Here are some advices we have comprised for you

  • Prepare your home for sale
  • Invest in the best home inspection possible.
  • Don’t leave packing to the last minute
  • Arrange temporary accommodation before moving.
  • Consider the location of your children’s school when choosing a home
  • Research exchange rates
  • Use your contacts to search your spouse a job
  • Keep the school year in mind
  • Prepare your children and teenagers for the move
  • Cope with culture shock

Make any necessary repairs and call in professional cleaners before placing your property on the market. Buyers are very sensitive to detail, and the slightest improvement can increase your home’s selling price dramatically.

Conducting a thorough home inspection will protect you when buying and selling a house. Inspection fees can be negotiated between the seller and the buyer.

Organization is the key to a stress-free move. Pack items that you do not use on a regular basis as soon as you can. Write itemized lists of everything each box contains.

Arrange temporary accommodation before moving. Arrange for appropriate and well suited temporary accommodation at destination before your move to ensure that you are comfortable while waiting for your new home to be available.

Living close to the school(s) you have chosen for your children will make adjusting to new routines much easier for the whole family.

It is a good idea to research exchange rate in your new home, as well as the cost of living. This will help you manage your finances better, which will be one less challenge to worry about while you are settling down.

If your spouse is having difficulty starting a new career in the host country, speak to your business contacts and other people you meet, as they may offer useful advice or know of job vacancies. Forming relationships with people in your host country will give you the edge in helping your spouse find a job.

It is much easier for children to adapt to a new school at the beginning of the school year with other children. Keeping this in mind when planning your move will go a long way in helping your children to adjust, especially with making new friends.

Read about how to move with children

Remember that all expatriates face culture shocks to varying degree. Be alert to the fact that you are going to enter a completely different environment.

What is culture shock?

Most people who live in a foreign country for sometime go through an adjustment period during which “culture shock” is experienced. Once the culture shock has been understood, its effect can be minimized dramatically.

Expatriates usually experience the following phases while adjusting to their new country.

  • Honeymoon phase
  • Negotiation phase
  • Adjustment phase
  • Reverse culture shock

During the “Honeymoon phase” newly arrived expatriates are excited about their new surroundings and are eager to explore the new country. They are very positive about their relocation and the newness of the Country.

Description

After a few weeks in a foreign country, expatriates usually experience homesickness. Simple day- to- day tasks such as taking transportation, shopping or attending school meetings, can become a real challenge in a different environment. This is sometimes exacerbated by language barriers. These are challenges that locals may not be able to understand and they may be seen by expatriates as being insensitive or unsympathetic people.

Stereotype

Stereotypes are mostly created during the negotiation phase of an expatiation. Stereotyping may help the ego of someone suffering from severe culture shock, but it will not lead to adaption to the new country.

Attitude- a factor to success

Attitude is a very important factor to success or failure. Frustration leads to aggressiveness and toughness towards others. Locals, in turn, behave the same way or ignore the expatriate, further increasing the stereotypes and frustration.

Expatriates who overcome this step are usually successful in their expatriation, those who don’t just have to leave the host country earlier than expected.

Three types of reaction

There are three main types of reactions:

1. Rejecters:

Some expatriates find the adaption to the new country particularly difficult. They tend to isolate themselves from the host country, which they perceive as hostile, and believe that returning home is the only way for them to be in harmony with their environment again.

2. Adopters:

Some expatriates embrace their host culture and country, whilst losing their original identity. They usually choose to stay in the host country forever.

3. Cosmopolitans:

They see the host country and culture positively, and manage to adapt whilst keeping their original identity. They create their own blend and usually have no problem returning to their home country or relocating elsewhere.

Six to twelve months after arriving in the host country, expatriates usually begin to grow accustomed to their new home and know what to expect from their surroundings. Daily activities become routine and the customs of the host country are accepted as another way of living.

At this stage expatriates are able to communicate more freely with locals. The previous hostile country has now become a place from which expatriates can learn and enrich their lives. Once expatriates have reached this stage, the longer they remain in the host country, the more unique their experience will be.


Reverse culture shock occurs when expatriates return to their home country after a long period away. As expatriates had to previously adjust to a new environment, returning home presents a similar challenge. Being prepared for the return home goes a long way towards helping former expatriates reintegrate into their home country.

Certain steps can be taken to help avoid the worst aspects of culture shock. A little research will help you understand what to expect in the new country and assist you in settling down.

  • Learn the language
  • Prepare the cultural differences
  • Be open minded
  • Be patient
  • Take time off

Learn the language

Learning the national language(s) spoken in your adopted country will help you communicate, and reduce the effects of culture shock and misunderstanding. Being able to communicate with the locals will minimize the stress of your move.

Prepare for cultural differences

The more you know about the culture of your host country, the more prepared you will be for a different way of life, and the easier it will be for you to cope with new ideas and experiences. Misunderstanding due to cultural differences are a reality but can be reduced through sensitivity and careful communication.

Be Open- Minded

Be open- minded to accepting cultural differences and alternative ways of doing things. The unfamiliar may be frightening at first but in time you will find yourself taking these once- unfamiliar situations for granted.

Be patient

Adapting to anew country and its culture takes time. Be patient yourself and allow yourself to make mistakes and learn from them as you move along.

Take time off

It’s natural to long for things to be the way they were in your country. Taking a break from all that is unfamiliar helps. When adapting seems difficult, take part in a familiar activity, (read a book, watch a movie or listen to music in your home language). You will find that this will energize you and help you tackle any challenges that you are facing.

Following our suggestions should help you acclimatize to your new host country and discover a whole new world of cultural meanings and knowledge. Expatriation is a challenging experience that can ultimately be rewarding, both personally and professionally.

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