Shortly After Accepting an Assignment


  • Talk to company about moving policies/procedures.
  • Decide whether to rent or sell your home. Contact agents or make arrangements to handle the property yourself.
  • If renting, give notice to the landlord.
  • Keep a record of all moving-related expenses and save receipts.
  • Clarify what expenses your company will cover and what costs will be your responsibility.
  • Organize and keep a first-aid kit handy at all times.
  • Complete a household inventory. Include everything you plan to move or store. This information will be useful on moving day and also for insurance and estate purposes. Take pictures/video.
  • You may wish to sell or give away some items. Eliminate as much as possible; your new home may be smaller.
  • If your company allows you to choose, interview and select movers.
  • Check with the mover, your company, and insurance agent regarding insurance coverage for the move. Arrange for any additional coverage that may be needed. Optimum coverage is all-risk, replacement-value, no deductible coverage.
  • Have precious and expensive items appraised (art, antiques, musical instruments, etc.). Consider not shipping these items and arrange for secure storage. Do not plan to ship anything you cannot replace.
  • Start to use up items in the cabinets and freezer.
  • Take in items for servicing and buy spare parts, if appropriate.
  • Decide if you are taking pets. Check the country and airline regulations for quarantines, inoculations, vet certificates, etc. Make vet appointment based on requirements.

Personal and Official

  • Obtain passports, visas, and work permits (two months in advance); and extra photos.
  • Obtain international driver’s license (especially helpful if driving between countries).
  • Collect school records/curricula along with children’s immunization records for ease in enrolling in a new school. Collect documents such as birth, baptismal and marriage certificates, adoption papers, wills, divorce papers, etc., and place in safety deposit box or “Essentials Box”
  • Arrange for physicals, immunizations, dental and eye exams.
  • Get medical and dental records and x-rays, prescriptions for contacts or eyeglasses, and generic names of medicines taken on a regular basis.
  • Establish a Power of Attorney/someone to handle your personal affairs in your absence.
  • Arrange access to a safety deposit box for storage of important documents in your absence.
  • Rewrite your will, if necessary. Leave the original in a safety deposit box and take a copy with you.
  • Contact a tax consultant regarding your home country taxes in your absence.