are a JobintheSun Member, who has just been offered a job in the sunny
Caribbean. As a member of this site you will have done your research
on the country you will now be relocating to already.
entire Research Library is there for that sole reason: to ensure you
know enough about that country before you even start your Job Search.
research you did before starting your job search and that used for
your financial plan will now serve as the foundation for a more detailed
Relocation Research Project.
the country you are moving to is the single most important thing you
will need to do in the time running up to your move. You will want
to research issues that affect you the most in your chosen country.
yourself a realistic time frame to gather all of the information you
need. You dont want to leave it to the last minute and discover
that you are moving your family to an area where crime is sky high.
You've got the job and the move is not long away now.
a pad of paper, and a pen - The Countdown has
begun - it's time to get organised !!
the country in as much detail as possible. Use the library on this site,
but also, invest in some good books and even videos.
the electrical supply available at your destination country. Ask your
local electrician if your electrical appliances will function with
the use of adapters and/or transformers. TV systems will need be compatible
too, don't forget to check this.
familiar with the currency in your destination country, some currency
converters are available via Internet.
the Forum and ask members who have already relocated to gain an idea
of the prices in the country - prices of everything from daily shopping
to real estate.
to obtain information about the real estate market in your destination
country. Decide on the type of accommodation you will look for. It
is advisable to rent for an initial period until you are sure about
the country and job before committing to buy property. The
type of accommodation on offer in the country will influence the final
cost (moving furniture, just personal goods or storage for several
consular procedures, request information on how to obtain your visa,
residency and work permits before you leave. These procedures take
time, sometimes many weeks - even months. Begin as soon as possible.
In the majority of the Caribbean countries, it is the Employer who
must submit the Work Permit application, so liaise with the Human
Resource department of your new company to expediate the process.
renewing your passport and those of all accompanying family members.
These should be valid, at least, until your next return to your country.
Establish international driving licenses. Depending on the country
of destination, you might have to obtain a local driving license by
going to a local driving school and eventually passing a practical
/theoretical driving test. In all cases, keep your actual driving
license with you. It may be requested by the local authorities in
order for you to avoid having to pass another test.
the documents required for the exportation of your goods from your
country of origin and for their importation into the country of destination.
: now is time for you to search for a school for your children. Once again,
the Forum may prove to be a valuable source of information on this
for health information in your country of destination. Check for hospitals
and how healthcare is structured in your new country.
out an international health insurance policy able to cover you and your family
in any case for a period covering the entire move and initial settling
your GP, dentist, ophthalmologist and any other specialists to renew
all your prescriptions so that you can continue your treatment abroad.
Do not forget to ask for your medical files.
possessions and household goods into (i) items to be shipped to the
new destination (ii) items to give to family members and friends,
(iii) items to be sold, and (iv) items to be discarded.
at least three moving companies. Arrange for an appointment for a
pre-move survey with all the potential companies. Let each of the
companies know you are looking at several firms - this way they do
not take your business for granted. A
pre-move survey is the key to a successful move. During this visit
do not hesitate to ask about the period of time required for delivery,
the method of packing, the transportation, and shipping route that
will be used.
documents have to be submitted to the customs?
you go for a full-load or part-load container ? Sometimes it can be
cost-effective to have part-load, but then the shipping of your goods
may take longer with the departure date depending on other goods being
quotes (price, services, volumes/weight estimate). Following these
procedures, choose your mover and determine the date for the move.
organising the travel arrangements. Make Airline reservations. Make
a car rental reservation if necessary.
plans for temporary accommodation for the post-packing period. The
same should be done at destination, whilst you are waiting for the
final delivery of your goods.
of address. Inform your local authorities of your forthcoming departure.
also your solicitor, bank, doctor, dentist, insurance company, building
society. Inform any other organisations of your forthcoming change
of address. Transfer your subscriptions or cancel your contracts.
Notify schools / kindergartens and any organisations of dependent
possible, it's recommended to shut off water, light and telephone
24 hours after moving date, in case moving day falls behind schedule.
Make the same arrangement at your destination, everything must be
installed 24 hours before you move in, this will avoid any unpleasant
Collate all your personal documents e.g. birth certificates, marriage
certificates and medical records. It is also a good idea to get notarised
copies of these. This may take a few weeks to get - but start the
Cancel subscriptions to clubs and magazines
Obtain invoices for any new purchases that you will be taking with
you (for customs import facilities)
cleaning. Have your house linen, curtains and carpets cleaned.
family/friends collect items for them that you will be giving away.
of the items you dont want to ship, and bring to a close any
sale of goods underway.
insurance forms with the international moving company you have chosen.
