|Moving to Hong Kong |
|Two to Three Months Ahead of Your Move |
|Relocations Package |
| review current income and expenses |
determine what expanses will be paid by company
determine compensation package needed to retain life style
review company policies
| contact for quotes
inquire about insurance coverage
contract - set date
obtain info on packing
obtain info on customs
|Real Estate Agents |
contact for sale of house (if needed)
list with agent
contact agent in destination city
inquire about listings
obtain required documents for shipping household goods
review restrictions on importing/exporting goods
do docs have to be notarized?
are there restrictions on quantities?
reserve storage space
arrange for sale of auto (if needed)
arrange for transport of auto (if needed)
notify current schools
obtain copies of transcripts
research schools in Hong Kong
forward transcripts and recommendations, if needed
|Work Permits and Visas|
obtain proper permits for yourself and your spouse
contact employment agencies
inquire at Spouse's Helpdesk
explore Trade Council or Consulates
contact pet exporter (if needed)
obtain proper vaccinations
obtain, fill out and send paperwork
One Month Ahead of Your Move top
get room quotes
review flight schedules
arrange airport transfers
reserve cars in both home and destination cities, if needed
re-confirm reservations for temporary accommodations
Confirm with your movers the packing and moving dates
Ensure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months after you expect to leave your destination city
Make copies of all your legal documents and store them in a safe place
Review your will
Draw up a power of attorney so someone can act on your behalf while you are overseas
Have your tax documents in order and tax forms on hand
Review tax laws in destination city
Reviewand update accident and medical insurance for you and your family
Obtain household goods and transit insurance - your mover should be able to help you with this.
Have a final checkup with your doctor and dentist and get any necessary immunizations; your doctor will tell you what you need. If your job is likely to take you into mainland China or other Asian countries on a regular basis, you may need further inoculations. Consult with your doctor for further details.
Collect medical and dental records
Obtain any necessary prescription medicine
|Change of Address|
Notify the following:
associations, banks, clubs, credit card companies, electoral register, electric company, family doctor and dentist, gas company, insurance companies, newspaper and magazine subscriptions, retail store accounts, telephone company, water authority, family, co-workers and friends.
Two to Three Weeks Ahead of Your Move top
|Decide and write down exactly:|
what you are having shipped - consider the size of accommodation you will be moving into, VOLTAGE and PLUG STYLE.
what you are hand carrying, all important documents and valuable items should be hand carried.
what you are putting into storage and arrange for transportation to storage facility
what you are giving away to friends and have these picked up
what you are giving away to charity and arrange for delivery
Arrange for disconnection or changeover of gas, electricity, water and telephone and arrange for bills to be sent to your new address
Inform services such as garbage collectors, milk man and newspaper delivery companies of your departure.
check if your bank has a branch in your destination city or arrange for a new account at a BANK in your destination city.
One Week Before Departure top
Arrange for a letter of credit to facilitate opening an account or arrange for a transfer if your account has already been set up in your destination city.
Purchase travellers' cheques
Empty safe-deposit box
|Post Office :|
Arrange for your mail to be forwarded to your office address or to your new home address
Send change of address cards or e-mails to your family, friends and acquaintances
Pack a suitcase with clothing and other items you will need during the move and until your belongings have been delivered to your new home.
Two Day Run Up to Move top
| Movers will typically need one to two days to pack, depending upon the number of items|
Make sure that items are labeled clearly as to whether they should or should not be packed up
Work with the movers, complete an inventory with the moving supervisor, indicate what items are fragile, and label each box as to where it should be placed in the new house
Make a final inspection of the house checking for any left items.
The Move top
| Check, sign and save a copy of the bill of lading. Confirm telephone numbers are correct in case there is a problem en route. |
Confirm forecast delivery date, cost and mode of payment acceptable to the movers.
Leave house in good order
Make sure all windows and doors are locked, and the lights switched off.
Leave the keys and your new contact number, address and e-mail with real estate agent, new occupant or neighbour.
The Arrival top
Upon arrival in Hong Kong, contact your Compass agent and schedule an appointment. We'll take you on an orientation tour of the city to familiarise you with the residential areas so that you can make an informed decision.
Make it a point to be clear about what you want in terms of your housing, although in most cases, your budget will determine this.
Compass will be able to help you with school appointments and any other special needs you may have.
The process of finding a home, negotiating with the landlord, dealing with the documentation, and utilities hook up will more than likely be taken care of by Compass.
Once you have found a house and everything is signed and sealed, inform the movers of delivery address and confirm a delivery date
Moving In top
| Supervise the moving crew and direct where the boxes should be placed |
Check for damaged items before signing off on the Bill of Lading as, once the Bill is signed, it is binding
Settling In top
FUMIGATION & PEST CONTROL Buy or lease a CAR
CONTRACTOR, INTERIOR DESIGNER , if renovations are necessary
LOCKSMITHS & KEY CUTTING SERVICES
Buy or lease
Join a GYM or go for a MASSAGE or BEAUTY TREATMENT
(you deserve it !)
Join CLUBS & ASSOCIATIONS
PLACES OF WORSHIP
| CULTURAL TRAINING |
| TAXES/FINANCE/BANKING |
| OFFICE FACILITIES |