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    Moving abroad? How to pick a reliable international removal company

    February 18th, 2020
    Orbit Moving


    So, you’ve decluttered, donated, and moved all the items you no longer need into storage in preparation of your big overseas move? Even if you haven’t gotten that far, it’s never too early to start planning, to ensure that things run smoothly for your international move.

    Part of this process is deciding on a reliable international removal (moving) company that will make your transition as seamless as possible. Here are some tips on picking a reliable international moving company.

    Get Started Early

    It will take some time to get quotes and decide. To get an accurate quote each company will likely send an assessor to your home to give you a calculation of what needs to be packed, along with recommendations on how it should travel (i.e. air, freight, etc.).

    Variety Is The Spice Of Life

    To get good idea of price ranges and expertise, many recommend reaching out to at least three international movers to get comparable quotes. This will allow you to consider items beyond price, like years in the business, online reviews, and recommendations, along with pricing considerations. Remember, a small discount won’t mean much to you if all your worldly belongings are delayed by days, weeks, or even months beyond what was promised. If you have a lot of breakable, vintage, or antique items to move, make sure you get some quotes from international movers with the specialty you require. Ask for recommendations from friends, family, and search online to cast your net wide and get a variety of quotes.

    Connect With Your Employer

    If your international move is related to your job, check in with your employer. Often, they will have ongoing relationships with international removal companies and sometimes they will pay for this move as a part of your relocation. This will make your decision process a lot easier. If they don’t have such an arrangement consider reaching out to a handful of other employees who have recently undergone such a move to find out which company they went with and their thoughts on whether or not they’d recommend the company to someone else, like you!

    Compare Apples To Apples

    Make sure when you analyse pricing differences that you are comparing comparable services. For example, a price comparison between companies that pack containers for you and both ship by boat will provide a direct comparison. Read the small print on all quotes to find out about additional charges that may be separate from the initial quote. Ensure that you are satisfied with who you select surrounding their connections when clearing customs and their insurance coverage should anything get lost, damaged, or destroyed during the process.

    Let them Pack For You

    No matter how good you are at packing a carryon for your vacation, odds are you don’t have years of experience filling shipping containers for an international move. Outsourcing the task of packing to experts will save you time, reduce the number of containers used, and reduce your overall stress levels, because moving to a new country is stressful enough, even without the packing.

    Go With Your Gut

    A company that can deliver within your required timeline will make your move infinitely easier.Trust your instincts and select the company that gives you the most confidence. Once you have made your decision, recognize that you’re in good hands. Now you should have plenty of time to do other important things before your move, like visiting friends and family.

    Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd.: Your International Moving Expert

    We have over a decade of experience moving customers around the world. Some of our customers like us so much, they’ve used us more than once. Why did they come back to Orbit? Our customer service is what sets us apart – customer service representatives answer every question, no matter how small, and our moving crew shows up on time with all the materials they need to get the job done correctly the first time. To learn more about Orbit, call us at 416-661-4228.

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    5 Benefits of Hiring a Moving Company

    January 9th, 2020
    Orbit Moving

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    When you’re preparing for a move, big or small, it’s best to sit down with your budget and a calendar and figure out how and when everything is going to get done. If you’re currently making a pros and cons list of the value of hiring a moving company, look no further. Your future self may thank you.

    Get Organized

    Moving isn’t just about relocation, it’s about setting yourself up for the best possible life as you settle in at your new destination. This means decluttering and figuring out both packing and storage solutions, a process professional moving companies are well-versed in. They can provide consultation, checklists, and connect you with their own network of other professionals to help keep your move organized and efficient. Years of expertise means that all your items will be carefully tracked and no steps or items will go missing.

    Save Time

    Experts in packing, moving, and shipping have all the right packing supplies, trucks, crates, and techniques to make your relocation as quick and painless as possible. When you rent a truck to move across the city, or across the continent, there are fuel and time costs as well as the time and effort put into making sure you have all the right supplies to get everything there in one piece. Sometimes breakable or sizeable objects will take up more room than expected, leading to lost time and additional costs. When you hire a professional, they’ll give you a cost estimate that will include various options, such as by boat, air, or truck (where applicable). This way you can focus on other details like obtaining a work permit, sorting out school registration, or deciding on what colour to paint your new living room.

