How do I prepare for an international move? 

Its possible that moving internationally will require you start preparations many months prior to the move date. Depending on the country you’re moving to, some factors might need to be taken into consideration. These could include: visa requirements, work permits, and customs documentation. Make sure you have all relevant paperwork before entering your destination. Delivery timeframes for international moving differ from moves within the United States. Knowing transit times allows you to prepare your packing plan ready for moving day. Before you begin packing, check if certain items cannot be moved, or will require duty and import fees. You’ll also want to understand how do you pack clothes for moving overseas. Firstly, sort through your clothing; you might not need some items where you’re moving. Use a combination of wardrobe boxes, and different sized moving boxes. It’s a good idea to seal woolens, and put moth preventers in the boxes. This will protect clothing while your belongings are in transit.  

 Is it cheaper to move your stuff or buy new stuff? Relocating, especially internationally, is a good opportunity to downsize. Get shipping quotes for moving your current belongings while at the same time source costs to buy new stuff once you arrive. You can then determine which will be cheaper.  

There are many advantages of hiring professional packers for a long distance move. Reputable moving companies are equipped with trained packers; in addition to transporting your belongings across country, for an additional fee you can also hire your moving company to professionally pack for you.

What do professional packers do?

Professional packers provide packing materials, including supplies for any item that might require specialty crating or packaging, such as fragile items, or artwork. You might also be wondering how long do professional packers take? In one day, two professional packers are able to pack up to 100-150 boxes. This is a considerable amount of boxes; think about the time that could save you! A common question asked is “how do I prepare my house for a packer?” It’s best that when the packers arrive, you have already decluttered and got rid of anything that will not be moving. Another very important preparation is knowing what will packers not pack. Your moving company will provide you a list on non-allowables, which will include: hazardous items, perishables, and plants. This way packing will be speedy, efficient and professional.

During a long distance move, should any damage occur to your belongings during transit, having professional packers pack for you will ensure your items have liability coverage.

Protecting Your Belongings

Flat screen televisions are fragile items that need to be well protected in preparation for a long distance move. Find out how to safely pack a flat screen TV.

The best packaging for a flat screen TV is the original box in which it came in. It will contain the original packaging and protective pieces. If however, the original packaging is not available, there are other protective solutions. If a professional moving company is transporting your belongings, they can provide a TV packing kit. Packing kits can also be purchased independently if you’ll be doing a DIY move. Alternatively, the television can be protected with soft padding such as: bubble wrap, moving blankets, or for a more eco friendly move and to reduce packing waste, you can use things like linens, blankets, or clothing. It’s important that in addition to soft protection, there is also a hard layer protecting the television. This could be in the form of a specialized box, pieces of cardboard, or thin plywood. Make sure any spaces are filled, so the television won’t move around. Before the television is packed, unplug and remove any cables that are attached to the television. Labeling the cables is a good idea. Cleaning the television from any accumulated dust and dirt is advised before being packed. This is important if the television will be going into storage.

Common Moving Tips

Understanding common moving mistakes can help you avoid these same mistakes during your long distance move.  

Research moving companies – This is extremely important! Whether you plan to hire a professional moving company, or rent a moving truck for a DIY move. Not researching moving companies could see your belongings in the wrong hands. Avoid this mistake and avoid being part of a moving scam. 

Have enough time to pack – Not allocating enough time to pack for a long distance move is a common mistake. Ideally, and depending on size of the move, start at least 8 weeks before your move date. Another common packing mistake is packing moving boxes to heavy.  

Ask questions - A very common mistake when moving, is not asking all the questions you would like answers to. There is a lot to know about long distance moving, if you’re unsure about anything, need additional information, or just have questions, ask! You need to understand every aspect of your move.  

Labeling boxes – Take inventory of your items and know what’s in each box and which room it goes in. This is vital and will help both you and the movers.  

Insurance – Not getting the right moving insurance, or not having insurance, is a common moving mistake. Reputable moving companies do their best to deliver items undamaged. However, it does occasionally happen. Knowing you’re covered with the right insurance will put your mind at ease.


Prepare For An Estate Sale

If you’re planning to sell or auction the contents of an entire home, including personal belongings, art and jewelry, this is an estate sale. It’s common to hire specialists in the field of estate sales to oversee the sale. This is due to the size and time required to organize and manage a sale of this grandeur. Setting up and coordinating an estate sale without professionals is possible. Make sure to have reliable, honest people to help throughout the process, and have people who can be on guard for any possible theft.

During preparations for the sale, every item will need to be checked to determine whether it can be sold at the estate sale. This means going through every room, cupboard, drawer etc. in the house. Garages, basements and attics will also need to be checked. Have items clean and in good condition, selling will be easier. However, if some specialized items cannot be fixed, still include them in the sale.

Catalogue and price each item. Estate sales are usually big, it’s important to be organized from the very beginning. Take photos and catalogue each item along with the asking price and specifications. Once an item has sold, make a note including the final sale price. When planning how to display everything, make sure buyers can move around comfortably. Small valuables, such as jewelry should be exhibited close to where purchases are made.