Moving to a new country can be stressful on many levels and even thinking about it can trigger your nerves. The paperwork and hassle involved with sorting out and moving your belongings can be chaotic without help. If you are hiring professional packing and moving services, a lot of the work is minimized. However, there are certain preparations that you can do beforehand to make the procedure smoother and less confusing.
This post shares six tips and suggestions which will help you to stay prepared for the packing day and relax while the international movers take charge.
- Separate items you will leave behind
Taking items that you will probably never use again will be useless and a waste of packing space. If your packers must constantly ask you about every item lying around, it will waste a lot of time as well. The thing to do is to take a few hours and make a list of the items which you will need to take with you while moving overseas. Sort out the rest and move them elsewhere so that they do not become an obstruction for your packers. Moreover, the weight of the shipment affects the price, so it’s advisable that you discard the unnecessary articles.
You can sell them off or donate them at a charity. Throwing them away should only be an option for items that are entirely useless.
- Clean and prep the appliances
If you are shipping any appliances, they must be cleaned and prepared for the move first. Anything that is attached to the gas supply must be detached. Appliances attached to the water supply should be detached and the reservoir should be emptied and dried out. Repair and service any appliances that need it. Drying out the appliances will ensure that there is no mould or mildew growth on the way, and you can use them as soon as you settle down in your new home.
- Separate the items you will move
Everyone has certain items which are very personal or have other reasons why you are apprehensive about someone else handling them. You may prefer bringing them along with you. Whether they are collectables, antiques, mementoes, etc.- sort and pack them before the packers arrive to avoid any confusion. You can simply label these packages or keep them somewhere else so that they are not mistakenly packed away with the items to be shipped. A straightforward way to do so is to cordon off an area in the house where you keep all these items and let the overseas movers know that anything kept there need not be packed.
- Create your own complete inventory
This is a taxing job but worth the time and effort for various reasons. When you have the inventory at hand you can,
- Check through the list to tally all the items once they reach you and look for any damage or missing goods.
- File an insurance claim easily if there is anything missing or damaged.
You can do this in the traditional way by noting down everything you will be shipping or use an organizing app. Labelling the items according to the room they belong to or where you intend to keep them in your new home will make unpacking easier for you. Moreover, your packers will be able to finish the packing quickly when they are not interrupted by your attempt to sort the items while they are packing.
- Make babysitting arrangements for pets and children
On the day items will be packed and moved, there will be a certain level of chaos with the doors left ajar and packers moving in and out of the house with heavy boxes. There is always a chance of children and pets going getting in the way amidst all this and this is the last thing you want. Chances of colliding with the packers or tripping over running pets and boxes left here and there not only slows the process but also leads to unfortunate accidents. The best solution is to arrange for your little ones and pets to stay somewhere else with proper supervision. You can send them to a friendly and willing neighbours’ home or arrange for a baby sitter to watch over them in a room of the house which does not have any items to be shipped.
- Plan for items that can’t be transported by the movers
Depending on the company you choose, there will be certain items movers may not pack or move for you and you can find a list of such items from the company. Usually, this includes perishable, or dangerous and inflammable items. Before the packers arrive, make sure you have made some arrangements for these items to make your home is as uncluttered as possible. Some items that are usually refused shipping include:
- Hazardous items that are corrosive and flammable or may spill like oils, chemicals, paints, cleaners, and fluids.
- Perishable items like frozen or fresh food and beverages. Be sure to finish your food stock and clean and detach the refrigerator before the packers arrive if you plan to ship it as well.
- Potted plants are extremely fragile and movers do not want to take responsibility for them. It is best to gift or donate them to ensure they will receive good care.
The suggestions shared here will help you to de-clutter your home as much as possible which in turn will make the process smoother. These are steps you can take without putting in much effort, but they will surely make a huge difference in how the packing and moving day goes for you.