The Only International Moving Checklist You’ll Ever Need
Lists are great – they help you stay organized and achieve your goals. However, they’re only helpful if you know what to put on them. Most people who are moving internationally for the first time have no idea what to do or where to start. If you are one of these people, don’t worry! We’ve compiled the ultimate international moving checklist to help you through this complex process. Read on to learn more about what you need to do to make your international move smooth and successful.
- Start sorting through your things now.
Over the years, people tend to accumulate all kinds of stuff around their home, and not all of those things are necessary. Go through every item in your home and decide whether it needs to come with you or not. Give away or dispose of everything else properly. You’ll most likely cut down on a lot of useless stuff.
- Research moving companies.
There are a few steps to this research. Talk to friends, family and colleagues about which moving companies to use (and which to avoid). When you’ve received recommendations, narrow your list to between three and five companies. Then, call them to receive quotes. Always keep in mind that the lowest quote isn’t the best quote. Also, don’t be afraid to ask what the quote includes. Your goal is to find the most reasonable quote that includes the greatest number of services.
- Create a schedule for your move.
How do you create a schedule? Work backwards from your moving date. Important dates on the schedule should include when the movers are coming, when the utilities need to be shut off, and when you need to complete important activities such as obtaining your visa or necessary vaccinations.
This might sound like it’s easier said than done. Here are some steps to simplify the packing process:
- Let the movers do the work for you.
- Make a list of which items are going in which boxes.
- Don’t pack things you’ll need to take with you on the plane (passport, travel documents).
- Don’t leave it until the last minute.
Remember that the first item on this checklist, sorting out your belongings in advance, is pretty important. If you procrastinate on sorting your stuff, you’ll be very stressed out when time is running out and you’re still trying to decide what you’re taking and what you’re leaving behind.
When the movers show up to your place, there should be a spot for them to park their truck. The entrance to your home should be easily accessible. They shouldn’t be tripping over things once they get inside. If you’ve got pets, make sure they’re in another room or outside where they won’t interfere. If you’re moving in the winter, make sure your driveway is shoveled and that you’ve put salt down to prevent slips and falls.
- Remember that knowledge is power.
If you have questions about this process, don’t be afraid to ask us. A representative will be able to tell you how long it will take for your shipment to arrive and if there might be any delays, such as a port strike. For a full detailed list, visit: https://www.orbitmoving.com/international-movers-canada/resources-and-references/moving-preparations/
Good luck with your move!