The chance to live and work in a different country can be one of the most exciting opportunities anyone can have and the idea being immersed in a new culture can be both daunting and exciting at the same time. Planning your move can be equally daunting. There is so much to consider including what you will need to take with you and what you will do with all the possessions you are leaving behind. Here are some tips to help you plan your move and make it a bit smoother
Do Your Research
Before you decide on what you will take with you and what you will leave behind, research the area you will call home. Learn everything you can about what is easily available and what is not available or too expensive to purchase. Often, there are online chat rooms for expats living in your new area where you can ask questions about the area. Be sure to find out about the weather. You may not want to take that favourite framed photo of your high school buddies if the humidity will cause irreparable damage in just a few short months.
Make a List
Regardless of whether you are relocating for work or pleasure, make a list of those items from home you plan on taking with you. Based on your research, you can decide on what is an absolute necessity and what can be easily purchased while abroad. Keep an inventory list so that packing for storage and for your move will be easier. See our blog on Taking Inventory for some suggestions. We also suggest using a moving app to help with your list.
Plan Your Storage Needs
If you are planning on renting or selling your home, you will need to plan on storing most of your possessions. Properly preparing your things for storage now will make life so much easier when you return. Preparing your possessions for long term storage takes some thought in order to keep your valuables and furniture damage free. See our 6 tips to prepare for long term storage
Choose a Quality Storage Unit Company
Your possessions will be in storage for an extended period of time and it is essential that you choose a self -storage company that is safe, secure and clean. Visit the storage unit before you move and make certain that it is climate controlled. Knowing your possessions are in an excellent facility will give you piece of mind while living overseas.
In the Winnipeg area and have questions about your storage unit needs? Call Samantha or Joanne at Total Storage to schedule a free storage consultation today!