Tips moving to a coldstate or country

If you are planning to move to another state or country that’s really cold during the winter months, there are some tips you should consider doing prior to your move, especially if you are currently living in a warm climate year-round. It’s a big lifestyle change but it does have some benefits.

There’s not as many bugs around, less allergies, better sleep and much more. Some simple tips to consider when moving to a cold climate:

• Lotions – You’ll need chap stick, lip balms and other types of hydration lotions to ensure you don’t get chapped lips, skin cuts etc.

• Humidifier – If your new state or country is really cold like in Alaska or parts of the Midwest, a humidifier will come in handy to keep your skin and other things in getting it too dry.

• Clothing – Good to invest in a nice parka with a hood, wool sweaters, thick and high stockings, scarves, cozy gloves and heavy-duty pants.

• Insulated blankets – Make sure to purchase big fluffy blankets and heavy sheets to keep you warm during the night.

Next blog will be part two on how to stay warm when moving to a cold state or country.

Safe moving!

Tips before you move into your new home

Now that you have packed your things and the moving trucks are on the way to your new home, I have some tips for you to consider before moving into your new home.

Here’s what you should do when moving into a new home or apartment:
• Document house or apartment – In other words, make sure to take photos of your apartment or home you are moving into. If you have a landlord, document showing the condition of your new home. It will prevent problems down the road and avoid unnecessary liabilities and expenses.
• Boxes in pertinent rooms – As I discussed last week, make sure to label and separate your items room-to-room. Place your boxes in the appropriate rooms so it will be easy for you to unpack and you’ll also avoid any heavy lifting.
• Essentials first – You’ll want to assemble and put together the furniture and bedroom items first, the things you’ll use right off the bat such as a bed, chairs, tables etc.
• Large items – Also, take care of these items first such as the refrigerator, stove, washing machine and other big ticket items. It’s easier to install the bigger appliances when you have the room to hook them up, plug-ins and anything else that’s needed.
• Cleaning – When you first move in, clean the toilets, tubs and other bathroom areas. It’s one of the most used places in your new home besides the living room.

Use these important tips prior to moving in your new home and you’ll be more prepared and will settle in a lot quicker to make the overall experience more pleasing.

Safe moving!

Tips renting furniture

This week, I’m going to provide tips about renting furniture if needed when you move.

When you move across the pond, not everything will go right when it comes to furniture. Some of the furniture you currently have to move might be too big or too small for the new home. Your couch might not even fit through the door. Or, your furniture doesn’t arrive on time, so you have to rent some furniture in the interim.

• When looking for homes, consider searching for furnished apartments or homes. This will save you money and any hassles from shipping furniture overseas.
• Also, consider renting household goods such as kitchenware’s, vacuum cleaners, televisions, bedding, silverware and other items. This will save you time and money especially if your move is for a certain timeframe.
• Research relocation consultants. From single items to fully tailored packages, consultants can come in handy to provide expertise for your new home.

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Tips regarding your mail when moving

Even though many of us receive packages via FedEx or by other means, we still have important snail-mail to collect and when moving overseas, you want to ensure you receive it at your new home or residence. With technology today, you can now actually manage your mail from abroad by using mail forwarding services.

Moving can be stressful especially moving overseas but be sure to select a mail servicing company before heading out so that important letters, correspondences and yes, even bills are still sent to you.

You can choose a variety of features including:
• Mail sent monthly, bi-monthly or as requested
• Add an Internet account so you can view the status of your mail and specify specific shipping dates
• Shipping and customs documents can be handled by the shipping service you choose
• Categorize or select which parcels of mail you want to receive overseas

The U.S. Postal Services regulates commercial receiving agencies (CRMAs) and requires a form to be filled out (you can download it here: https://about.usps.com/forms/ps1583.pdf) and have identification documents handy when filling out the form. If you have a significant other and you’re not married, each person will need to fill out a separate form.

Mail-forwarding services eases a lot of worries when heading overseas and this is just another convenient service to use when living in another country.

Safe moving!

Tips ensuring paperwork is in good shape before your international move

You have a passport and visa and off you go to move overseas. Not so fast, you need to make sure other documents are in order before leaving. It’s crucial that additional paperwork and important copies of medical insurance, income tax records and the like are with you heading to your host country.

There are not only obligations from your own government here but records of “who you are” are important to have to take with you. Make sure you have copies with you in your briefcase or other hand-carried case on the airplane, don’t put them in your luggage in case it’s lost and certainly don’t ship them away in your belongings heading overseas.

Below is a recommended list of documents to have with you when moving:
• Employment contracts and a letter from your employers stating the terms of your stay. If local host-country authorities need them for some reason or ask to see them.
• Birth certificates of each family member
• Pertinent medical records
• Pertinent dental records
• Driver’s license (if you are planning to drive a vehicle in your host country, you’ll need to apply for a license there)
• Property and vehicle insurance records
• Income tax records
• Wills if Appropriate
• Each member of your family’s passport and other documentation

By making sure you have multiple copies of important documents with you, your overseas move will be so much easier in the event that any of your paperwork is requested while traveling or when you are settling into your new home.

Safe moving!

Tips moving via plane

This week, I’m going to provide you tips if you decide to move via airplane.

