So you have decided to make the United States of America your new home? Well, there are a few things you need to plan before moving to the US to make your move much simpler and pain free. From shipping to accommodation there are a number of things to take into account before you set sail for another land. Here are five important things to plan before you depart….
Moving countries is not as simple as moving suburbs in the same city. Trucks don’t go overseas! For this reason you need to shop around looking for a reputable shipping company. Keep in mind the cost, but also the time your belongings arrive. Some companies will give you extremely low prices but you goods may take two months to get there. Make sure you get multiple quotes and work out exactly when you need your belongings in the US, having your goods arrive too early serves no purpose (this will just add storage costs onto your moving costs).
You will need to plan storage for either before you depart or when your goods arrive in the US, perhaps both. Self storage can be arranged for before you depart but your goods may arrive before you arrive in the states, so enquiring with your shipping company about storage costs is a necessity. Most shipping companies will provide storage at a cost and this should be taken into account when booking your shipping company. If you are planning to store your goods for a prolonged period of time, you may need to arrange another storage company for when your equipment arrives in the US (this can often provide a cheaper alternative).
All goods and equipment entering the United States of America will require customs clearance and a reputable customs broker should be utilized for this purpose. Most shipping companies can provide this service for an additional cost and this should be taken into account when booking your shipping. It may take up to a week to have your goods cleared through customs and there may be taxes and import fees involved. Check with our customs broker for fees and taxes.
No matter how well you plan your move, you will still need some form of temporary accommodation. It is most likely that this may be for a period of a few weeks rather than a few days, make sure you shop around and find a hotel or apartment close to where you plan on living. This will make it much easier and much more cost effective when transporting goods and paying for taxis and transportation. Often you can get holiday apartments at weekly or monthly rates and this may be the best option if you want to save a few pennies.
Your new home
When you first arrive in the United States life will be much easier if you have researched and planned where you want to live. It is most likely that you will be renting a property and you will not be able to arrange this until you arrive in the US, so having an idea of where you would like to live and having details of real estate agents in the area will make it run a lot smoother. Contacting real estate agents before you leave to arrange viewings of properties is often a good idea, this will save you time and get you into your new home sooner.
Moving to a new country is a major event in anyone’s life, but if you follow these five simple tips when moving to the US, it will be hassle free and less time consuming.
Tom has been working for international movers for the last 4 years. Tom enjoys blogging about moving and especially help people move house easily.