Before moving anything in

Before moving anything in

Before moving any of your belongings into your new home, its important to make sure that everything is as it should be. You may have had a list of repairs you expected – or this may be the first time you've seen the house empty. Take some time to go around with a notepad and check all of the sockets for obvious signs of wear and tear and look for damage that you might be otherwise liable for.

Ensure that any cupboards are empty, free of damp, mold or bad smells, and keep a close note of what where the electricity, water and gas stopcocks are. While doing this, you'll also be getting a feel for where you can place any furniture, how to get it up any stairs or even just into the house. Note down any damage or concerns you have to be discussed with whomever you're dealing with – its important to have these notes before moving anything in so that you can get the problems remedied as soon as possible.

If you're letting from a landlord, he'll give you a list of any fittings, fixtures and furniture he's leaving – its very common nowadays for landlords to leave 'white goods' – kitchen appliances, such as the fridge, freezer, washing machine and cooker. If you're letting, your landlord should also give you contact details, emergency repair numbers and any paperwork pertaining to these emergency repairs that you may need. You may also want to get bank details or arrange a good time to come and collect rent. Any final paperwork can be signed now, and then you can start making your new place your own.

You should also ensure that the central heating and boiler are working correctly and collect any manuals for these from the previous occupant – these manuals will save you a lot of frustration in the long run.

Cleaning tips

Cleaning Tips

One of the most annoying things about moving house is the cleaning – and removing stubborn stains and marks is one of the hardest things to do when prepping your house for a move. Its always important, when using these tips to spot test and ensure that you won't be doing more damage than good. You should also always take your cleaning items with you – a box of your most commonly used items or a checklist can save you time and effort in the long run.

Some of the most common stains and marks can be removed with ease – with every day household items.

Scuffs and marks on woodwork can be removed with a pencil eraser – these marks, from shoes, wheels, or rubber bumping against things are hard to remove any other way, but come off with ease with a rubber.

Toothpaste isn't just great for cleaning teeth – you can use it to remove stubborn ink, crayon, or scuff stains from any surface – be careful to test it on wallpaper first in an inconspicuous place. You'll have to remove most of these stains from walls before painting as they can show through several layers of paint.

Toothpaste is also good for removing crayon from radiators, or glass – just rub lightly with a non abrasive cloth, or for tough stains, leave to sit for up to one hour before scrubbing gently.

You can remove unwanted paint from most woodwork by carefully scouring with a brass scourer – not too hard though, or you'll scratch the other paintwork.

Scum stains, dried toothpaste and lime scale come off with liberal application of an oxy based paste – you can get any 'oxy' based cleaner (one that fizzes and heats up the water slightly) in most supermarkets.

You can remove moldy or damp smells just about anywhere with bicarbonate of soda. Simply apply to the smelly area (or leave a tub open in a cupboard or fridge) and the smell should be vastly diminished or gone within 24 hours. The same goes for activated charcoal, or a few drops of vanilla on a cloth. Baking soda is good for a whole month, so can be used continually, not just for cleaning for a move.

If you're washing textured walls, use a nylon sock to do so – it means you won't leave fluff in your wake – and always wash walls from the bottom up to avoid streaking, applying any cleaning solution you're using (once tested to ensure paint, or wallpaper fastness) in small patches whilst you're cleaning.

You can remove wax from carpets, floors or curtains simply by using an absorbent cloth and a hot iron – the wax should stick to the absorbent cloth and peel away easily.

Finally, don't mix cleaning products – most contain either ammonia or bleach and when combined the fumes are deadly. Care should be taken when cleaning any are that has been spot treated with a different solution than you are mopping with, because not only are some mixes deadly, but others can react with one another and cause spotting, or ugly marks.

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Club Expat: A Teenager’s Guide to Moving Overseas

There are few events that can shatter a teenager’s world more than a move overseas. Teenagers are in the stage of their lives where they are starting to get settled in. Teenage is when people make the bonds that would last them a lifetime. They are just taking their first real steps into life. Because of this, a move overseas will definitely produce negative reactions from a teenager. In the book Club Expat: A Teenager’s Guide to Moving Overseas, a teenager can learn how to deal with this monumental event.

There are many works of fiction which tell stories of how a teenager copes with this type of event. These are interesting to read and may help teenagers with bits of advice, but ultimately, fiction will not really be the same as reality. There are also works of non-fiction which attempt to give teenagers advice regarding the topic. However, these works are rarely interesting enough to be read by teenagers. The manner of writing may be boring. Authors of such books also often emphasize their superior knowledge concerning such matters and, as a result, are shunned by teenagers today.

In Club Expat: A Teenager’s Guide to Moving Overseas, the authors extract all of the good things that can be found in the two types of books, remove all of the mistakes, and emerge with a true gem that teenagers will love. The book Club Expat: A Teenager’s Guide to Moving Overseas is part biography and part travel guide. As though this combination weren’t lethal enough, it is sprinkled with bits of wisdom that a teenager can truly take to heart.

One thing that is truly delightful about this book is the fact that Club Expat: A Teenager’s Guide to Moving Overseas can be considered as an allegory about life. It teaches teenagers how to truly prepare to face life and its challenges. Club Expat: A Teenager’s Guide to Moving Overseas tells the tale of the authors while giving quite a tour around the world and dispensing valuable advice for teenagers.

They do not merely tell the tale from their perspective as many fiction works do. They give valuable advice which can be applicable to every teenager who is preparing to move overseas. This book will change the perspectives of many teenagers regarding moving overseas. From seeing moving overseas as an earth-shattering event, they will go on to see the move as an adventure. They will see it as a chance to experience new things and meet new people. They will see it as a chance to experience different cultures and go to whole new places.

Even if a teenager has no imminent plans for moving, Club Expat: A Teenager’s Guide to Moving Overseas is still a great read. This is because of the fact that the authors wrote the book with a prose that is both witty and flawless. The insights that they provide about life makes sure that souls will be touch by every word. Surely, this gem of a book will remain in the hearts of those who read it.

The best lesson that can be learned from this book is the lesson that no matter what life throws at you, you can adapt. There are certain things that you may not be able to do anything about so accepting changes and adapting to them can be the best decision you will make. That is the lesson behind the book Club Expat: A Teenager’s Guide to Moving Overseas.

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Have Your Overseas Moving Company Move with You

Are you worried about what will happen to your belongings when you move abroad? Have no fear. Overseas moving company is the answer to all your needs.

According to studies, over 40 million people are moving every year to the US alone. This does not count those who are moving to other countries. Just imagine the total number of people who are moving from one place to another.

Overseas moving companies are aware of the statistics. To solve the problem, they have branches all over the world to cater to this specific need. With the various companies that are now existing, all people have to do is choose the one that they think will give them the best service.

