Submitted by Sarah Morris
Moving is one of life’s great paradoxes: while moving to any new place is exciting, liberating, and a completely new adventure, it also is listed as one of life’s greatest stressors. Moving requires great planning, both on the personal level and on an administrative level. How far you are moving can greatly affect how much planning and work you need to put into your moving plan; if you are only moving a few miles or towns, a lot of moving can be done by friends or family. However, if you are planning on moving further away, such as domestically long distance or even internationally, you can’t possibly put too much concern into your moving plan. In fact, keeping a few simple things in mind can make sure to keep your possible headache into a great new adventure, and A-1 Auto Transport is prepared to be there for you every step of the way.
No matter how far you are moving, there a couple of tips that will apply to every situation. For example, when you are starting to plan a move, you can’t possibly do enough planning. Start making your plan at least three months in advance, as this will give you the time to get the things that you need in order. Write down lists of supplies you need to buy, such as tape and moving boxes. If you don’t have the resources to move furniture on your own, research moving companies and find out what services you might be interested in. If possible, consider moving in the offseason for better moving rates and more availability. It is not always realistic to drive your car to your new place, and A-1 has many affordable options to be able to get your car transported to your new area. Start organizing your items and discovering exactly what you want to take with you. Once you have a solid plan in place, you can start taking some real action into moving.
Another important aspect is being able to recognize what you need to take with you and what you don’t: in other terms, it’s time to do some downsizing. Downsizing is important because it helps you to determine how much you are actually going to need to move. Consider going through clothes and belongings, keeping only what you actually use now and plan on using in your new space. If you are moving internationally and can’t take a lot of belongings with you, it may be worthwhile to consider looking into a storage unit. Packing and shipping can be expensive, and if you aren’t sure you are going to use it in your new home, but don’t want to get rid of it, getting a storage unit is a great alternative to having to pay exorbitant charges to ship the items. Occasionally, friends or family also may be able to help you store items for a short amount of time; this is ideal if you are only going to moving on a temporary basis, such as going away to school, or aren’t sure where you are going to be staying yet. Whether or not you are taking a lot with you, downsizing is essential to make sure you are only taking the important things with you.
As you get closer to your move date, there are necessary bits and pieces that you need to move into place in order to ensure your move is successful. One thing that people commonly forget when moving to a new place is that they need to get the utilities set up. Moving to a new place, either renting or a place you bought, you will need to change the utilities over into your name before you move in to make sure you will have electricity and warm water when you move in. These creature comforts will be especially important after a long day of moving and unpacking. It’s also important to think about what order you want to pack things: which things which things you will want to unpack first, like a coffeepot or underwear. Creating a list of items that you will need in the first few days of moving will help you pack those items in more accessible places. And make sure to label everything — there’s no point to all this planning if you don’t label where all these items are going. By remembering to plan in advance and work out your move logically, you are sure to make your moving experience less stressful and far more manageable.
Although all moves have similarities, moving internationally has some very unique challenges that need to be addressed as you are planning for your move. Whether you are moving internationally for school, work, or just for a change of pace, moving internationally needs planning and consideration. Firstly, you need to make sure that you have all your documents in order; ordering a passport can sometimes take 4 to 6 weeks to arrive, and visa approval can take even longer sometimes. Depending on the country you move to, you may need to apply with the embassy and meet certain income requirements in order to move to the country. In the case of moving internationally, the earlier you can start your research, the better; that way, you can be able to have everything in order when you are ready to make the move.
Some people may be deterred by moving internationally because of the simple fact that they can’t take their car with them; however, although taking a car on an international move may take a few extra steps, it’s absolutely plausible to take your car with you wherever you move. There are three basic ways to ship a car, all of which A-1 auto transport is happy to help with: Ro/Ro, Container, and Air Freight. Ro/Ro stands for rolled on/rolled off, and it means that your car will be driven onto a ship and then driven off a ship. This is the most cost-effective way, as many people can use the same ship to ship their car. Container shipping is a bit more expensive than Ro/Ro, but if your car is more valuable and you are worried about it being exposed to the elements, container shipping, where your car is put in an individual container on a ship, is ideal for you. Finally, if you are very concerned about the status of your car or need it quickly, you can Air Freight your car internationally and have it flown out to you in your new country.
Whatever your moving plan is, A-1 auto transport can be there to help you every step of the way. Moving nearby, across the country, or across the world can be scary for anyone, but with a little bit of planning and support, the stress can melt away and your move can truly be a launching point into your great new adventure.
Submitted by Sarah Morris
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