Supply your overseas contact address and phone number to the moving
company and with all important points of contact.
Contact your local utility companies; water, electricity, gas, telephone,
etc all need to be disconnected, preferably all stopping on the day
after the Move. Remember, you will probably require some of these
on Move day itself.... so think in advance.
Complete all outstanding credit agreements
Cancel all rental agreements
Run down stocks of food and drink
Confirm the removal date with the Moving Company
cleaning. Clean your bicycles, garden tools and furniture and empty
the tanks of all combustible items.
necessary, arrange care for children and pets on moving day.
your new contact details to your circle of family and friends. Confirm
again the moving company have both your addresses; at origin and destination.
Any intermediate contact numbers should also be transmitted (parents,
your moving dates with your moving company. Make sure you have their
addresses at origin and destination.
adapters and/or transformers to your shipment. These are necessary
for the operation of your electrical appliances at destination. You
will also be able to purchase them before the delivery of your effects
in your new residence.
your "Valued Inventory List" of all household goods and
personal effects being moved. Fill the inventory in while being as
precise as possible.
for mail to be forwarded
Confirm the disconnection dates with the utility/service companies.
Advise your newsagent and milkman and pay the accounts up to the date
of the move.
Empty lockers at school and work
Return or retrieve any items on loan, e.g. hire equipment. Do not
forget to return things that you had borrowed from family or friends.
Drain fuel from motor mowers
any plants to friends / family. If there are special plant holders
you want to take (or garden ornaments), ensure these are thoroughly
cleaned and ready to be packed up too.
your luggage which you will take with you. Separate all personal items
which are to travel with you e.g. keys, documents, passports, tickets,
certificates, currency, clothing, etc. Keep all the items apart from
the goods to be shipped.
destination stickers to sort out your goods by destination (storage, new home, etc.) or method
of transportation (by sea, by air, etc), if more than one destination or method.
clean and dry any electrical appliances that you wish to ship. Clean
and let dry all kitchen appliances to avoid the appearance of mildew
during shipping. Disconnect all electrical and cover naked wires where
dismantling your furniture, removing curtains, pictures and light
fixtures, unless the moving company is contracted to provide this
Arrange with neighbours to leave sufficient parking space for the
on hand in case the packers have any questions.
Check all rooms, cupboards, walls, loft, garage and shed to make sure
nothing has been left behind.
away all important documents and articles of value (passports, airline
tickets, cash, travel addresses, destination country contact details,
portable computers, phones, keys etc.) that you wish to carry personally.
This will avoid having them packed accidentally.
Upon the arrival of the packing crew, you should go round your home
with the crew foreman and point out all that needs to be packed. If
you have any special requests; i.e. packing of your beds last, now
is the right time to mention them.
the truck or container departure, you should check your home with
the crew foreman to make sure no goods have been left behind.
And finally, try and relax.
Ensure the moving company you decide upon has maximum security and protection
for it's storage facilities.
Your furniture should be wrapped for protection and placed inside
the containers under your supervision.
inventory for each container has to be made as each item is placed
into the container. Keep a full inventory of containers provided and
take this with you - it is vital to keep this safe - preferably with
your ID and passports.
it is some time before the actual shipment of your goods, check with
the moving company if it is possible to add items accumulated after
the packing to the shipment. For example, in the last weeks / days
before you leave for your new Caribbean home, family or friends may
have given you leaving presents or gifts and cards etc. Rather than
weighing your personal luggage down on the flight, you may want to
add these to the packed household goods. Ensure this is a possibility
and try to keep the contact details to hand of the warehouse where
your goods are going to be kept.
An additional point to clarify with the moving company is the Call-Off
procedure. Get details from the company of the point of contact (telephone
/ fax / and email - get all three !!), the time it takes to take out of
storage and prepare for shipment, the shipment time from departure
port to final arrival port, if the shipment can be released on arrival
without original bill of laiding / airway bill, and the shipping agent
in the country you are relocating to.
it is a good idea to find out the customs laws on duties etc for incoming
personal effects in the country you are relocating to. In most locations,
"used" household goods are not subject to duty, whereas
vehicles have their own scale of duties payable depending on the current
value of the Car / Motorbike.
is used for the majority of overseas removals. Shipments are normally
conveyed in steel shipping containers (either 20 or 40
in length) which carry the packed household effects. Containers are
shipped with reliable shipping lines providing modern equipment and
vessels and containers remain unopened until they arrive at their
is the most cost effective option for shipping anything from a single
item to a full container load.
is normally the preferred option for items which are needed in a hurry
or if you are shipping goods to a difficult destination
where seafreight is not practical.
option is generally more expensive than surface modes.
