Life can take you to different places at one point or another. Your company may temporarily relocate you abroad because of your skills and expertise. You may find a cause that you believe is worth leaving your home for, or which will complement your work experience. Whatever may be the reason for the temporary move, one thing’s for certain – you need to make adequate preparations.
A temporary move is quite different from actual emigration. You do not need to “pack your entire life” because you will still be returning. Therefore, it is imperative to study or assess the different changes it can bring to your life. To make this task a bit simpler, here are the five crucial things to consider when you’re temporarily moving overseas:
1. What do you do with your house?
If you own the house, should you sell it or just rent it out? Some people have no issue selling because they have the funds to easily buy a new house upon their return. As for their furniture and appliances, they can just put them in storage.
However, if such is not the case with you, renting out your house may be the better option.
For one, you can keep all your furniture there and offer the property as a fully furnished home, which a lot of renters prefer. Secondly, renting out your property means extra income for you. Thirdly, when you decide to return, you can get your old house back. And lastly, there are tax advantages to renting out your home in Australia while you’re working abroad.
2. How will you manage your financial accountabilities back home?
Most financial accountabilities are tied with home ownership. Selling your home can free you from a large chunk of these responsibilities. But if you will be keeping the property to your name, renting will allow you to transfer some of these financial accountabilities while you’re away.
As for your other payables, set up an appointment with concerned entities to discuss the impact of your physical absence on staying on top of your payables. Also, determine payment methods that will allow you to make payments conveniently while overseas.
3. Which services will help you with the move?
You will need international moving services if you will be staying abroad for at least five years and you wish to bring a large number of your possessions to your new temporary home. Be discriminating in choosing international removalists for the job – opt for those who have been in the industry a long time and have earned positive feedback.
Perhaps, find a relocation assistance company as well that will help you ease into your new community easier. There are those that have programs for socialisation, schooling assistance, and even language lessons.
4. Cultural familiarity will serve your advantage.
Take the time to learn about the culture of the place you are moving to. When it comes to long-term but temporary relocation, familiarity with the local culture is the best way to reduce shock. Also, this will allow you to assimilate more easily into the new community.
Cultural familiarity will best serve your advantage in developing social connections, which you will need to outwork homesickness or loneliness.
5. Plan for your return.
It’s good to already create a plan for your return because you never know how life will turn out once you have made the move. Your stay in the foreign country may be cut short or it can extend longer than you initially thought.
The “return plan” will create the convenient continuity that you want. It will also help you fine-tune other considerations for the move such as the period of lease for the people renting your place. Likewise, it will open your eyes to the changes you can expect upon your return.
The life you will be temporarily leaving behind will go on without you and returning home can be as big a shock as the move to a new place. However, with a “return plan”, you can make the transition easier because you can think about the reality of change in a more conscious, deliberate way.
Living abroad will enrich in you in so many ways, even it’s just for a certain period of time. But, to get the most out of it, indeed, preparation is key. Set aside the time to plan and cover all of the aspects of your relocation.
Craig Jones is the Managing Director at Aussiemove, Australia’s largest independent moving alliance. Craig is a respected member of the removalist network in Australia, having served in senior positions, including the President of the removal industries governing body, the Australian Furniture Removals Association (AFRA). With 23 years of experience at Aussiemove, he has the skills and the highly trained team to move families safely and reliably, in Adelaide, across Australia and around the world.