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Wilkinson's Removals and Storage of Bristol
Handy moving guide to Europe 
6 to 12 Months Before Departure 
At Wilkinsons Removals, we understand that planning a move can be overwhelming. That's why we've put together this moving calendar to help you stay organized. Display it somewhere visible for everyone in the family to see. 
To effectively manage your relocation budget, start by creating a spreadsheet. Begin with estimated costs and update it with actual expenses as you go along. 
If you're employed, consider the notice periods stated in your employment contract when deciding when to quit your current job. 
If you're moving internationally, commence the immigration application process and ensure your passport is up to date. 
6 Months Before Departure 
Research potential job opportunities in your new location and update your resume and LinkedIn profile accordingly. 
If you have children, start researching and contacting potential schools or child care facilities in your new area. 
Once your immigration visas and work permits have been approved, it's time to book your flights. 
Plan your temporary accommodation in the country you are going to and arrange transportation from the airport to your place of stay. If you have a lot of luggage, consider booking a shuttle service or learn more about the local taxi services. 
Begin the process of relocating your pets, making sure you consider any necessary vaccinations or paperwork required. 
Book a reputable moving company like Wilkinsons Removals to handle your relocation. 
Notify your children's school or daycare about your upcoming move and arrange for the transfer of any relevant information. 
Collect important medical, dental, and prescription records. Consider scanning or photographing important documents and store them securely in digital format, such as a cloud-based service like Dropbox. 
Start sorting through your belongings and sell or donate items you no longer need. 
Begin packing items that won't be needed before you move, saving time and stress in the final weeks. 
Consider scheduling medical check-ups with your doctor, dentist, and optician to address any health concerns before your move. 
If you plan to rent out your current home, set up meetings with potential property managers and get your property valued. Take note of any improvements needed to maximize rental returns and schedule necessary maintenance. 
3 Months Before Departure 
If you're planning to sell your furniture, consider borrowing or hiring essential items to use until your departure date. This allows you to sell your own belongings in advance. 
Depending on your work contract, formally resign from your current job while establishing positive relationships for future references. 
Gather necessary financial and tax statements. 
Arrange to settle any outstanding bills. 
Make time to say goodbye to friends and family before your departure. 
Continue selling unwanted items online and consider organizing a garage sale or participating in a car boot sale for the remaining items. 
Ensure you have travel insurance in place for your move. 
Arrange for health insurance to cover your medical needs in your new country. 
Cancel or transfer services such as gas, electricity, oil, phone, mobile phone (consider keeping your connection until arrival in the country you are going to), and internet. 
If you plan to rent out your home, arrange appropriate insurance coverage such as landlord's insurance and rental property insurance. Coordinate the end of your existing household insurance to align with the new arrangements. 
Set up direct debits for any bills that will need to be paid while you're away. 
Establish online banking and access to any other necessary accounts, ensuring statements are received electronically to avoid mail-related issues. 
Open a bank account in in the country you are going to to make financial management easier. 
Refill any medication prescriptions you'll need. 
Cancel or suspend regular deliveries such as newspapers, milk, and magazine subscriptions. 
Redeem any unused points or rewards and cancel associated cards or schemes if they're no longer needed. 
Start using items in your pantry to minimize food waste before your move. 
1 Month Before Departure 
Acquire some euros before your arrival in the country you are going to to have local currency on hand. 
Notify your bank of your move and arrange for cash, traveler's cheques, or travel debit cards to ensure you have access to funds upon arrival. 
Donate unsold items to charity shops or offer them for free on websites like Freecycle to benefit others in need. 
Arrange for mail forwarding or have someone you trust collect your mail while you're away. 
Contact utility companies to schedule the disconnection of services on your last day in your current home. 
Return any borrowed items or equipment to friends or neighbors. 
Confirm your temporary accommodation arrangements in the country you are going to and ensure all necessary details are taken care of. 
Finish packing and label boxes clearly to make the unpacking process easier. 
Notify your insurance company of your move and update your coverage accordingly. 
Make copies of important documents such as passports, visas, and insurance policies, and keep them in a secure location. 
Notify any subscription services, such as streaming platforms or monthly memberships, about your change of address or cancel them if they're no longer needed. 
Arrange for a cleaning service to give your current home a thorough clean before you hand over the keys. 
2 Weeks Before Departure 
Notify your local council or municipality about your move in order to update your voter registration or any other relevant information. 
Cancel or redirect any scheduled appointments or deliveries that will occur after your departure. 
Arrange for the disconnection of any appliances or services that won't be used anymore, such as internet or cable TV. 
Confirm all travel arrangements, including flights, transportation, and accommodation in the country you are going to. 
Ensure you have all necessary documents, such as passports and visas, readily accessible during your journey. 
Notify friends, family, and important contacts of your new address and contact information. 
Transfer any remaining funds or close bank accounts that won't be needed anymore. 
1 Week Before Departure 
Confirm the details of your move with Wilkinsons Removals and ensure all necessary paperwork is in order. 
Finalize your packing, making sure to pack essentials separately for easy access upon arrival in the country you are going to. 
Dispose of any perishable food items and clean out the fridge and freezer. 
Double-check that all appliances and utilities are switched off and double-lock all windows and doors. 
Ensure all furniture is properly protected for the move. 
Make sure you have a detailed inventory of your belongings and take photos for insurance purposes. 
Day of Departure 
Double-check that you have all necessary travel documents, including passports, visas, and tickets. 
Secure your home by locking all doors and windows and set any necessary alarms or security systems. 
Say goodbye to your old home and leave it in a tidy condition. 
Arrive at the airport with ample time to navigate through security and check-in. 
Enjoy your journey and look forward to the new adventures that await you! 
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