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Old Mar 31st 2008, 10:22 am
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Hi all,
So I will be moving from London to San Fransico soon.
This will be my first major move so its all rather exciting and scary at the same time.
I have a long list of things to do and have the feeling that I'm forgetting something.
Can anyone give my any tips on things they did right or wrong during their move. Or point me towards a good resource for such things.

Some of the more major things from my list:

Visa: just waiting for the interview
Cancel services: ISP, water, electricity , gas
Notify: Banks, council tax, student loan
Movers: Contacted for initial survey
Plane tickets: booked

Anyone see anything else major??

Cheers
KK
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Old Mar 31st 2008, 10:51 am
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Originally Posted by ImmortalNinja View Post
Hi all,
So I will be moving from London to San Fransico soon.
This will be my first major move so its all rather exciting and scary at the same time.
I have a long list of things to do and have the feeling that I'm forgetting something.
Can anyone give my any tips on things they did right or wrong during their move. Or point me towards a good resource for such things.

Some of the more major things from my list:

Visa: just waiting for the interview
Cancel services: ISP, water, electricity , gas
Notify: Banks, council tax, student loan
Movers: Contacted for initial survey
Plane tickets: booked

Anyone see anything else major??

Cheers
KK

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Old Mar 31st 2008, 10:54 am
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Sort out your crap NOW!
Don't bring stuff you never used in the UK all the way to the USA, Don't bring electrical stuff if it doesn't run on 110V 60Hz unless you paid an arm and a leg for it.
Take photos of places you like so if you get home sick you can remind yourself of what home really looked like.
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Old Mar 31st 2008, 11:42 am
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Originally Posted by ImmortalNinja View Post
Hi all,
So I will be moving from London to San Fransico soon.
This will be my first major move so its all rather exciting and scary at the same time.
I have a long list of things to do and have the feeling that I'm forgetting something.
Can anyone give my any tips on things they did right or wrong during their move. Or point me towards a good resource for such things.

Some of the more major things from my list:

Visa: just waiting for the interview
Cancel services: ISP, water, electricity , gas
Notify: Banks, council tax, student loan
Movers: Contacted for initial survey
Plane tickets: booked

Anyone see anything else major??

Cheers
KK
I presume you have accomodation sorted in SF? Will you need to rent a car?

We move out to SF on Sat (T5 at Heathrow issue sorted by then I hope), so do not under extimate how long it will take to claer tha crap out of your house. We knew we have been moving since Dec 07, and so of course am still sorting out now.

Must contact student loans now, as they send you paperwork which has to be returned within 2 months of you arriving in new country or they fine you each month!

Advise you to keep you UK clearing bank account to pay them by Direct debit, and set up another Bank account in SF when you get there.

If you are with HSBC now it will be easier than starting with a new bank out they as apparanelty they can link in to your current branch in UK to see that you are / arent a good customer. At least thats what Ive been told!
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Old Mar 31st 2008, 1:31 pm
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definatly sort your stuff now. Give away, throw away, charity shop, car boot anything non-essential. Use Freecycle to get other people to come and collect your junk!

I managed to get through about 80% of my house before we came and got rid of loads. I still (6 months on) have boxes in the basement of this rental house that are full of odd bits i shoudlnt have bothered bringing. (our shipping was free with employer - so im not talking about cost more about wasting time and energy lugging the damn stuff about here).

Check the electrical items you are bringing. Do they state dual voltage (ie 110-240) on the plug, transformer or backplate? If it does then you can bring it and just change the plug or cable this end. Otherwise you will need to buy some step up transformers and a uk multiway socket to keep on operating them). But dont do that for small things as they are so cheap here.

If you have a choice of some air freight then chose what will go into it? Find out about where you will be stayig on arrival and what you might need and make sure you have that in suitcase or air freight so it arrives quickly. The rest can be sea freight.

get an international driving licence. (just another useful piece of id).
get a UK amex account (so you can start to build up a credit record now and then tranfser it to a us account once you are here)
if your keeping your home/mortgage make sure the mortgage company give permission for it to be let out. (most reputable letting agents will need to see that anyways).

change mailing address to a family address for stuff like premium bonds and they are not allowed to send this to the US.

if you have aa cover ring them as they can put your 'account' on hold for something like 7 years (as they wont refund) in case you do come back.
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Get together medical paperwork now, and if you have any children sort out their medical paperwork (especially vaccination records) as well. These can take some time to get sorted so best to get them out of the way. You might also want to see some friends and the such now, as the demand on your time as you get closer to your move will be pretty heavy.

