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Your guide for moving internationally from the U.S.


Are you thinking about moving internationally from the U.S.? There are plenty of different reasons to move abroad, some people move to work, others to study and some move to experience life abroad as well as in other cultures. Moving abroad can profoundly change your life for the better. Living in a foreign country can offer new lifestyles, new opportunities and careers, and a new perspective. This is a very exciting undertaking, however, it involves some challenges and requires serious planning and preparation. Before relocating abroad you will have to figure out where you will live, how you will earn money, what to bring with you abroad, etc. You might have to learn a new language and apply for a visa, as well. We are here to help you with one of the most important tasks when moving abroad and that is moving your belongings to a foreign country.

Before moving internationally from the U.S. ask yourself these questions

Before you relocate abroad you should carefully think about the scale of your move and inquire about the best way for moving internationally from the U.S.. U.Santini Moving & Storage is one of the most reputable moving companies in Brooklyn that will happily assist you with your move.

Can I afford to move internationally?

As everyone can assume, moving is an expensive undertaking. Moreover, moving abroad will undoubtedly be even more expensive. All the steps, from hiring an international moving company to renting or buying a new place and getting insurance, will be costly. It is essential that you carefully go through all the moving costs and your budget. You will need to start saving money as soon as possible for covering all those costs. Also, if you don’t find a job in the new country before you move, you will need to have 3 to 6 months of savings while you look for work there. You will need money to obtain needed documentation and to go on a language course if you are required to learn a new language. Feel free to contact one of the best international moving companies NYC for quotes and any other moving help.

Visa, map and a compass needed for moving internationally from the U.S.
Obtain all necessary permits and documents before moving abroad

Where should I live?

When it comes to choosing the country for moving internationally from the U.S., the options are truly endless. The world is your oyster. There are so many wonderful countries that are excellent places to live and work.  When choosing the country you should think about your needs and circumstances. Here are the things you need to consider when deciding where to relocate:

  • Ask yourself if you want to live in a country with English as the primary language. If your answer is yes, this will significantly narrow your search.
  • Think about your budget and carefully inquire about each country’s cost of living
  • Inquire about each country’s culture and think if it will be good for you
  • Inquire about the country’s employment opportunities
  • Consider the country’s lifestyle and weather
  • Inquire  about the safety index of each country

How can I move my belongings abroad?

You can move your belongings via land, air, or sea. We advise you to start looking for a moving company 3 months in advance and book the movers at least 2 months before you move. This will allow the moving company to evaluate your needs, inquire about your preferences and assist you with choosing the best options for you, depending on the time frame and your budget. U.Santini Moving & Storage provides various moving services Brooklyn and might be of great help to you.

If you are looking for the cheapest way to move your belongings overseas, you should choose sea freight. World Bank has confirmed that ocean fright is 12-16 times cheaper than air fright because currently, the global supply is outweighing demand, hence the low prices. Air fright is very pricey because it is considerably faster than sea freight. If you are in a serious hurry to relocate internationally from the U.S., the only option for you will be air freight. In other, sensible circumstances, sea freight is the best option. The third option is moving by land freight. This option involves crossing into Canada or Mexico from the U.S. and it is clearly limited. Using a freight trailer or renting a moving truck or driving yourself and shipping your stuff to the new location can be very cost-effective. Hiring respectable residential movers Brooklyn will ensure that your move goes according to plan.

A cargo ship
The cheapest way to move your belongings is via sea freight

How can I ship my car?

Before deciding to move your car abroad, first, inquire if you will be allowed to drive the car there. Each country has its own laws and licensing requirements for driving vehicles. Your car can be transported via air freight, however, that will cost you an arm and a leg. We suggest using air freight only if you are shipping a very valuable vehicle. Otherwise, boat shipping will be a much more affordable option. You should get in contact with an international auto transport company that can ship your car from your current to the new location. Make sure to check if they have all the necessary permits to legally operate their business. You will need to obtain the required documentation to take the car out of the country. We recommend that you check this useful guide on international car shipping for detailed information.

How can I move my pet?

Moving your pet internationally is pretty complicated. First, you should learn about the country’s pet import laws. You will most likely be required to vaccinate your pet before entering the country. Once you comply with all the legal requirements, you will need to figure out how to transport your pet. You should check the airline requirements and also reach out to a pet relocation service for assistance.

A cat lying on a desk
Obtain necessary permits and vaccines before moving your pet abroad

It’s time for a new start!

We hope this guide for moving internationally from the U.S. will help you relocate smoothly. We know that relocating abroad is a time-consuming and stressful undertaking. However, have in mind that all those tasks are an introduction to an exciting and meaningful new life with endless opportunities. We wish you the best of luck!

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Frequently Asked Questions

At U.Santini Moving & Storage Brooklyn, we've earned our reputation through honesty and transparency. We're here to address all your questions and provide peace of mind as you choose our moving services in Brooklyn.

What are your working hours?

We are open from Monday to Friday, 7:30 AM–5 PM, but feel free to contact us through our contact form anytime. We'll get back to you ASAP.

Does U.Santini Moving & Storage offer insurance?

Absolutely! We offer various types of insurance to protect your belongings, including a full replacement option. The cost depends on how much your things are worth and the deductible you choose.

How soon should I schedule my move?

It's a good idea to book your moving company at least 8 weeks before your move. If you're moving during the holidays or in the summer, it's best to schedule it 12 weeks ahead. But if your move is between September and May, you can often book movers with just 2 weeks' notice. The key is to secure your moving crew as soon as you have all the details about your move.

Do you provide packing supplies?

Yes, we do. Along with the necessary boxes and packing materials for your move, we offer various 'Saver' packages tailored to the size of your home. If you don't use all the boxes you purchased, you can return them to our team after the move, and we'll refund the unused portion.

What type of storage do you offer?

At U. Santini Moving & Storage Brooklyn, we offer complete storage solutions in climate-controlled units. Our units are monitored 24/7 to keep your belongings safe, whether you need short-term or long-term storage. We even provide storage options for very short durations, including as little as 24 hours.

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