Preparing for a move can be anxiety-filled enough when you're moving locally or to another state--but planning for an international move from Tulsa can take your nervousness to the next level! Luckily, if an international move is on your horizon, some preparation and forethought will go a long way in making sure you have a smooth transition in your move from Tulsa. Not sure where to begin? We have got a couple recommendations to help you commence.
Examine Documentation Requirements
One of the more perplexing and possibly time-consuming parts of planning an international move is investigating all of the documentation that is necessary. You'll want to discern, for example, if you will need a passport, a visa, or another type of documentation to legally relocate. Don’t forget that applying and getting approved for a passport or visa can take more than a couple weeks, so this is not a task you will want to put on the back burner.
As soon as you've dropped anchor in your new country, you will want to have already done your research on the steps you'll need to take to get a driver's license, legal identification, or other important documentation sooner rather than later.
Reduce Your Possessions in Tulsa
Shipping your things from here to there is commonly the most adept (and cost-effective) choice for an international move. At the same time, as you may imagine, international shipping of big items (such as furniture) is not inexpensive. This is why it is recommended to purge your possessions as much as you can prior to embarking on your international move.
One popular option to consider in the months or weeks ahead of your move is holding a garage sale to sell off some of the belongings you don't plan on taking with you. This can be a great way to earn some extra cash (which can be used to offset those international shipping costs) and decrease the total amount of "stuff" you will need to have relocated.
Certainly, if you plan on your international move being temporary, you might also want to ponder putting the bulk of your possessions into storage until you come back to Tulsa.
Confer with a Financial Advisor
Taxes might be the last thing on your mind when you are planning an international move, but trust us on this one. Your tax situation will automatically become complicated when you move across borders; there's really no skirting it, so the best thing you can do is to plan ahead by consulting with a tax or financial counselor ahead of your move. He or she should be able to aid you in figuring out vital elements of your new-found tax situation, such as where your fiscal residency will be and what special actions you could need to take when it comes time to file your taxes for the current year.
Set up Your Moving Services
Last but not least, don't forget to schedule your international moving services as much in advance as possible. Setting up an in-home estimate is a great way to obtain an detailed estimate for your international move while also making sure you include the exact services (packing, shipping, delivery, unpacking, etc.) to suit your unique needs.
Planning an international move from Tulsa can be thrilling, but it can also be an anxious time--so make sure you plan in advance and find the best mover to trust with all your moving needs!