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Tips to Consider When Doing an International Moving

Feb 29, 2008
Have you ever fantasized about moving across the world to experience another culture, or to study a foreign language? Many people have, but the thought of going through with such a move is a headache. Here are a few tips to make it easier for you to follow your heart and your dreams, and move wherever you want in the world.

Plan ahead. It doesn't matter whether you are moving two blocks or two thousand miles, being organized ahead of time will save you a ton of time. Make sure everyone in your household is organized. One person unorganized can cause a headache for the whole family.

Let it go. Sometimes you just cannot move everything in your entire house. This is a great time to really do some deep cleaning and part with some of those possessions that you've been holding onto for far too long. Don't feel bad for parting with some items of sentimental value; you can also unload a ton of weight in old papers and unnecessary bulk.

Unfortunately you may also have to leave behind some of your larger furniture that is just impractical to move. Other items you may have to let go include paint, perishable foods, and things that can cause damage to your possessions if they leak during the move.

Hold onto personal items. If you are using a moving company or even if you are doing all of the moving yourself, make sure that all of your valuables are safely packed away, or hold onto them yourself.

Moving companies do not take responsibility for any damages that occur during the move, and if the damage is a result of your poor packing, there will be no way to fix the damages later. It is easier and safer to hold onto your valuables separately and move them on your own away from all of your other possessions.

Get insurance. Many moving companies offer some sort of insurance so if you are using someone else to move, make sure you have checked out all of your insurance options. Insurance serves as a safe guard in case anything goes missing or damage occurs. This is also related to keeping your valuables in your own hands to avoid the necessity of expensive and personal items disappearing during a long move.

Lastly, check your inventory once everything has been delivered. Make sure all of your boxes have arrived and there is no damage. Keep a list of anything that has disappeared, broken, or become damaged during the move and contact the moving company if you used one. If you have insurance they will most likely be able to assist you in regaining some, if not all, of your losses.

To some, the dream of moving around the world ends with a disastrous move, but if you take the time to get yourself organized and ready you shouldn't have a problem. As long as you plan ahead this move will be the same as any other move, and you will be able to unpack and begin your new life without any trouble.

The hardest part of preparing for a move such as this is getting rid of all the extra weight and letting go of possessions that will otherwise hold you back or cost you unreasonable amounts to move.
About the Author
We are an international moving company serving Canada and USA. For cross border moves from U.S. to Canada, or Canada to U.S., please see Residential Moving.
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