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Dos and don’ts of international relocation


People who move a lot know how it can be a difficult and complicated process. However, over time, as they discover best practices and establish some personal rules and principles, moving can become a routine. Unfortunately, it takes decades of moving so it can become predictable. Especially when it comes to international relocations. If this is your first time to move overseas, or your previous relocation hasn’t gone well, U. Santini Moving and Storage Brooklyn have gathered essential dos and don’ts of international relocation, to help you with your next challenge.

Before you start thinking about dos and don’ts of international relocation, make sure that you have enough time

Of course, there are many dos and don’ts when moving overseas. And many times failing to do things properly will give you headaches. But when it comes to organizing an international relocation one thing is crucial. And that is time. If you do not start organizing your move on time, you will end either failing or overpaying.  Therefore, bear in mind that to organize your international relocation right, you have to start doing things as soon as possible.

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First, think about the time. Then, think about dos and don’ts of international relocation

The first thing on every dos and don’ts of international relocation list is not to attempt a DIY move

There are many types of relocations. However, the most complicated and difficult type is when you are moving overseas. Of course, this is also the most expensive type of move. Unfortunately, some people concentrate on the financial aspect of the process. And mostly focus on lowering their moving costs. Either by hiring cheap movers, or attempting a DIY move. They disregard the fact that there is a very complicated process ahead. And that all things have to be under control at all times. Unfortunately, those are the situations when they can get into trouble. Therefore, the first “don’t” of international relocation is that you don’t try to move without hiring experienced and reliable international moving companies NYC. Only professionals can guarantee you a successful move. Especially if you do not have a vast international moving experience.

Moving overseas is costly. Make sure that you calculate your budget well

As mentioned above, international relocations are very expensive. If you do not want to break your bank, you should make sure that you know how much money you got and what your expenses are. How much are movers going to cost, how much for the moving boxes Brooklyn, plane ticket, and so on? If you are not careful and do not prepare your moving budget well, you will definitely pay more in the end. Therefore, make sure that you do your calculations.

Don’t rely on information from the internet

When it comes to international relocation paperwork, reliable information is hard to get. Of course, when it comes to searching for the information everyone turns to the internet. And yes it will give you accurate information most of the time. But since this thing is too important, you need to make sure that the information you are getting is 100% trustworthy. Therefore, do not rely on the internet to learn about your visa requirements. Contact the embassy of the country you are planning to move to and get information directly from the source.

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Do not trust the internet when it comes to important relocation paperwork.

Do your decluttering

One of the things that are definitely on the list that you should do when moving internationally is decluttering. Decluttering is an essential part of every move. No matter whether you are moving across the street or across the world. Decluttering will ease your moving process, lower your moving costs, and even give you an opportunity to earn (by selling your stuff for example). Of course, it is a process of its own. And it takes time to organize everything properly. But if you started your moving process early decluttering is one of the essential things to do.

Don’t call movers until you are ready

Do not call your movers before you prepare a list of items you are planning to move. If you do not have a moving inventory list, your movers will not be able to give you a precise moving estimate. Or you will have to organize a day when they will come to do an in-home estimate. Without a precise list, it will be hard to determine how many moving boxes you will need. Or how large your storage Brooklyn will have to be. Also, without a list, you cannot properly check your items once they are delivered. Therefore, make sure that you prepare a moving inventory list before you call your movers.

Compare several offers before you pick your movers

When you are hiring a moving company, one of the rules is that you compare several different offers before you sign a contract. Many people forget that there are many moving companies on the market and that they are all different. Not only when it comes to prices but most importantly their reliability. Therefore, make sure that you check movers thoroughly and get at least a few offers to compare before deciding.

Don’t pack on your own. Let professionals handle it

One of the most difficult parts of every moving process is packing. It is a stressful and physically demanding job. And those are the things that you should avoid as much as you can when moving overseas. Therefore, do not pack on your own. You will have to calculate, go moving box hunting, and spend a few days packing and wrapping. Hire a professional packing service and let them do it for you. They will bring their own quality packing materials, pack your items securely and they will do it fast. The only downside is that it costs.

Pile of boxes
Why bother with packing? Let professionals handle it.

Don’t move if you never been there. That is the final advise on our dos and don’ts of international relocation list

Those are the essential dos and don’ts of international relocation. However, there is one important thing that you should do even before you start considering moving. And that is to visit the country first. Yes, we understand that these days, most international relocations are work-related. And that in those cases people sometimes do not have an opportunity to visit the country before moving. But if you want to make sure that you are doing the right thing you need to be sure about the country you are moving to. Unfortunately, the only way to be sure is to visit the country and see things for yourself.

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Does U.Santini Moving & Storage offer insurance?

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How soon should I schedule my move?

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