The ever so slightly famous International Moving Doctor recently moved and thought he would share some top moving tips based on his recent experience.
1. Start well in advance, pack a little every day. Do not procrastinate!
2. Choose 3 different size boxes only, small for books, shoes, and heavy stuff, medium for most other stuff including clothes, large for bedding and other light bulky stuff. This way everything stacks nicely together.
3. Use plenty of packing paper and bubble wrap. Crush up paper and put in the bottom of box for padding or better still use a blanket or cushion
4. Tape boxes up well, that’s across the middle and the edges making an H with tape on the bottom and top.
5. Use good quality boxes and moving blankets, we ordered ours from www.ULine.com Also mattress and sofa bags are worth buying to keep everything clean and dry if its raining.
6. Use a marker to list what is in each box and what room it’s going to in the new house. That way the crew knows where everything is to go upon delivery.
7. Have flashlights, box cutters, candles, drinking water, and floor protection ready and of course wine!
8. If you need loading or unloading help in the USA try www.movinghelp.com you can book a crew based on reviews and price per hour online. Movinghelp.com gives you a payment code to give to the crew leader so when you are satisfied that everything has been done, you give the code to the crew leader and they then get paid by moving help.
9. Rome wasn’t built in a day, don’t stress, your house will look a bit of a disaster but each day it will look a little more tidier if you are packing and a little more like home if you are unpacking.
10. Use a great moving or shipping company, someone you feel comfortable with, a company that really seems to care and a company that is knowledgeable and can confidently answer all your questions. Do not compromise and choose an average company because they were a little cheaper, it’s not worth it in the long run and will end up costing you more money! Get references and make sure they are licensed with the correct authorities. In the USA, a local mover should be licensed, a long distance mover will need a dot number (Department of Transport) and an international mover or shipper will need a license and bond from the FMC (Federal Maritime Commission)
Our resident Moving Doctor, Mark Nash is in the house! Mark has been in the moving business for over 35 years, originally from England; he has moved 5 times internationally and has worked in England, mainland Europe, The Middle East and for the past 19 years in the USA. If he doesn’t know the answer to the question, he has enough friends in this industry to find out for you.
He currently sits on the board of the International Shippers Association and the Commercial Affairs committee at the International Association of Movers.
Mark will always do his best to provide an answer honestly, professionally and treat this forum as a place where everyone can learn about moving overseas.