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Domestic VS International Relocation - What You Need To Know

Friday, September 10, 2021
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There are so many aspects when it comes to moving. So much so that a lot of the time you would need either a relocation specialist or a move coach to help keep you on track, or to keep motivated. However, relocation can be boiled down to two types: domestic and international. Depending on where you are moving to and why one can be a touch more complex than the other. 

Documents for Moving

International Relocation

When it comes to moving overseas or moving to another country, then one of the most important things is to make sure all your papers are sorted out and up to date. Not just for you but for the people you will be moving with, be it a partner or your family. 

Passports are your gateway to other countries and other worlds. This is one of the most important documents, followed closely by visas, especially work or study visas. Therefore, you have to start the visa process as soon as possible, since it can take months to get one.  

Every country has its own set of rules when it comes to applying for a visa, so you should research what you need to get one. And, make sure that you have everything. You may get rejected the first time, but you can always try again if you can afford to. Applying for a visa will add to your relocation costs. Also book your plane tickets as soon as you can, the earlier the cheaper. And check about Covid-19 vaccinations too. As well as taking a PCR test.

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When you have made the move, it is a wise idea to also get the appropriate driver’s license for your new home. You may have to do a few classes to get used to the roads if they drive on the opposite side. 

Domestic Relocation 

However, if you are moving out of state to another one, aka doing domestic relocation you will not need a passport or visa. However, it would be a great idea to make sure that your driver’s license is suited for your new home. And make sure you change your address in your ID card.

Long Distance Relocation Options 

Housing Options

Another crucial aspect of moving, regardless of which type of move it is, is that you have somewhere to move into. That is why researching housing is needed. You can rent an apartment or rent a house until you find your forever home, but sort that all out before you make the move.

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International and Domestic Moves

There is a high chance that you are moving for work reasons. Therefore, you would require different types of housing situations, depending on how long your contract is for. If it is a short-term contract (a year) then you may opt to rent. However, if you are moving for work and family reasons/ to start a new life then you can start looking to buy a house/home in your new city. There is relocation assistance that can help you with all your housing needs, as well as give you tips when it comes to storage, the type of neighborhoods to look at, etc.  

Keep in mind that it will cost you to ship all your belongings from one place to another. It would be a wise move to sell, donate objects you no longer need or use, and shop around for new ones before you move to your new home. Shyft Marketplace is a great resource since it has a lot of products as well as discounts. Furthermore, the items are delivered straight to your new home.  

And, if the company you are working for is requesting you to relocate, then you can check with them if they can help with the relocation costs. Such as giving you a cost of living allowance to help you settle in until you find your home, and get used to the new environment. 

Moving with Kids 

International Move

Moving with kids can be very challenging depending on the age of the children and how many there are. However, a basic rule of thumb is to let them know as soon as possible that a move will take place. There are many other tips that can help them prepare for the move. 

When it comes to international relocation it is important to make sure that they understand that they will be going into a whole new world where there are different cultures and ways of living. There will be a culture shock not only for them but for you as well. 

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Therefore, it is important to make sure that they can get right into a routine. It is important to make sure that they are registered to a new school. Preferably an international one since they teach in English. However, you and them can start learning a new language if the place you will be moving to does not have English as its primary language. This can make it easier for you and them to get around, just by learning and understanding the basics.  

When you move to a new country you can enroll them, as well as yourself, in a language school to get a better grip on the new words. This can be a worthwhile moving solution to get them and yourself more in line with the new country.  

Plus, make sure all their papers like their passport, visas, school records, etc. are ready and up to date. 

Domestic Move

But, if you are making an interstate move then language will not be an issue. However, what is very important is to make sure that they have a school to go to. Therefore, you would have to send their school records to the new state and make sure that they are accepted into a good school in time for the start of the school term. This should be on top of your moving checklist when it comes to relocating with children. 

Pet Relocation 

International Relocating

Pet transportation can also be more on the tricky side. Before pet relocation you would have to make sure that your pets have their own passports and that you are allowed to travel with them. You would also have to make sure that they have all the vaccinations they need to make the move.  

Another thing to look out for is your new housing situation. The last thing you would want to do is to relocate and then see that your rented home does not allow pets. Therefore, ask about this before you make any commitments. 

Also, make sure that you have the correct carriers to transport your pets by plane. 

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Domestic Relocating

When crossing states you can go by car. This means that you must make sure that you have the right carrier for the pets transportation so that it goes smoothly. Also, remember that you would have to account for stop time to let them out for a bit to do their business. As well as stretch their legs. And snacks are important too. Furthermore, some pets are not fans of road trips so keep that in mind.  

However, if you are unable to relocate your pets either be it too costly, difficult or your new home is not pet friendly i.e moving from a house to an apartment then you would have to give them away. Make sure that they go to a good home. 

Work From Home Benefits

International Moving 

Remote workers could make a big move due to the company they work for pushing them in that direction. If this is so then you should check if the company has some relocation allowance to help you settle in. They can use Shyft Card, a virtual card, to get the relocation money to you safely as well as quickly.  

