How To Pack For A Move Internationally
by Arnold Farquard © 2018
Types of Move Packing
Professional move packing services bring an understanding of the trip your possessions will take, assuring they are packed for those demands, without costing you needless extra.
Their work is based on the different priorities each type of move packing requires.
Five basic packing types are:
1.) Local move packing
2.) National move packing
3.) International move packing
4.) Special move packing
5.) Packing for storage
Local move packing: Local moves feature minimal handling with the shortest pack unpack cycle. A core focus of professional local move packers is packing and padding possessions directly into the moving van.
National move packing: National domestic moves include intermediate handling. Possessions travel across climate zones as they pass from the local van that picked them up, on to train containers, larger van containers, trucking consolidations and possibly storage as shipment is coordinated.
International move packing: International moves include significant handling and storage. Moving from truck to train, plane or ship always includes a stay in storage to handle customs processing. Storage also avoids freezing temperature damage to wooden antiques and lacquer finished furniture. Packing and crating can require plastic wraps to protect from dust, powder and insect exposure complicating importation.
Special move packing: Piano's, antiques, safes, vehicles are all examples of items that require unique packing or crating. Each faces special considerations that include the advice of specialists in the specific item that Bekins secures.
Packing for storage: Moving possessions into storage needs to also consider the expected duration and need for interim access. The stability of a controlled clean environment assists the packing process. Some items benefit from structural crating while a Furniture Vault can secure many items more conveniently.
Best Way To Pack For Moving
Professional packers are obligate to pack what you leave to be packed; the ashes in ash trays, empty Mason jars on that top shelf or even plants that won't be watered while packaged up in dark boxes.
When you and your family work on packing, select only items you need to take. Often larger furniture, that fits Canadian homes, won't work in smaller Asian apartments where they get in the way, are expensive to store or difficult to dispose of.
You save shipping weight and space plus, the extra labour to handle those items.
On the other hand, you will settle in more comfortably when your new home feels comfortable. Pictures, mementos, and "comfort" items will make your destination more of a home.
Getting rid of unwanted, unused and storage items is the single biggest saving factor in making the international move meaningful and effective.
Dozens of broken china dishes, handed down from Grand Mother to Grand Daughter, arrived broken. They were packed for storage however instead of international move packers repacking them and checking each others work they were shipped as is. Unpacking ended in many tears at the sight of the damage and memories of losing a loved one. Items not packed by professional packers can not be insured against damage. In this case replacement was further complicated because the pattern has long since gone out of production.
Professional international move packers repack all items already packed to assure goods are consistent with the added rearranging and movement between containers and methods of handling.
Further, core to these professionals at work is rechecking each others boxes and packing. This checking protocol means items needing repacking quickly become obvious, as confirmation of insurability is done.
Checking reduces damage and more importantly avoids the distress that comes from damaged valued possessions.
One out of three light fixtures arrived undamaged. Wrapping the light fixtures in padding blankets is fine during local moves where they can be placed on top of the load.
Had the damaged light fixtures been packed in boxes the glass coverings would not have so easily been shattered.
Always consider the possession being safe while being moved between moving containers and being handled during and up to unpacking.
Build your plans by visualizing that you and your family have just arrived at your new home... then add the steps back to today and add the steps including movers arriving, unpacking.
The obvious task of arranging the trip you and your family will make to your new home will lead to other less obvious tasks like getting groceries, clothing for your destination or updating your drivers license.
Depending on your destination, method of shipping, groupage and government inspection may even expose an opportunity for some days of holidays along the way.
This drawer of silverware got missed by those doing the packing. While the silverware was sturdy, some of the pieces end up scratching others. The items that fell out of the drawer took some time to dig out of the corners of the back of the cabinet.
Even packers who pack day in and day out are human and can miss things. Cross checking protocols and checklist confirmations all work to remove this type of oversight.
This packer taped a clock's removed battery to the front of the clock, instead of the back. The tape then took part of the finish off the front of the clock.
A problem that infects all type of packing, including international moves. A problem that the attention to detail professionals focus on overcomes. The difference between one year of experience ten times and ten years of building experience.
Even when well wrapped items that are heavy should be placed on the bottom of the boxes with lighter items higher up the box. Soft and shaped items need to be used around any heavy and delicate items.
Wrapping glass in bubble wrap is intuitive but how it gets positioned in the box is not as simple and yet just as important.