Moving is a big deal, and while it is often a challenging time it doesn’t have to be as stressful as many people end up experiencing. A domestic move has issues of its own but an international relocation can have additional challenges and unique issues to face. It will vary by country but there are some basic guidelines that if taken into consideration can make the whole process go smoothly.
First rule is do not assume, that means anything. The norm that you are used to where you are moving from does not necessarily translate into the norm at your new location. For example if the new home is a rental property, find out who’s responsibility it is to ensure utilities are connected, as well as things such as refuse or snow removal. Make sure you have a clear understanding of what the landlord is responsible for and what things are your responsibilty in the partnership.
While it is one thing to pack your personal belongings to move across town or the state, it is quite another to do so to a new country. This is not the time to try to save a few pennies by packing yourself. It is well worth the additional cost to have everything professionally packed and inventoried. You will save in the long run in worry, grief and most often cost, by leaving it to the professionals. The horror stories of attempting it alone are plentiful enough, don’t join them. If you want to expedite things by packing up a few boxes of books or expendable items take great care to label carefully, and keep a manifest. Packing yourself for overseas moves is not permitted, no exceptions. Rates for international moves are based on weight and size, so think long and hard on not only what you really want to bring, but how you want it packed. Some items are going to be less expensive to replace than they would be to move. It is the perfect opportunity to clean out and get rid of unworn clothes, storage containers, and all nonessential items.
Some items simply cannot come with you. It is up to you to ensure you have a clear understanding of what is permitted and what isn’t. Fire arms, flammable items, plants, fireworks, food and liquor are special considerations and may be forbidden. You can obtain a detailed list from the consulate, the moving company or the internet. Pets will require proper documentation and recent inspections, and may be held in quarantine so find out everything you can do to make their transmission as smooth as possible, the risk of failing to do so is losing your pet – permanently.
Trust the professional movers, it may be your first international move but it is what they do. They will be happy to help with any questions and concerns you have, and if they are not communicative that way find another mover. The real pros will treat both you and your belongings with respect.
Contact the experienced professionals at Daryl Flood Relocation & Logistics regarding any questions you may have about your upcoming international moving plans.