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Moving Abroad Checklist for Teachers Going Abroad

Teachers & lecturers in education also move or take up a new challenge overseas and require a moving abroad checklist for teachers going abroad.  Sending more bulky items by sea takes much longer than air travel for instance.

Even if it is a checklist for moving abroad for a year, each person or family moving to another area or to another country will have different criteria when writing an international moving checklist abroad list when it comes to arranging their move from one location to another.


Moving Abroad Checklist for Teachers Going Abroad or UK Move


Moving Abroad Checklist

The following is guidance on teachers moving abroad is for you to think about with some items that require attention well before your intended relocation UK or overseas.

A moving house list will be your own personal plan depending on a number of factors.  Maybe you have a new education job already or you require to find a new academic position at a university or college.  Moving abroad from UK, Europe, USA, Australia to another location has similarities to a local move, although with additional documentation and arranging for packaging of boxes to be sent in advance.


When deciding to move and know when you are moving can be compiled in time and by priority order.  Maybe it is easier moving abroad alone with a suitcase or you have to move and relocate an entire family.  Your moving checklist will be an individual list to your and families relocation requirements. Moving abroad with kids takes much more detailed planning and advance planning.  You will require to add other things to do that meets your children’s needs.


Create a plan with a list

What you require to do, how thus will be achieved and time, specific deadlines and dates. Here is a list of things to do before moving to another country or indeed a move in your country.


  • Calculate how much the move will cost and decide if you have enough finances for tickets, rental lease, new household & clothing for you and your family
  • Get several moving quotes from reputable companies, and why not think about hiring your own van and driver to save costs, if you are capable
  • Think about the entire family including rover and other animals.  What will happen to family pets if you are not allowed animals or birds in your new house?
  • Sending items overseas or long distance by sea many take weeks or even months to be delivered that you may require immediately when you arrive
  • Apply for a new job and see what lecturing or teaching jobs abroad are available, that is if you have not signed a contract already
  • Contact schools in the new area to find out if there is a place for your children and possible cost of fees and materials.  Also, check how good schools are and what curriculum is offered, and does it meet western international standards.
  • Research and purchase travel tickets when you know you are moving. Do not buy the first tickets, see if you can get a discount booking & paying in advance.  Check will your employer if they are will to pay for your flight, even one way.


Few Weeks Before

  • Possibly inform everyone you know that you are moving and where you are going
  • Decide what belongings you are taking. Could be cheaper to purchase new items when you relocate than the cost of transportation such as air freight cost to Europe or the Middle East
  • Arrange a boot fair, garage sale or sell off items that you are not taking with you
  • Start giving away to friends or charity items you are leaving behind.  Not a good idea to leave this to the last few days.  I know from personal experience and more than one move abroad get rid of things before the day of your move
  • Arrange with the moving company all the details for a smooth relocation the day.  Receive packaging materials from the moving company well in advance to pack items and arrange for early sending overseas, if required
  • Cancel insurances, water rates, telephone, internet, sports club subscriptions and standing orders at the company and your bank
  • Notify your employer of your notice to quit.  Make sure you are very certain of a secure contract of employment for your new teaching job first
  • Inform your doctor that you are moving and arrange for your medical records to be transferred.  This would only be possible for a UK move, would be issue sending National Health Service (NHS) records overseas, which may not be possible for many non-European countries.
  • Get measurements of the new property dimensions to see what items will fit or even go through the door or window
  • Contact schools and ask to have student records transferred or a copy if applying for a new school position.  Many school will allow a child to attend while old school records are in the process of being transferred.



Shortly Before

  • Post office change of address form filled in that will enable your mail to be redirected essentially forwarded to your new address.  This can be completed online for under £30 in 2016 for an entire household
  • Start or continue informing clubs, insurance companies and investment companies of a proposed change of address
  • Arrange for your utilities to be cut off at your present address and connected at your new property
  • Notify banks, credit card companies and other related companies of your proposed move and your new address
  • Begin packing and continue to arrange your possessions
  • Start cleaning and tidying up your home and property, especially for a rented property to get your full deposit back
  • Package all non-essential day to day items carefully.  Mark each box or container with a list of contents and or by room
  • Pay all outstanding bills
  • Defrost the fridge
  • Confirm with the moving company, details and number of boxes
  • Animal transportation confirmation and check each animal that is able to endure transportation and a move
  • Close bank accounts if no longer required or will be used.  You may wish to keep a UK account open to continue paying any bills after your proposed relocation



Moving Day

  • Start early and have all the items packaged to be moved ready to be loaded onto transport
  • Check with the moving company the names of the people transporting your possessions
  • Turn off all utilities
  • Check outside area for any wanted items and around the property
  • Make sure you leave the property clean and tidy
  • Mention to the moving company about fragile items
  • Check all items are being loaded onto the moving truck or in cars or other transport
  • Check for any breakages, and leaving the property securely locked
  • Pass the keys to another person if required
  • Double check with the moving company the delivery address for your items


Arriving at your new location

  • Check utilities are connected or asked in advance
  • Supervise the moving company taking your items into your new property
  • Have spare keys cut
  • Check and count all boxes have arrived and all your items are present
  • Within a few days of arrival registrar for the voting register, dentist, doctor, change driving license and many other details and documentation that require to be changed


Your own moving checklist may differ from above, such as your new employer could have given you an apartment or villa as part of your salary package.


Check to see

Is the property large enough for you and your family

Close proximity to shops, services and public transportation

Employers conditions of you being allowed to use the property, such as visitors, parties and pets

Does you employer pay for utilities, licenses and refuse collection cost or do you pay yourself

How far is it to your school or university from the accommodation provided


Money Transfer

When teaching abroad think about the exchange rate and a safe way to transfer money abroad to pay essentials. Getting hold of some money in the local currency is very useful to pay bus or taxi fares or a visa on arrival. In addition, exchange rates changing can affect how much purchasing power you return home with your savings.

Exchanging money before travelling to another country to start any teaching abroad jobs is essential for some money in the local currency for small items.  You can transfer money which can be done online or face to face through banks, and currency transfer shops.

There are a number of online businesses operating in the overseas money transfer market, FX Currency dealers that can deal with your entire process online or by a combination of online, telephone and face to face contact.

Companies offer a range of money transfer products & services when you purchase a home or wish to send money overseas.

Some of the services: (Check the small print and the deal you receive)

  • No commission, No hidden fees
  • The transaction you send is encrypted for safety and security when sent
  • A fast and efficient service most of the time
  • Same day service in most parts of the world
  • Bank to bank transfer


Anyone company that offers overseas money transfer must have permission (Regulated) from the relevant authority such as customs & excise in the UK and will have a number to prove it.

Purchasing a new home or sending money overseas to volunteer teaching abroad, in general, requires more money than you normally deal with on a weekly basis.  With money laundering laws in place and the general unsafe nature of carrying larger sums of money, most of us require currency and use overseas money transfer services.

Traditional banks provide good services for dealing with transferring currency required.  Banks in general charge higher currency transaction fees, and or a combination of exchange rates that may not benefit you.  Specialist overseas money transfer companies deal with transferring money to most parts of the world.


In closing your own moving house checklist is a detailed schedule that needs to be completed to successfully complete a move abroad for a lecturer position or a job in teaching.

Maybe you do not intend to return to the UK or just moving for a short time, this will impact on the decisions you make about selling everything or finding a storage lockup in the UK for items you do nor require for your teaching abroad move.

This moving abroad checklist is general and you should think about specific details and arrangements for your specific needs.