What is your Contingency Plan when Moving Overseas?

There could be many reasons for moving overseas but they can be classified as either personal or professional in most cases. Moving is a complex exercise for most people, unless you have very few accompaniments that can be carried along on a flight and you are headed for a place you are already familiar with. There are some expected complications and scope for quite a few unexpected challenges. It is the latter you must prepare for. While you can have your own distinct approach to deal with the issues that crop up from time to time, you should have a contingency plan.

• One of the first steps to take in preparation of a contingency plan is to have an alternate point of contact. It is not an alternate phone number or email. There should be a person other than the one moving who can be contacted by the movers or others involved in the exercise. There may be times when you will be unavailable while moving overseas. Some problems can wait but others cannot so an alternate contact or a person who can intervene on your behalf is a crucial need.

• You should have a thorough contingency plan to deal with all expected challenges. You should familiarise yourself with possible issues related to your shipment or the goods you are moving. You should be prepared for some surprises at the customs and the timeline too may go haywire for unforeseen reasons. You should have a backup as to what you should do at different circumstances. Else, you may find yourself in a helpless scenario, more so if you do not know anyone at the new place. Moving overseas cannot be completely predictable or scripted because there are variables and other parties influences different phases. You have to come up with a contingency plan.