Whether you are moving domestically or making an international relocation, moving with pets and children can be a complex process especially when your company doesn’t offer a relocation package including moving services. There are many things to consider, and the stakes are high. These are the top 5 things international moving experts from Sanelo recommend considering before making a major domestic or international move.
Make tough choices about what moves with you
In addition to figuring out where to live, what to bring, and what to leave behind, the stress of how to move your belongings you will also need to consider other obstacles. The cost of relocating has more than doubled in recent years, with disruptions in supply chains, logistics, and rising interest rates. Families are forced to make tough choices about what to take with you, and what to leave behind. An experienced relocation team will assist in making more informed choices.
Consider international laws and cultural differences
When moving internationally with pets and kids you need to be mindful of things like immigration laws, educational differences, language barriers, travel arrangements (including flights, visas, and transportation to your new home), pet transportation, quarantine periods and housing, as well as culture differences and simply finding your way around an unknown city.
Find an experienced team to help
Finding an experienced and reputable relocation company can not only provide peace of mind but can guide you through the entire process from start to finish. Sanelo focuses specifically on moving individuals and families (not companies or corporate movies), and has been helping customers move for more than 100 years. They specialize in high-touch relocation, coordinating every step of the journey of your belongings, from planning to packing and from shipping to delivery. Sanelo also offers an online community marketplace which lists resources for their customers’ destinations.
Make good use of technology
Sanelo utilizes the latest in technology, moving the industry forward to deliver on your expectations. The journey starts with careful virtual measurement of all of your household belongings using Ai powered solutions to scan every belonging; this technology provides more accurate cost estimates and more peace of mind that nothing has been missed. Accuracy is especially important to make the tough decisions about what to bring and what to leave behind. A visual review of the inventory is provided for your approval. Industry-leading tracking technology then allows your belongings to be accounted for every step of the way, and you’re able to stay updated on the progress.
Work with a high touch company – especially for children and pets
Every belonging should be carefully and thoughtfully packaged and placed in a shipping container. Sanelo seals each container with an individualized tracking number – the same one you’ll remove at your new home. Your dedicated moving coordinator then walks you through every step your belongings will take on their journey, following your journey from beginning to end. Your moving coordinator can also walk you through packing up your belongings, provide insight as to what might be better off left behind, offer advice on everything from transportation to Sanelo’s shipment protection to more comprehensive services like visa and immigration assistance, language and cultural training, and finding housing. This allows you to choose the services that meet your specific needs and budget. This also ensures that you will only have one point of contact throughout your journey.
Most importantly, a dedicated coordinator can help with the immigration process and offer resources through Sanelo’s site like accredited online schools, social and emotional resources, tutoring and language services for children, pet grooming and boarding services, utilities concierge, and more.
The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Ensuring that your move is well-planned and executed is priceless, especially when moving with children and pets. Find a relocation company that will help you with the first step, and all the others, to get your belongings moved and help get you settled into your new home.