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Moving Internationally: Can’t I Just Buy Stuff There?

August 13th, 2015 Comments off

Moving Internationally: Can’t I Just Buy Stuff There?International moving has its perks. The opportunity to live abroad is exciting – you get to experience a new culture, try different food, and you’ll probably learn another language. It also means you’re going to be starting life over someplace else.

When you’re moving internationally, you have some choices to make. If you are a home owner or renter, you need to decide what you’re going to do with your belongings. Are you going to move them? If so, what items are you going to move?

Some people might think that it’s easier to sell all of their belongings and buy everything they need in their new country. That might not be such a bad idea, in some cases. However, it could end up working against you. Read on to learn why it may be better to ship your belongings.

If You Have Kids

When moving overseas with kids, especially if they’re young, having familiar toys and furniture can make the transition to a new country easier.  They’ll be surrounded by the things they love, so they won’t feel as though they’ve had to leave everything behind.

If You Have Items of Sentimental Value

Kids aren’t the only ones who want to be surrounded by the familiar. No matter how badly you may want to move, it’s still a difficult, hectic and stressful process. Having your beloved armchair might help things go a little smoother.

Also, you might have heirloom furniture that you’d like to take with you so you can ensure it stays in good hands.  You can’t replace your grandmother’s armoire, so look into having it shipped.

The Cost and Quality of Furniture

You should also take into account the cost of buying completely new furniture. In some countries, the cost of living is high. That makes buying goods quite expensive relative to your income. Before you decide to leave it all behind, do some research to determine whether it’s cheaper to ship your furniture (all or some of it) or to buy it at your destination.

Furthermore, you also have to consider the quality of the furniture available in your new home. Is it built well? Will it last for years? You get what you pay for. If you buy something cheap, it’s not worth it in the long run if you have to replace it more than once.

Buying Furniture Can Be a Hassle

When you arrive at your destination, is the first thing you want to do to spend hours wandering through stores buying furniture and arranging for it to be delivered? You will have many other things you need to deal with, so why worry about going shopping for things?

Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd.: Discover the Difference

Are you planning on moving overseas? Contact Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd. today at 416-661-4228. We have over ten years of experience shipping our clients’ precious cargo across the world. Our staff is courteous and professional.

Talk to our customers. They’ll tell you about the Orbit difference.

 

What Wikipedia Can’t Tell You about International Moving

January 28th, 2015 Comments off

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When you want to find information about a particular topic, your go-to website is probably Wikipedia. It’s one of the most popular websites on the Internet, and rightfully so: the English version of Wikipedia has nearly 4.7 million articles.

However, if you search for “international moving,” the site will tell you there are no results for that term. So, as it turns out, international moving is one topic that Wikipedia can’t really tell you anything about. Don’t worry, though – Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd. is here for you. After reading this blog post, you’ll feel as though you’re an expert on the subject!

The Process of International Moving

International moving involves quite a bit of planning and a series of steps before the final result (transporting yourself and your goods to another country) is achieved. Many people complain that it is a stressful experience.

We are here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be that way! Let’s start by breaking down the process of international moving:

  • Deciding you want to move somewhere/being told you need to move for work
  • Selecting the date you will travel to your new home
  • Finding a moving company
  • Sorting through your belongings and choosing what to take with you
  • Packing your belongings before you leave
  • Traveling to your destination

Of course, there are more details that accompany these six bullet points, especially the point about finding a moving company. Finding a moving company is one of the most important steps in the international moving process.

Finding an International Moving Company

Why is selecting an international moving company so critical? Your moving company will determine how successful, simple and stress free your move will be.

So, how do you go about finding a good international moving company?

Talk to your friends, colleagues and family members. They might be able to give you recommendations. If they can’t, perhaps they can suggest someone who can.

Call three to five companies to receive quotes. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about what the quote includes.

Remember that a cheap quote is an indication of quality. You get what you pay for, and when you go with a low quote, and you’ll discover that there might not be enough movers for the job, they might be using subpar packing materials, and they might not even have their own truck.

What you should be looking for is a reasonable quote that includes as many services as possible. You also want to pay attention to how good the customer service is. Do the people you speak to treat you with courtesy and respect? Do they respond to your questions in a timely fashion?

