It’s one thing to find a new house in Belgium and find out what you need to know about starting a new chapter in your life there. It may be another thing to deal with the departure from the city or area you are living it right now.
Ensure that your checklist for leaving the country includes the following:
- De-registration at the town hall and from tax/VAT authorities if relevant;
- Termination of your contracts linked to your old home: lease, insurance, utilities, maintenance;
- Negotiation of indemnities (ideally a waiver) in relation to termination of lease etc.;
- Organisation of your exit survey (lease departure walkthrough).
You also need to organise your move. Whether you have three boxes of clothes or a whole art collection, the choice of movers is crucial. Cost, insurance, quality and timing, you have to choose the best combination for you.
You will hear one key question: how much volume do you need? It’s important to know whether your things will take up one full truck or a smaller van.
If you are unsure, ask your relocation consultant to arrange for volume measurement. A representative will visit your home, make an inventory of the boxes and furniture to be moved, and calculate volume.
You can also prepare an inventory yourself. List the number of boxes and bags, the kinds of furniture, and calculate their dimensions. Some relocation consultants and removal companies have forms that calculate the total volume for you. Choose wisely, and the process becomes easy.
At E.R.B., we only work with reliable movers experienced in international removals. If you need departure assistance, we can use our network to assist you with local consultants.
As a rule, departure help is very important to most expats. After all, if the move goes well, you’ll be happier when you arrive.