Overseas moving companies use different methods of transport in order to get their cargos to their destination. Some of these methods are by air, auto and boat transport. Some of them are making use of their own cargo methods. While others are affiliated with trusted and well-known companies that specializes in effective transportation.

1. Air and boat transport.

This is the method of transportation used if the cargo needs to be transferred from once country to another. These are the fastest method to use if the delivery is on strict schedule.

Although they can be quite expensive, owners are assured that their belongings will reach them in the best of condition and delivered right at their doorstep.

Air and boat transport have strict standards to follow depending on the rules set about by the individual destination. For once, there are taxes that need to be paid. This accounts to the expensive prices that overseas moving companies are asking for.

Furthermore, there are also inspections and check up on some ports. Certain regulations on some countries do not allow agricultural products to be shipped. This is along with other belongings that seem hazardous. Owners who want them to be brought into that destination need to have some papers signed first and presented to the proper authorities.

2. Road transport.

Road transport is a convenient way of shipping belongings. But this can only be done for short distances. For example, a certain country may be near yours and will not need air transport for you and your belongings.

So to avoid the hassle of having to bring them along with you, you get the services of overseas moving company. Getting the services of professionals can take away the worry that your belongings might get broken or destroyed in the process of transportation.

Road transports are known for their efficiency and careful maneuvers. These people know that they have important things with them. And they are always after customer satisfaction. Their main goal is to have these things brought to their destination on time and in proper condition.

Moving overseas is made easy by overseas moving companies. Try to think what it would be like without them helping you bring your stuff along.

The only thing you need to worry about is the budget that you will allot for their services. Be prepared to spend some amount of cash if you have a lot of things to bring with you. Another thing to remember is to have everything prepared and in order so that the overseas moving company of your choice can do the rest.

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Some Tips for Moving Pets Overseas

When you own a pet, you make a commitment to always take care of it. You make its health and well-being your responsibility. Some people may not take this responsibility seriously enough. Because of this, many pets become abandoned when circumstances intervene. One such circumstance is moving overseas. Many people just do not want the additional responsibility of moving pets overseas.

What you need to know is that your commitment to take care of your pet does not end because of your need to move overseas. If you aren’t prepared to take the extra trouble of moving your pet overseas, then you should not have gotten a pet in the first place.

However, you also need to know that moving pets overseas is not really a very complicated task. All you need is the will to go the extra mile and some tips to guide you:

1) See a veterinarian – before moving pets overseas, you need to make sure that they have no health problems. You should make an appointment with your veterinarian to have your pet examined for any diseases. This will help you make sure that your pet can really handle the stress of traveling.

More importantly, a visit to the vet will help you obtain the necessary documentation to bring pets into a foreign country. Do not, however, rely on the usual tests for the documentation. Some veterinarians may skip certain tests if they think those tests are unnecessary. What you need to do is to go to the USDA in order to get a list of the required certifications and tests to move your pets overseas.

2) Learn about the country – learn as much as you can about your pet’s destination. You need to learn about the policies of a country regarding pets. It is often the case that some countries will require your pets to be quarantined for about six moths. However, some countries are willing to forgo the quarantine period if you present the proper documentation.

By learning more about the policies of the country, you can make sure that the process of moving your pets overseas will be much smoother.

3) Hire a service – if handling the paperwork and taking care of all the details involved in moving pets overseas isn’t for you, then you should consider getting help. A good pet relocation service will help you take care of all the necessary stuff connected to moving your pets overseas. This includes the check-ups, the airport requirement, and others. A pet relocation service will also keep an eye on your pets and make sure that they are safe during travel. They can also give you a lot of help and advice on how to keep your pets comfortable when moving overseas.

4) Fix your budget – moving pets overseas can be very expensive. Because of this, you need to allot some money for it. You have to prepare to sacrifice in order to have the privilege of bringing your pets.

5) Consider finding them a new home – if you cannot put up with the demands of moving pets overseas, you should seriously think about finding them a new home. Try finding people who will give your pets the love that they need.

Moving pets overseas is not easy. But if you do it out of love, you will find that it comes naturally to you.

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Two Weeks to go

At 14 days out you've got less than 12 days to pack, cause your last two days are going to be taken up by cleaning and packing bits you missed. With two weeks to go you'll probably want to consider telling your mobile phone provider that you're moving, and consider letting your regular clients know that you'll have a new address.

Most businesses have items shipped to them – if your suppliers deliver to you regularly, you will need to contact them to let them know that your address is changing. You may also want to contact your mail provider – and if necessary, arrange a mailing redirect.

Mailing redirects are a great way to make sure you don't lose your mail without having to remember or track your mailings – you should always confirm with the post office depot in question what this redirection service covers and whether its available to you. They will be able to advise you on how best to take care of this, and probably advise you of anything that can't be redirected, such as parcel deliveries from third party delivery companies.

You should never redirect your major bills, such as your bank statements, credit card statements, notices of payments from people – or anything that can be used as ID – with the increase of identity theft on the rise, its important to consider what you're going to be leaving behind when moving. You can't guarantee that the people moving in to your old home will forward your billing information or other sensitive documents, so its important to ensure you know what you've got to transfer and keep a list so that you can mark off what you're transferring bills.

By now you should also consider paying any deposit if you haven't done so or made arrangements to do so already. From here on in, your move is most probably assured and things should seem a bit more secure.

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When Your New Job Requires You to Move Overseas...

One of the primary reasons why people are moving overseas is that they are offered jobs that are more competitive and is offering high salaries. This is why the number of those going abroad is continuing to grow.

People in different countries have come to realize that there is no future where they are right now. So when they see some jobs being offered abroad, they are easily enticed by the high salary and compensations that they offer.

Before they know it, they are off bringing their family and their belongings along to that certain country. And before long, they already have started a new life in that place with no regret of leaving their old home behind.

While moving overseas can be a rewarding and an exciting experience, there are some things you have to check out first before you make your decision. These things will prove relevant in your new life and career. What are these?

1. The employment.

Make sure that what you are getting at is genuine. A lot of people have bad experiences regarding jobs that they are supposed to be getting into. In the process of deciding if you are suited for that position; check out the eligibility of the employer.

Once you are assured that it is legible, consider the benefits that you will get from that company. Are they worth more than what you are getting right now? Is it something that you know you will be happy in and will make you stay for a long time?

These are the questions that you need to have solid answers on. Keep in mind that once you have moved yourself and your family, you cannot get your old life and work back. Make sure that you will not regret your overseas move and your new job.

2. The location.

You probably would want to go back and visit your relative once in awhile. Is the location so far away that you will not get an opportunity to do that much?

If you are from a close knit family, it will trouble you if you cannot visit them from time to time. So you should consider the location and see if it is possible for you to visit or them to visit sometime.

Another thing to consider in the location is the condition in that place. You are better off avoiding those that are frequently visited by natural calamities. You should also avoid places that will put your safety at risk. Even if they are offering to pay you a lot of money, you need to think of your safety first.

