Weekly Blog No 40 – Preparation for International Move 

International moving is a whole new learning experience, it can be stressful, joyful and expensive all at the same time.  This is our fourth international move. UK to Canada, Canada to UK, UK to Canada and finally Canada to UK. Some might even call us the boomerang Brits.

First you have to make the decision to move, people are moving everyday for different reasons, it can for family, employment, a change of lifestyle or seeking a new adventure. The move can be considered as stressful or a walk in the park but it’s down to the preparation. One thing I have personally learnt from the process is that there is never enough hours in the day. Ideally a 30hr day would be perfect rather the usual 24hr day. Here are some of the things I’ve had to consider.

Furniture & Personal Possessions

 Photo from the sale brochure of my home

Shipping can be very expensive and you have to make the decision, is it really worth all the cost. I have experience with 20ft and 40ft containers, however this time as I chose to do groupage (shared container) to keep costs down. Due to my own personal experience, Canadian furniture is to big for British dwellings, therefore I made the decision to sell most of our items. British furniture is cheaper than Canadian and more suitable for British properties. Although I did have beautiful pieces I’m able to let it go to keep costs to a minimum as I do have wonderful memories.

Live Stock (Also known as Lottie aka Velcro)

 

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This little bundle of cuteness also needs preparation. There are hundreds of people flying live stock and the cost is incredible.  You have to use a pet agent to fly with certain airlines and I have used the same company and airline 3 times. In order to fly Lottie into the UK you have to have a microchip, than rabies injection and tapeworm all within the proper time scales. If you follow the correct procedure you can avoid quarantine in the UK for 6 months.  Lotiie will be on the same flight as us, however she will be below our feet in the hold hopefully having a fabulous snooze.

Cars

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 We have manage to sell one car to our friends, however one week to go we are still are stuck with our biggest four wheel investment. Friends have offered to sell it on our behalf but cars are just not selling in the downturn. We have a plan B to sell it back to the garage and guess who has the biggest smile, not us.  We can walk away bearing no more cost and cutting all ties.

The Cancer Patient 

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I’m still recovering from spine surgery, earliest indications are that I’m doing well. Hopefully the spine specialist will have the same opinion this week when I see him on my post surgery appointments. My cancer symptoms are causing me horrendous problems, therefore I’m lucky to have my husband around. My family physician has given me a prescription to aid me through the flight. I have my cancer treatment this week so I have 28 days to get my next treatment in place.

Saying goodbye to my family physician was hard, I know I have mentioned him in my blog before but he really was a very compassionate person. The respect was mutual and I hope that I make the same relationship with my new GP. Thank you again Dr K.

I do believe I’m armed with all my medical notes and discs in preparation for the UK medical journey. The word nervous is not usually in my vocabulary but its rearing its ugly head. I’m nervous to be honest due to experience, nevertheless I’m up for the challenge.

Saying Goodbye 

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We have had a stream of visitors (friends) coming into say goodbye. There has been hugs and tears, yet I haven’t allowed myself to go there yet. If I do, I may never stop and I won’t be able to deal with the task in hand. Come next Saturday morning when there is nothing else to do, I will have tissues close by as I know that’s when it’s going to hit me.

My next blog will be in the UK, so this is my last Canadian blog. Goodbye Canada.

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11 thoughts on “Weekly Blog No 40 – Preparation for International Move 

  1. Jo says:

    Maybe international moving could become your sideline — you seem to know all the ins and outs. Have a great trip and a wonderful settling in. Look forward to your British posts. Jo @ Let’s Face the Music

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  2. Horsham Photographer says:

    Crikey, moving across town is stressful enough, never mind transatlantic! Well done and hope it goes well. It sounds like you know what you are doing.

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    • Put it this way, I don’t want to move again for at least 12 months. You wouldn’t believe the work that is involved especially when you leaving a country. My feet are staying firmly on UK soil for a very long time.

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  3. Ed says:

    Man, I understand. I moved too many times in the last year and a half or so. I got a job and moved to NC, got cancer and moved back to NY, my wife got a job and we moved to NC, we sold the house and moved the contents to NC, we purchased a a house in NC and moved it all again. We are about to celebrate 1 yr. of stability in our new house in NC. Hang in there!!!!!

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      • Ed says:

        That would be nice, right?! Well, at least you will get to see new things. I like that. I hated moving but, now that we’re here, I’m all over the place with my camera. BTW, pretty house!!! Did you sell the car yet? I think I see a new challenge…..become a used car sale person for 2 weeks. Hmmmm…that was fun. I might start issuing you challenges….but that’s not how it works is it? hee hee 🙂

        Feeling so-so but I don’t let it slow me down too much. As long as there are no hills or lots of walking then I’m good! If there’s a seat then I sit, recuperate and keep living. 🙂 How are you doing?

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      • The car salesman was smiling all the way to the bank..😕 Car salesmen are like leeches in suits.

        I know exactly what you mean, I’m having a few problems with symptoms but hopefully they will sort it out here.

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