Another thing to look for is whether the moving company supplies you with necessary information. For example, some ports have a reputation for workers frequently striking. Moving companies with good customer service will tell you that so you are aware that your shipment may be delayed.

Moving companies with good reputations will have staff that will help you every step of the way. These companies care about providing an excellent customer experience to their clients, and they want you to be happy.

Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd. has been serving customers for over ten years. Contact us today to see how we can meet your international moving needs.

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Ten Tips for International Moving

November 19th, 2014 Comments off

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Ten Tips for International Moving

International moving can be stressful – you’re leaving the comfort of your home in a country you know and going to someplace with different customs and possibly a different language. How can you make an experience such as this smooth and (almost) painless? Read on for ten quick and helpful tips that will guide you through the process of an international move.

  1. Get organized early in the process. Start sorting through your belongings to decide what you’ll be taking with you and what won’t be making the journey. If you’re having trouble figuring out where to start, think about items or clothing you haven’t used or worn in over a year. Whatever you haven’t been using or wearing should be donated (if it’s in good condition) or thrown out.
  2. Set a schedule. Take out your calendar and create a timeline for your move. Work backwards from the date when you’ll be leaving. Your belongings should be shipped just before you leave, so that you don’t spend too much time in an empty home. Make sure that your utilities are still connected until you leave – you don’t want the added stress of living in a place with no water, heat or electricity.
  3. Research moving companies. This might sound like a daunting task, but it’s as easy as talking to your friends, family and colleagues and asking them for references. These people can also tell you which companies to avoid. If you don’t know anyone who’s gone through the process of an international move, ask the people you do know if they know anyone. Social media can often be a great tool for this.
  4. Obtain quotes from moving companies. Call three to five moving companies and ask for quotes for their services. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about what these quotes include. Remember, you get what you pay for. The cheapest quote isn’t always the best quote, because that company might skimp on important things like quality shipping materials. Pick a quote that sounds reasonable but includes as much as possible. It’s all about balance.
  5. Decide what will be shipped and what will come with you in your luggage. Once you’ve settled on what you’re going to take with you, you’re going to have to go through a second round of sorting. There are things you’ll need immediately, such as clothes. However, if you’re moving from the Northern Hemisphere to the Southern Hemisphere and it will be summer when you arrive, you won’t need your winter clothes. Also bear in mind that shipping can take weeks depending on your destination.
  6. Keep important and necessary items separate. You’ll need your passport and any other crucial documents, so don’t pack them, and make sure they don’t find their way into a box that will be shipped. Also, if you’re traveling with children, keep their toys or colouring books with you so they’ll have something to do on the plane.
  7. Be ready for the movers. Make sure that you’ve sorted out what’s going to be shipped and what’s coming with you in your luggage. The more prepared you are, the smoother the move will go.
  8. Number each box and make a list of its contents. This step will save you time when you unpack. You won’t be stuck asking, “Where are the oven mitts?” Instead, you can pull out your list and say, “The oven mitts are in box three.”
  9. Stay organized through the process. If you’re not a naturally organized person, this will be difficult. While it might seem like a lot of effort, the payoff will be well worth it when your international move goes off without a hitch.
  10. Maintain a sense of humour. Although being organized is a very helpful trait to have during the moving process, be aware that things will happen that are beyond your control. You have to learn to laugh at some of these things and move on.

With these tips in mind, you are well on your way to ensuring that your international move will be carried out with a minimum of stress and headaches. And that’s well worth it every time.

 

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How Much Alcohol Can I Bring into Canada?

September 29th, 2014 Comments off

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Importing Alcohol into Canada: What You Need to Know

Being outside of the country, whether you are traveling or living abroad, gives you an opportunity to learn about new cultures, try new foods, and sample different kinds of wines and spirits that aren’t available at home. Luckily for you, it’s possible to bring these wines and spirits back to Canada as souvenirs of your journeys to other places. However, there are some important things you need to know about importing alcohol into Canada, whether you are bringing it with you or having it shipped.

Just How Much Alcohol Can You Bring into Canada?

The Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) allows you to bring a certain amount of alcohol with you in your luggage for personal use if you have been outside of the country for a year or longer. You can bring 1.5 liters of wine, a total of 1.14 liters of alcoholic beverages, or up to 8.5 liters of beer or ale. The CBSA defines alcohol as products that exceed 0.5% alcohol by volume. You can’t bring alcohol in your luggage for personal use if you’re under the legal drinking age.

Shipping Alcohol to Canada

You’re allowed to ship a greater amount of alcoholic beverages than that to Canada, though. The amount you’re allowed to ship will depend on the province. Also, you’ll need to contact that province’s liquor control authority before you ship the alcohol.

Below are the regulations for shipping alcohol to Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia.

Shipping Alcohol to Ontario

In Ontario, the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) regulates the import of alcohol. The LCBO is also in charge of the liquor permit process. In order to ship alcoholic beverages into Ontario for personal use, you must fill out a liquor permit form.

The LCBO allows individuals to ship up to 120 bottles of spirits that are 750 mL, 1 L or 1.14 L, and up to 1200 bottles of wine that are 750 mL or 1 L in size. You must report all of them on the application form. If you’ve lived outside of Canada for less than five years, the alcohol needs to have been in your possession for at least six months. Have you lived outside of Canada for more than five years? The six month rule doesn’t apply – you simply have to have owned and used the alcohol you’re importing. You also can’t import the alcohol from someplace other than where you’ve been living abroad. So, let’s say you’ve been living in England for the past four years. You can’t import wine from France (no matter how much you love Bordeaux).

On the liquor permit form, you’ll need to enter the number of containers and calculate the deposit as well as the tax on each bottle. The tax and deposit information is listed here. You’ll also need to add HST. To calculate how much HST you owe, multiply the total tax by 13%. When you are clearing customs, you will submit the liquor permit form. You’ll also need to pay the tax and deposit on your alcohol, which is the sum of the tax, deposit and HST.

Shipping Alcohol to Quebec

In Quebec, the Societe des alcools du Quebec (SAQ) is the authority that controls the import of alcohol. To import alcoholic beverages into Quebec, you must contact the SAQ before you return to Canada.

The SAQ allows immigrants, residents and Canadian citizens to bring alcohol into Quebec as long as the alcohol has been in their possession for at least three months before their return to Canada. The alcohol must be imported no later than one year after your return, and it must be part of the same, single shipment as your personal effects. Furthermore, the alcohol cannot make up the larger portion of the shipment in either quantity or value.

A family can only bring in one beverage collection, and the amount of beverages in that collection depends on your status under Canadian law. Canadian citizens can bring in up to 180 liters of alcohol per full year spent abroad, up to 540 liters. Immigrants to Canada can also bring in up to 540 liters of alcohol. Temporary residents are allowed to bring in up to 90 liters for each year of their authorized stay, provided that the beverages were acquired three months before they came to Canada.

When your shipment arrives in Quebec, the CBSA will require the SAQ’s authorization to release the beverages. In order to obtain the SAQ’s authorization, you’ll need to provide documentation that you lived abroad, a shipping document listing your personal effects, and a list of the beverages in your collection. You’ll also need to pay a markup fee, the specific tax, the GST, and Quebec’s sales tax (QST) on each bottle. The specific tax is $1.40 per liter for all alcoholic beverages, and the GST and QST are 5% and 9.975% respectively. The markup fee for wine and beer is $3 per liter and $5 per liter for spirits. You will also need to pay federal duties and customs fees for your alcoholic beverages that are part of your shipment when you clear customs.

Shipping Alcohol to British Columbia

British Columbia does not place any restrictions on the amount of alcohol you can bring with you if you’ve been living outside of the country for a year or longer. This applies to immigrants, former residents of Canada who have lived abroad for at least a year, and temporary residents. The British Columbia Liquor Distribution Branch (BCLDB) requires that you possess the alcohol for at least six months before your return to Canada, and that it accompanies your personal effects.