3. The place you will move into.

For sure, you would want your new house to be just like the one you have left. And you will want to make sure that you have all the necessities easily accessible.

Be sure to check the place where you will be staying before you plunge on ahead. Check for electricity and water supply. See if it is located near business establishment and a school if you have your children with you. Also check for the mode of transportation from your place to other destinations.

Make a checklist of these things before you accept that job and start moving overseas. If you think that all is well, then it will turn out to be the best decision you have made in your life.

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Booking a Removal Company

When booking a removal company, its important to do so as far in advance of your move date as possible - removal firms who do all of the packing and moving for you expect to be able to come out and assess your belongings, for insurance and van/person ell cover.

It’s important to de-clutter, or have a guesstimate of how much you'll have de-cluttered before you move so that they can give you an accurate quote. If you overestimate the space you need, you'll not get a refund, and find that space is wasted – especially, if you book a larger van than you require. Too small and you may find that your belongings don't fit, or that you get charged extra. You also might not get to move that day, if they have to unload one van and reload another, or book another transport for your belongings.

Allowing a company to pack your belongings isn't without risk, so before you hire a removal firm be sure to check their credentials and references thoroughly. You'll have items you don't want them to pack - make sure you pack them yourself, or tell them, clearly what you expect them to pack and not pack. Its always good to take an inventory before allowing anyone to come in and pack your belongings - and if you can, take photos.

Most companies provide insurance and are consummate professionals, but some can cause more damage than the cost of hiring them, and its important to have redress when moving belongings. Their insurance should be carefully examined to make sure it covers everything - this will also give you an idea of what they will and won't pack - and what extras (such as mattress covering) they'll provide. Companies can come in and pack your house in as little as two days - so its important to know what to expect and when to expect them. You will want to stay and watch them packing (and possibly pack some of your own things) so make sure to allow for that when planning your move.

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Why Move a Business Overseas

Many people wonder whenever they hear of somebody moving a business overseas. They often wonder at the reasons behind the move. Reasons for moving a business overseas may either be good or bad. These reasons can be categorized into three:

1) Opportunities – often, people move their business overseas because of an opportunity. Opportunities are events which, when reacted to properly, can cause the improvement of a business. People often need to look very far in order to find opportunities. Sometimes, opportunities can be found overseas.

One common reason why people move their business overseas is an open market. There are times when people have a hard time with a business because of competition. Because of competition, people often lose a lot of cash. A good entrepreneur, however, will not give up because of competition. He will look for new opportunities and new markets where he or she can dominate. People moving their business overseas often do so for the reason that their business may not have a lot of competition over there. They might move their business overseas because they see a potential market for their product which they can dominate.

Another opportunity is a reduction of costs. Some people move businesses overseas because doing so will increase their profit. Think of Nike and Adidas. These companies have factories in Asia because of the fact that labor can be much cheaper there. This means that their profits will increase by moving their business overseas.

2) Threats – there are people who move their business overseas because of the fact that there may be some threat in their current location. As said before, most move because of heavy competition. This is a threat. If you say that this example is not really distinguishable from the first reason then you should be enlightened. In the first reason, an entrepreneur sees a new opportunity in another place and therefore moves the business overseas to take advantage of that opportunity. When facing a threat, an entrepreneur moves the business overseas because not doing so could spell doom for the business.

Threats are events in the environment which, when not handled properly, can cause very bad things to happen to a business. Often, moving a business overseas can be the best way to evade those threats.

3) Miscellaneous – there are people who move their business overseas for no apparent reason connected to the business. If moving the business overseas does not take advantage of an opportunity or does not really get rid of a threat, then moving the business overseas must be for a reason related to the entrepreneur.

There are times in a person’s life that he just wants a change. He might want to feel the thrill of starting a new life. We all know, however, that people cannot just move without some means of supporting themselves. Sometimes, moving a business overseas can just be a part of the person’s migration.

Moving businesses overseas may seem like such a random thing to do. However, you need to understand that everything has a reason. It may not be understandable by other people, it may not be very smart, it may not even be reasonable, but it is there. By knowing the reasons for moving a business overseas, we are given a glimpse into a person’s mind and that is a small part of knowing the entire universe.

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What an Overseas Moving Service can Do for You

Moving overseas can be hard work. There are a thousand details to take care of, a hundred crises to avert, and there are a lot of arguments to settle. Don’t you just wish that you could hire someone to take care of those details for you? In fact, you can do exactly that! By hiring an overseas moving service, you can delegate the tasks that need to be done to the people who can do them the best. Here are some ways an overseas moving service can help you:

1) Relocation – the first question that comes to mind when moving overseas is “where am I going to stay?” An overseas moving company can help you find a place of your own. By contacting branches in various places, an overseas moving service would be able to find you a place to call your very own. Often, they will show you some options which match your specifications. From there, you can decide which to pick.

You need to be careful, however, as some may try to scam you by telling you all about the virtues of a house while not disclosing the real deal. They might try to get your money and leave you in some pigsty. This is the reason why you need to choose an overseas moving service that you can trust.

2) Bookings and other paperwork – When you are moving overseas, there are a lot of different papers that need to be handled. Sometimes, it is just hard to do all of this by yourself. One way that an overseas moving service can help you is to handle the papers that are of minor concern. You still make the decisions, but they can help push the paper around so you don’t have to.

3) Arranging transportation – an overseas moving service can help you arrange the transportation that you need for your possessions. In fact, an overseas moving company may even save you some cash on the freight. It is often the case that an overseas moving company has some sort of arrangement with a freight company in order to get reduced rates on moving your possessions. One concern with this, however, is the fact that most overseas moving services offer the services of only one freight company. Because of this, you really have no choice regarding the quality of service you are getting.

4) Packing – This is one of the most frustrating parts of moving overseas. Packing takes up most of the time spent in preparation for moving overseas. An overseas moving service can help you pack your possessions and store them in such a way that they will not get damaged on the way. Another advantage to having an overseas moving service pack your stuff is the fact that you can be sure not to miss anything. You can also save a lot of cash by being able to maximize the space allotted to you.

You need to be very careful, however. You need to check your possessions properly. You need to make sure that what is on the manifest is contained on the boxes. Packing can be tedious work, but at least you are really sure that you have everything.

Hiring an overseas moving service can help you a lot. By delegating the tasks that need to be done, you can concentrate on the tasks that you want done.

A final checklist

Just before you move, you should go through the following checklist and ensure you've taken care of everything on it.

Have you arranged new utilities for your new house?

Have you taken final meter readings and phoned them in – or will phone them in on the first day the utilities are open?

Have you informed your bank, mobile phone and any other companies who regularly bill you at your old address of your new address?

Do you regularly contract a gardener, milk delivery, maid service or other third party service that you need to cancel?

Have you arranged a mail redirect?

Have you turned off the gas, water and electricity, if asked?