Whilst every care will be taken by your chosen international moving
company to transport your possessions safely, you will appreciate
that the distances involved, coupled with the rigours of an international
transit, means that on occasions loss and/or damage to your goods
may occur. We strongly recommend that you take out insurance cover
to ensure that you are duly compensated for any loss which may occur.
Ensure that you obtain a policy providing an all risks insurance protection
for your household goods, personal effects and automobiles whether
being moved by land, sea and air.
International Move Coordinator will provide you with the necessary
documentation for completion by you. It will require you to list
all the items you are moving, together with their replacement value.
that many countries may have import duties and purchase taxes that are
higher than in your country. The value that you show on the form should be
sufficient to replace the articles as new at destination. Please do
bear in mind that the original purchase price, an old valuation or
the second hand value are not always a good guide.
to keep the cover in force until your goods arrive at their final
destination. Policies usually provide some cover on arrival
in the destination country but this is normally for a limited period. If you want to keep the goods in storage for a longer period may need to arrange for the policy to be extended.
You will have to pay an additional premium for extensions.
everybodys best intentions, accidents do happen from time to
time. In the event of loss or damage, notice should be given to your removal company
within their specified time lines.
is important that at the time of notification, full details of any
losses and /or damages are provided.
your initial notification, you will be allowed a set time period inwhich to forward
documentation in support of your claim.
we all have possessions which have sentimental value. Unfortunately,
you cannot claim for distress, loss of use, consequential loss or
Get yourself organised! Try to leave yourself three months to get
all of your business affairs and personal documents in order. Remember
you will be relying on other people to process your applications etc.
so it is out of your hands how long it will take.
Hire a reputable international moving company - after all, you are
trusting them with all of your possessions. Make sure that the company
you use is licensed.
If you have a pet, make the move easy on them too. When moving overseas
with pets have a look on the Internet for quarantine rules and medical
restrictions for the country you are moving to. To travel by air your
pet will need to be in good health and be up-to-date with all of its
shots and vaccinations your pet will need to have a rabies
shots 30 days prior to travelling. If you are considering tranquillisers
for your pet you may want to request some expert medical advice on
the risks to your pet. Remember when relocating with a pet they will
be confused, frightened or even become sick. If they have a bed that
they regularly use at your old home take it with you so your pet will
be more comfortable.
Settle your family in. When relocating with young children you need
to remember that after the excitement of moving wears off they will
often feel lost in their new environment, leaving all of their friends
and familiar surroundings behind. Try to get them back into activities
they may of been involved in before the move so they feel at home
- join clubs and get them involved in local activities so they can
make new friends. When looking for a new school have a look through
the local papers, which often contain information and statistics on
the schools in your area. You can also contact the individual schools
that you are interested in which will often mail you information packages
on what they have to offer. Also take some time to visit the schools
with your children so they can adjust to the new atmosphere. You will
probably find that other JobintheSun Members have gone through exactly
the same procedure for the Country you are moving to. They too will
have gone through this decision making process and gathered information.
Ask on the Forum for any further help you require about schools and
questions will be answered.
Prepare for the change in living standards. Get familiar with the
exchange rate with your home currency and find out about prices in
the new destination.
Change your address. Inform your local authorities of your forthcoming
departure. Inform the various organizations of your forthcoming change
of address. Transfer your subscriptions or cancel your contracts.
Remember to inform your bank or building society of your change of
address; after all you dont want all of your personal account
details to go to a stranger at your old address.
Research the area you are relocating to. We cannot overstate the importancy
Find appropriate accommodation for the transition period.
When you first arrive at your destination it is possible that you
will have to find interim housing while you are waiting to move into
your new home. Remember, this will be the time when the stress of
the move will be at its peak. For this reason it is important to find
somewhere you will be comfortable and is ideally located near to your
new home. Finding a serviced apartment for this transition period
is the perfect solution as it has all of the comforts of home and
includes all of the modern facilities you will need to keep your business
affairs up to date.
Organise your belongings before the moving company arrives. Leave
yourself plenty of time to organise all of your belongings logically.
Go to your local supermarket and ask if you can take some of their
used boxes. Then take your time to split your belongings into categories,
e.g. electrical, kitchen, fragile and then mark the boxes.
Dont gamble with your health. Search for health information
available about your country of destination. Check for hospitals and
how healthcare is structured in your new country.