Moving from one house to the next, even if they are across the street, is stressful and overwhelming. If you are moving to Germany from Canada, it is like moving to another world. The best way to make your transition more smooth is to have things done ahead of time, so you are prepared for the big day. These are the five things you should do months ahead of time to ensure you are all good to go.
Get estimates from movers
Moving is a huge expense and can be even more expensive if your options are limited. When you find out that you are moving, the first call you should make is to movers to find out who moves internationally and how much it will cost. Having options to choose from is important to finding not only the most secure moving company but also one that you can afford.
Go over the specific details with the movers
Make sure that you talk in depth with the movers before the moving day. If you have large items or ones that may cause a problem in customs, go over them in detail well before the moving date. There may be specific things that need to be done, and you don’t want to run the risk of things not being moved or being held up due to not being specific with the moving company about any wishes, needs, or issues that may arise.
Collect moving and packing material
Sometimes the most expensive part of moving is securing the packing materials. Since your things are going to be traveling a long way, packing them with the proper materials to insulate and protect them is critical. If you plan ahead, you can get materials second hand which will cut down on the cost and also be a greener option for the environment. Check local classifieds to see if anyone is giving away or reselling their moving materials.
Pack little by little
The best way to plan for a move is to pack little bits at a time. If you wait until the last minute you run the risk of not doing it properly and protecting your items. It also is very stressful to pack everything at once. If there are things you aren’t going to need, pack them early and get them out of the way so that on moving day you aren’t running around ragged.
Throw out things you don’t want
If you haven’t used things in a while, there is no sense paying to have them moved. It is just an expense and hassle that you don’t need. Go through your things to ensure that they are worthy of the move, and, if they aren’t, then either donate them or throw them out.
If you plan ahead, an international move can go much more smoothly. Moving, in general, is very stressful. The more you can plan ahead, the better. That way on moving day you won’t be stressed out and overwhelmed.