You will pay a reduced provincial markup and tax on the alcohol you import into the province. The BCLDB has based its tax on 750 mL bottles. Table wine is $2 per bottle, fortified and sparkling wines are $3 per bottle, and spirits are $8 per bottle. These amounts will be prorated for different sized bottles or partially full bottles. It’s important to remember these amounts don’t include federal duties and taxes.

The BCLDB prepares the B3 Canada Customs entry form for you. This form contains information about the wines and spirits you’re importing. You need to supply the BCLDB with the following information: the number of bottles you’re bringing in, the size of these bottles, the type of alcohol, and the percentage of alcohol. The BCLDB also needs the name of the country you’re emigrating from as well as your local address, phone number and email address in case the agency needs more information. When the BCLDB has all of this information, a representative will fax, email or mail the completed form to you.

If you’re planning an international move to Canada from abroad and have personal items that need special care (such as an alcohol collection), you’ll need to contact a reputable company specialized in shipping to Canada to help you with the logistics, which can be quite complex.

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Preventing Bedbug Infestations during the Moving Process

July 31st, 2014 Comments off

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Preventing Bedbug Infestations during the Moving Process

Congratulations on your international moving plans to the U.S. or Canada! It will be an exciting time, full of new opportunities. Here’s something you shouldn’t do: bring unwanted guests with you. Bedbugs are pests that have been cropping up around the world thanks to the increased ease of travel. Read on to learn more about how to prevent an infestation in your new home.

Bedbugs and Infestations

Bedbugs are small, round insects that feed off of humans while they sleep. How do they get into human beds? Bedbugs hide in dark places such as bedding, mattresses and box springs. Their bites leave red, itchy welts.

It’s important to remember that bedbugs aren’t discriminatory. They can infest clean homes just as easily as dirty ones. And according to a survey from the U.S.-based National Pest Management Association, bedbugs are the most difficult pest to treat. It’s better to prevent an infestation than to attempt to get rid of one.

Preventing an Infestation

There are a number of steps you can take to prevent an infestation before you even start packing.

First of all, don’t bring used furniture in off of the street. Bedbugs can hide inside of these items. Secondly, check the furniture you do have for infestations. How do you do that? Get a magnifying glass and flashlight – bedbugs are very small and hard to see. You’re going to be looking for blood stains from where you’ve been bitten. You might also find eggs or droppings. The furthest bedbugs can travel is about three to six meters from where you sleep or sit, so use that radius as a guide for inspection.

During the inspection process, you’ll need to check your bed carefully. That means looking at the seams and inside any rips or tears on the mattress and box spring. Don’t forget about the bed frame, underneath the bed, and the headboard.

Bedbugs don’t confine themselves to the bed, though. You’ll also need to carefully look at floorboards, baseboards, windows and doorframes. The City of New York advises removing drawers from furniture and checking every part of the item, even in the screw holes. Don’t forget about upholstered furniture, wall hangings, and even electrical outlets.

Another part of preventing a bedbug infestation is removing things in which bedbugs can live. That means getting rid of clutter. Before you begin packing, you’ll want to sort through your belongings anyway to determine what you’re taking with you.

After you’ve sorted what you’re going to take with you, wash your laundry in hot (60 degrees Celsius) water and dry them on the highest setting for at least 20 minutes. Once it’s dry, store your laundry in plastic bags that can be sealed tightly. If you’ve got clothes that can’t be washed in a machine, dry clean them or steam clean them.

Clean any rugs or upholstered furniture with a vacuum before you ship them. You’ll also need to vacuum the crevices and cracks near the furniture or rugs that you’re planning on shipping. If you’re shipping any plastic or metal furniture, wash it with hot, soapy water and dry it thoroughly.

When packing your belongings, ask the moving company to use new materials to wrap your furniture. A good international mover will have new custom materials to protect your belongings properly. If you absolutely have to use blankets, also known as moving pads, to protect furniture, make sure the blankets have been washed and dried at a high heat. Moreover, don’t use boxes other people have used.

If you do find bedbugs, call a qualified exterminator to treat the infestation. Never attempt to get rid of bedbugs yourself.

Good luck, and may your bedbug-free move to the U.S. or Canada go smoothly!