Moving by a plane can be convenient alternative to moving by truck or car. If you plan correctly and if you are in a big hurry, here’s some tips to keep in mind:
• Plan ahead – Do your research online and find out what the extra baggage policies are with your airline. Airlines differ on how many bags you can take with you, size and weight are considering factors too. Do your research so you know what your total costs will be to move your personal home furnishings.
• Lighten it up – When moving across country or overseas, costs add up if you have a lot of belongings. If you are moving on a permanent basis, I’d have a garage sale and get rid of a lot of your stuff that you no longer need or use. If it’s temporary, you can probably get away with bringing only the items you use the most.
• Scale – Before you go to the airport, weigh your luggage to ensure it doesn’t exceed the size and weight limits of your airline.
• Alternatives – You probably won’t be able to ship everything via plane, so I’d hire shipping experts like Rainier to package and ship your personal belongings whether by ground, train or air.

These tips will be useful if you are moving via plane.

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Tips about packing food you are taking with you

It’s normal that you’ll want to take some of the food items with you to the new home. Sure, you can always buy new food supplies when you arrive in your new home in the new city, but there may be some local delicacies with which you won’t be willing to part that easily.

Here’s the best way to pack food when moving:
– Use small to medium-sized moving boxes to pack food supplies such as canned items, glass jars and glass bottles because they can become too heavy too quickly. For safety reasons, do not try to pack too many food items into one huge moving box.
– Avoid bad leaks and spills in the cardboard boxes by using thick resealable Ziploc bags. This packing trick is especially useful when you pack sugar, flour, spices or opened bottles of olive oil and other liquids.
– Use packing paper and then bubble wrap to wrap up any glass containers you’ve decided to move to the new home.
– Use a cooler to store the perishable items you do want to take with you, such as milk, meat, vegetables, fruits, etc. This is only a good idea if you’re moving locally and the relocation trip is scheduled to take only a few hours. For longer cross-country moves, you’re not advised to take any perishables at all.
– Label, whenever necessary, each moving box that contains any food. This will help you identify and unload those food-containing boxes with higher priority when you reach the new home.

It’s a waste to throw out good food when you are moving. Use these tips so your food will not go spoiled when moving into your new home.

Tips protecting doors when moving

Anytime damage occurs to your house, it’s not good, you get stressed out and might even cost you more than what you expected when moving. I provided you tips on how to protect your stairs, both carpet and wood but it’s just as important to protect your doors.

Moving big furniture items out of your rooms including big ticket items like refrigerators, beds etc. can easily damage doors when moving. If you use movers like Rainier, which I highly recommend, we know how to protect doors when moving out your household goods. We take care of this process to give you peace of mind.

But, if you are moving by yourself and even if you are utilizing a moving company, here’s some tips you in conjunction with your movers can do before moving your big-ticket items:
• Cover up – Use blankets and other type of covers to protect your doors from scratches, scuffs, scrapes and breakage. Professional movers know how to use door covers to prevent any damages occurring.
o In addition to blankets, you can use bubble wrap and cardboard sheets.
• Furniture blankets – This is your best bet….movers like Rainier use this type of protection for your doors.
• Pads – If you don’t use blankets or furniture blankets, tape on pads to all corners of the doors with masking tape, an easy way to avoid cracks, scrapes and other damage to them.

In the next blog, I’ll give you more door protection tips including protecting your door frames.

Safe moving!

Tips on moving flat screen TVs

One of our previous posts we provided you tips regarding how to get your friends to assist you to move. This week, I’m going to provide you some insights on how to move flat screen TVs and how to ensure they arrive at your destination safely.

Your flat screen TV is one of your most expensive and fragile items you have to move. It’s also one of the most difficult items to move. That said, many people have asked me how to make sure flat screen TVs are moved properly and safely. Here are a few tips:
• Make sure your TV is always moved in the upright position. Why? Because lying it down flat will damage it. No matter the distance traveled, vibrations from a moving van are inevitable and will crack or damage the screen.
• Shipping your TV in the right box makes all the difference to keep it safe and secure. Keep your original box if you still have it and use the Styrofoam inserts as well. If you don’t have the original packaging, have your mover or you purchase a heavy duty, corrugated cardboard box to hold your flat screen. We have plenty of these boxes if you decide to use our moving services.
• Use solid packaging moving tape to close the box. Place Styrofoam on all four edges of the screen. Use bubble wrap and peanuts to go in the box so the TV is in place.
• Use a sharpie or other type of marker to mark the box showing which side is up. Also, note to have it never lye down flat.

Due to the fragility of flat screen TVs are, I’d leave it to professional movers if you can. I’d also recommend purchasing insurance so you can replace your TV if it does break in transit.

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Tips on moving delicate items including TVs

Moving delicate items can be a big challenge when you are moving to a new home especially TVs such as flat screen TVs and other types of electronics.

Here are some tips to keep in mind:
• Make sure your TV is always moved in the upright position. Why? Because lying it down flat will damage it. No matter the distance traveled, vibrations from a moving van are inevitable and will crack or damage the screen.
• Shipping your TV in the right box makes all the difference to keep it safe and secure. Keep your original box if you still have it and use the Styrofoam inserts as well. If you don’t have the original packaging, have your mover or you purchase a heavy duty, corrugated cardboard box to hold your flat screen. We have plenty of these boxes if you decide to use our moving services.
• Use solid packaging moving tape to close the box. Place Styrofoam inside your moving boxes with your electronics and other items. Use bubble wrap and peanuts to go in the box as well.
• Use a sharpie or other type of marker to mark the box showing which side is up. Also, note to have it never lye down flat. This is for additional electronics.

Due to the fragility of flat screen TVs and electronic gadgets, I’d leave it to professional movers if you can. I’d also recommend purchasing insurance so you can replace your TV and electronic pods etc. if it does break in transit.

Safe moving!