Where to Commence with Planning for an International Move from Houston02/28/2018Getting ready for a move can be stressful enough when you are moving across town or to another state--but planning for an international move from Houston can take your anxiety to the next level! Luckily, if an international move is coming up for you, some planning and insight will go a long way in making sure you have a smooth transition in your move from Houston. Questioning what to do first? We've got a couple thoughts to help you get started. Research Documentation Requirements One of the more perplexing and likely time-consuming tasks of planning an international move is investigating all of the documentation required. You'll need to discern, for instance, whether 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 something you'll want to procrastinate about. As soon as you have reached your new country, you will want to have previously done your homework on the steps you will need to take in order to obtain a driver's license, legal identification, or other vital documentation sooner rather than later. Downsize Your Possessions in Houston Shipping your belongings from point A to point B is usually the most efficient (and cost-effective) option for an international move. Additionally, as you can imagine, international shipping of bulkly items (such as furniture) isn't cheap. Therefore, it is recommended to downsize your possessions as much as you can prior to setting out on your international move. One recommended option to ponder in the months or weeks prior to your move is holding a garage sale to unload some of the things you don't plan on moving with you. This can be a good way to get some extra cash (which can be used to offset those international shipping costs) and decrease the total amount of "stuff" you must have relocated. Of course, if you plan on your international move not being permanent, you might also want to ponder putting some of your things into storage until you come back to Houston. Talk 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 circumstances will unquestionably become more complex when you move across borders; there is really no avoiding it, so the best thing you can do is to plan ahead by consulting with a tax or financial counselor prior to your move. He or she should be able to aid you in figuring out important facets of your new-found tax circumtances, such as where your fiscal residency will be and what special measures you may need to take when it comes time to file your taxes for the current year. Schedule Your Moving Services Last but definitely not least, remember to set up your international moving services as much in advance as possible. Setting up an in-home estimate is a great way to get an accurate estimate for your international move while also making sure you end up with the exact services (packing, shipping, delivery, unpacking, etc.) to suit your unique needs. Planning an international move from Houston can be fun, but it can also be a bit of a logistical mess--so be sure you plan in advance and find the best moving company to trust with all your moving needs!