5 Tips for Long Distance Moving Bliss
At Moving Forward, we help many locals move in the tri-cities and surrounding areas. On occasion, we even help people move to and from larger cities like Toronto and Mississauga. This post focuses on moving from one continent to another. If you’re moving out of state, our friends over at upack.com wrote an excellent post which outlines how much money you need to save to move out of state.
While you may not need to move out of state, or to another continent, many tips found below can help you even if you’re moving across the street.
First things First: Long Distance Moving
Moving to a new continent can probably make you a bit worried. You’ll have to pack up all of your belongings, and make the extensive trek across the ocean. Whether moving for work or to start a new life, moving overseas can make for a daunting and exciting time.
Like any project in life, the chances of everything working out as planned decrease as the scale of the project increases. After all, moving abroad represents many significant challenges and potential risks.
While we are not an international moving company, we would suggest enlisting the help of a professional long distance moving company. A good long distance moving company can make the overseas move as simple as moving down the street.
Finding a moving company with experience in the field of international moving services is something you shouldn’t put a price on. With some careful research, you should have no issues finding a moving company and it shouldn’t cost you an arm and a leg. If you want our suggestion, contact us and we’ll point you in the direction of our favorites.
Not all International Moving Firms are Created Equal
A good international moving firm will help you make the best use of your space, and they will make sure your possessions are given the care and protection they so richly deserve. From planning and packing, to transportation and delivery, an international moving company will have the experience and resources to ensure YOU and YOUR BELONGINGS are cared for. They will also provide insights on what types of permits and insurance you require, as well as any other important information.
Tip #1: Packing for an International Move
As you gather quotes from various companies, make sure to inquire about their strategy for packing. You may or may not know, but space can cost when moving anything overseas. If they don’t have a solid plan to pack your goods, you may end up using more space than needed which will translate into added cost on your end.
Tip #2: Long Distance Moving Methods
Some of your items may require different delivery methods. These different methods may take different amounts of time to reach the final destination. The moving company should be able to help you make an informed decision on the best method of shipping. Be open minded, there may be some items that are not feasible to ship unless you’re prepared to spend large amounts of money to move them.
Tip #3: Visit Online Resources in the Country of Origin
North Dakota State University offers its international students a resource page that helps them keep organized and understand what needs to be done. Many Local, Provincial, State, and Federal locations offer resource pages on their websites. Be sure to visit these and write down any pertinent information.
Tip #4: Time is Money!
As with any move, time is money. Moving long distance can be even more of a problem than
locally. Moving rates can be expensive and they can be tied to time. While long distance movers stake their trade on their ability to get things to their destination according to strict deadlines, it’s important to note that any delays along the way can be extremely costly if you’re paying by the hour.
Tip #5: Experience is Key
For most overseas or long distance movers, this will not be their first long distance move. You’re moving company should have an extensive moving history documentation detailing where they’ve helped people move, and what you need to prepare for. If the company you’re considering has no experience, this should weigh heavily on your decision as to which firm’s services to enlist.
Preferably, you’ll want to select someone who knows your destination – or the long distance moving system – well. Your selection should be able to give you on-the-ground support the other end. This could range from knowing a local courier or taxi service to transport you to your new home. It could also include knowing a local car rental or removing van rental provider to pick you up after you’ve disembark. Or, being able to arrange temporary a storage facility space for your belongings in your new hometown or city. The true value of a professional moving firm will flow from their familiarity with local regulations and laws and companies.
A Few Last Words
Moving to a new State or Country doesn’t have to be stressful. By following the tips above, you can focus on the stuff that really matters and sit back and relax when it comes time to take the big leap. Enlist a professional, and get on with the important work of looking forward to your new life in your new home!
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