As an international moving company, we know that moving across borders can be a big upheaval for families. Not only is this a huge decision to make, but the actual execution of picking up and setting up a life in a new country can seem overwhelming at times. Here are five things that you need to know when packing for an international move:
- Shipping Expenses
You’ve undoubtedly spent many years choosing all your home’s décor, furniture, and appliances. Adding to this, each family member will have toys, personal belongings, and clothes that they would want to take. Shipping expenses can quickly accumulate and many times you will find that shipping all off your family’s belongings isn’t necessarily feasible. Some things, such as appliances, are cheaper to buy in a new country than to transport via air, rail or sea. Get in touch with a few international moving companies so that you can determine what should be taken with you and what should be left behind.
- How Long Your Belongings Will Take to Arrive
Both where you are moving to and the transportation methods that you plan on using will influence how long it takes for your belongings to arrive. Consider what you will need upon arrival and which items you can do without for days, weeks or months (depending on how it will be transported) to determine the most cost-effective and efficient way to get your goods from A to B. Keep this in mind when packing your luggage so that you have items that you will need for immediate use on hand.
- Packaging Materials
Many times, people think they can simply pack their items in boxes and that it will arrive in one piece. It’s important to invest in high-quality packaging material so that you don’t have the expense and disappointment of having to deal with damaged goods.
- Declutter Your Home
A proper spring clean can go a long way in removing the clutter in your home. This will ensure that you get rid of unused items and don’t spend money transporting goods that you haven’t used in years and won’t be using in the future.
- Moving Insurance
Moving insurance is something that people easily disregard. While insurance isn’t always a must-have during a relocation, it’s an important matter to consider. Even if extra care is taken while packing, you always run the risk of items being damaged, which is why moving insurance can come in handy if you are moving pricey items across borders.
Isaac’s Moving and Storage offers everything from packing services and storage services to moving insurance. If you are preparing for an international move, partner with an expert international moving company like Isaac’s Moving and Storage.