Organizing a move can be crazy enough when you're moving across town or to another state--but planning for an international move from Little Rock can take your stress to the next level! Fortunately, if an international move is coming up for you, a little preparation and foresight can go a long way in ensuring a seamless relocation in your move from Little Rock. Not sure where to begin? We've got some thoughts to help you get started.
Investigate Documentation Requirements
One of the most perplexing and likely time-consuming parts of planning an international move is examining all of the documentation that is necessary. You will need to figure out, for instance, whether you will need a passport, a visa, or a different form of documentation to legally relocate. Don’t forget that applying and getting approved for a passport or visa can take some time, so this is not something you'll want to put off until the last minute.
Even after you have reached your new home, you will want to have already completed your investigation on the steps you will need to take to acquire a driver's license, legal identification, or other essential documentation quickly.
Pare Down Your Possessions in Little Rock
Shipping your belongings from here to there is commonly the most adept (and economical) option for an international move. Likewise, as you may imagine, international shipping of bulkly items (such as furniture) is not cheap. Therefore, it's best to pare down your things as much as possible prior to embarking on your international move.
One viable option to consider in the months or weeks before your move is having a garage sale to get rid of some of the things you don't plan on taking with you. This can be a good way to acquire some extra money (which can be used to offset those international shipping costs) and decrease the total amount of "stuff" you will need to have relocated.
Certainly, if you plan on your international move being temporary, you will also want to ponder putting the bulk of your things into storage until you come back to Little Rock.
Confer with a Financial Advisor
Taxes might be the last thing on your mind when you are planning an international move, but trust us on this one. Your tax scenario will automatically become more complex when you move internationally; there is really no way around it, so the best thing you can do is to think ahead by consulting with a tax or financial advisor before you move. He or she should be able to aid you in figuring out important facets of your new-found tax situation, such as where your fiscal residency will be and what special steps you may need to take when it comes time to file your taxes for the current year.
Schedule Your Moving Services
Last but definitely not least, don't forget to set up your international moving services as far in advance as possible. Setting up an in-home estimate is the best way to get an correct quote for your international move while also making sure you discuss the exact services (packing, shipping, delivery, unpacking, etc.) to suit your unique needs.
Planning an international move from Little Rock can be fun, but it can also be an anxious time--so be sure you plan in advance and locate the right mover to trust with all your moving needs!