Have you stopped all utilities, and informed any tax or local authorities of your move so that they can adjust your final bill and have it forwarded to your house?

Is everything packed, removed, binned or accounted for?

If you are leaving furniture, have you checked that there's nothing in, underneath, behind or on top of it?

Have you fulfilled any items that will ensure the return of your deposit (if you had one?)

Is everything packed and clearly marked?

Have you paid, or do you have the means to pay for your new house, if required?

Have you clearly explained, or marked out any repairs required within your old house?

Have you left any manuals that you don't need, for appliances or items you're leaving behind?

Have you transferred things like your driver's license, visa, passport or work permit to your new address?

Once you've ensured you've taken care of everything, you can move on to your new house knowing that you're able to continue your life without fear of disruption, identity theft or needing to contact the new occupants of the house with your problems. You'll also be able to relax and enjoy the move itself.

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Rental contracts

When renting a house, you have to consider your own rights and needs before signing that lease. Leases protect tenants and landlords rights alike - these rights are laid out fully in any lease you sign.

Leases are considered legal contracts, so its important you know what you're signing and what you're giving up.

Your lease should contain your rent details, and how much grace you'll have if you have problems paying. Your lease will also detail who your landlord is and give you contact details for them. You'll need to consider what your lease should cover - whether you're allowed pets or to redecorate. It should outline what your responsibilities are to do with the house - whether you'll be responsible for the house - whether you'll be required to keep the garden, if you have one - what bills your rental cost covers, what taxes and fees to do with the house you'll be required to pay and how long your lease is for.

A short hold lease is 6 months, and other leases can last longer. An average of around a year is a good length, though it all depends on how comfortable you are with the idea of possibly moving again within 12 months. It should also detail how long it renews for, when it renews.

You'll need to ensure your notice period is a fair one - and get information on how that will work. Its always a good idea to make sure your landlord is responsible for any breakages, such as the heating, boiler, or plumbing - and that you are only responsible for minor breakages, if at all. Optional additions to your lease might include whether you're responsible for window breakages, and other minor things - and whether you need to take out insurance to cover your property or whether that's included.

The most important thing to remember about your lease is that you should be completely satisfied with it, and that it doesn't put you in a position that's unreasonable, or unmanageable. Good leases give you the power to live in the home comfortably, without paying the major bills, and those leases are also usually the most acceptable for both tenant and landlord.

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A Review on the Book “Club Expat: A Teenager’s Guide to Moving Overseas”

Let’s face it: not many people find travel books as fascinating reading. Although people do find other places interesting, there’s just not much that can be said for books which contain a thousand obscure facts about different countries crammed into a book. Although this might sound like fun for a trivia geek, it just sounds boring to other people. The book Club Expat: a Teenager’s Guide to Moving Overseas, however, shows that there still is hope for the travel book industry.

This book, authored by the brothers Aniket and Akash Shah, certainly has caught people by surprise. It is part biography, part travel guide and a whole great guide to life. What separates it from other books, however, is the prose. The authors wrote the book in a unique style that just promises to grab the readers and suck them into the world within the book. They let the readers experience a ride full of wonder, loops and leaps and dives.

Moving overseas will always be hard on a teenager. It would be like saying goodbye to a world which they have only begun to explore. It is often the case that a teenager will feel cheated as though you gave him or her some hope and then dashed it against the rocks of reality. In times like this, a teenager needs reassurance that everything will be okay. They need to know that their lives will not end simply because they are moving overseas. The book Club Expat: a Teenager’s Guide to Moving Overseas definitely does the job!

Club Expat: a Teenager’s Guide to Moving Overseas teaches teenagers how to embrace what life throws at them. It teaches them how to look at the move from another perspective. It teaches them to find the core of stability within the whirlwind caused by the decision to move.

The book Club Expat: a Teenager’s Guide to Moving Overseas is a must-read for any teenager moving overseas. The book will help them see the move as a new adventure. It will help them see the move as a fresh start in life. It will help them realize that it isn’t really as earth-shattering as they fear.

Most people found the books very helpful because of the various tips and bits of advice that can be found inside. These useful tidbits can help teenagers survive the little challenges of life as an expatriate.

At first, the book seems to be a simple guide for teens on how to survive moving overseas. However, reading it, people will realize that the ultimate lesson found in this gem is the lesson of life itself. There are certain events in our life that people cannot do anything about. We cannot change what happens in our lives. What we can change is the way we react to it.

The whole book Club Expat: a Teenager’s Guide to Moving Overseas is a heartwarming book filled with useful lessons regarding life and living. It tells us how you should recognize and embrace every opportunity life can give you. It shows how you should take a look at what life throws at you and recognize how you can use those projectiles for your growth.

Club Expat: a Teenager’s Guide to Moving Overseas is a great read, filled with lessons that can help you face life with confidence.

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De-cluttering before packing to Move

De-cluttering before packing is an important aspect of preparing to move - because it allows you to decide what you'll need for the new house, what you'll have room for, and what you won't.

The most important thing to remember when de-cluttering is that you'll be making room and getting rid of emotional baggage, whilst lowering your moving bills. An average four person house requires at least a seven tonne van to move, whilst a house that doesn't de-clutter might need twice that!

De-cluttering can be considered essential or heartless - but either way, moving house is one of the best times to do a proper de-clutter - in fact sometimes, its the only 'spring clean' that some people do. And while its always good to hang onto things of sentimental value, do you really need a newspaper from 1985 with an article about something that you needed to follow up within a week of the printing?

Get rid of any papers that you don't need (though keep all important documentation) - consider donating any magazines, books, old toys or clothes in good condition to a local charity - or sell them on Ebay or similar, to make some cash.

These donations and sales make mental and space sense - you're not wasting perfectly good items you will probably never use again, and you could sell the really good condition items in a variety of places. You could hold a yard sale, or garage or even a car boot sale - or if you have enough time, auction them online, either via a recognized site, or through your own website, if you have the know how - getting rid of the things you don't need is both very freeing and releasing, and can actually generate you some extra money for the move. You could even sell off surplus office, or craft supplies, if you have them spare, making your home office move leaner, and easier.

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When Moving Your Family Overseas

Step 1: Making the Decision

You should remember to always include your family when making decisions that will affect all of their lives. Nowadays, parents often tend to disregard the opinions and the feelings of their children in making decisions affecting the whole family. The common line that can be heard is this: “Kids, we are moving overseas.” That’s it, end of discussion. What needs to be heard from you is this: “Kids, we have been presented with a wonderful opportunity, but in order to get that opportunity, we are going to have to move overseas. What do you think we should do?”

Parents know that any child will always react negatively to the question. Because of this, they would rather not listen. This can be very harmful to a child’s self esteem. He or she might grow up thinking that you never had any respect for his or her opinion. Because of this, children often grow up resenting their parents.

