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Things to do before moving overseas

March 18, 2016

Jeremy and I sat down on Tuesday night to nut down what needs to be done before our move to my beautiful home country. It took us around two hours to compile the list, and let me tell you, there are a lot of things that need to be done. This is going to be an incredibly stressful year. A lot of it in relation to his residency application is out of our control, but that’s almost appreciated at this point, because we’ll be so busy doing all the other stuff.

Currently we’ve got 41 things on our ‘to do’ list. Most of them are quite time consuming too, so they’re no easy tasks! We’re using Trello to plan all the things we need to do. It’s quite useful for ‘to do’ lists. If you haven’t used it before, you should totally check it out.

So what kind of things do we need to do? Well, we own a house, so that adds on quite a lot of stuff, such as figuring out what kind of tenants we want, finding a landlord, deciding on whether we rent the house out furnished or unfurnished. And if we rent it out unfurnished, we have a lot of furniture to get rid of!

What’s stressing me out is that a lot of the things we have to do can’t be done until closer to our move. So although we know what we need to do and we know that there is a lot to do, we can’t do it yet.

I’m already imagining what it’ll be like living over there and the things that excite me the most are:

– My family (of course!)
– IKEA
– Celebrating Christmas during winter
– Being able to watch ‘Melodifestivalen’ in real time
– The food!
– The fact that it doesn’t really get dark in summer

There are so many other things. Can’t believe our move is less than 9 months away! I don’t think I’ll believe it until the day comes.

If you’re in the same boat as me, I’ve found some pretty great pages about moving overseas that I thought I’d share. They have some really useful tips and might remind you of things that you haven’t really thought about.

1. How to prepare for a move overseas
2. 8 tips for moving to another country: Before you go
3. Moving abroad checklist
4. 12 tips for moving overseas
5. International moving checklist

I know I’ll be doing a lot of research to try to make the process as easy as possible for us. I’ll share anything I find along the way!

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11 Comments

  • EttaD

    Great read. Wish I had read this 3 yrs ago before my move from The Bahamas to UK though 😉

    March 18, 2016 at 12:30 pm Reply
    • Sophie

      Cool to hear you’ve been in a similar position! If you’ve got any tips for my move, that would be much appreciated! 🙂

      March 19, 2016 at 1:35 am Reply
      • EttaD

        Toss out anything you have used in 6 months to a year! Think, if your house was on fire, other than important documents/pets/ family member 😉 , what would you run in to fetch? Pay for addition bags online, it’s cheaper. But you may already know that. Take things like spices or anything you may not be able to find in your new home, enough to last until you know your way around to find there where you are or online.

        March 19, 2016 at 8:52 am Reply
        • Sophie

          Thanks for the tips, much appreciated! We will definitely have a think about food items we can bring with us 🙂

          March 19, 2016 at 11:02 am Reply
  • pursuitofanewadventure

    We love Ikea in the USA! 😀

    March 18, 2016 at 7:40 pm Reply
    • Sophie

      Oh, IKEA is the BEST! Haha. I know a lot of Swedes don’t really care about it that much because it’s always been around. But after living in a country where they don’t have IKEA for 8 years, I do miss it a lot! 🙂

      March 19, 2016 at 1:36 am Reply
      • pursuitofanewadventure

        Omg no ikea?! It’s every college and 20s dream in the us. None of us would be sufficiently furnished without it and it’s so easy to put together! I’m not leaving for 15 weeks and made the mistake of selling my furniture too soon. I didn’t think it would go so quickly and now I’m stuck in a chair vs a couch for 4 months! :p

        March 19, 2016 at 1:49 am Reply
        • Sophie

          Haha, wow! Yeah, I’ve heard that it’s quite popular in The US. I actually really enjoy putting furniture together, so the fact that most of it is flat packed is just a bonus for me!

          March 19, 2016 at 1:51 am Reply
  • hugsxheart

    Haha IKEA like a real Swede 😉

    March 18, 2016 at 9:42 pm Reply
    • Sophie

      Oh yes! Haha. Jeremy loves it too, so I think we’ll have lots of IKEA furniture at our place when we move back! 🙂

      March 19, 2016 at 1:38 am Reply

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