Tips about taking photos

When you plan to move, you may want to keep memories of the place you’re leaving or maybe even from the moving process itself. You can have fun posting some of the photos on your preferred social media or arranging the pictures in an album after the move is over.

Always date-stamp your photos to be able to counter false claims by proving the date those photographs were taken. Turn on the date-stamp function of your (smartphone) camera or, if that’s not possible, e-mail those photos to yourself.
Also, make sure the time and date are correct in the settings of your digital camera or smartphone before you start snapping away.

Finally, keep the photos on the memory card, right between other pictures you took at that time to counter “smart” suggestions that you may have changed the time/date setting on your camera prior to taking the photos in question.

Most importantly, have fun to keep your memories alive in your previous home!

Safe moving!

Tips on moving your lawn mower

You can’t just load your lawn mower into a moving truck the way you left it right after you last worked with it. And you shouldn’t do it either for a number of safety reasons. Before you can load a lawn mower into a moving truck, you’re going to need to prepare it properly for safe transportation.

Here are simple steps to preparing a lawn mower for a move:
1. The very first thing you need to do when moving a lawn mower is to drain completely its gas tank and its oil tank and transfer those liquids into appropriate containers.

Gas and oil are hazardous materials that top the list of non-allowable items when moving home. And as you know well, professional movers cannot and will not transport dangerous items of any kind.

Dispose of the lawn mower liquids in accordance with the local environmental regulations. Or you can give them to a neighbor who also owns lawn care equipment.

2. Clean well your lawn mower – The second step to preparing a lawn mower for moving is to clean it from any remaining dirt and grass cuttings before loading it up on the moving truck. The idea, of course, is to prevent your other belongings from getting dirty and to keep the inside of the moving vehicle in decent condition.

Use a large sponge and water to wash your mower and pay special attention to its wheels and undercarriage.

3. Remove all attachments and blades – For safety reasons, you’re going to need to remove the blades from your lawn mower before you load it up for transport. Consult the user’s manual of the machine if you’re not sure how to do it properly.

Use extra caution while handling the blades to avoid injuries. Use thick gloves while removing the cutting elements, then place the original protective covers over the sharp blades to secure them. Finally, wrap them up in large sheets of bubble wrap and pack them separately in a cardboard box.

4. Disconnect the spark plug – The final step to preparing a lawn mower for a move is to disconnect its spark plug so that it can’t accidentally be started during transport. Even with its gas siphoned, a lawn mower can still be started in some cases because of the fuel fumes built-up in the tank.

Follow these tips and your lawn mower will be shipped safely!

Safe moving!

Tips about using specialty boxes when moving

In reality, specialty boxes can be extremely useful because the design and purpose of each box are different. For example, wardrobe boxes are used to hold and protect hanging clothes just like a tiny wardrobe,
dish barrel boxes are used to guard and transport fragile and breakable chinaware thanks to their extra thickness, and
mirror and picture boxes are great for packing and moving framed pictures, paintings and mirrors of various sizes simply because those cardboard containers can be re-sized and fitted around the individual framed art pieces.

Of course, it’s important to keep track of the packing expenses as well. While specialty boxes add extra security that your valuable items will stay perfectly safe during the physical transportation between the two homes, the additional cost of these special-purpose cardboard boxes may not always be worth the investment.

How much do specialty boxes cost? A dish barrel box costs around $6, a mirror/picture box is around $5-$7 per box, while a wardrobe box can cost between $10 and $14 depending on its exact size – small, medium or large.

In comparison, a standard-sized moving box costs anywhere from around $1 (small) to approximately $2.50 (extra-large). Therefore, the question of whether you really need specialty packing boxes when packing for a move remains on the packing table. Maybe you can manage it with standard-sized packing boxes by adding more wrapping and cushioning materials.

Specialty boxes are important for your clothes and other items. Go online or make sure to ask your mover about them.

Safe moving!