Some parents think that the step of making the decision and breaking the news to the family should be separate. However, you need to understand that making the decision of moving the family overseas needs to be done by the family. You need to consider every opinion and you need to show that every opinion matters.

Step 2: Comforting Fears

Once you have made a decision, you should encourage your children if they have any worries regarding the move. Of course, your children will have all sorts of questions about what would happen. They will also have a lot of fear. This is natural. We all fear the unknown. This understanding will give you the first thing that you can do to ease those fears.

You need to learn about where you are going. This is the best thing that you can do to assuage your fears. When your children know what to expect when your family moves overseas, they will be able to drive their fears away. This step will also help you since knowing about where you are going will help calm your fears too.

Step 3: Planning

Moving your family overseas is not as simple as getting on a plane. There are a lot of considerations to face and there are plans to be made. Planning the move will help you make the transition much smoother for your family. In planning, you should try to find people who can help you. You should find and hire various services that can help you handle the intricate details of moving your family overseas. There are also people who prefer not to move the whole family overseas at once. Some people would plan the move in a series of steps with each family member following after a preset duration. This is ideal if you are on a tight budget.

Step 4: The Move

Moving your family overseas requires a lot of effort. You need to adjust to a new culture, a new climate, and a whole new way of living. The key to overcoming culture shock is to accept the fact that your way of life is not the only way of life. Respect the rights of others and you should be just fine. Make sure that your family also learns this lesson. By following these tips, you should find the experience of moving your family overseas to be pretty easy.

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What are the Present Issues when Moving Your Family Overseas

Before you decide on moving your family overseas, there are a lot of issues which you need to consider. Having your family move overseas is not as simple as packing up and leaving. Before you actually decide on moving your family overseas, you need to consider what they would think. A lot of children grow up resenting their parents’ decision to move during what they feel is an important part of their life. You need to consider if moving your family overseas would be better for you in the long run. You need to stop considering what you will get now. You need to start thinking about whether or not the sacrifices will be worth it.

If you are set on moving your family overseas, the next issue you have to tackle is how to break the news to them. Some people like to announce that their family is moving overseas directly to the point. Some even like to emphasize that there is nothing anyone can do about it. This would be very bad since it basically tells your children that they don’t have any say as to what happens with their lives. Even if you have decided on moving the family overseas, you still need to listen to what your kids have to say about it. You need to show them that you care about their feelings.

Another reason for listening to their opinions is the fact that you need to assuage their fears. You need to tell them that despite their worries, everything will be okay. By listening to what they think, you will have an idea regarding their fears. By learning about their various problems with moving the family overseas, you will be able to find solutions to those problems.

After you have broken the news to the family, the time has come to make the preparations. You need to learn as much about the country as possible. If you are moving your family overseas to a country with a different language, you should think about learning the language together. Try to use it daily when you are with your family. Culture shock is also a potential problem when moving your family overseas so you should definitely try to learn about the various customs and cultures of the foreign country before you go there.

Another thing that contributes to culture shock is the differences in small, previously disregarded things like measurements and electricity features. If you are moving your family overseas to a country which uses different standards of measurement and different voltages of electricity, you need to learn about these things so that life would not be harder for you and your family.

“Preparation” also means you should try to take care of the various little details concerning moving your family overseas. Where are you going to stay? Where are the children going to continue their education? What stuff will you take with you and which would you leave behind? These are the questions that you need to answer. You should also think about the legalities involved in moving your family overseas. This includes the passports and other papers that you are going to need. You should also think about what you are leaving behind. You should try to decide what to do with your various possessions.

Moving your family overseas can be difficult, but with the right attitude, you can tackle the job.

Packing time

Packing Time

Most rooms take around two days to pack, but sometimes you also have to do other 'chores' such as repairs, painting, or replacing old or worn items before moving. Some people do that whilst planning to move, others move out and leave their house for a landlord or landlady - others still move from one housing association house to another.

It’s important to also remember that you will NOT want to pack your whole house in a week, given the choice. Packing is dull for most people - it takes a lot of time that you might want to spend elsewhere. And while it, and de-cluttering while you go, is an essential aspect of moving, there are a few things you can do to make the time go faster.

Clear out your biggest cupboards first - you can store boxes and other packed items in there - and those cupboards may just be full of clutter too - once you've cleared the cupboards, sweep and wipe down the surfaces and then use those cleared spaces for the boxes you're not using now and won't use until after your move. Pack items you know you won't need first - it might seem obvious, but packing up and pouting away your winter clothes in summer, or putting away your hobby stuff stored in the bottom of your closet is a must.

It means you're not living out of boxes for the duration of your packing, and it also means that you'll be able to store those boxes. Get rid of your children's old clothes and toys BEFORE you pack - its easy to pack around small children, harder to sneak their favorite outgrown things into the bin whilst they aren't looking.

It’s important to remember though that space wins over sentimentality, every time, and if you're going to keep something ensure its for the right reasons. Packing might take a while, but remember, if you're organized and mark your boxes while packing, your unpacking won't take nearly as long.

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Important Considerations before Moving to UK

Moving to another country is not as simple as you may think. There are a lot of decisions to make and there are a lot of new things to experience. Think of it: if moving to another state is very hard, then how would moving to another country feel like? Some people may answer that “it would be pretty easy, as long as it’s an English speaking country.” Well, it’s really not that simple. Think about moving to the original English speaking country – UK. Do you think that moving overseas to the UK would be like moving down the block from your home?

The answer to that should be no. There is nothing familiar about moving overseas to UK. Remember that English-speaking or not, it still is a different country. Even in the language, you cannot really say that the people speak the same. This means that when you are thinking about moving overseas to the UK, you should try to consider all of the differences that you will encounter.

What’s the wisdom in this? Well, if you will be moving overseas to the UK, then you need to get dreams of fun out of your head and face reality. You should try to look at the differences in order to judge how much effort you need to make in order to be assimilated into the society. By assessing the reality of the situation, you can actually get a clear grasp of what needs to be done.

However, focusing too much on the differences can leave you discouraged and may make you think that the move is a bad idea. One way to counteract this and assuage your fears is to take note of all of the positives of moving overseas to UK. After you have faced the harsh realities, you need to think about how to overcome them. You need to learn how to reject that reality and substitute your own. Remember that your choices always matter. We all face life with different perspectives of reality.

You need to see how you can use your strengths to overcome any threats to you settling nicely overseas. You also need to see if moving overseas to UK opens up any opportunities for you. You should try to examine how those opportunities can cancel out your inherent weaknesses.

Moving overseas to the UK needs a lot of adjustment. But people are always good at adaptation. We learn how to survive in our own personal jungles for that is what life is all about. You would need to learn how to drive on what you think is the wrong side of the road. You need to learn how to use words which refer to things that are completely different from what you are used to. With enough exposure, you could even develop “a cute British accent.”

