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3 Tips for Paring Down Your Clutter Before an International Move

Posted by Janet Turner on Jun 10, 2016 1:00:00 PM
When you're preparing for a big move, it's always a good idea to take the opportunity to get rid of some of the clutter that you've held onto for too long. This is even more important when you're making an international move. The cost of shipping your possessions overseas can be high, so the more you can lighten the load, the more money you'll be able to save. Plus, it will be a lot easier to unpack and set up your new place if you're not tripping over things that you didn't need to bring in the first place. Following are some tips for reducing your clutter before you make an international move. Break It Down Looking around at an entire house full of ... Read More

Overcoming Move-Related Stress: 3 Important Steps

Posted by Alyssa Lopez on Jun 3, 2016 10:30:00 AM
Let's face it – moving is hard, whether you're transitioning to a home around the block or relocating halfway around the world. And when you're about to embark on a work-related international move, stresses can pile on top of other stresses, leaving you emotionally drained just when you need to be strongest. Instead of letting your next corporate relocation eat you alive, follow these three important steps to overcome move-related stress. Communication First Whether you have a family moving with you or you'll be joining colleagues who have already relocated, you're likely not in this alone. Making communication your primary focus during every stage of ... Read More

Expecting the Unexpected: Proactive Move-Related Problem Solving

Posted by Janet Turner on May 16, 2016 11:00:00 AM
Expecting the Unexpected: Proactive Move-Related Problem Solving Whether you've moved once before or a dozen times, each move can play out very differently from the last and lead to problems you've perhaps never before experienced. Use this guide to thoroughly assess your next move and root out problems before they arise. By expecting the unexpected, you can proactively ensure that your move carries on seamlessly. Costs, Costs and More Costs While your moving company will do its best to give accurate quotes, costs can often increase as the work involved with your relocation moves forward. Here are just a few areas where move costs can increase: ... Read More

Relocating Abroad? – 5 Tips for Selecting an Approved Freight Forwarder

Posted by Jackie Dennis on May 6, 2016 2:00:00 PM
Moving overseas can be a pressure cooker. There are so many things to organize. Whether you are changing residences, shipped abroad for Military purposes, or opening a new corporate branch in another country, the considerations seem almost endless. One of the smartest things you can do is contact an approved freight forwarder. They are the experts in all things "international" and can help you to put all of the pieces of the puzzle together. Your choice of a household goods freight forwarder should be based on the following criteria: Longstanding reputation of handling personal and corporate effects Recognized certification Experience in the proper ... Read More

Moving? 4 Apps Just For That

Posted by Melissa Morr on May 2, 2016 11:21:00 AM
There are apps for just about everything these days. If you have an iPhone, Smartphone, Android or other compatible devices, you can download literally thousands of apps for finding anything around the world. Of course, entertainment apps are hugely popular but those apps that make our lives easier and more organized can be invaluable. For the past number of decades, industries have been striving to establish a global presence. As such, employee relocations are increasing daily, not to mention retirees who are looking for a resort type lifestyle to leave the cold winters behind. Today, there are many apps that can help you plan your relocation from ... Read More

PCS Move - 6 Packing Tips To Help Reduce Damage Claims

Posted by Jackie Dennis on Apr 30, 2016 2:00:00 PM
Once you receive the PCS notice, you can exhaust the usual moving resources: base transportation office, family center at new base, housing office, finance office, chaplain's office, spousal support, and lots of brochures. But getting ready and working through the move can seem overwhelming, no matter how often you are called on to do it. Here are some tips. Think forward. Preparation reduces panic. For example, assemble all your documents in two 3-ring binders. One is for the security of all papers - orders, birth certificates, banking info, contracts, warranties, and so on. The other is for property-related records. Colored dividers can separate ... Read More

3 Great Websites For Checking Moving Company Reviews

Posted by Janet Turner on Apr 24, 2016 11:00:00 AM
 Relocating overseas is a very exciting but very intimidating venture. International freight forwarders who specialize in moving household goods can reduce a lot of the anxiety associated with moving. But when hiring an international mover, it's important to seek detailed quotations that include a full description of the various service options they offer. Choosing a Reputable Household Goods Mover Most freight forwarders have websites where you can view their services and a description of the company on the "about us" page.  You may also find a few testimonials from previous customers,  but really there's no way to contact that customer for a ... Read More

Avoid the Hassle of Insurance Claims With These 5 Proactive Tips

Posted by Jackie Dennis on Apr 21, 2016 3:00:00 PM
Shipping household goods overseas is not a perfect science. Most shipments arrive without hassle, especially when you engage a certified IMA (International Movers Association) member to coordinate the movement. But one of the biggest contributors to customer dissatisfaction is having their goods arrive in damaged condition or just plain missing. It doesn’t happen often, but it happens. So how do you go about obtaining compensation in such instances? Here are 5 tips that can make your life easier should you have to file a claim for your personal effects. Inventory – Create a detailed list of all items being shipped including furniture, clothing, art ... Read More

3 Tips to Make Relocating Easier on Your Children

Posted by Melissa Morr on Apr 20, 2016 10:04:07 AM
Moving can be a difficult prospect for anyone. Adjusting to a new home, new community, and new people is a challenging process. But it is often hardest on children, who may not easily understand the benefits that come along with the move. A move that has to be accomplished quickly, like a military relocation or a sudden job transfer, can be the most difficult of all. For a child who has no say in the matter, such a move can feel like an arbitrary and unfair burden, as well as a disorienting change. No parent wants to see their child struggle with the fallout of a move, but it can be difficult to know how to make it easier on them. The following are ... Read More

What to Expect Upon Arrival at Freight Destination

Posted by Janet Turner on Apr 11, 2016 2:00:00 PM
Once your household goods depart for export, you may think that the most stressful work has been done. But sometimes unforeseen circumstances arise at the port of destination. Leading up to the shipment, you’re in constant communication with your international freight forwarding company. But, after your goods arrive, that comfort zone can seem to disappear—unless your mover has a reliable agent at the port of destination. Or, if your goods arrive before you do, your absence can lead to delays and added costs. Plan your Arrival to Coincide with the Shipment Arrival Careful planning is essential when moving abroad. There are many considerations when ... Read More

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