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Moving Checklist

Have you got everything you need?

It's a big move, literally and figuratively. What often seems to happen, however, is that while the big things get done, the little things are forgotten about and then remembered at the very last, sometimes too-late minute.

Take a quick look at this checklist. It'll go a long way in saving you time and making your move that much easier.
  • Take an objective look at your possessions. Decide what goes with you and what gets left behind and what goes into storage.
  • Contact moving companies for estimates and information. Tip: book well in advance as key times of the year can be very busy.
  • Make lists of what will be included in your air shipment, ocean shipment and what will be stored.
  • Packing material: get boxes, paper, bubble wrap and masking tape.
  • Get your children involved in the move. Make it exciting by allowing them to pack some of their things and draw plans of their new rooms.
  • When you start packing, remember to label your boxes so you can unpack with ease. Plan to carry irreplaceable and valuable items with you (jewellery, photos, home videos, etc).
  • Check to make sure you have returned all rented items - library books and videos often get forgotten!
  • Check you have nothing at the dry cleaners.
  • Verify your moving in date with your new landlord/estate agent.
  • Organize your finances and look into potential tax benefits of your destination country. Arrange to see an offshore banking specialist.
  • Notify the post office, your friends and family, as well as your insurance and credit card companies of your move.
  • De-frost and clean your fridge and freezer. They suffer from mould during transportation if dirty.
  • Prepare a ‘first day in new home’ box. Include food, cutlery, a can opener, plates, towels, sheets, toilet paper, kitchen roll, cleaning materials, a screwdriver and anything else you can’t do without.
  • When you arrive, have the local Yellow Pages (or equivalent) handy, you’ll need them a lot in the first few weeks.
  • Socialize right away. You will get a huge amount of information about setting up your home from fellow immigrants/expats.


Moving internationally is a challenge. We can help you plan an international move through tips and planning or supply relocation companies for a complete family relocation. Find USA moving companies that can help you plan your international move, from packing, to shipping, to relocating your entire family, you can find it here!



Sterling International, Inc. is one of the few movers that specializes in corporate relocation internationally. If you are looking for an international moving company for your upcoming household good or corporate international move, you've come to the right place! We help indivividuals, familes, and entire companies moving to another country. Sterling offers international relocation services overseas to Canada and world-class relocating service to just about any other country worldwide.



Trans International Australia - the international home moving specialists. With a reputation for premier service and attention to detail, Trans International was the first removal company in Australia to be awarded FAIM accreditation the world's only quality assurance standard for International Moving.



New Zealand Van Lines is a long established privately owned household removals company specialising in household removals both within New Zealand and throughout the world. With a total of nine locations in New Zealand and close association with the leading overseas moving companies worldwide we offer a professional moving service of the highest calibre. Head Office is based in Wellington and we have major operations in each of the four main centres of New Zealand. Current ownership dates back to February 1986.



An International moving company based in Brazil serving the expatriate community and Brazilian families relocating from and to Brazil. We can provide you with international shipments, customs brokers, containers, liftvans and airvans for secure and reliable transportation to any point in Brazil. All at very competitive rates.


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