Of course, you will also need to adjust to the way they run things over there. You need to stop thinking about the President and start criticizing the Prime Minister instead.

Moving overseas to UK, however, does not mean turning your back on your heritage. You should remember that there is always hope in contradiction, for we are naturally contradictory creatures. When moving overseas to UK, you need to assimilate your self into society and still keep your identity.

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Comparing Overseas Cargo Moving Companies

Too many products are available in the market today. Too many companies are competing to be picked by the next customer who comes around. Because of this, people find that comparing products and services is a normal part of their lives. In this article we will talk about the various ways to compare overseas cargo moving companies.

As said before, comparing is a part of everyday life. Because of this, there are a lot of ways which a person can use to compare overseas cargo moving companies.

1) Direct Inquiry – Often information regarding various overseas cargo moving companies can be compared by doing the proper research. Thankfully enough, research today can actually be pretty easy. In this method, you can compare overseas cargo moving companies by making inquiries and getting the data direct from the companies themselves. This can be very inconvenient for you, but it does supply the most comprehensive information if you succeed.

2) Read Reviews – By reading reviews, you will be able to compare overseas cargo moving companies from the perspective of former customers. If you compare overseas cargo moving companies by reading reviews, you will be able to pinpoint the exact problems that customers have with a certain company. Reading reviews can be very helpful as this will tell you in a nutshell what to expect from the company. Reviews can vary in length, depending on the people writing them. Remember to try and filter out the useless stuff though, as some reviews can contain a lot of information which may be relevant for you.

3) Compare ratings – Ratings essentially show you the average opinion of people regarding a company. In this method, you can compare overseas cargo moving companies from other people’s perspectives. This method though, is much quicker than reading reviews since you can really tell what people think about a company with a single glance at the ratings. One disadvantage of this method to compare overseas cargo moving companies is the fact that it lacks specificity. Ratings do not really tell you what people find wrong with the company. So in case you find a company with a bad rating, you will know that you should not hire that company. However, you will not really be able to give a valid reason why.

4) Listen to other people – Sometimes, the information you need can be found within your neighborhood. Forget about the internet. Forget about the various technological methods of connecting with other people. Just look around you and find someone to talk to. Usually, very valuable advice can be obtained from a simple conversation. When you use this method to compare overseas cargo moving companies, you can be sure that you will be given a bit of wisdom by the people involved.

We often disregard the opinions of other people. However, you need to understand that you should never underestimate a source of information. The right piece of information in the right hands can be more explosive than an atomic bomb.

Remember that when you compare overseas cargo moving companies, you are taking the first step towards making a decision. If you compare overseas cargo moving companies, you show to the world that you have the capacity to make rational choices. And that, my friend, is an action that shows your humanity.

One month to go

One month to go

At one month out, you should consider booking your van. This is important because the longer you leave your bookings, the harder it may be to get an affordable moving company. This also goes for moving, if you're allowing a firm to pack and move you.

Packing firms may also need plenty of warning to be booked, so ensure you investigate this fully before committing to booking them with a month of time. You may need to book them sooner., or may have a little leeway. Booking at one month in advance (or more) also means its easier to collect and decide, impartially on the quotes you collected in the previous weeks. These quotes may have seemed a long way off, but at 30 or so days until you move, it may seem like a long way off, but depending on the size of your house it may be no time at all.

If you're moving house and booking a firm to help you, you may also want to consider booking a cleaning company to come in and clean behind you. They can clean your house, after your belongings are packed and have professional methods for removing stains, marks and other tricky marks on walls, doors and carpets. Even if you're moving yourself, you may need to hire a professional cleaning firm to fulfill your contract with your landlord.

At one month to go you should also start investigating utilities and other things that will transfer with you - moving is a good time to take advantage of any offers that you might get with your phone, electricity, Internet or gas. Taking advantage of this now may not make sense, but in the long run it means you can investigate your options and make an educated decision on your utilities and other billables.

Arranging storage

Arranging Storage

Sometimes, there isn't enough room for all of your belongings – and arranging storage, on top of moving can be a blessing in disguise – or a nightmare. So you need another, convenient, cheap option for your furniture.

Storage companies are basically large warehouses or lockups that you can rent – and range in size from a box room to an area large enough to store a complete house.

Storage is great if you're needing to move out of one house before your other hoese is ready – or when you've sold your old house but haven't finished arranging the new one. It saves the you having to work out what to do with your things.

It's also a good idea when you have too much furniture for your new house, and no where to store it yourself – and while garages and basements are great for short term storage, they aren't protected, in some cases against the elements, nor, possibly insured against accidents, such as fires or flood. Garages and basements also, while accessible, may also need to be used for other things.

It is possible for your belongings to be damaged in storage, but highly unlikely – you'll be given a list of belongings that you're checking in – and you should check at that time that everything is secure, sealed and stacked or placed well.

If you're moving long distance, its always good to research, throughly, by phone and if possible, in person, how much access you'll have to your furniture, and belongings, and what sort of notice you need to give – you'll also need to work out what is going into storage and how much space you'll need for it all.

If you're unsure of storage companies, and you're using a removal company – ask them – they may have a group of storage companies they deal with, and offer you a better premium than you may otherwise get. It also means that you've got less research to deal with.

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Various Moving Overseas Services

Moving overseas is not an easy decision to make. It is often the case that people who move overseas are forced to by circumstance. As though thinking about it was not hard enough, there is also the matter of actually doing it. The entire matter is so excruciating that it is actually quite surprising that some people are actually able to do it. What is their secret? The answer can be summed up in three words: overseas moving services.

Many people think that this term refers exclusively to the people who help you move your stuff. They think that the term is supposed to refer to the people who pack your stuff up and ship it wherever your destination is. However, you need to know that there are a lot of services for moving overseas which do not have anything to do with your stuff.

1) Counseling – there are counseling services for moving overseas. Moving to another country is an event that one cannot dismiss in one’s life. It is one of the events that a person would remember. It is both painful and joyous. It is a fresh start, it is saying goodbye to a beautiful past. This is the reason why most people find themselves confused when faced with the issue of moving overseas. They need to learn how to cope with the situation in a way that’s healthy for their psyche.

Counseling for moving overseas can help a person deal with the problem. They can help a person experience the joy of moving overseas. Counseling services for moving overseas can definitely help a person maintain a grip on his or her sanity.

2) Legal advisory – Moving overseas is not really as simple as packing your stuff up and getting on a plane. Migration has a lot of legalities attached to it. This is perfectly natural because hey, you are moving to another country! Because of this, some people find out the real meaning of the word “frustration”.

Legal advisory services can help take some of the pressures off you by telling you what you need to do. Legal advisory services for moving overseas can help you get all of the necessary documentation in order. They can also give you advice regarding the legal system of your destination. Legal advisory services can help you by informing you of the things that need to be done in order for the transition to be as smooth as possible, legally speaking.

