Preparation Before Leaving for New Zealand
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Careful planning can save a lot of headaches, making this new part of your life an adventure rather than a nightmare. Make lists for everything that needs to be done before leaving and enjoy the satisfaction of ticking off tasks when they’re completed.
When you arrive in New Zealand, you’ll obviously have no credit history, insurance history, in fact no history at all. So, it’s important bring documentation with you from various institutions in your home country.
What to take
This is always a difficult decision and a very personal one. Some people like to ship their whole house, others like to use the move as an excuse to buy new. Many people rent out their houses in their home country and leave them furnished. It’s a personal choice.
New Zealand allows you 12 months to bring in your used (note ‘used’) personal belongings, so, if after arriving in New Zealand you find you can’t live without Gran’s dresser, then you can still ship it duty free. If you’ve got receipts for your belongings, then bring them so you can prove they are preowned.
Look online and see what sort of electrical appliances, furniture etc are out there and find out the cost of purchasing. You may find it’s much cheaper to ship your own belongings rather than buy when you arrive; although there’s an active second-hand market for household goods. Another point to consider is that the massive sofa that sits in your lounge which you love, may not fit in your next home.
Schools and Jobs
If are certain of the area in which you’re going to be living, you can book your kids into appropriate schools. If you are still job hunting, then you may have to wait a while.
It’s a relatively easy process to take your family pets into New Zealand but remember you need to apply for your pet import permit at least 6 months before you intend to import them. They must be: –
Flights and Shipping
Book your flights and arrange shipping of your goodies well in advance of your move to ensure you get the dates you want at affordable prices. Remember that New Zealand has very strict policies on what you can bring into the country.
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