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Ten Important Things You Must Do Before Moving Abroad

Moving abroad is a completely life-changing experience, and something most keen travelers think about at least a few times throughout their life. While vacations are certainly enjoyable, they never give you enough time to explore and truly appreciate where you are. Unfortunately, planning such as huge undertaking is much more complicated and costly than your average break away. There are so many things that must be done, and, if you forget even one of them, it could spell disaster. With that in mind, here are ten important things you must do before moving.

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Research Your Chosen Destination

Adjusting to a new home is never easy, but it will be so much harder if the place is completely unknown to you. As soon as you know where you’re moving to, therefore, you should start reading about it. Completely immerse yourself in information, learning about the language, job market, culture, climate, and laws. You should also research the cost of living, as well as schools if you have children. The more knowledge you have the better prepared you will be.

 

Take A Mini Break

As much information is online, it’s impossible to truly get to know a place unless you go there. While plenty of people move abroad just fine without visiting the country, it is better to plan a short break first. This would give you some idea of what would be in store if you were to move there. If you can’t go on vacation before moving, then speak to others who have visited the country, or better yet, the area. You don’t want to find out you don’t like it too late, after all.

 

Check The Visa Requirements

Before you get too excited about moving, you must ensure that you can legally live in the country that you’ve chosen. In most cases, you’ll have to apply for a visa to live long-term and work abroad. Whatever you do, you can’t leave it until the last minute to apply for this document. It can sometimes take weeks or even months for an application to be approved, which simply might be too late. You must check your passport also and renew it beforehand if it’s about to expire.

 

Save Up The Money

The process of moving house is far from cheap, but you can guarantee that moving abroad will be a lot more costly. You’ll need to book flights, apply for visas and passports, and might also need to pay for accommodation, as well as cover the cost of shipping your belongings overseas. You’ll also need some money spare in case of unexpected expenses. With that in mind, you should start saving up as soon as you can. Cutting costs around the house will make this easier.

 

Ask For Professional Help

There are some tasks that you can easily do alone. Moving abroad, however, is not one of them. Because of this, you will have to find international removalists to handle the process for you. They can pack and unpack your belongings, store them until you need them, and then take them where they need to go. Rather than choose the first moving company you find, you should research a few and pick the best one. Ensure you book with them early for the best price.

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Let The Kids Know

Once you know for sure that you’re moving away, you will need to let your children know. After all, the move affects them just as much as it does you. Some parents put off this talk until just before moving day in an attempt to spare their kids any unnecessary stress. However, dropping a change as huge as this one on them last minute isn’t going to do them any good. You should tell them as soon as you can and be prepared to answer any questions that they might have.

 

Sort Out Your Accounts

While you will still be able to use some of your accounts abroad, a lot of them you will have to cancel. Most people have many accounts for different services, including banks, credit cards, gyms, phones, and other utilities. For this reason, you should start the process of closing them quite early. Around a month before you leave should be plenty of time. For the account that you intend to keep open, you must contact the companies and let them know of your plans to move.

 

Visit The Doctor’s Office

Getting sick is never fun, but many of the illnesses found abroad can be particularly troublesome. This is why many countries won’t allow you in unless you have certain vaccinations and medications. A few months before you leave, therefore, you should visit the doctor’s office and inform them of your moving plans. While you’re there, they can give you any medicines that you might need, as well as conduct a physical to make sure that you’re in good health.

 

Clear Out The House

You should never move house with all of your belongings, but this is especially true when moving abroad. The more things that you decide to take, the more stressful the move will be, and the more that you’ll have to spend. For this reason, you should start clearing out your home as early as you can. You can sell some of the things that you don’t need for a little extra cash and donate, recycle, or throw away the rest. The less stuff you take with you, the easier moving will be.

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Spend Time With Family

The hardest part about moving somewhere new is having to leave many of those you love behind. Since it’s difficult to know when you’ll next see your friends and family, you should try to spend as much time with them as you can before you leave. Although you will be pretty busy with the move, you’ll regret it if you don’t. You might also want to throw a going away party. This gives you an opportunity to see everyone you love in one room one the last time for a while.

 

Moving abroad is rewarding, but it requires a lot of work. Although it won’t be easy, following the advice above can make the process a little more straightforward.