Tips about moving your automobile overseas

Your moving overseas and what do you do if you want your best friend to come with you? That nice shiny four wheeled friend has taken you many times from Point A to Point B. And now you want your cool car with you when you move. Depending upon where you Are moving, you can have your far-wheeled friend shipped overseas by us through an international auto transport company.

That’s pretty easy but there are some other things you need to consider before your car is revved up to be shipped across the Atlantic or elsewhere. As always, do your research and find out about the country or city’s public transportation system. This really varies from country-to-country and you will be able to assess how much you will need to drive your car and what kind of driving conditions you can expect.

Here are some factors to keep-in-mind and to know about:
• Is your automobile street legal in your new city? Remember that Japan, Britain, Australia and other countries require you to drive on the left-side of the road.
• Make sure your professional mover knows about any import tariffs. Your mover lets you know about any of these potential fees so you are not surprised by any unexpected costs.
• Drivers licenses – Most countries will allow you to drive with your existing American driver’s license but only for a specified period of time.
• Research your new country’s driving regulations and laws before your international move so you know when you need to obtain a new license.
• Purchase insurance – When you move, things can happen so make sure you buy moving insurance for your car especially if it’s a new car. This will provide you peace-of-mind if something should go wrong during the transport.

Follow these tips and ensure you hire a reputable moving company so that your four-wheel friend is taken care of during your overseas move.

Safe moving!

Tips on which rooms to begin packing first

Tips on which rooms to begin packing first

You are moving for the first time and packing your belongings by yourself, but you don’t know which room to begin packing first and it seems like a daunting task.

Once you have sorted out and boxed up the storage areas, you should move on to the other less commonly used rooms in your home, such as the guest rooms and the living room. The most essential rooms – the kitchen, the kids’ room (if applicable), the bedroom, and the bathroom – should be packed last, of course.

All your clothes, kitchen items, electronics and pretty much everything else that is not yet into the moving boxes should be packed up in the week before moving day. So, make sure you have enough clothes to last for the next few days, take out the plastic utensils, have your kids each choose one set of toys they want to keep out for the last few days, put aside the items that will get into your box of essentials and pack all the rest of your belongings (do not forget to prepare household appliances and disassemble large furniture pieces, as well). Keep a few extra boxes and bags handy for last-minute packing endeavors.

That way, it will be much easier to pack your belongings and still be able to function for a couple of days before your official move.

Safe moving!

Tips about embassies and important contact information

So, you are set with your visa and or passport, now you need to make sure you get to know our embassies. Most embassies and consulates around the world have their own websites. When you move to another country, it’s really important to know the contact information and address of the embassy and consulate of the country you are moving to. They have excellent resources and can assist you if something goes wrong in your new international home.

Here are some important websites you should bookmark and make sure you have on hand before you move overseas:
Embassy.org – Washington D.C. is the “hub” for international resources, lists of directories, passport and visas guides and much more.
Governments on the Web – This is one of the most comprehensive lists of governmental institutions on the worldwide web which lists ministries, parliaments, offices, city councils, central banks, embassies, multi-governmental institutions and more. A great resource to use and know about the important local offices in your new country.
Visa information – A private company not affiliated with a government agency but provides expedited visas, passports and other vital information needed for your move overseas.
Forms and customs information – Rainier Overseas provides useful information on our own site including forms and customs information you should be aware of. Our online search tool is also really helpful.

Safe moving!

Tips about important tools to always have when moving overseas

If you plan to move overseas, there are four online relocation tools that you should bookmark before you head on out across the pond. These are helpful tools when you are living in a different country.
Currency calculator – Oanda provides advanced and comprehensive currency exchanges as well as trading, data input with foreign exchange rates and many other useful foreign exchange tools.
Language translator – Google provides a solid text and webpage translations. It covers practically all languages in the world.
Time zones – This gives you current local times in cities and all countries around the world.
Electrical guide – Need to know what type of adapters to purchase when moving overseas? The website provides you with the type of adapters and power sockets you’ll need so you can use your current electronics and other devices in your new home overseas.