    Save Cash

    We all know the cliché adage, time is money. But in the case of moving this is literally true. People will often do the moving themselves because they think it will be cheaper. When you factor in the hours it takes to get supplies, pack, plan logistics, and physically move, along with the cost of the time, you might not be saving anything. This is particularly important when moving items like furniture that may become damaged on the journey. With a professional moving company, you can rest assured they have the expertise to pack and handle items so they won’t break, and the insurance to pay for it should something suffer damage during the move.

    Safety First

    Movers know how to lift and manoeuvre just about anything, whether it’s heavy or just plain awkward, without getting hurt. People who move themselves are often addled with back pain, a sore knee or worse, making it more difficult to unpack and get settled into their new home. By hiring an experienced mover, you’ll know exactly where your heating pad is located, but you won’t need to use it.

    Expertise

    Think about your job, the hours and time it took to master your craft, whatever it is. In his famous book, Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell talks about the 10,000-hour rule – one that suggests that by deliberately practicing something for 20 hours a week, for 10 years you can become world class at your craft. Think about the experience that comes into play when it comes to planning the logistics of a move and the value of a company, like Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd. It offers an array of services including local moving, long distance moving, international relocation, international moving, heavy equipment shipping, storage solutions, professional packing services, and specialized packing equipment, all carried out by a highly trained and skilled crew of moving professionals. For a FREE estimate, Contact us today at (416) 661-4228 or info@orbitmoving.com
    Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd.: Your International Moving Expert
    We have over a decade of experience moving customers around the world. Some of our customers like us so much, they’ve used us more than once. Why did they come back to Orbit? Our customer service is what sets us apart – customer service representatives answer every question, no matter how small, and our moving crew shows up on time with all the materials they need to get the job done correctly the first time. To learn more about Orbit, call us at 416-661-4228.

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    Move anywhere. Tips, tricks, guides, and more for living around the world

    January 8th, 2020
    Orbit Moving

    globe-trotterVery few things are universal, but some solid tips from experts can help you move virtually anywhere around the world and make your life a lot easier. These tips can be applied for your move whether it’s another time-zone, country, or continent. ​

    Move Light​

    Get rid of items you no longer need – donate to charity, give to friends, or even sell items to help fund the early, and often expensive days, of your move around the globe. Consider storing items you won’t need to take with you (like winter clothes if you are moving to a warm climate) or having friends and family who are visiting you bring a suitcase of offseason clothes when they visit. The less items you move, the less you’ll pay.​

    Organize Your Documents Like A Pro​

    Keep all your documents in one place so you can easily access them at any stage of your move. Make a photocopy of these documents and keep them with a reliable friend of family member back home so they can help you out should something go astray.​

    Research Your Phone Plan In Advanced​

    Try sorting out your phone plan before you leave because, trust us, your communication company will want to hold onto you as a paying customer if they can. You can enjoy uninterrupted service and often a fantastic deal as these companies often offer a discount to keep you as a loyal customer. If your phone company isn’t the best option you can cancel it, and often buy a short-term local phone card with pre-paid minutes while you figure out a local plan that works.​

    Don’t Get Locked Out Of Your Accounts​

    Make sure you have the correct phone numbers and email addresses connected to your social media accounts before you leave. Often if you log into a Gmail or Facebook account from a remote country it can set off a security alert. If you can’t verify your identity through the correct channels you may find yourself locked out and unable to communicate with family and friends.​

    Buyer Beware​

    Don’t sign a long-term rental for living accommodation without seeing the place in person, or at the very least have someone local, that you know and trust, complete an inspection for you to make sure that it’s somewhere you could commit happily for a long while. In the beginning a shorter-term rental, whether it’s an Airbnb, hostel, or the couch of a friend who lives in the country may be your best bet until you can verify the fit yourself.​

    Live Like A Local, Explore Like A Tourist​

    The internet is a fantastic place to find out about where you are moving, but guidebooks for tourists such as Frommers and Lonely Planet offer wonderful and specific advice on exploring ‘like a local’ to help you fit into your new home and enjoy some off the beaten path attractions.​

