Moving Checklist

An international move starts long before moving day. This checklist will help you prioritize and organize this major event. Allow 60 to 75 days from the time you select National to your actual moving day. If possible, avoid peak periods, such as the first and last few days of the month or immediately before or after legal holidays in the countries at both ends of your move.

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Before you select your mover
  • Arrange for new schools for your children.
  • Review vehicle and pet import regulations for your destination country.
  • Plan for temporary housing until your household goods arrive.
  • Obtain residence, work permits, and driving permits in your new country.
  • Determine your desired moving date.
  • Contact National to schedule a free estimate.
6 to 8 weeks before your move
  • Determine which household goods can be shipped to your destination. Contact the nearest consulate office of your destination country for a copy of the latest customs regulations.
  • Survey your household goods. Decide which items to move, store, give away or sell.
  • Make your personal travel plans, such as airline tickets, hotel reservations. Order maps of your destination country and new hometown.
  • Set a packing date with your move cordinator.
  • Gather family records: passports, medical, dental, school, birth, baptismal, marriage, financial, insurance, and wills.
  • Make travel arrangements for pets. Your National move coordinator can offer referrals.
Arrange to discontinue utilities and other home services just prior to the moving date. In some cases, you may be due a refund.
  • Newspapers
  • Electric and/or gas
  • Water, wateer softener service
  • Telephone and/or long distance provider
  • Internet Provider
  • Fuel or oil delivery
  • Garbage, recyling collection
  • Cable provider or satellite TV
  • Lawn, pool service
Change your address with your local post office and prepare change of address cards to:
  • Friends, relatives
  • Social Security Administration
  • Credit card companies
  • Investment companies
2 to 3 weeks before you move
1 week before you move
Moving day
In transit
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Whether it’s your own move or that of one of your corporate employees, having to choose a relocation company to handle the details of the move can be difficult.

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As your international moving company, we understand that your new location may provide certain challenges. We hope the following links make your life easier.