move to avoid any delays once you’ve arrived.

Stock up on your favourite delicacies

Many people who move abroad make the mistake of not storing up on their favorite goodies. Whether it’s a cleaning item or a favorite meal, it’s a good idea to bring plenty of the things you love with you (unless you know your new country has it) so you can have some familiarity. Bulgaria has its own type of cheese, which is unlike anything you’d get in the United States. Take a trip to your new neighborhood and scope out the supermarkets before you move so you know what to anticipate when you arrive.

Understand how to access your money in a foreign country

Finally, in the country where you’re relocating, the method you could access your money may be dramatically different. It’s generally better to take cash out before going away to avoid ATM fees when you’re abroad, just like when you go on vacation. Consider opening bank accounts in your new nation of residency so that you can access your funds whenever you need them, without incurring any additional fees. This would be especially beneficial if you intend to continue working.

Use this checklist before moving abroad and you’ll soon be sipping cocktails in your new home wondering why you’ve not done it before!

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