 

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End of Summer Checklist for Your Home

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Even though we still have some more summer weeks left to enjoy, it won’t be too long until the leaves start changing colours and fall arrives once again. And when the weather does start to get cooler once again, you need to make sure that your home is fully prepared for it. To give you a helping hand, we are going to be running through an end of summer checklist right here, so that you are ready to batten down the hatches, make your home more efficient and prepare for more time spent indoors.

 

Clean Out the Gutters

 

All sorts of bits of debris can get stuck in your gutters during the summer months including leaves, sticks etc. And when autumn comes along, you are going to need to clear them out with a greater level of frequency. Giving them a big end of summer clearout will help to prepare you for this. You could even consider upgrading to seamless gutters or install some gutter guards, which will help to reduce instances of clogging and increase overall safety.

 

Secure Your Windows

 

The summer provides a great opportunity to inspect your windows and decide whether or not it is time to get some replacement window ideas before the winter arrives and everyone else starts trying to do exactly the same thing. Even if you decide not to go for a complete replacement, you could still make sure that they are properly sealed with some caulking or weatherproofing solutions. Now is the time to deal with draughts, before they become a major problem in winter.

 

Prepare to Retire Your Outdoor Living Room

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Many people keep all their furniture out during the summer months, but there comes a time of year when you need to store it all away again. You also need to make sure that your decks, fences, and other outdoor wooden items have the level of protection that they require when they are battling the winter elements. For example, applying a sealant stain and double checking the overall stability of the deck will go a long way.

 

Check the Roof

 

If you are planning to inspect the roof yourself, your safety should obviously take precedence. And if there is any major repair work which needs to be undertaken, you are probably better off calling in the professionals to take care of this for you. Look out for any shingles which are curling or ones that look easily breakable. Repairing or replacing your roof is never going to be a task which is particularly enjoyable, but if you take care of it early before winter arrives, you will be able to complete the task so much better.

 

Though you may not want to think about summer ending just yet, if you are prepared, you make it more likely that you won’t have to complete any big and difficult jobs when the winter months arrive. These are just four of the tasks which are worth ticking off your to-do list when you can.

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How To Get Your Kids Outside This Summer

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The life of a child has changed. And while times will continue to change and our lives won’t ever look the same as our ancestors or future generations, you will always have pros and cons of how life looks today. Yes, we live in modern times and the advances that we’re experiencing are mind blowing, but it’s also changed the idea of a childhood as we know it. In short, our kids spend so much more time glued to screens than ever before. While we, as children, and generations before us, would play outside more, you may find it hard to get your kids outside at all! But with the summer coming up, you may want to ensure that you can get them out to play as much as possible. So here’s five tactics to help you to do that.

 

  1. Work On Your Garden

 

The first thing you can do is aim to make sure that your garden is so much more appealing. Maybe the reason they don’t play outside is because there’s nothing for them to do! While we would have gone off on mini adventures when we were children, safety concerns often stop us from encouraging our children to do the same. So if they are going to be confined to the backyard, you will need to make it entertaining for them. Bring in things they can play with, or even get them gardening with you so that they have something to maintain themselves.

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  1. Plan Playdates Outdoors

 

If you know that you’re going to be booking lots of playdates this summer, why not arrange them outdoors? Don’t just think about the indoors locations or venues that you can meet at. If you are hosting them at home, make sure that you take things outside yourself. This is a great way to make sure that everyone enjoys a bit more fresh air and takes in some more nature.

 

  1. Get On The Go

 

Next, you’re going to want to make sure that you all get outside a lot more. Instead of hanging around the house this summer, head out and explore. Get on your bikes, invest in scooters, and look at the types of hoverboards to get. When you’ve all got more transport options, you’ll find it much more fun to get out as a family.

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  1. Book Outdoor Activities

 

If you do want to enjoy some days out, try to make sure that the activities you choose are outside too. Think about the different outdoor activities that you can partake in. This is going to help you to think about how you can get fit and active more too.

 

  1. Limit Tech Time

 

Finally, if you really want to make sure that you get results here, think about limiting the amount of tech time that you let them have. If they aren’t allowed on their devices all day, then what else are they going to do? They might read or play games, but if the weather is nice, you know that they’ll probably just head outside.

 

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Are You Ready To Make The Most Of Your Summer Nights?

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At this time of year, we’re all excited to spend more time outside and with the people that we love the most. But a lot of the time, the season can creep up on you. Before you know it, the sun is shining and you’re not ready to get out there and enjoy it. So right now, while spring is wrapping up, you’re going to want to make sure you’re prepared for a fun summer. Because when you’ve had a long day at work or you’ve been taking care of the house and kids all day, you want to know that you can just kick back and relax in the evenings. The best way to do that is to prepare in advance so that you’re good to go. So let’s walk through some of the preparations you should put in place.

