How exciting! Moving internationally to another country. Within that excitement, there could also be feelings of anxiousness and possibly even a little fear, all of which are natural. If you’re moving to a country that you’ve never been to before, there’s a lot to take in, a whole new culture! Often, we feel very comfortable with the familiar, the food we know, the climate, our surroundings, and if you’re not able to speak the language, it’s only natural that you might be experiencing culture shock.
Moving to a new country is a big step, especially if you’ve done it alone. Finding your community, and places of interest, might take a little longer than expected. If you find yourself feeling lonely, impatient, or having any physical pain, such as headaches or stomachaches, both of which are common causes of stress, you might be experiencing culture shock.
To ease culture shock and have a smooth transition, there are ways to help you adjust to the move. These can be done before you move. They include: Learning about the country you’re moving too, and familiarizing yourself with the language. Acquaint yourself with local attractions that can be visited once you arrive. And remember not to rush to accomplish everything immediately. Adjusting takes time. You’ll meet new friends, find your favorite hangout spot, and become a local sooner than you expect.
Your long distance move is almost complete. The only thing remaining is to unpack your belongings in your new home.
First, check inventory to make sure everything has arrived. Once it is confirmed you have all your boxes and furniture, start by unpacking some essentials. If you prepared a first day essentials box, locate this. It should have the basics for you and your family while you organize the rest of your stuff.
It is best to unpack the kitchen and bedrooms first. This way you and your family have a place to eat and sleep, allowing you to continue your daily routines, such as work, school, etc. while you unpack the rest of your home. Once you have these basics in place, create an unpacking plan. If you have children, their stuff should be unpacked after the basics, this way they can be surrounded by their belongings, which will create a sense of familiarity. If you have the space, use one room for all the boxes, you can then unpack them, as you need them. Alternatively, place boxes in the corresponding rooms. Ideally, each box will be labeled clearly.
Next step is to decide where you want to place your large pieces of furniture and make your new home, feel like home. If you’re feeling creative, sketch a rough floor plan and draw a layout of where you would like your furniture placed. This will save you time and energy when it comes to lifting and moving any heavy pieces.
Moving to a new home can be very simple. However, some moves require special services, also referred to as accessorial services within the moving industry.
Extra services could include:
Packing/unpacking – professional packers pack and unpack your belongings.
Bulky items – Pianos, pool tables, motorcycles, etc. are considered bulky items. They are heavy and hard to maneuver.
Expedited service – Receiving delivery on a guaranteed date.
Stairs – Flight charge is common above a certain number of stairs. Check with your moving company.
Elevator – Elevator charges are common in the city. More time is spent loading and unloading an elevator when done more than once.
Long carry - If your items need to be carried above a certain distance from the moving truck to delivery location.
Shuttle service – If a large moving truck cannot park by your home, a smaller shuttle truck will need to be used.
Extra services are charged at an additional cost, on top of the estimate provided from your moving company. Before the movers pick up your items, you might have already arranged extra services; therefore they will already be included in your estimate. In some situations, extra services are necessary without prior knowledge, due to unforeseen circumstances. Knowing what the extra services mean will help you better understand what you are being charged for.
Moving to Los Angeles with Children
Los Angeles! What an exciting place to move to with children to. Whatever their age, there’s something for every child. If your children are old enough and want to be involved in the move, let them research and explore all the possibilities this city has to offer. This can be done online with the abundance of information available.
Your children might be feeling anxious about the move, reassure them, and keep their current routines in place while you prepare for the move. There are some great books to help children through the transition process.
Whatever interests your children have, or would like to pursue, you’re sure to find them in this dynamic metropolitan city. Los Angeles offers so much to its residents, of all ages. For culture, visit world famous museums, such as The Natural History Museum, The Science Center, and Griffith Park Observatory. Catch a movie in the city famous for movie making. In addition, there are a variety of educational classes and programs in and around the city. When the kids feel like being in nature, right on your doorstep hiking trails, beaches, surround you. In the winter, children can choose between going skiing, surfing, and if desired, both can even be achieved in the same day. With year round sunshine, Los Angeles boasts some of the best playgrounds in the country, providing children of all age’s endless hours of fun!
Screening Moving Companies
Moving home can often require having to hire a professional moving company to transport your belongings, either locally or across the country. Naturally, you want to be guaranteed that the company you hire will provide the best service possible.
To choose the right moving company for your move, it’s a good idea to screen any company you are considering. As the moving industry continues to grow, unfortunately, moving scams do occasionally happen. To avoid hiring a fraudulent moving company and being a victim of a scam, check each company thoroughly! Start by finding moving companies that service your area and are able to deliver to your new destination. Friends, family, coworkers or the Internet are good places to get recommendations.
Look at the website of each moving company for professionalism and services offered. Any reputable moving company will have their DOT number available. Check licensing and insurance of all the companies you are considering. Read customer reviews and check company ratings with the Better Business Bureau (BBB). Once you have done your research, eliminate any company that is not satisfactory. Speaking with the moving companies you have shortlisted, and receiving written estimates is the next process in screening the moving companies you’re thinking of hiring. Ask as many questions as needed to make sure you understand was your move involves.