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To Take or Not to Take – How to Leave it all Behind

One of the hardest things about relocating to a new country is deciding what to bring. This rings true for many expats moving abroad, but there are simple solutions that can help you determine what you will really need in your new location.

Know the size of your belongings

When considering what you should bring with you and what is replaceable, it is necessary to consider the size of your items in relation to your new home. This is especially true to appliances and furniture. It is good to know the size of your furnishings before you move them half way around the world, so measurements are key. Also, most counties have a certain standard size to the average home and the sizes can vary greatly when comparing them. For example, homes in the US are generally much larger than those in most EU countries. 

Will things be cheaper to replace?

Answering this question may be difficult if you have never visited your new county before. However, there are many online resources that can help you decide what things cost in your new country of residence. Shipping things that are replaceable overseas can be a significant financial burden, so a little bit of research can go a long way. 

Renting vs. Buying

If you have not visited your desired country before, it may prove very useful to ease into buying new things once you arrive. Smart expats are increasingly opting to rent before they buy. This applies to renting a new residence or furnishing it too. Renting furniture is a great service that is available in most Austrian cities.

Whether you have visited first, are renting to be smart or you have already bought your new dream home, these tips will help you decide on what things you really need to take with you.   

 

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