By Adi Shaked

 

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Preventing Mold When Shipping and Storing Goods

July 2nd, 2014 1 comment

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How many times have you opened up your refrigerator, searching for something tasty, only to find it’s covered in slime? It’s happened to all of us. However, mold isn’t confined to the fridge. Mold can grow on other items aside from food. Read on to learn about what mold is, how it grows, and how you can prevent it from ruining your things when you move.

What Is Mold?
Mold is a type of fungus. A fungus is an organism that isn’t a plant or an animal. Fungi can have one cell or more than one cell. They eat organic matter, which means that they consume anything that used to be alive, such as plants or animals.
No one knows how many species of molds are out there – there could be hundreds of thousands of them.

How Does It Grow?
Mold grows in warm, damp conditions with high levels of humidity. It spreads and reproduces by creating spores. Spores can survive in very harsh environments, such as dry climates. These environments normally wouldn’t support mold growth.
This type of fungus can also grow during any time of the year, provided it’s in an environment that can support life.

How Does Mold Affect Me?
Aside from its unsightly appearance, mold has highly negative effects. Firstly, mold eats away at whatever it’s living on. If it’s growing on upholstery, it’s eating away at the fabric.
Secondly, mold can make humans and animals very sick. People with mold sensitivities can experience a stuffy nose, coughing or eye irritation. People with an allergy to mold can have far more severe reactions. Those with compromised immune systems or chronic lung disease can contract serious lung infections if they come in contact with mold.

How to Prevent Mold from Affecting Your International Move

Mold doesn’t have to put a damper on your big move, especially if you’re shipping your goods overseas. Here are some tips on how to protect your belongings from this fungus.

About two weeks before you start packing, move your furniture away from the walls. Moisture can become trapped between the wall and upholstery, creating a breeding ground for mold. If you find mold, clean the walls. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to clean and then ship anything with moldy upholstery. Carpets with mold will also need to be disposed of, as they cannot be shipped.
You’ll need to continue to keep the furniture away from the walls until the furniture is shipped. Be especially vigilant about furniture that’s near air conditioning units. A great deal of moisture can accumulate near air conditioners, which leads to ideal conditions for mold growth.

In addition, take everything out of the basement that you plan on shipping. Basements and cellars are highly prone to dampness, making things stored in them prime candidates for mold growth. You’ll have to do a thorough inspection of your belongings that have been in the basement, especially for extended periods of time. If things are moldy, chances are you’ll need to get rid of them.

While you’re in the basement, check to see if you’ve got a furnace-mounted humidifier. How do you know if you’ve got one? A furnace-mounted humidifier is a small box that hangs from either the furnace itself or the ductwork next to the furnace. There’s a wire and a small hose attached to the unit. You’ll need to turn off your furnace-mounted humidifier before you move, as it produces the humidity upon which mold thrives.

Sort through the items stored in closets and cupboards. If you haven’t used something in a while, it might be contaminated with mold.

Lift up your mattresses and box springs. These items cannot be cleaned. If you’ve discovered mold, get rid of them. An international moving company will not accept them for shipment.

Do you plan on shipping your outdoor furniture? Check that for mold before you begin packing. Clean it off a few days before the move, and then dry it with a towel. Once the furniture is dry, bring it inside to prevent mold from growing.

About two days before you move, do your laundry. Make sure that it’s thoroughly dried. This is also the time to make sure that your outdoor furniture is dry and ready to be shipped if you’re taking it with you.

Remember, the key to preventing mold from growing is to control moisture. Invest in a dehumidifier, an appliance that removes humidity from the air. You can purchase them for under $100 at hardware stores or other mass retailers. The dehumidifier should be working virtually non-stop before you move to lower the humidity and prevent mold from forming. Make sure that appliances such as dryers and stoves are properly vented to allow condensation to escape. If your bathroom has a fan, leave it on while you shower. If there’s no fan, open a window. Run exhaust fans while cooking or when the dishwasher is operating. Fans in general are a great way to maintain air circulation without increasing the humidity.

Although there are beneficial types of mold (think Penicillin), you don’t want them growing on your belongings! Reduce the humidity before you pack, and your things will arrive at your destination mold-free.

