Moving to Latin America

Last week, I discussed how to stay positive during a move to another house and country, this week, I am going to provide you important information on moving to Latin America.

The Americas, especially during the summer, is a perfect time to make a move but you need to book early since it is the busiest moving time of the season (see blog #62).

Rainier Overseas is a proud member of the Latin America and Caribbean International Movers Association (LACMA). LACMA’s membership consists of experienced and prestigious moving and relocation companies from the Americas and throughout the world.

Like last year, we attended the 2017 LACMA convention in Puerto Vallerta, Mexico. The convention brought together some of the most innovative and award-winning moving companies in the world. Moving to the Americas can be challenging at times and it’s important to make sure to hire the most experienced and knowledgeable movers in the industry. We work with excellent LACMA members who are well-known in the market for their strong customer support, reliability and availability as well.

LACMA members are the best at what they do and their services are second to none. Your shipments and overall move will be in the best hands possible.

As a LACMA member, Rainier Overseas will ensure your move to be the smoothest and safest ever. If you plan to make a move somewhere in Latin America or the Caribbean, please feel free to email me at and you’ll receive personal service directly from me and the best that LACMA has to offer.

Please visit their website to learn more at for more information.

Safe moving!

Tips to staying positive when moving

Moving can be very stressful time especially if you must move in a hurry and haven’t booked your move during the busiest summer months. You may be scrambling just to get a good moving date as I discussed last week, make sure to book early if you want to move during the summer.

This week, I am going to provide you tips on how to stay positive during a move. Keep in mind, with excellent preparations, moving doesn’t have to be negative and should and could be an overall positive experience. Expect to have mixed emotions especially when moving overseas but a positive attitude will go a long way.

Tips to staying positive during your move:
• Humor – Having a sense of humor can make all the difference in the world. Watch funny movies, read the comics section in your daily newspaper, tell jokes and know that your moving experience is only a matter of time.
• Leave the heavy load behind – I have mentioned this in the past but worth mentioning again, leave all of your packing or most of it to your professional movers. This saves you time, energy and a lot of headaches because the pros know how to pack your household goods so they arrive undamaged and safely.
• Choose to be positive – Yes, it is stressful moving but if you choose to be positive and optimistic, your experience and outcome will be a positive one. List all of the things that will be positive in your life by moving to a new house in your notes section on your phone and review it frequently.
• Prepare early – As I discussed last week, schedule your moving day at least two months beforehand and even earlier if possible. Create a pre-moving list and be organized so your move will go smoothly and will be less stressful.
• Friends – One of the best ways to keep a positive attitude is to visit your friends frequently and have fun. This takes your mind off the move and gives you the opportunity to put your good sense of humor to work.
• Safety – Keep safety a top priority, the last thing you want to experience is a back injury or anything else that could put a big damper on your moving experience and then some.

If you follow these tips, you should have a positive moving experience and less stress when moving to another house in the U.S. or overseas.

Safe moving!

Testimonials about a job well done by Rainier Overseas

Deciding which mover to move your household goods can be daunting. You want to make sure the firm you hire is reputable and insured. When you decide to move overseas or within the U.S., you need to do your research so you find not only a reputable mover but a mover that has a strong track record of ensuring your household goods are moved safely.
Rainier Overseas is a boutique moving company that provides hands-on service to all of our clients. In other words, when you decide to move with us, you will receive personal service from our experienced movers instead of being assigned to a novice mover with little experience like many of our competitors do.
Testimonials are a great way to assess if a moving company has the “right stuff” to move your household goods safely and on time.

Below are some testimonials from last year that we provided before along with some new ones as well.

I’d like to share with you from our customers who used our services at Rainier Overseas and were more than pleased with their moves:

“I’m very thankful for your services and will be quick to recommend you to anyone who might be looking for a moving service.”

Steve B.
(Garden Grove, CA)

“Thanks so much for your help, definitely a much easier process than I expected and the best money I’ve ever spent.”

Meredith L.
(Seattle, WA)

“I wanted to write and thank Rainier Overseas for an excellent job in shipping, storing and delivering our household items to us yesterday. Everything looks great and the service has been exceptional, both in Denmark and in the US. The goods were packaged extremely well and the packaging and delivery people on both sides did an outstanding job. I also appreciate the excellent communication from all parties with regard to our shipment/delivery. My family very much appreciates this level of service.”

(New York, NY)

“We thank you very, very much for everything and the amazing job you did we are so very pleased, appreciating your hard work and happy we chose you to do our move if you need any recommendation please let us know.
Have a great day!”

Beny R.
(Gainesville, VA)

“Over the past few months, Cesar Castro’s attention to details, precise information and guidance helped me decide that I should hire Rainier. I had other options and spoke with a few other companies but the service from Cesar and Missy was above expectations. All my questions were answered by him and Missy almost immediately. The agent in Brazil – Denilson – was fantastic! Congratulations on having a strong team.”

Andre Suaid
(San Francisco, CA)

“We received the lift last week and wanted to thank you all for the excellent delivery, everything got to our apartment in perfect condition (and we noticed just how well everything was packed back in Albany) and the delivery went smoothly!
(We just gave our recommendation to another couple in the UC village). Thank you very much for the excellent service!”

Rinat Rosenberg K.
(Miami, FL)

If you have previously used our services and would like to tell us how we did, feel free to submit a testimonial via our website or you can email me directly.

Safe moving!

Tips to military moving overseas

Last week, I provided you tips about what documents you should have when moving overseas. This week’s blog highlights important moving tips for our military when moving and transferring overseas. Moving is complicated by itself and if you are in the military, you know moving your household goods and family can be quite a challenge.

A permanent change of station (PCS) is something every military family will experience eventually.

To make the move a lot smoother, here are some simple tips when heading overseas:
• Personal Property Office (PPO) – Once you receive your PCS, contact the PPO. You might have already done this before but no two moves are alike and they have excellent resources for you. There, you can find your basic entitlements and responsibilities among many other helpful tips. A website you will find useful is the Department of Defense site that offers a lot of basic PCS information.
• Contact sponsor or new command – Once you receive your PCS, your sponsor can help you get to know your new destination and provide you valuable information about what specific belongings to bring or not to bring. In other words, if you are moving to a country that doesn’t accommodate big-sized furniture, your sponsor will let you know so you can put some of your possessions in storage until your new PCS.
• Know your entitlement – Make sure you find out how much weight for your move that the government will pay for you. This is important to ensure you stay within their budget and yours too so you avoid any extra excessive weight fees or charges.
• Papers in order – Before moving, you will need to make sure you have plenty of copies of your PCS available and stored in a safe location. Be sure to have any letters of authorizations, powers of attorney docs, appraisal of high-priced belongings, video or photo identification of your items, and pertinent insurance policies.

One final tip, always purchase movers’ insurance before you move so that your personal belongings are protected when they are shipped overseas, it will give you peace-of-mind. By following these tips and thoroughly preparing before your move, you will know you did everything in your power to ensure a safe military move.

Safe moving!