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But, when it comes to working from home you may want to consider looking for a coworking space that is affordable and comfortable. This is so that you can get the work done well, as well as to meet new people.  

Socializing can be a challenge if you do not know where to look. However, a coworking space can be a step in the right direction since some of them can host meetups as well as events. Plus, many expats use these places to work in. 

Domestic Moving

When working from home, you would need to either find a coworking space or you can make sure that there is a home office in your new home if possible or you can come up with your own home office solutions. A house can be easier to have an improvised office since you can make sure that there is a room for it, only. However, apartments can be a different story depending on the size. Either way, it would not hurt to see the local coworking spaces in your new area. 

Retiring and Moving Away

International Relocation 

When someone retires it means that they have access to their retirement fund or their pension. However, this can be low depending on what you organized. But, you can save a lot of money depending on where you move to. 

Certain places are a lot cheaper to live in than others when it comes to utilities, groceries, buying houses, etc. If you want to move to a retirement house then you should research which places have the cheaper costs, as well as what to do with your free time.  

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Furthermore, you would also want to make sure that you are close to hospitals just in case. Another thing to consider is how to get access to your pension. As well as to apply for medical aid in a new country. It would be advisable to move back to your hometown where your family and friends are. To keep you company and make your retirement years a blast.

Retirees Move Management 

Domestic Relocation

When it comes to retirement in the states you may want to opt to downsize to a more comfortable home. This can take up less cleaning time. Therefore, making you do less maintenance. And it would be cheaper. However, you should move to a place that is safe, comfortable and not expensive with a lot of things you can do. 

Exercise and Relocating

International Move 

Exercise is very important regardless of where you live. However, there are certain places where exercise is more done when compared to others. Such as in Europe. Europe, depending on where you move to, is a relatively safe place with caution. This means that there is a lot of walking done.  

Furthermore, some places have outside gyms that you can use for free as well as biking and hiking trails. However, you should take a look at gyms that are nearby your new home if you are really into fitness.  

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Plus, if you are a swimmer then you may also have to look into public pools. This is useful if you are moving from a house into an apartment. Or from a big house with a pool in the backyard to a smaller place such as the homes in the UK. 

Domestic Move

Much like when doing an international move it is a wise idea to research the closest gyms, hiking, or swimming pools to your new home. However, if you are living in a place that has a gym or a room for one then you would have to consider buying gym equipment to fill it up. This would be cheaper than transporting what you have from your current place of residence to the new one. Gym equipment is heavy meaning that the cost of moving it will be high along with the rest of your belongings.

Lifestyle Adaptation

International Relocating 

Now we get into the interesting part of living in a new country: the lifestyle. Every country has its own set of laws and rules. Therefore, you would have to familiarize yourself with them i.e when it comes to driving. For example, Italy is known to have very impatient drivers meaning as soon as the light turns green you go.  

Another thing to consider is the culture shock of the new city. This can be in terms of being able to walk around, carefully, in the dead of night. As well as the heightened nightlife of some places. Also, the language could be different depending on where you move. Not only in terms of the words but dialect as well. Think about the difference between slang in the USA compared to Australia. Both countries speak English but Australia uses Australian English making certain words mean certain things.  

Estimate Moving Expenses 
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You would also have to research the cost of living in the new country as well as how to pay the bills, literally. The cost of living varies depending on where you live and, depending on the exact location. The cost of living is often higher in a city when compared to the countryside. And you would have to also learn about using public transport if you have never used it before. 

Domestic Relocating

Similar to an international move, different states have different laws. For example, weed is legal in some states but not in others. This can also apply to gambling. Therefore, get to know the differences and live accordingly.  

The cost of living also changes from state to state. It is wise for you to check and research how different the prices are so that you can prepare accordingly. Also, research what there is to do in your new city and where all the grocery stores/ markets are located. 

Using Shyft and Its Marketplace 

Regardless of where you want to live or which place you want to move to for whatever reason, Shyft is there to help you get to your new home. Shyft is your personal moving organizer that gives you a Move Coach every step of the way.  

You would have a video call with them where they will take your inventory, and send you the list within half an hour. All you have to do is fill out their form to get started.

Your Move Coach can give you advice, and tips when it comes to packing, house hunting, and just getting you to your new home. Furthermore, Shyft searches their movers' database to find you three of the best quotes from three different moving companies. These are guaranteed prices from professional movers. And how it works is that the vetted moving companies bid on your move. After this, and when you get the quotes you can decide which one to go with.  

And Shyft will not leave your side till you, your pets, and your family gets to your new location. They are on-call 24/7. 

Another great thing about Shyft, which we have briefly mentioned earlier, is they have a marketplace where you can buy new items such as furniture, mattresses, even packing boxes to be delivered to where you need them to be. Check it out, and use the discounts that are on offer.  

But make sure all your paperwork is ready for whatever move you decide to make. 

Happy, and safe traveling. 

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