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Your Pre-Move Checklist for International Relocation

May 27th, 2014 Comments off

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Your Pre-Move Checklist for International Relocation

International moving offers exciting new opportunities. However, it is not without challenges. There’s so much to do in order to prepare for the next stage of your life in a new country. The excitement can fade as stress takes over.

There are steps you can take to minimize the stress. Below is a checklist to help you stay organized and relieve some of the pressure before your big move.

Set a schedule. There will be a lot to do, and it’s easy to become overwhelmed with all of your tasks. Having a timeframe in which you need to accomplish everything will help you stay focused.

Decide whether you’ll be renting or selling your current home. Your decision will be based on how long you will be living abroad. If you’re currently renting, notify your landlord that you won’t be renewing the lease.

Sort your belongings. You will need to decide what you are taking with you and what you are giving away, selling or throwing out. There is only so much you can bring abroad. Also, as you comb through piles of old clothes, books and other things you find in closets and on shelves, you’ll realize you don’t want to take everything with you.

Determine what you will be shipping abroad. Even after sorting through your belongings, you still might want to whittle down the number of things you’re taking with you. You may decide that you won’t be shipping the antique coffee table your grandmother left you and that you’d rather put it into storage or sell it.

Find a shipping company. If you have friends and family who have undertaken similar moves, ask them for recommendations. Another way to find references is to join an online forum of people who have moved internationally (especially to your destination). They can offer you advice on which company to choose. Once you’ve selected the company, set the date you wish to move.

Select storage options, if applicable. If you’re moving abroad for a short period of time, you might want to store the belongings you won’t be shipping. Again, ask family and friends for recommendations about storage facilities.

Get packing. Packing can be the least pleasant part of the moving process. While there probably isn’t anything you can do to fall in love with it, you can do some things to take the sting out of packing. For starters, put on your favourite upbeat music. Listening to something you enjoy will make the activity a little more bearable. Next, take a marker and write numbers on your boxes. Then, write down everything that you’ve put in each box. Although it might sound time consuming, it will make unpacking (also an unpleasant process) easier and more organized.

Don’t pack everything. Remember that you won’t be seeing the stuff you’re packing for a while. Do not pack any important documents such as passports and visas in any of the boxes you plan to ship.

Set the date for switching off your utilities. Contact whichever service providers supply your water, electricity, gas and Internet. The date the utilities are cut off should be the day you move. You don’t want to spend your last few days in a home without power, gas or water.
Make time to spend with family and friends. Why is this item on a checklist about preparing for an international move? Spending time with your loved ones can reduce the stress and other negative feelings associated with such a big lifestyle change. Also, you most likely won’t see them in person for quite a while.

Staying organized and optimistic will help you overcome the challenges of an international move and be excited for this new opportunity. Good luck!

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Corporate Moving Services and Relocating Employees

May 16th, 2014 Comments off

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Corporate Moving Services and Relocating Employees

The decision to ask an employee to relocate for his or her job is not an easy one. The employee must also make a difficult choice to move to a new city or even country for work. Despite this, there are some steps that can make the process easier. Read on for tips on relocating employees with a minimum of hassle.

Find a Reputable Moving Company

In order to make the idea of moving more appealing to employees, the employer must cover the cost of relocating. That is why it is so important to find a reliable moving company with an excellent reputation for your corporate relocation. You want your employees to be treated with dignity and respect during the process, and you also want to do business with an organization that operates with the highest degree of professionalism.

Looking for a Moving Company, Part I

The first step in finding a reputable moving firm is research. Ask for referrals from other professional contacts. They can be a valuable source of information on which moving companies deserve your business. Also, look at consumer advocacy sites for reports about a business’ shady practices. These sites can give you tips on moving company practices as well.

Another point to check is whether the company has the necessary licenses and insurance. For movers based in the US, visit safersys.org. In Canada, there is no licensing requirement for moving companies, so contact the Better Business Bureau to find out whether there have been complaints lodged against a company.

It is a good sign if a company is a member of a professional association. Membership in these groups is voluntary, and businesses must adhere to a set of standards in order to belong. In Canada, there is the Canadian Association of Movers, and in the US, there is the American Moving and Storage Association. The International Association of Movers is open to members from across the globe.

