Before the movers can deliver your items, a few things will need to be prepared. Firstly, ensure the moving company has all the correct information, delivery address, and contact numbers. It is best that you’re home for the unloading of your items, however, if this is not possible, have someone there who can accept the delivery. Inform the moving company.

You will need to make sure ahead of time that the moving truck can park without any problems. Obtain parking permits if needed. The closer the moving truck is to your home, the easier and quicker unloading will be. It will also lessen the chance of any additional charges, such as long carry. If you live in a building with an elevator, it might need to be reserved. Speak with the building manager to ensure the elevator will be available for your use on the delivery date.

If small children and babies will be present on the day of delivery, it is advised to have a babysitter to watch and keep them out of the way of the delivery crew. This will prevent any accidents and allow you to focus on your delivery. Older children often like to be involved, there are plenty of little jobs to keep them occupied.

Many moving companies provide unpacking services. If you would like to add this to your estimate, make sure you do so prior to delivery day.

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.

International movingMoving 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.

unpacking your move

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.

unpacking-plan

Moving to a new home can be an exciting time! It can also become a costly endeavor, whether it’s locally, or long distance to the other side of the country. Knowing how to cut your moving costs can keep the price down, and at the same time be an enjoyable experience.

moving cross countryBefore you begin packing, declutter your home. You’ll be amazed at how much stuff you don’t need. It’s also an opportunity to leave some of the larger furniture behind. Think about how you would like your new home to be furnished. Items not being moved can be donated, given to friends and family, or anything of value can be sold. Lighting your load will really have an impact on the price you pay to transport your belongings to your new home.

Obtain estimates from at least three different moving companies and compare quotes. It’s very important to review each company to see what is being offered. Beware of any quote that is priced very low.

Doing your own packing and gathering packing supplies can keep the cost of moving down. Many household items, such as linens and clothing can be used to protect your items, and as padding for boxes. This will save on purchasing paper filling, and keep the number of boxes down. With an online search, used packing materials can be found locally.

Another way to cut costs is to have flexibility with your moving date. Certain times of the year, and times of the month cost less.