They could also help you by advising you how to handle what you are going to leave behind. This means they could help you get the documentation and paperwork necessary for moving.

3) Relocation – one of the most important things to know when you are moving overseas is the place where you will be residing. In other words, you need to know where you will be staying in. This would be difficult without the help of relocation services for moving overseas. Without this service, people would have to send someone to fly overseas and scout out the place before they move. That can be expensive. Other families may opt to stay in a hotel while they try to find somewhere more permanent. That also can be very expensive. Relocation services for moving overseas can help you make sure that when you go overseas, you will have somewhere to go home to.

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Different Overseas Moving Businesses

Moving Overseas often means facing a lot of difficult decisions. Little details that seemed insignificant before grow exponentially when you are moving overseas. Because of this, people often cannot face these decisions alone. Some people need to delegate their tasks and often hire various overseas moving businesses. Many people think that the term “overseas moving business” refers solely to the guys who take all your stuff and ship them to your destination. However, there are a lot more different types of overseas moving businesses than you know about.

1) Relocation services – Some overseas moving businesses are there to help you with relocation. They help you find your new home. They do this by asking you some questions regarding your preference of home and then finding matches to your query. These overseas moving businesses mostly concern themselves with real estate.

If any available real estate matches your preferences, this overseas moving business can negotiate for you. This means that you will have no problem regarding where to stay. Thus, you can concentrate your efforts elsewhere. Another matter that this type of overseas moving company can handle for you would be the disposal of your property. Most people, when moving, do not really consider what to do with the homes they will be leaving behind. Because of this, most homes fall into uselessness once a family relocates overseas.

This type of overseas moving business can offer you various options as to what to do with your old house. These options could be selling the property or leasing it. By choosing these options, you will be able to get profit from a piece of property that would otherwise just sit, waiting for time to tear it down.

2) Assistance – It is often the case that people, when facing the decisions involved in moving overseas, find themselves confused regarding what to do first and how to do it. Because of this, people often require assistance with handling the various aspects of moving. One type of overseas moving business specializes in assisting people handle the various processes involved in migrating.

Most involved in this type of overseas moving business are experts in the various paper works involved. By trusting these people with your paper work, you can be sure that you are in good hands. This is because these people know the right people who can help speed up processing your papers. By asking for assistance from such overseas moving businesses, you can make sure that the necessary documents will be processed promptly and efficiently.

3) Shipping – Of course, there still remains the overseas moving business of shipping to consider. Many companies today offer you the service of shipping your stuff overseas. The only question left for you is: “which company should I go with?”

Remember that you will be entrusting the company with your possessions. This means that you need to make sure that the company you hire will respect your stuff. You also need to make sure that your possessions will arrive safely. Although most shipping companies today supply insurance for your possessions, you know that money can’t always replace your treasures, right? When contacting this type of overseas moving business, you need to make sure that you can trust them and that other people trust them too.

After all, it is your stuff on the line.

Preparing your house

Preparing your old house for sale

If you're selling your house, you have to do several things to ensure its ready for a smooth and easy sale. You can hire an estate agent, interior stager or complete sales teams to sell your house - or you can do it yourself.

Houses are considered to be easiest to sell when they are clean, tidy, free of clutter, and the walls are neutrally toned - some sites and experts suggest painting your walls white, others suggest that you should paint them with pale, neutral, matching colors. If this isn't possible, it is important to make sure your walls are clean - removing clutter and cleaning woodwork and painted walls, can give your room a much needed lift.

If you're de-cluttering, you can also begin packing whilst doing so, but considering some houses sell up to three months before you're planning on moving OR up to a year after you've moved, its also important not to plan to sell straight away, unless your house is in a highly sought after area, and you've got a good, competitive price. If not, you might be in for quite a wait on selling your house - and you also have to find a new place to move to yourself.

Estate agents, and Realtors do a great job of selling houses, but in an ever increasingly competitive market, you have to do very unique things to sell your house - it has been reported that some people are offering new cars, or paying the tax on your house for the first year of your stay in the new house. The housing market is always expanding, but you can't sell just anything - dilapidated houses can't simply be considered 'fixer uppers' and all houses for sale have to meet ever increasing stringent codes - or have new owners that will fix these to meet those codes.

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Moving Pets Overseas: Issues to Ponder On

There are lots of guidelines and issues you should follow and take into consideration when moving your pets overseas.

The first thing you have to know is if your pet will be allowed in that destination. Keep in mind that some countries do not allow pets to be brought in. For those who do, they require a health certificate from your veterinarian. Included in the certificate are records that show that your pet is rabies-free and has been vaccinated.

Once you got all these, you also need to know the duration with which the permit will remain valid. If it is only good for a few months, then you can inquire where you can get the following entry permits so that you will not violate any of the laws in the country.

Breed and age are also a major consideration. There are countries that require pets to be quarantined for a period of time before they are brought to their owners. This is because there is some breed of animals that are considered safe and some are not. The best thing to do is check with the consulate of that country so you will know the specifications that they have regarding quarantine.

If all these are not enough to cause you headaches, the cost will. The fee for quarantine in that country is charged to you. If your pet is required to be placed in a quarantine facility, make sure that you check out that certain first before agreeing.

Check out the cleanliness of the area, the care they provide and the staff that will cater to your pet's needs. Oftentimes, there are a number of facilities available around the country. If you were given the option of choosing one, opt for the best one you can find. It will be your assurance that your pet will remain safe and in capable hands.

It can be noted that there are a lot of issues regarding the transport of pets from one country to another. One issue is about the sedation that is given to these animals in order for them to be boarded on planes.

Many animal deaths are attributed to the effects that sedation can cause. If you feel that you pet is capable of being transported without any incident, you must therefore inform the veterinarians about this. They are not really required to use sedation in case some pets show good behavior and obedience during the course of the transport.

Another issue that veterinary associations are concerned about is the pressure of the confined spaces and altitude that the animals are subjected to if they are boarded in airplanes.

There are animals that do not easily adapt the chance in their usual environment. If you feel that your pet is not acting like its usual self, seek the help of a veterinarian immediately. They will be able to tell you the cause of that behavior and may even require some medications to counter them.

The rules and regulations, along with the effects of the transport are enough reasons to discourage your from moving your pets overseas. But if you think of the alternative of never seeing your pet again, then all these measures will be worth it once you and your pet have finally settled down in your new home.

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The Importance of Having Tax Information about Moving Overseas

Information is always valuable to the right people. Before doing anything or making any decisions, we always need information to at least give us an idea which decision to make. The more information we have the better. Of course, this depends on the nature of the information involved. This brings us to the question of why tax information about moving overseas is important.

First of all, tax information about moving overseas is important because of the fact that it allows people to budget their finances. When a person moves overseas, the experience would be like beginning a new life. This means every detail, especially finances, needs to be taken into account.

