It is very easy to underestimate the amount of stuff we accumulate over the years, so when it comes to packing it all up it can be overwhelming. Whether you are moving internationally for work, to be closer to family, or anything else, moving to another country can be a very exciting new chapter in your life. Quicksilver is here to help you get a head start on the packing and to keep your space organised to lead to a successful relocation.
A little preparation will go a long way and will have you up and running in your new home in no time at all, giving you a lot more time to settle down too. Our first tip for moving abroad would be to consider hiring a professional packer to help you complete the job.
Quicksilver provides residential moves services in Newcastle. From the entire packing process to getting the keys to your new home, the Quicksilver team does it all. We will ensure to stay in contact with you the entire time and no matter what the moving requirements are, we will be able to support you and help make the removal process easier and stress-free. Get in touch with a member of the team for more information on 0191 264 6677.
Where Do I Begin?
Starting the process can be the hardest. We believe that having a realistic time scale will help you process everything. The entire moving process could take a couple of weeks, however, delays can happen, so be prepared for this too. The more organised you are packing the less you will have to stress once you arrive in your new home. Going through and decluttering your belongings will also help you pay significantly less in storage and shipping costs.
Our second tip would be to get high-quality packing materials. Spending that little bit more can save you a lot in the end in terms of damaged belongings.
What Shall I Pack?
Once you’ve thought about where to start, it’s time to consider what you would actually like to take with you. When packing up, try and ask yourself if you will need those items of clothing in your new life, then compare the cost of storing these items versus shipping them, or selling the belongings versus replacing them. This should give you a good indication of what is best to pack and not to pack going forward.
When packing it is important to remember that it might not be as easy to replace items as it would be in the UK.
This leads us to our third packing tip. You should always consider insurance coverage when shipping your belongings.
We understand that packing can be intimidating which is why we have put a little guide below on how to pack some of those more awkward items, that you might otherwise struggle to pack.
Glassware & Crockery
For your glassware and crockery, it is extremely important to choose strong and appropriate-sized boxes. You also need to use generous amounts of crumpled paper in layers around the edges and inside each item to give added protection. Make sure to wrap all of your items separately in bubble wrap, place heavier items at the bottom, and back everything vertically.
When you pack up your mirrors always choose an appropriately sized flat box and then line the edges with crushed paper. Wrap the entire mirror completely in bubble wrap, tape everything securely, and fill in any gaps with padded paper for extra protection.
Your Electronics & Appliances
Before moving see if your electrical items are compatible with the voltage output in your new location. There will be no point shipping your electrical equipment if it won’t work once it’s there. You could be transformers or plug adaptors, however, these can be expensive, so check in advance what you need and will work.
We would also recommend importing any files from any computers you have before transporting it, just in case it gets damaged en-route.
TV’s & Computers
When packing up TVs and computers we would almost always recommend using original packing when possible, otherwise, a close fitting, a strong-sided box will do the trick. Always pack flat screens in a standing position, cover the screen with a cloth to prevent scratches, wrap in heavy-duty bubble wrap, and stuff any empty spaces with clothing or linen.
When packing your clothes you should always consider the seasons and climate differences you will be exposed to in your new home and location. You should also think about the activities you will be engaging in as this will affect what you wear too.
Last Few Tips
- We would recommend disassembling furniture for flat packing when possible and also remembering to take the appropriate tools to assemble them.
- Label your boxes with the name of the room they are designated for and label those containing items you will need straight away such as bedding, toys, toiletries, or your computer with, “Open me first”. Do not label the boxes with what is inside as this could entice thieves.
- To save room on space you should consider vacuum packing soft items like bedding and clothing to save space and always pack toiletries in sealable plastic bags inside tight-sealing plastic boxes.
Who Can Ask For Help
For a smooth transition when packing and moving, it can be helpful to get the help of a professional moving company. Quicksilver can arrange for the complete wrapping, packing, shipping, and unpacking of your belongings, taking all the stress away from you. We offer a range of business movers, residential movers, packing services, and much more. Get in touch with a member of the team today for more information on 0191 264 6677.
Kian is the content writer for Quicksilver and updates our blog every month. He enjoys helping out our customers with moving tips and advice.