How to organize your move to Hong Kong?

A Chinese boat near a harbor, representing a move to Hong Kong.

All of us need stability in our lives. Humans are creatures of routine; we eat our meals in more or less predetermined times, we get up for work at the same time every day, and we have social lives after and in-between. However, as true as this might be – such a simplification isn’t completely realistic. While we like having plans, at certain times, we also like change. In fact, after a while, we begin craving it. And one of the biggest changes you can make in your life is to relocate. For instance – did you ever consider a move to Hong Kong? We’re here to tell you all about it!

Should I Move?

As you’ll soon see, planning a move to Hong Kong isn’t simple, nor easy; not if you do it correctly, anyway. Moving is something monumental, and a process that you won’t go through often unless you’re some sort of digital nomad. With that in mind; before doing the first thing regarding the relocation, you should take a step back, and try to view the situation objectively. Do you really want to relocate there? Why are you doing it in the first place? Will you be able to keep track of your money during your move? Examine your motives, and think about whether they’re leading you down a positive path in your life.

A view of Hong Kong during dusk, from the city's bay.
The Hong Kong cityscape offers ample opportunities!

More specifically – think about how you’re going to handle work. Sure, Honk Kong is one of the best cities for young professionals on the planet, especially if you’re working in finance. But that doesn’t mean that you should just pack up and move without thinking about it; we recommend trying to find work before moving. There’s no reason to burn through your savings while you’re looking for work when you can take care of all of that beforehand!

Making a Plan

Okay, so you’ve decided that you want to move to Hong Kong and that this is definitely a good idea for you. Fantastic! If you’ve thought things through well enough, we’re sure you’re making the right decision. But if you think that the hard part is over now that you’ve made the call, don’t kid yourself; there’s a lot of work yet to do. For example, not only do you need to plan out your entire relocation, but you need to execute it flawlessly as well. Don’t worry, though; if you go about it in a methodical approach, you won’t find the move too difficult. 

But what do you need to do in order to succeed here? First of all, you should start by making an all-encompassing plan regarding your relocation. Think about all of the different tasks that you’ll have to complete before everything is said and done. And then, list them all out. Once you do that, you’ll be able to see what’s in front of you and think about the priority off all the chores you need to take care of. In other words – seeing as you’re going on international relocation, the paperwork involved is more important than relocating your potted plants. Speaking of living things; make sure you think about all of the smaller details regarding such a large move. For example, if you need someone to help you with relocating your dog, think about such stuff on time.

Stick To A Schedule

When it comes to your move to Hong Kong or really a relocation anywhere on the planet, you’ll realize something. At the end of the day, you’ve got to finite resources to think about in this process – time and money. That’s why having a proper moving schedule is incredibly important if you want everything to go off without a hitch. So, once you’ve sorted out what your priorities are among the assorted moving tasks; think about how much time every single item on that list will take. Once you’ve got that down, you’ll be able to craft a good moving schedule. 

A blurred image of a Hong Kong freeway.
Hong Kong is a pretty fast-paced city, so you’ll have to adjust to that kind of lifestyle!

In this part of the process, you’ve got two factors to take into account; the abovementioned priorities and the amount of time individual tasks require. A combination of these two will yield a simple, yet effective timetable. For each day up to the move, you’ll know precisely what you have to do, and how much time you’ve got to complete it. Obviously, decluttering and downsizing your home is something that you need to do before you start packing, for example; and it probably takes more time too. That kind of thinking will allow you to come up with a flexible, yet practical schedule.

Proper Packing

If you follow each part of your relocation plan well enough, you’ll find that preparing for your move to Hong Kong isn’t actually that stressful and difficult. However, we’d be remiss by not talking about a single part of moving that’s frustrating for absolutely everybody – the packing. If you’re moving for the first time, chances are high that you don’t actually know just how annoying this is. And make no mistake, this isn’t as simple as packing for a vacation to Florida or Hawaii. In this situation, you need to prepare for packing up the entirety of your home – meaning everything you own, no matter how large and small! Remember, you’re leaving UK and moving to Hong Kong this year, not taking a short trip.

A Kingfisher bird found in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong is not only an urban hub, but home to a lot of interesting wildlife!

Start On Time

With that in mind, make sure you give yourself ample time to complete packing before the movers come around. And also, if you manage to do an inventory of your house while you plan the relocation; we recommend taking care of packing supplies as early on as possible. That means getting enough moving boxes; which can be a bit expensive if you’re going to buy brand new ones, but also safer. Apart from that, you’ll also have to consider proper padding and cushioning, so that none of your things break or get damaged in transit. If you think about all of this in advance, though – you should have no issues.

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