 

Scrub The Deck

 

First of all, you’re going to want to make sure that your patio area is looking great. When you can switch your schedule around, you’re going to want to slot in a space to get out there and clean everything up. Make sure that your decking or patio is nice and clean, and that you’ve cleared away any overgrown plants, trees, or flowers. Just look to give the space a nice tidy up, so it’s looking its best for when you entertain.

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Update Your Furniture

 

From here, you’re then going to want to make sure that you have all of the furniture you need. So take a look at different outdoor furniture options online. Think about what pieces you need and go from there. If you are entertaining, then you might find that a great daybed set is going to be relaxing for the family and gives you extra seats too.

 

Create Some Atmosphere

 

Next, you need to make sure that your outside living space has the right feel about it too. Because you want to be able to relax out there, so it’s great to know that you have the right atmospheric touches in place. Bring in some candles and lights, think about a fire fit, maybe even some surround some. Then add in cushions and blankets so that you can wrap up when it gets cold too.

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Source Your Recipes

 

You’ll also want to make sure that you have some simple but delicious go-to summer recipes ready too. If you know that you have guests coming over, or you just want to be able to enjoy your evenings with less fuss, these recipes will help. Also think of some quick and crowd-pleasing cocktails too and keep the ingredients to have.

 

Pick The Perfect Look

 

Finally, you’re then going to want to make sure you have some great outfits ready to go too. Because you also want to know that you can pull out different looks at a moments notice to entertain or just feel great. Put together some simple but sophisticated looks ahead of time so you know that options you have when you have a last minute occasion to host.

 

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Don’t Let Burglars Steal Your Summer! Hot Tips To Keep Them At Bay

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Warning! Your home is under threat this summer from unwanted visitors. And no, we aren’t talking about cousin June and her family brood. Rather, we are talking about that other unwelcome guest, the burglar! A home-break-in is no laughing matter, and your summer will be ruined if this devious swine gets into your home. Here are some tips to keep the miscreant at bay.

 

  1. Always check your doors and windows.

 

It’s tempting to leave doors and windows open during the warmer days, especially when trying to cool down your house from the suffocating heat. Bad mistake! Any entrance into your property is a temptation to the would-be thief, and the skilled burglar can get in and out within seconds, particularly if you have valuables lying around in plain sight. Our advice is this: avoid opening any access point, and rely on your aircon instead. If you do need to open a window, ensure you fully shut and lock it when you have to leave the house.

 

  1. Invest in a home security system

 

Not only useful during the summer, but considering you may be away from home on a vacation during the season, these nifty devices will deter any burglar from gaining access. Should they still try and bypass the system and gain entry into your home, the security system will notify the law. Check out some of the home security reviews at Homesecuritysystem.co, and find something that fits your needs and price range.

 

  1. Burglar-proof your garden

 

No, we aren’t talking about planting a minefield amongst your roses! Instead, reclaim your privacy from any burglars stalking the neighbourhood (and your nosey neighbours), by following some of the ideas listed here. From planting shrubbery tall enough to lose a giraffe in (that was a slight exaggeration) to securing your fence as much as possible, the burglar will likely give up the chase of your valuable goods and sniff out your next-door neighbour instead.

 

  1. Don’t broadcast your holiday plans

 

Of course, you’re excited about what you’re doing on holiday, but remember that a burglar could be in earshot, or checking through your social media posts online. So be careful what you say. Don’t, for example, have a daily Facebook status counting down how many days it is before you head out on your annual summer vacation. It’s only 3 more days until you get on the plane, which in burglar speak, is only 3 more days until your home is a welcoming target!

 

  1. Enlist the aid of your neighbours

 

Assuming you are on speaking terms, and can trust your neighbours, ask them to be on the lookout for you. Even if you are only going away on day trips, it still pays to have somebody watching your back, or in this case, your home and garden! Give them your number in case they see something suspicious, and if you are away for an extended period, ask them to collect your mail and turn your home’s lights on and off under the pretence that you are actually home.

 

Finally

 

A burglar will ruin your summer and steal all the peace and relaxation you were hoping for. Follow our tips to keep your home safe, and hopefully, you will be able to rest well, whether you’re at home for the summer or sunning it abroad.

 

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