    Get Multi Functional Adaptors​

    Instead of buying a new laptop, phone, charger, hair dryer, or whatever else you’ll need to plug in, obtain a convertor that’s especially made for that country. There are even compact versions for sale which can make sure you can adapt without taking up a ton of room.​

    Stock Up On Products You Love From Home​

    When you’re feeling homesick comforts of home, whether it’s favourite spices, soaps, or candy bars can help bridge the gap. Bring some of these key items and don’t be afraid to have people back home send over care packs, including some of your favourite items. ​

    Find The Right Mover​

    Research numerous moving companies and look for a company that is licensed and has a good reputation. Explore different options for transporting your goods to see which will work best for your timeline and budget. Depending on where you move your shipment could arrive by land (via truck or rail), sea freight, or air freight. Land shipment offers moderate pricing and speed, sea freight (aka container shipping) is the most affordable option, but also the slowest, while air freight is both the fastest and most expensive method of moving your gear.​


    Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd.: Your International Moving Expert
    We have over a decade of experience moving customers around the world. Some of our customers like us so much, they’ve used us more than once. Why did they come back to Orbit? Our customer service is what sets us apart – customer service representatives answer every question, no matter how small, and our moving crew shows up on time with all the materials they need to get the job done correctly the first time. To learn more about Orbit, call us at 416-661-4228.

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    7 Secrets to Feel at Home After Moving from the UK to Canada

    December 10th, 2019
    Orbit Moving

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    Since Canada and the UK have historical links that bind them, it’s no wonder that so many Brits end up in Canada, and vice versa. Following the vote for Britain to leave the European Union, Google searches for ‘moving to Canada’ skyrocketed. Whether you’re looking to leave for a job, family, or a change of pace, Canada can offer Brits a familiar yet brand new country to call home. Just the same, any move across the pond is a huge change, so here are 7 secrets to help you feel at home after moving to Canada from the UK.

    Learn the Language

    While English (and French) are the official languages of Canada, making for an easier transition, picking up on some of the nuances of Canadian language will help you understand what everyone is talking about in casual conversation, eh. Canadian spelling, unlike American, is very similar to UK English. However there are some notable differences, for example words like analyse and paralyse are spelled analyze and paralyze by most Canadians. Other terms to learn are mostly slang: a loonie is a dollar, a gas station is a petrol station, and a toque is a hat to keep you warm in the winter.

    Enjoy Familiar Comforts Of Home

    It turns out Canadians enjoy Coronation Street just as much as the Brits, with the CBC broadcasting it five times a week on the edge of prime time since it’s the most popular soap in both Canada and the UK. Feel free to binge watch and find out who in your social circle in Canada is also hooked on Coronation Street.

    Learn to Love The National Sport

    Ice hockey and lacrosse to Canadians are what cricket and football are to the Brits. A great way to meet new people is to go and check out some games, amateur or pro, and if you’re so inclined explore the possibility of learning the sport and playing yourself. There are numerous house leagues of various levels for adults and children alike. It’s a great way to stay active and meet new people.

    Network With Other Brits

    Groups like Brits in Toronto have over 4,000 members (with many cities across the country having such groups) and exist to help other Brits feel at home. These groups include meet ups, so you can connect with others who are going through something similar to you, but also provide opportunities for you to find the comforts of home in Canada. Need to know where to get a good curry or roast beef in your new hometown? No problem, members of these groups are happy to offer suggestions and help you acclimatize to your new life in Canada.

    Be Wary of ‘Tourist’ Friendships

    While it can be wonderful to meet other Brits new to Canada and figuring out if it is the right fit for them, and commiserating about your adventure, don’t rely on one person or family to be your entire social circle. Should they decide to head back home you will find yourself feeling very lonely. Karen Brooks moved to Whistler from the UK in 2010 and told The Guardian of her experience, saying that it’s easy to meet other expats where they live, but many people are only there for a short time, so remain patient when finding the best possible place to live, work, and meet others.

    Bond Over Complaining About the Weather

    Trade in your raincoat for a winter parka. Aside from the west coast in British Columbia, the rest of Canada sees a lot less rain, but colder temperatures. Invest in warm gear for cold weather so you can get out during the winter months instead of spending all your time inside, alone, watching Netflix. Want to start a conversation? Complaining about the weather is an important Canadian rite of passage.