Safe moving!

Making an international move during the Covid-19 pandemic

The world is on hold, but the move must go on. For some, this is simply reality. You have sold your house here in the US, and you need to be in your new home overseas as soon as possible.
Don’t Panic. Not all is lost. For starters, you might be happy to know that moving has been deemed an “essential service” virtually everywhere in the US. This means that currently, movers in the US can pack, pick up, load, ship or store your personal items without much difficulty. This checks off one major box for many. However, regulations related to the moving industry are not universal. Many of our foreign partners are currently unable to operate at full capacity due to either government regulations or labor shortages (or sometimes both). So now you might ask, “Do we go ahead and ship or do we wait it out?”
Well, let’s start with research. Fortunately, most everything you need to know about the current pandemic situation in the country you are moving to can be found online. In most countries, the media is doing a pretty good job of reporting on current status of the Covid-19 virus as well as the projected impact of the virus on life in that country. So, as if you need to be told this, the internet will be the first place to start.
Beyond that, you will need to keep an active chain of communication open between you and your shipping company. They should be able to advise you of any relevant changes or events that might impact your move and provide you with the best options available for your particular situation. Here are just some examples of what’s happening around the world:
In the UK, moves are not currently considered “essential,” so all inbound shipments are currently being unloaded into storage warehouses and kept there (mostly at the expense of the owner of goods) until the government resumes allowing deliveries. Most companies are offering very reasonable storage rates considering the times and circumstances.
In Australia, while most movers should be able to deliver shipments, there is a 14-day quarantine for all people entering the country from abroad. This might mean that someone else will need to receive delivery on your behalf, or, alternatively, you might need to arrive in the country earlier than previously planned.
As Canada is one of the few countries where you must personally present yourself to the customs office to clear your goods, this poses a completely different issue. There is a 14-day quarantine there as well, and since the transit time for most shipments to Canada is less than that, you will likely have to plan for additional storage charges as well make a logistical plan that takes this quarantine timing into consideration.
These are just a few of the situations we are seeing around the world, and things are changing so fast that by the time you finish reading this blog there is a good chance something else might have changed. The best advice we can give you is stay engaged and available, plan ahead, and be flexible. Check your emails regularly and make sure you have clear methods of contacting and being contacted by your movers and your forwarders.
That, and pack an extra case of toilet paper!
Stay safe and Stay well!

Tips to avoid health problems when moving overseas

Keeping little critters out is important but always remember to protect your health when moving overseas. Wherever you are you are moving overseas, it’s really important to be informed regarding any health epidemics or other health-related concerns before relocating abroad. The US usually provides information about any health concerns you need to know about through Homeland Security and State Department advisories.
Here are some tips to keep-in-mind when you move overseas:
• Make sure you and every family member has a full medical check-up before departing. This needs to be done months in advance to ensure if someone has an underlying illness, it’s detected now before leaving. Also, this should include dental check-ups as well.
• After seeing your physician and dentist, make sure to make several copies of the medical records of each family member. The records almost certainly will be required by schools and will ease the transition to a new physician. Also, if any one of your family member’s has a chronic or special health condition, it should be determined whether it can be adequately treated in your new country. You can contact your consulate and they should be able to let you know what health services are provided at your new destination.
• It’s good to make a little wristband or medical bracelet for a family member that is allergic to certain drugs, has allergies, or any other type of health issue so that if he or she is treated at a clinic or hospital for an emergency, health technicians will know. Make sure to get a list of all of your families medicines and their generic names so an overseas pharmacist can provide something equivalent.
• English is widely spoken in many countries, but it is important that you translate the medical information to the language of your destination. This will ensure you will be given the correct and right dosages of the medicines you or your family take.
Always prepare for the unexpected so you and your family will be fully prepared if a minor or major health concern happens at your new overseas home.

Safe moving!