Some people, when they are anticipating expenses tend to forget taxes. Although people hate paying taxes, they know that it is a necessary part of life and they often choose to disregard it. Except during auditing periods, people usually try to forget about taxes. Of course, people pay taxes, but they like to do so in such a way that they would not actively pay taxes. Most have it deducted straight from their income.

Having tax information about moving overseas enables a person to anticipate the expenses. It will give the person an idea of how to save cash on moving. This, of course, will help a person have a great start in his or her new world.

Having tax information about moving overseas also gives you a glimpse of your destination. As we all know, taxes are set by governments. By knowing tax information about moving oversea, you can draw some conclusions regarding the government of your destination. Of course, all taxes tend to be seen by people as unreasonably high. Because of your own bias, you need to have some sort of standard to base your judgment on. The best thing to do is to compare the tax rate of your destination with the tax rate of your origin. If you see some significant differences, that would reflect the difference in the economic development of the two places.

Where do you get tax information about moving overseas?

Well, usually, this can be provided by various government offices like the DFA. It is also possible that you can get this information from a consulate. However, this can be a bit inconvenient and not to mention difficult ordeal. The best thing you can do is research on the internet. On the internet, various overseas moving companies would be willing to give you the tax information about moving overseas that you need.

As we all know, the internet today is the largest and most comprehensive source of information. Its power is actually only matched by its accessibility. The internet today lets people connect with each other wherever they are in the whole world. This means that you would not only get tax information about moving overseas, you would also get various tips and advice regarding what to do with that information.

Tax information about going overseas can be valuable in the same manner as all types of information can be valuable. It needs the right person to give it the right value. Because of this, it is always important to consider the value of a piece of information carefully before dismissing it. You need to know that the right information in the right hands can be a very powerful thing.

Two days to go

Two Days to go

The last few days before your move will be a blur of final packing, cleaning, touching up, organizing and sleeplessness. You'll probably want to take time off work, if you haven't done so already, and devote all of your time to finishing your preparations for the move. Everything should be in place for you by now – if not, you should follow up on any loose ends that will affect your first days in your new house as soon as possible.

At two days to go, if you haven't got a van with power points, you'll need to start defrosting your freezer. Easier said than done, but it saves you having to clean up water in the van, or worse, damaging your boxes and bags because your freezer has leaked. Any food you're using now should be as minimal prep as possible, so that you can pack any tins, cans, pots and pans you have left over.

Final checks with your utilities should also be made – hopefully, you'll have managed to either transfer or connect a new phone number at your new house, so you can start updating contact details. You should also phone your doctors surgery/local health care provider, or church group to let them know you're going to be at a new address.

Many people appreciate personalized notices that their friends and family have moved – so you should send out the last of those items now. You may also want to consider a 'house cooling' party – use paper plates and disposable cups and make an adventure of it – you could even talk your family and friends into some last minute packing/painting help.

You can also ensure that any schools, health practitioners or other regular visitors or places you regularly go to have your new contact details, if necessary. Some schools require an address of a new school to release children's records to, so its important, if you can, to give them.

Hiring a company

Hiring a company to move you

Hiring a company to move you is something that you may want to consider if you've got enough money to do so, and can't afford the time to do it yourself, or its impossible for you to pack and move.

Moving companies offer several great reasons to hire them - with different levels of service. From companies who will show up and move you and your belongings to companies who will pack, clean and move your belongings from place to place.

There are also more and more 'complete' package companies springing up, designed especially professionals - allowing them to move to their job, without the hassle of it all. These companies do it all - from finding a suitable house within your price range and requirements, to packing you and moving you in. Some even unpack at the other end for you.

You'll need to check any company out thoroughly before hiring them - each company should be vetted to your satisfaction, with viable references, if possible. You should also search for any complaints or comments about them online, and see what comes up. These recommendations should also contain information on whether they were prompt, priced fairly, or added additional costs.

You may also want to ask the company themselves for references, and information on when their cheapest and most expensive times are to move. You may find moving midweek to be far more cost effective, as weekends always carry a premium.

The company you eventually choose to move you will want to come out and inspect your home, to work out what they will be moving, and to provide you with a quotation, so you may want to de-clutter before they arrive - they will take an inventory, in some cases, with you and decide what your quotation will be. These companies will also provide you with a complete overview of their insurance - review it carefully so you're sure of what they cover and what you're liable for, should the worst happen.

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Five Top Packing Tips

1) Boxes are a staple for moving because they are usually quite regular sized, easy to carry and if taped together correctly, rarely fall apart. Regular sizes are important for maximizing your van space and ensuring you're not wasting areas in your transport that could otherwise be filled. On the flip side, bags can be compressed anywhere! It is possible however for bags to be mistaken for rubbish.

2) Bags are good for items like clothing, and bedding, and when you've ran out of boxes to pack anything. Teddies and soft toys work well in bags - edged objects, or items that are likely to be too heavy to carry in a plastic bag would probably work better in boxes. Bags also work well with linens.

3) Whilst packing, it’s important to maximize space - and pack your biggest objects first, and fill space around them. Books are easiest to pack, odd shaped, awkward items such as ornaments and other items are the worst to pack, and both types should go in boxes, as should dishes and other objects that are considered fragile.

4) Mark all boxes and bags (if you can) carefully - it makes them easier to find things in, and to sort into rooms without having to break them open. This will all help in your new house. Always remember to mark bags you're using for belongings clearly so that they don't get mistaken for rubbish - or buy completely different bags for your rubbish and your belongings.

5) While it may only take you a couple of weeks to pack, it can take eight weeks - or MORE to unpack at the other end - so though you're 'just boxing items up for a couple of days' remember that you may not find it for up to two months, or perhaps more.

Three weeks to go

Three Weeks to go

At three weeks to go, you'll hopefully have finished packing your cupboards - you'll be able to start packing any non essential belongings and put them away too. If you're painting any rooms, its a good idea to try to do so in the next few days, so its all ready, and order any packing supplies you want or need. Ordering as far in advance is important because you'll have the supplies on hand.

You can start investigating schools in your new area and list any questions you may want to ask. While considering which the best school in the area is, you also have to consider how accessible it is, whether there's a school or public bus route to take your children there and whether you need to pay for this.

Your quotations should be coming in now too, from those that you've requested them from, and they should be making appointments to evaluate your belongings, to decide what size of van you'll need and how many men you'll need to help you move - or just the size of van you'll need. You should have chosen your new utility provider by now, and have any forms you need to fill out for your bank, so that there's no delays in changing your details to your new home. If you're letting, you should also have a lease by now, with details of what you are going to have to take care of on moving in.

Your Internet is also something you should start closing down, and let them know when you're moving – if they have to come pick up (or move) your equipment, now is a good time to arrange this. Internet service providers have a minimum notice clause, so its good to make sure that you meet this, or you may be over billed, or fined.

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