Get Ready For Your Move to Mexico, pt. 2

Get Ready For Your Move to Mexico, pt. 2

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.

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Relocating to Mexico

Get Ready for Your Move to Mexico, pt. 1

Get Ready for Your Move to Mexico, pt. 1

Moving to Mexico can be a big adjustment. You need to figure out how to relocate your belongings, how to keep in contact with loved ones and what paperwork you will need for the big move. This can be stressful, but we promise you once you are in your beautiful vacation home you will forget all about the process.

We want to make the process of moving as easy as we can at Los Arboles Coba. We will be publishing three blogs with information you need about moving to Mexico. Each blog will be for a specific set of time before you move. This blog is about everything you need to prepare when you are about three months away from your dream home at Los Arboles.

3 Months Until the Move


Passports are essential for any travel outside of the United States. Every member of your family that is moving to your home needs to have an up to date passport. In addition to a passport,, each member of your family needs to apply for a visa to live and work in Mexico. This process can raise many questions, so be sure to contact your local Mexican Consulate about the forms and the fees required. If things become more complicated, an immigration lawyer can be helpful in navigating this process.

Driver’s License

Mexico does not require that you have an International Driver’s License. Take your home country’s license with you. Once you have moved in, you can change over your license to Mexico if you so choose. If deciding to change your license over in Mexico, make sure to talk to the proper authorities about which licenses you need in which city.


Pets can come with you to Mexico. However, you need to apply for permission with the local Mexican Consulate, and have all of their shots and paperwork up to date. This is important for each pet that you plan to bring with you.

Electrical Appliances

What electrical appliances are you taking to Mexico? This can be anything from a cell phone to a coffee maker. However, these appliances may not not have the same voltage as they do in Mexico. Low-voltage items such as laptops and cell phones should automatically adapt in Mexico. However, bigger voltage items like furniture or lamps could cause problems when moving and with the voltage difference. You may want to sell or store your old items and buy new ones in Mexico just to make sure the items will not give you problems when moving.

This checklist will make the process of moving to Los Arboles Coba easier. Your dream vacation home awaits, and we can not wait until you are enjoying the beauties of Tulum with us. If you want more information on immigration or travel, please visit MexExprerience.