International Moving Checklist

International Moving Checklist

International moving countdown

These international moving checklist guidelines can help ensure a smooth move. Follow them, and you'll stay on-track and feel less stress. You can also rely on your JK international move coordinator if you have questions or concerns.

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3-6 Months Prior

  • Request information on obtaining a visa, residency, and work permit (this can take months in some countries). 

10 Weeks Prior

  • Make sure your documents (passport, ID, driver’s license) are in order.
  • Create a move schedule, marking the milestone events (like a project plan).
  • Start researching movers and obtain quotes from three FIDI/FAIM-certified companies. (Hint: JK is one of only 31 in the U.S.!)

9 Weeks Prior

  • If you are moving with children, begin to look for an appropriate school with an international standard program to ease future school transfers.
  • Start sorting your belongings by what you want to keep/move, sell, or donate.

8 Weeks Prior

  • Begin changing your address, including periodicals, subscriptions, and the U.S. Postal Service.
  • Narrow down the moving company proposals and arrange for a pre-move, in-home survey.

7 Weeks Prior

  • Gather family medical records and ensure that everyone has the proper vaccinations (including family pets).

6 Weeks Prior

  • Make travel arrangements to your destination.
  • Notify your financial institutions about your move.

4-5 Weeks Prior

  • Hold a garage sale, sell items online, or donate items you no longer want.
  • Check whether your appliances are fit to use at your destination.
  • Arrange for items that need to go into storage.
  • Have any high value items appraised.
  • Request floor plans of your residence at the destination.

3 Weeks Prior

  • Contact utility companies (electricity, gas, phone, cable) and streaming subscriptions to have services terminated one day after your move. Also ensure that all outstanding bills are paid.
  • Make sure you have enough medication for two weeks after your move. Discuss your move with your doctors; they may be able to refer you to new doctors at the new location.
  • Contact an expatriate organization at your destination—they can help with settling in.

2 Weeks Prior

  • Arrange for childcare or a pet sitter for moving day.
  • Start consuming perishables and food that will not be moved.

1 Week Prior

  • Make sure you have all passports, ID cards, birth certificates, and other important documents in one place. Keep the spare keys to your car there as well.
  • Label which items go where at the destination and clearly mark items for storage.
  • Pack necessary items for travel to the destination and for the first few days.
  • Obtain traveler's checks or currency for your new destination.

1 Day Prior

  • Defrost and clean your refrigerator/freezer.
  • Know where your important documents are so they do not get packed.
  • Have some snacks and beverages handy for moving day.

Moving Day

  • Be present and provide specific instructions to the crew foreman.
  • Moving day is busy, try to keep children and pets from being underfoot.
  • Check and sign the inventory list.
  • Exchange contact information with the crew foreman.
  • Do a final walk-through to ensure you haven’t forgotten anything.

Delivery Day

  • Be present and guide the crew about placement of boxes and furniture.
  • The destination agent will arrange for customs clearance, however, you may need to go personally.
  • Check off each item off the inventory list.
  • In the unlikely event of damaged or missing items, contact the moving company about how to file a claim.