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• Getting Ready for International Move
If packing your entire household belonging for a national move seems to be a daunting task, it is easily imaginable what you might be going through, as a prospective international mover. But come to think of it, international moving offers a good opportunity to clean up the house of many useless junk which unnecessarily occupies precious space. If you are unsure of what size of accommodation awaits you in you new country of destination, it is safer to take as little as possible. The cost of shipping is rather high when it comes to international moving and this also may affect your decision to carry so much material with you. Some employers also put a limitation on the volume and size of the international shipping and taking very large pieces of furniture may not be a good idea if you are trying to stay within the budget your employer has already fixed for you. Before you start the packing exercise, it is a good idea to know all the rules and regulations of your employer, when they send employees abroad.
While packing for your international relocation, you should also not be so stringent with your goods that your home nearly looks barren at your new city of residence. There are many things which you are very used to and such items should not be left behind. A pre-assignment trip in such cases is very helpful as then you have a first hand idea of the city, its climate, space in average accommodations, etc. If you know more details about the climate, you would immediately decide which items in your house would be sensitive to aridity or humidity and if such items are precious and expensive, then it is a good idea to leave them behind. Excessive and random temperature variation or excessive humidity may not be very good for art frames, pictures, books and some types of wooden furniture.
While a thorough knowledge of the climatic condition and variation is helpful, here is some of the other information that you ought to know before you plan your packing:
1. What could be the size of your new apartment in the new city?
2. Is buying household appliances possible in this new city? If not, is there any way you could buy some items from home and ship it along with your other belongings?
3. How long are you going to stay in this new country? Are you going to go to another country from this new destination or you are likely to come back home? Having this information beforehand will help you decide whether you can live without certain things for some time.
4. What are the electrical standards in the new country of residence?
5. Are there any import restrictions or heavy duties involved in you take domestic appliances with you?
One of the basic things to remember when you are relocating to a foreign country is to keep you life as uncomplicated as possible and not be cluttered with too many things to remember and hassled about. As it is you will be under a lot stress trying to settle down in a foreign land, with its typical culture, habits and customs – taking too many personal stuff with you can unnecessarily bring further tensions in your overall relocation plans.
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