If you have already purchased Mexico real estate and are relocating to Mexico, you will need start to think about how to prepare for your relocation. Good planning often starts off with a check list that will be your guide to follow.
Making an action plan and setting deadlines can be a huge help in avoiding being completely overwhelmed.
Here are some helpful suggestions on how to organize and get prepared for your exciting move!
Organize as many logistical details for your new home as possible…ahead of time!
It can be a bit difficult to handle logistics like setting up utilities when you are far away. But this is where good planning can save you stress. Try to set up utilities ahead of time for your new home in Mexico. If you have a trip planned before the big move, perhaps to finalize your real estate transaction, go to the local utility companies to set up appointments so that you aren't stuck doing this on the day of your move.
Set up furniture delivery ahead of time and if possible designate a friend or a trusted person who can accept your furnishings while you are away, so that everything is already in your home upon arrival.
What will you be taking with you to Mexico?
Some people take it all and some pack light as if they are taking a vacation. It is all up to you! But even this needs to be planned out and well in advanced.
What is important to take with you? How will you transport it? What will the cost be?
Don't go in blindly and don't spend the last week before you are leave piling all of your belongs into bags. Remember you will have to account for some things when you enter customs so it's even more important to pack your things in an organized fashion.
How will you be traveling to Mexico?
This is a topic you should start to consider long in advance. Will you be driving your car? If so, start to consider driving costs, tolls, customs fees or shipping fees if you will be shipping your vehicle. If not, will you be selling it or storing it?
If you are taking air transportation that will have also and effect on the limit of items you can personally take with you, and will have a direct impact on how you plan to transport your things.
Making a plan ahead of time can help you weigh the pros and cons and come up with the best option.
Taking care of last minute details in your current location
While we are busy planning for what's to come we have to consider business that still needs to be handled in your current location. Depending on the length of time you will be staying in your new home (full time or part time) you will need to consider how you will handle your affairs while you are gone.
If you are selling your home you will want to start the process early. If you will be keeping your home you should consider how and who to maintain it while you are away. Will you be shutting off some services like cable or internet? Be sure to make those arrangements ahead of time as well so you aren't stuck paying for things you don't need.
Contact your bank and make arrangements to use your debit and credit cards out of the country make any change of address alterations necessary.
There are many things to think about while you are planning to move abroad to Mexico. But it all comes down to allowing yourself enough time and following a plan to make the process much easier.
If you are looking for additional advice about moving to Mexico be sure to contact your trusted Mexico Real Estate Agent.
-By Thomas Lloyd