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I’m so stressed!

The move from Sweden to the USA is happening in exactly 1 month’s time, there’s still so much to do, we’ve yet to find a place to live on the other side and we still have a lot of stuff to sell and give away, including our car.

This move is so much more stressful than the last as I’m still working full time and my work load right now is more than usual. When I moved to Sweden I didn’t care about my company as I was leaving, work load had reduced a lot due to COVID, and I had a few weeks off during the move.

Right now this is what we’ve accomplished:

  • Both myself and my wife have our US Visa’s
  • Flights to the US are booked (1 month to go!)
  • Hotel is booked for a week prior to the move in Stockholm whilst our house is cleaned for sale
  • House is sold, car is listed on a selling site

In the next couple of weeks I’m going to have to sell all of my investments in my UK and Swedish non-pension accounts and exchange the currencies to dollars. I’m doing this to make my tax return easier when I’m a US resident. I just hope that the stock market doesn’t shoot up in the 4-6 weeks it will take before I can invest again.

I’m already finding out how a lot of things in the US are weirdly different. We need to fill out forms to even enquire about rental properties, in these these forms we have to list personal information like how much is in our checking and savings accounts and this form goes directly to the landlord. I feel a little weird informing them of how much we have saved and what our salaries are, especially as we’re applying to properties that are cheaper than most. This seems like the perfect set up to make us targets for crime; or maybe I’ve been watching too many US TV shows?

Short one this month as I have so much to do.

See you when I’m in the US!!