Relocating across town or to another state is a big enough task in and of itself, but when you start thinking about international moving you are faced with some unique challenges that you may or may not have even considered. As you begin to plan your move, you’ll want to really think through which items are worth taking with you and which ones you are better off leaving behind in order to keep your expenses and hassles to a minimum. A good place to start your downsizing efforts may be with your electronic devices.
If you are moving overseas keep in mind that the electrical outlets you will be connecting your electronics to are not the same as at home. The shape, size and type of connector, as well as the voltage levels will vary according to the country you are moving to. Electrical outlets in the U.S. deliver 120 volts whereas in Europe, for example, they use 230 volts. In order to use your American electronics there and in other parts of the world you will need to use an adaptor for every device to not only plug them in, but to also adjust the voltage level and avoid ruining your equipment.
Before an international move, it may be worth picking up an adaptor or two for some of your electronics such as laptops, cameras and cell phones. Just remember to use an adaptor that works for both outlet type and voltage amount. But for large items such as televisions or stereos, the smarter choice might be to reduce your moving load by leaving them behind and purchasing new ones when you settle in to your new home. The expense of buying new electronics will likely be at least partially negated by reducing your international moving costs.
If you are considering moving overseas or to another country, let us show you how our experience and expertise can give you the best possible international moving service possible. We are a Houston, Austin and Dallas/Fort Worth Mayflower Moving Company, and have been providing award winning local and international moving service since 1982.