We know that moving in general is a stressful activity, perhaps the most stressful time in one’s life other than divorce; add to that the factor of moving to a country where the shock of a strange language and culture will add even more stress and you see why we feel that international moving is the most stressful type of move to take place.
It will be much easier to determine what to move and what to leave behind if careful consideration is given to the size of your new residence and the ability to fit all the furniture in your new location. If possible, obtain a floor plan of your new house with the size of the rooms clearly marked; if this is not possible find out from the realtor or landlord if it is possible to view the house or apartment via the internet by using some type of webcam. Hopefully this will allow you to get an idea of its size and how your furniture will fit.
Another important factor to consider: are you planning on shipping any large, bulky pieces of furniture such as a piano, large entertainment center or pool table? Careful planning must be made before attempting to ship any large, heavy pieces of furniture: will the movers be able to properly lift and load this type of furniture into an ocean going vessel and will the movers be able to move these items into your new home?
Most international moving estimates will be quoted with full packing include in the price; it is most important on an international move to have the professionals pack your fragile items. A cargo container vessel while at sea if sailing through stormy conditions undergoes much more violent shaking and bouncing than any conditions ever found while moving on land. Indeed, every year many 20 foot and 40 foot containers are lost at sea due to large waves washing over vessels; these containers have become a major hazard to ships at sea. Let the professionals pack all of your household items; your peace of mind is of utmost importance.
To achieve this peace of mind, follow the international moving checklist on the next page.