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Moving internationally? Here is advice on what to take and what to leave

International moving  can seem like a logistical nightmare. It takes years to create a home that works for you and the idea of packing it all up and relocate to recreate your life in a foreign country can be particularly daunting.

Before we dive into advice about what to take and what to leave behind, first consider a few key questions:

Are you moving into a furnished home?

If you are moving overseas for a work contract, the company that you are working for might offer a relocation package that will furnish the apartment or house for you. Find out how furnished the property is. While they might be supplying kitchen appliances and furniture, you might still have to take everything from your own Tupperware and sheets.

Will the company cover storage of your items or can you leave them in your home?

Sometimes it may be possible to use a spare room in your home to store your belongings for a period, but self-storage is a cost-effective way to keep your items safe and in good condition. Pick a secure and climate controlled provider.

How much can you take?

Consider how much you can take with you on the plane and how much you are allowed to spend on international shipping (for more info on types of shipments click here).

What items are too expensive to replace?

Some things like musical instruments and computers might be too pricey to buy new overseas. Do your research on the replacement costs will be for items before you decide not to pack them or to sell them.

What not to take when relocating

Certain items will need to be bought locally. Localized items include televisions and appliances that have different wiring or plugs. Not only will it cost you money to ship them overseas, but you might not be able to resell them if they don’t work in the new country.

Clothes are something that you should also carefully consider. Clothes can be expensive across the globe, so you don’t want to have to throw out too many items that you use frequently. Consider the weather differences (if you’re moving from Boston to the south of France you can get rid of the coat and should buy some extra swimwear). Plan what you will be using and what you can easily do without before you start packing to make the job easier.

Heavy and bulky furniture is often a problem and you should consider leaving it in storage. Apartments and houses in different countries vary in size and since you are moving to a new country. You may also move house a few times before you settle in. Consider storing “special items” and you can ship them over later, once you are sure they are needed.

Customs Regulations

Many countries have strict import/export customs regulations. Make sure you know what is allowed and what is not to avoid complex situation when clearing your shipment. Using an accredited international mover (FIDI Affiliated) will ensure a quality move and they will be able to provide you access to the FIDI database of customs documents; ask your FIDI moving company about customs restrictions. Sensitive items include medications, guns, vehicles, and anything restricted by trade (like ivory).

If you are looking for a reliable international moving company, contact Isaac Moving & Storage today for a free quote.

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