Where to Start with Planning for an International Move from Austin02/28/2018Organizing a move can be anxiety-filled enough when you are moving locally or to another state--but planning for an international move from Austin can take your anxiety to another level! Fortunately, if an international move is in your future, a little preparation and forethought will go a long way in ensuring a smooth transition in your move from Austin. Not sure where to begin? We've got some thoughts to help you get started. Research Documentation Requirements One of the more perplexing and likely time-consuming parts of planning an international move is investigating all of the documentation that will be needed. You will need to discern, for instance, if you will need a passport, a visa, or some other type of documentation to legally relocate. Remember that applying and getting approved for a passport or visa can take some time, so this is not something you will want to procrastinate about. Even once you have reached your destination, you will want to have previously done your homework on the steps you will need to take to acquire a driver's license, legal identification, or other vital documentation sooner rather than later. Reduce Your Possessions in Austin Shipping your possessions from point A to point B is generally the most adept (and economical) choice for an international move. At the same time, as you can imagine, international shipping of large items (such as furniture) is not cheap. This is why it's best to pare down your belongings as much as you can prior to embarking on your international move. One viable option to think about in the months or weeks ahead of your move is holding a garage sale to unload some of the items you do not plan on moving with you. This can be a good way to get some extra money (which can be used to help with those international shipping costs) and scale down the total amount of "stuff" you will need to have shipped. Of course, if you plan on your international move being temporary, you might also want to ponder putting some of your possessions into storage until you come back to Austin. Consult with a Financial Advisor Taxes may be in the back of your mind when you are planning an international move, but heed our advice. Your tax circumstances will undoubtedly become complicated when you move across borders; there is really no skirting it, so the best thing you can do is to plan ahead by consulting with a tax or financial expert prior to your move. He or she should be able to help you figure out important aspects of your new-found tax scenario, such as where your fiscal residency will be and what special measures you could need to take when it is time to file your taxes for the present year. Set up Your Moving Services Last but definitely not least, do not forget to schedule your international moving services as far in advance as possible. Scheduling an in-home estimate is a great way to get an detailed estimate for your international move while also making sure you include the specific services (packing, shipping, delivery, unpacking, etc.) that you need. Planning an international move from Austin can be fun, but it can also be stressful--so be sure you plan early and research the best moving company to trust with all your moving needs!