When the new year approaches, many people begin to think about moving to another part of the country (or the world!). Moving is something that 232-million people have done since birth (according to a recent United Nations report). Where did all of those people go? And, why do people move? Let’s take a closer look.
Where People Move To
The United Nations estimates that around 45-million people living in the United States were born elsewhere. That makes the U.S. the number one destination for foreigners, which, really, should come as no surprise. The United States is known as the ‘Great Melting Pot’ after all! After the U.S., many people move to Russia. Around 11-million people currently living in Russia were born in other countries. After Russia, other people spots are Western Europe, Canada, and Australia.
With all of those people moving, the world is, truly, a mix of many different people, faces, ethnicities, cultures, and religions. These are all very fascinating numbers if you think about it! So, if you’re preparing to move to another country, and are feeling a bit nervous, don’t worry – you’re far from alone! In fact, moving is a good thing and can open many new doors for you.
But, there’s just one problem with moving overseas or to a new country that’s not too far away (like Canada!): how the heck do you get all of your stuff from the U.S. to that new destination? Do you find residential moving companies in your new home or do you move another way?
Preparing to Move Your Stuff To a New Country
The thought of moving everything you own to a new town can seem too massive to comprehend, let alone moving to a new country! We do have some moving tips for you, though, that will help to make that major transition a lot smoother.
Take a look at these ways to safely move overseas.
1. Cut back! Get rid of as much stuff as you possibly can. The place that you’ve moving to will have all of the basics, and it’s much easier to start from scratch than it is to try and lug a ton of things with you to a new land!
2. Storage options: if you just can’t part with your great-grandmother’s bureau, put it in storage. Sure, you can move it to your new home, but it’s a much better idea to store it for now and consider moving it when you really can’t live without it (like, after you’ve decided that your new spot is where you’ll stay for a long time!).
3. Look into shipping costs. Most moving companies will offer some kind of shipping package for overseas moves. Shipping pieces individually will likely cost more, so make sure to shop around and compare prices.
4. Pre-plan. Moving into a much smaller place? Try and map out the floor plan of your new dwelling first, and then place each item you own on that map. If something doesn’t fit, leave it behind (or have a yard sale and scoop up some extra cash!).
5. Pack carefully. Be sure that fragile items are packed well, and that the moving company you work with can provide you with the right protective coverings for delicate items. Things will get moved and bumped around in transit, so make sure to pack things well.
6. Bring comforting items. The thought of moving to a new country can be exciting. Once you arrive, though, you’ll be glad that you have a few things from home that make you feel comforted. Got an old blanket that you love or a trinket that reminds you of home? Pack it! Leave the other stuff behind.
7. Consider climate. If you’re moving from a really cold climate to a really hot climate, items like musical instruments may not do well in your new home. Set up the right kind of temperature control systems in your new house, or leave those things behind that may become permanently damaged (this is where storage comes in handy!).
A Word On Storage Units
Renting out a storage space is a great way to keep items safe while you move to a new place. However, you really do pay for what you get when it comes to storage facilities. Some storage spots don’t offer any kind of ground flooring inside of storage units, and this can mean all kinds of damage to delicate items like furniture.
Likewise, storage units that aren’t heated or temperature controlled aren’t recommended for storing anything sensitive like musical instruments or items that will become damaged due to extreme hot or cold temperatures. It’s really all about knowing what you’re storing, and finding a storage facility that will take responsibility should your items become ruined. We’ll discuss storage more later on this blog, so make sure to keep reading!
For now, the above moving tips should really help when moving overseas. If you have any additional questions, do be sure and ask us! And, if you’re moving to Fort Collins, CO, we are the company that you’ll want to call!