    Bring Family & Friends Over To Visit

    Spending a little time in your new home as a tourist and enjoying attractions alongside loved ones is a fantastic way to grow an appreciation for Canada. Canada is huge compared to the UK, so even exploring one province, depending on the province’s size, could take some time. Scheduling visitors during your first years in Canada will give you something to look forward to, and provide new and exciting ways to explore the country.

    Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd.: Your International Moving Expert

    We have over a decade of experience moving customers around the world. Some of our customers like us so much, they’ve used us more than once. Why did they come back to Orbit? Our customer service is what sets us apart – customer service representatives answer every question, no matter how small, and our moving crew shows up on time with all the materials they need to get the job done correctly the first time. To learn more about Orbit, call us at 416-661-4228. ​

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    Essential Documents You Need for Moving to Costa Rica from Canada

    November 29th, 2019
    Orbit Moving

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    So, you want to become a ‘Tico’? This is an affectionate nickname that many Costa Ricans use to refer to themselves because of a linguistic habit of adding tico/tica to the end of words in Costa Rican Spanish. Who can blame you for wanting to move to Costa Rica? It’s warm, sunny, friendly, and filled with amazing rainforest and wildlife.

    Before you pack your maleta (suitcase), you’ll need to know what documents you need to bring with you.

    Your Passport

    Those coming as Canadian (or U.S.) citizens are not required to acquire a visa to enter the country as a tourist for a stay of up to 90 days. Simply have your passport stamped. Note that your passport must be more than six months away from expiration and cannot be damaged or you may be denied entry into the country. You will also need to present proof that you will be exiting the country within 90 days, in the form of documentation such as a plane ticket with a destination elsewhere. Many people repeatedly do this and simply re-enter the country a short time later, but there are no guarantees that you will be readmitted through this travel loophole, and it’s better to seek out a lengthier solution during your first 90 day stay.

    Immunization Records

    If you have stamps in your passport indicating that you have travelled to Asia, Africa, or South America you may be required to bring a World Health Organization Card (WHO CARD) or a doctor’s letter as proof of your yellow fever immunization.

    Driver’s License

    Generally Canadian driver’s licenses will remain valid for you to rent and drive a car in Costa Rica for shorter stays. Those staying longer will want to explore obtaining a Costa Rican license after they attain a residence visa.

    Getting a Visa As Retirees

    Seniors retiring in Costa Rica need to provide proof that they have at least 1K per month of income coming in from a recognized pension plan (like a teachers’ pension that comes in every month). Those who don’t have a fixed retirement plan, but have savings, can provide proof they have at least $2,500 income coming in for at least 24 months, or simply deposit $60,000 in an Immigration Authority Approved Costa Rican Bank. Those who wish to invest 200K in a home, business, or residential property in Costa Rica can obtain residence under the Inversionista Program (for investors).

    Beyond Documentation, A Hired Lawyer

    This is an attorney who specializes in immigration to Costa Rica, and will help you sort out your visa quickly, organize your paperwork, all without unnecessary delays. Most government officials will not be able to speak English, so if your Spanish is rusty, your attorney can speak on your behalf and translate for you.

    Other Documentation

    While your lawyer will be able to help you assemble your documentation, you can get started by gathering the following standard items including: an immigration application form, a receipt showing you have deposited money in the Banco de Costa Rica to pay for your application (this is noted to be $50 when applying from Canada or $250 if applying while visiting on your tourist visa), a letter explaining why you want to live in Costa Rica, proof of registration within the Canadian Embassy in Costa Rica, proof of fingerprinting by the Ministry of Public Safety, your birth certificate, marriage certificate (if applicable), your Police Record. Note: documents must be authenticated by the Department of Foreign Affairs of the government.

    Bienvenido a casa/Welcome Home!
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    We have over a decade of experience moving customers around the world. Some of our customers like us so much, they’ve used us more than once. Why did they come back to Orbit? Our customer service is what sets us apart – customer service representatives answer every question, no matter how small, and our moving crew shows up on time with all the materials they need to get the job done correctly the first time. To learn more about Orbit, call us at 416-661-4228. ​

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