Looking for a Moving Company, Part II

Once you have found a few moving companies through your professional network, the next step is to get quotes for relocating employees. If a number of employees will be relocating at once, ask about volume discounts.

An added bonus is when the moving company offers to monitor and report on costs so that your business does not exceed its budget.

The Personal Touch

For your employees, relocating involves an enormous amount of upheaval, especially if they have families. Select a moving company with excellent customer service that will answer your and your employees’ questions and provide advice every step of the way. One of the things that will really help both you and your employees is to have a single point of contact. Moving companies that provide dedicated customer service representatives deserve a second look.

Additional Services

Some movers offer more than just relocating services. These companies sell comprehensive packages that provide more than just moving belongings from point A to point B.

Rental Assistance

Rental assistance helps employees find temporary accommodations while they search for a permanent place to live in their new city or country. The moving company teams up with real estate agents for this service.

Language Training

If your employee will be relocating to another country where he or she does not speak the native language, having a language instructor will be very helpful. Language lessons will allow the employee to communicate effectively and will ease the transition. The moving company works with language schools in the country to provide this service.

Family Support

Employees with spouses and children will have the biggest challenge moving to a new city and especially to a different country. If the spouse works outside of the home, he or she will need to find a new job, and if the children are school-aged, their parents need to enroll them in new schools. Family support services find work for spouses and identify educational options for children. These services are provided by a consultant hired by the moving company.

Relocating for work does not need to be a hassle that employees undertake reluctantly. With support from their companies, moving to a new city or country can be an exciting and rewarding adventure.

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How to Prepare Appliances for a Move

May 1st, 2014 1 comment

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When you’re moving pieces of furniture, there isn’t much preparation involved. While a couch is heavy and cumbersome, it doesn’t need to be taken apart in order to go onto a moving truck. Major appliances, on the other hand, need to be specially prepared in order to move them. This task is something you’ll have to undertake yourself – the moving company can hire a third party company to do it on your behalf as they do not handle this task on their own.  Don’t fret, though. We’ve got tips on how to get your major appliances ready for moving.

Refrigerator and Freezer

First, defrost your refrigerator and freezer. That means you’ll have to take everything out of them and unplug the unit. You should start the defrosting process 24 hours in advance. If your fridge has an automatic ice maker or water dispenser, disconnect the water line according to the manufacturer’s guidelines. Check that the water line is completely drained. Should you feel uncomfortable disconnecting the water line, hire a plumber. After the freezer has defrosted, clean all the surfaces and dry them thoroughly to prevent mildew. The next step is taking out all of the racks, shelves, crispers and storage bins out of the fridge and freezer. You can leave them inside of the unit. However, you’ll need to secure them to the sides of the fridge so they won’t break in transit. The last thing you’ll need to do is tape the electrical cord to the back of the refrigerator.

Stove and Oven

Run the oven’s self-cleaning cycle several days before you plan to transport it. Bear in mind that after the self-cleaning cycle is completed, you’ll still need to clean the oven with a damp cloth to remove any remaining dirt. If the stovetop has electric burner elements, remove them and run a wet, soapy rag over them to clean them off. Wipe down the stovetop to get rid of any dirt. Don’t forget to dry it and the burners carefully. If your stove has electric burner elements, tape them down so they won’t break during the move. Do you have a gas stove? Take off the surface grates and clean them.

Next, take out the storage drawer underneath the stove and empty it. You’ll also need to remove the broiler pan and oven racks. If you want to keep them inside the oven during the move, tape them to the inside of the unit so they won’t move around and cause damage. Unplug the oven from its power source. If you have a gas oven, you have to turn off the gas supply before disconnecting the gas line. Consult a professional if you feel uncomfortable doing this yourself.

Finally, tape down all of the knobs. You can also remove them, but don’t forget where you put them! Secure the oven door with tape, too. The electrical cord should also be taped to the back of the unit to keep it safe during transit.

