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.
Unpacking After Your Long Distance Move
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.
Home sweet home
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.