You might also take a look at the WIKI on the top of this page and check some of the things in the USA section about culture shock, making friends, etc.

Right now it seems you are in the packing and getting ready to move mode which often distracts people from the 'hard think' about the adjustment they are going to undertake. That usually starts a few weeks after the boxes are unpacked and they ask 'what have I done?!' Might be good to think about a few of those things now before you head out the door.
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read the wiki...search through this forum and read lots...and enjoy
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You did not list whether you have a job? That is vital over here in the Bay.


Originally Posted by ImmortalNinja View Post
Hi all,
So I will be moving from London to San Fransico soon.
This will be my first major move so its all rather exciting and scary at the same time.
I have a long list of things to do and have the feeling that I'm forgetting something.
Can anyone give my any tips on things they did right or wrong during their move. Or point me towards a good resource for such things.

Some of the more major things from my list:

Visa: just waiting for the interview
Cancel services: ISP, water, electricity , gas
Notify: Banks, council tax, student loan
Movers: Contacted for initial survey
Plane tickets: booked

Anyone see anything else major??

Cheers
KK
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Bring a very open mind.

Erase from your brain any Hollywood versions of the US you've seen on UK TV. The reality of living here and experiencing the truth will give you culture shock.

Take photos of everything/everyone before you go. If you don't think you'll miss it now you will when you get to the US.

Eat as much variety of Brit food (real fish & chips, chicken and mushroom pie as examples) for the last week because your really going to miss it here.

Get everyones email address. Saves on calling home.
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Originally Posted by ImmortalNinja View Post
Hi all,
So I will be moving from London to San Fransico soon.
This will be my first major move so its all rather exciting and scary at the same time.
I have a long list of things to do and have the feeling that I'm forgetting something.
Can anyone give my any tips on things they did right or wrong during their move. Or point me towards a good resource for such things.

Some of the more major things from my list:

Visa: just waiting for the interview
Cancel services: ISP, water, electricity , gas
Notify: Banks, council tax, student loan
Movers: Contacted for initial survey
Plane tickets: booked

Anyone see anything else major??

Cheers
KK

Dont do it! Its better in the UK
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Originally Posted by ImmortalNinja View Post
Hi all,
So I will be moving from London to San Fransico soon.
This will be my first major move so its all rather exciting and scary at the same time.
I have a long list of things to do and have the feeling that I'm forgetting something.
Can anyone give my any tips on things they did right or wrong during their move. Or point me towards a good resource for such things.

Some of the more major things from my list:

Visa: just waiting for the interview
Cancel services: ISP, water, electricity , gas
Notify: Banks, council tax, student loan
Movers: Contacted for initial survey
Plane tickets: booked

Anyone see anything else major??

Cheers
KK

Throw out all of your clothes and pack your suitcase with as much British Beer as you can get over here (I'm talking real ales, not lager)... I'll meet you at JFK.

No? Oh well.
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Throw out all of your clothes and pack your suitcase with as much British Beer as you can get over here (I'm talking real ales, not lager)... I'll meet you at JFK.

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Dont do it! Its better in the UK
i was just going to say the same
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Originally Posted by ImmortalNinja View Post
Hi all,
So I will be moving from London to San Fransico soon.
This will be my first major move so its all rather exciting and scary at the same time.
I have a long list of things to do and have the feeling that I'm forgetting something.
Can anyone give my any tips on things they did right or wrong during their move. Or point me towards a good resource for such things.

Some of the more major things from my list:

Visa: just waiting for the interview
Cancel services: ISP, water, electricity , gas
Notify: Banks, council tax, student loan
Movers: Contacted for initial survey
Plane tickets: booked

Anyone see anything else major??

Cheers
KK
Movers - Davies Turner did a great job for us - well wrapped, just received this week and virtually no damage. Lamps easy to convert the plugs, use British wiring but bayonet bulbs in 120 voltage not easy to find. Stepdown Transformers easily available if needed. Be pleased to answer any questions. There is a Treasury form for those leaving the UK. San Francisco is a fabulous city.
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Originally Posted by William Semmes View Post
Movers - Davies Turner did a great job for us - well wrapped, just received this week and virtually no damage. Lamps easy to convert the plugs, use British wiring but bayonet bulbs in 120 voltage not easy to find. Stepdown Transformers easily available if needed. Be pleased to answer any questions. There is a Treasury form for those leaving the UK. San Francisco is a fabulous city.
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You're right! Bayonet fitting bulbs are a bitch to find, almost impossible in fact... Best trick, thrown out the lecky lights which require bayonet bulbs before you start packing! See you at JFK!
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