Dishwasher

After the last time you use your dishwasher at your current home, leave its door open for at least 24 hours. Mildew could grow if you leave the door closed until you move the unit to its new location. Once you’ve emptied all the dishes, tape the racks to the sides of the dishwasher with masking tape. Turn off the water supply at the shut-off valve. It’s usually located under the kitchen sink. Disconnect the drain and water-supply lines. If the thought of doing this yourself is daunting, hire a plumber. Towels are handy to clean up any water that might leak from the lines. Make sure that the lines have drained completely. If your dishwasher’s power supply runs through the wall, unplug it. Is your dishwasher hardwired? You’ll have to disconnect the power lines. An electrician can also do this if you’re not comfortable doing it on your own.

The next step is to unscrew the mounting brackets, which will loosen the dishwasher from the countertop. Make sure the hoses are dry before wrapping them in towels and packing them inside the dishwasher. The last thing you’ll need to do is to tape the electrical cord to the back of the unit after closing the door.

Washing Machine

Once you’ve emptied the washing machine, make sure the drum is completely dry. The drum will need to be secured. Check your instruction manual on how to do this, although most manufacturers recommend bolting the drum. Unplug the washing machine and turn off the water supply. Remove the machine’s water supply hoses from the hot and cold water faucets. Keep a bucket handy to catch the water as the hoses drain.

Remove the main drain hose and empty it into the bucket. Once the hoses are empty, wrap them in towels and store them inside the washer. Close the lid and use masking tape to keep it shut during transit. Then, take some tape and secure the electrical cord to the back of the unit.

Dryer

Clean out the lint filter after you’ve emptied the dryer. Unplug it, unless you’ve got a dryer that runs off of gas. In that case, you’ll have to shut off the gas and disconnect the gas supply line. If you don’t feel comfortable doing that yourself, hire a professional.

Carefully move the dryer away from the wall so you can access the vent. Next, disconnect it and take it apart. You’ll need to clean it thoroughly to remove dust, lint and dirt. Tape the dryer’s door shut and use a little more masking tape to secure the cord to the back of the unit.

Remember, appliances are expensive to replace. Transporting them carefully is important. Follow these instructions, and you’ll be able to use them in your new home for years to come.

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Three Cross-Country Moving Tips

May 2nd, 2012 3 comments

Three Cross-Country Moving Tips

 

Moving to a new home across the country requires considerably more effort and money than moving across town does. You have to ship or transport all of your belongings thousands of miles away, and you have to keep all of your belongings safe. This can be pretty challenging on top of everything else you have to do to make your transition to your new home smooth. If you’re moving across the country for the first time, you may be wondering exactly what you can do to make things easier for yourself. Here are three tips to help you out as you prepare for and make the big move:

 

1. Don’t try to take it all with you – You probably don’t want to part with some of your personal belongings, but you should. The more stuff you try to take with you when you move, the more difficult the move’s going to be. So, go through everything you own and decide what you want to get rid of. You may want to consider how much it would cost to transport your heavier items and whether or not it would be more cost effective to just replace them when you to your new home.

 

2. Pick the right moving company – There are tons of moving companies that can help you transport your personal belongings and furniture. Those moving companies will differ in terms of price and quality. It’s wise to do some online research of moving companies that specialize in cross-country moves. These moving companies will usually cost less than moving companies that ordinarily just handle local and regional moves. Be sure to read online reviews before committing to any particular company. You don’t want to end up with damaged furniture and other belongings because you picked a less-than-reputable moving company.

 

3. Consider shipping your car – You may not have time for a 24-hour road trip to your new home. Shipping your car will save you the trouble and time of having to drive it across the country. You may want to calculate how much it would cost in terms of gas and lodging to drive your car across the country versus how much it would cost to have it shipped. If you decide that shipping your car is better for your particular situation, you should research car shipping companies online. There are a number of reputable car shipping companies that will transport your car safely to your new home and save you some extra effort.

 

How much you take with you to your new home is important and so is who you trust to transport all of your belongings. So, leave some things behind and find the best companies to help you with your move!

 

Author’s Bio: Ryan Franklin is a guest blogger on the subjects of relocation, staying organized while moving, and finding the best long distance movers.

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