Relocating to a new country or city is a major shake-up for anyone. The whole process is one of excitement and anxiety. A new place offers new opportunities and exploration while at the same time you will have to start giving the process of a long distance move a lot of thought. This will ensure that moving and packing is a smooth process or at least, it will be less stressful than if you were disorganized.
Tips for a Successful Long Distance Move
Once you know when you are likely to move to your new destination, it is time to put on your thinking hat. First off, look into the list of professional movers and packers in your area at least a couple of months earlier. You must do thorough research about their services such as long distance move, international shipping and similar activities which you may want to use. You may also come across other options such as rental trucks, storage containers, or self-service moving. Before you make a final decision, check customer reviews, license including inter-state license, pricing, and verified physical location in your destination for easier coordination.
Hiring a professional international mover is more sustainable not only in terms of cost and organization, but they can also provide more information on the kind of documentation and other legal requirements you may have to complete to get the shipment through customs and have a hassle free move. Moreover, locking in a movers and packers of your choice as early as possible will help you avoid the season rush. For example, in the summer, which is the peak season, it may be tough to find long distance movers at a cost with services you are looking for.
One of the important things you have to check for is whether the organization will provide you in-house estimates, where the company representative will survey the entire place and provide an estimate based on the items that have to be shipped. This is much more definitive and will help you budget the cost incurred rather than get a bill you have not been informed about earlier. So prior to signing the contract, have the terms and conditions including pricing, moving date, insurance coverage, and schedule of delivery clearly stated.
Next is the process of segregating items you need immediately, those that you can use at the new destination and those that you no longer plan to use or has no use. Once you segregate the items, you can also plan the packaging accordingly. Since the payment is based on the number of items you plan to ship, it is important to downsize practically. After the items are segregated, label the boxes and list the items in these boxes. Fragile items will require a different packaging to protect them from potential damage and must be mandatorily labelled. While the big items are taken care of, we tend to miss out details we take for granted such as transporting our vehicle and pets, both of which a number of legal clearances. Pets moreover require greater care to avoid stressing them over a long journey.