You have made the decision to move to Tulum. We are so excited to have you at Los Arboles Coba. However, making sure you have all of your paperwork in place is crucial before you make the trip to your new paradise. In part 2 of this blog series, we will look at what you should do two months before your move. If you are a little further away from your move, you can read about what to do 3-6 months out in part 1 of our blog here.
Get Quotes From Moving Companies
Unless you plan to move to Tulum on a truck, we recommend getting quotes from moving companies two months before your move in date. Since you have already decided what to bring with you, you can create a list of how much space you will need to haul your belongings. This list will help with the quote from the moving company. We recommend at least three quotes so you can pick the best one for your family.
It is important to remember that since you are traveling to a new country, your items will be shipped by road. This means it is crucial to make sure your moving company has a good track record and experience in moving across borders. A few moving companies that you may want to research are United Van Lines, Atlas Van Lines and Mayflower Transit.
Storage and Importing Your Personal Items
If you are flying to Mexico, your items will likely arrive after you. However, make sure to have a backup strategy in case your items would arrive before you. You do not want to pay a hefty storage fee for your items because they had no where to go. We suggest talking to your moving company about different solutions in case you would arrive after your items.
Importing your personal goods to Mexico is duty free as long as you acquired your Resident Visa and present a list of your personal items at the border or at customs in the airport. This list, often called a “Menaje de Casa,” has an inventory of all your goods and their values. Clothing, books, and other personal items are considered duty free. Electrical goods and home appliances are subject to a duty limit, and everything after that limit you will be required to pay a tax on. This can be very confusing, so it is best to use a moving company who is well-educated on bureaucratic information and customs requirements for your move.
Schooling For Children
Do you have children coming with you to Mexico? You may need to independently research potential schools in Mexico for your children, if you will be there for the school year. We recommend drawing up a list and visiting those schools on before your move or upon your arrival.
Change of Address
This is the time to get organized and make a list of everyone that needs your new address. You should also arrange a holding or forwarding address in your home country in case your mail does not make it to the new address.
These steps will help ensure a smooth transition when you move to Tulum. This can be stressful, but if you just remember the gorgeous vacation home you have purchased, all of your worries will melt away. You will love living at Los Arboles Coba.
Relocating to Mexico