Checklist for Your Relocation From Abu Dhabi to Lebanon

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Are you planning on moving from Abu Dhabi to Lebanon? If so, there is a lot to plan and organize, including finding the right international moving company in Abu Dhabi. The moving experts at ServiceMarket recommend that you should follow this checklist for your move to Lebanon to make the process easier.

Before you move…

An international move from Abu Dhabi to Lebanon is a big undertaking and there is a lot that needs to be done beforehand.

    • Budget: you will need to decide how much you are willing to spend on your move and find out whether or not your employer will be helping you with your move by giving you a moving allowance.
    • Storage: Depending on whether you intend to move to Lebanon long-term or short-term, you will need to consider whether or not you need to rent a storage facility in Abu Dhabi, sell your items or take them along.
    • Research international movers and packers in Abu Dhabi to assist you with your move: to get started, read customer reviews, which you can easily find online on ServiceMarket. Doing so will help you make an informed decision and avoid fraudulent companies.
    • Contact your network to get some tips about living in Lebanon: At this point, reaching out to your network will help you get an idea of which areas are best to live in, what schools to look out for and what the cost of living is in Lebanon.
    • Start researching schools and neighborhoods for the kids: Based on the information you receive from your network, you will be in a better position to research the schools and neighborhoods that will suit you and your family best.
    • Inform various parties about the relocation to Lebanon: You will need to inform your child’s school, bank, landlord, employer as well as families and friends. Bear in mind, you will need to do some of these sooner than others as some processes may take some time.
    • Get paperwork organised: At this point, you probably have a better idea of your dates for the move and when your new job will start. It is now time to start getting the visas/work or residency permits in order for you and your family. You will also need to look into the customs regulations and getting the paperwork sorted for this.
    • Find accommodation in Lebanon before you rent a new home: You may want to get a temporary accommodation in your new neighbourhood in Lebanon before renting or buying a new place. This will give you time to decide where exactly in the neighborhood you’d like to live.
    • Clear your bills & clean and repair your home: Before you move out of your home in Abu Dhabi, make sure that your utility bills are cleared and that your home has been repaired, cleaned and restored to its original state so that you don’t lose any of your initial security deposit.

After you move…

    • Inspect delivered boxes and make sure all your items have arrived in one piece: Only if you have done a thorough inspection of your belongings can you claim damages from the international moving company who assisted you with your move. It is also best to do this sooner rather than later so that your ‘warranty’ period does not run out.
    • Get your utilities up and running: The sooner you can have light, water and air conditioning the sooner you can start to feel at home and really begin to get settled in.
    • Unpack the essentials first: The bedroom and bathroom are the areas that you will likely use the most day to day and these are the areas you can retire to relax after a long day. Once these areas are comfortably organised, you can slowly move through the rest of your home as you settle in.
    • Change your address: This goes for online accounts, the postal service and your friends and family.
    • Find health care providers and familiarise yourself with all emergency numbers: You will need to find a new family doctor in Lebanon and know where the nearest hospital is in case of an emergency. It is also best to memorise all emergency numbers such as the police and fire station.
    • Rent a car first, then buy a new vehicle (if you have no shipped your car from Abu Dhabi): This will give you time to consolidate your finances and shop around for a new car that is most suitable for your needs in Lebanon. If you have shipped your car from Abu Dhabi, you will need to register your car as soon as possible.
    • Get insurance: You will need new home, health and car insurance. Make sure you check what it covers and do research on the different insurance companies.
    • Assess your financial situation: You don’t want to spend too much too soon, especially if you do not have a new job yet so assessing your financial situation will allow you to budget for the next few weeks or months.
    • Meet your neighbours: This will help you feel more at home and get settled quickly, especially if you can make new friends who can give you insider tips on your new neighborhood.

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