How to prepare for international removal

Six to Eight Weeks Before Moving Day:

Call The Moving Experts  to obtain the estimate for your move.

To make sure that the estimate is accurate we would need to receive detailed inventory list of all the items that you would need to move (anything that can not fit in the box) and estimated number of boxes. If you are not sure about the amount of boxes and items, our moving specialist will help you to estimate them based on the amount of things that you are taking, number of rooms and people in the house and the time you have been there.

Advise our moving specialist about everything that is going to be moved. Any items you fail to disclose or that are added later to the shipment will increase the cost, even if you have been given a binding estimate.

Request for an estimate with the full packing and without - this will help you to decide if you want to do any of the packing by yourself or if you have it done by our experienced packers. Our Moving specialist will be happy to discuss packing services with you.

If your company is paying for your move, refer to their moving policy to determine the services the mover will be authorized to perform.

Four to Six Weeks Before Moving Day:

Inform relatives, friends and businesses (banks, leasing companies, etc.), and other entities that should know about your relocation. Provide a variety of requests for termination of services (electricity and heat suppliers, garbage carriers and house cleaners, telephone, cable television and internet providers, security companies, etc.).

Begin to use up supplies of canned goods, frozen foods and other household items.

Two to Three Weeks before Moving Day:

Notify your moving specialist if you add or subtract items from your planned move or if there are any changes in dates. Be sure to supply your moving consultant with destination address and phone numbers where you can be reached. Confirm any extra stops required to pick up or deliver goods to a location other than the main pickup or delivery points. If your car is being moved, be prepared to drive it to a suitable loading site. Also be prepared to pick up your car at a suitable destination location.

Preparing the Family   

Make family travel plans. Reserve hotel rooms and airline tickets as needed. If driving, have your car serviced for the trip (check tires, brakes and windshield wipers, fluids, belts, battery, etc.).

Get rid of the flammable and explosive materials, active substances and other substances, which can not carry.

Drain fuel and oil from your power mower and other machinery. Discard partly used cans of oil, paint, thinner, bleach, or any other substances that may be flammable or combustible or those stored in containers that may leak.

Set a date for having utilities disconnected.

One to Two Weeks Before Moving Day:

Pets and Plants

Decide what to do with house plants. Moving Experts cannot safely move your plants because they may suffer from lack of water and light as well as probable temperature changes while in the van. We recommend giving plants to friends or relatives. Take pets to the veterinarian. Make sure that the pets are vaccinated against rabies.

Contact  Moving Experts, if you want to transport animals by air.

Other Important Details

Collect all items that are being cleaned, stored or repaired (clothing, furs, shoes, watches, etc.).

Return library books and anything borrowed from friends or neighbors, and collect things you may have loaned.

Day Before Moving Day:

Check closets, cabinets, and storage lockers for any articles overlooked.

It is your responsibility to see that all mechanical and electrical equipment is properly serviced for shipping prior to the arrival of the moving van at your expense.

Unplug all electronic appliances in advance of a move.

Moving Day:

The crew manager will review the inventory of goods that you have in your home and the services that you will require and will compare it to the list and information that was provided by you to your moving consultant. If there are any changes from the original estimate, the crew manager should notify you and have you signed on the new estimate based on the visual survey of your home. Be sure to fill out transport, customs and insurance documents. The crew manager should prepare a packing list and hand you one copy. Sign all copies of the packing list (usually are prepared in triplicate). Be sure if decleared value of your shipment is indicated correctly in all the documents. Check if destination address and your contacts are correct specified in the documents of transportation.

If you are having our packing specialists to pack your goods, point out to the packers any extra-fragile items needing special attention and watch professionals work. Mark appropriately any items you do not want packed or moved, as well as cartons you will want first when the van arrives at destination.

If you are doing your own packing, make sure everything is ready to go before movers arrival to your home. Upon arrival, the crew manager will check to see if boxes have been properly packed.

It is your responsibility to see that all of your goods are loaded, so remain on the premises until loading is complete.

Take a Last Look Around:

  • Water turned off?
  • Furnace and air conditioner shut off?
  • Light switches turned off?
  • All utilities arranged for disconnection?
  • Windows shut and locked?
  • Old house keys surrendered?
  • Have you left anything?

Delivery Day:

Be on hand to accept delivery. If you cannot be there personally, be sure you authorize an adult to be your representative to accept delivery and pay the charges for you.

On the day of delivery, the movers will attempt to contact you by phone and/or will make an appearance at residence if he is unable to reach you. If you are unable to accept delivery of your shipment at hat time after notification of arrival at destination, you may request waiting time until delivery can be made at an additional cost. Check your household goods as they are unloaded.

If there is a change in the condition of the property from that noted on the inventory at the time of loading or if any items are missing, note discrepancies on the movers copy of the inventory sheet. Inform your mover in writting form about loss and damage if any.

When unloading, each piece of furniture will be placed as you direct, including the laying of rugs and setting up any beds disassembled at origin. However, mattresses will not be unpacked, and appliances and/or fixtures will NOT be installed. At your request and at an additional charge, your moving consultant can arrange for this service. The mover is not obligated to rearrange your furniture.

Place a floor plan of your new home by the entrance, which the movers can use to determine where each piece of furniture should go. Keep all documents pertaining to your move in a safe place. To prevent possible damage, television sets, other electronic equipment and major appliances should not be used for 24 hours after delivery, allowing them time to adjust to room temperature.

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