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If you’re a Canadian moving abroad, there will likely be a lot of things that you won’t have access to in your new country. These items may not be available in your new country which may require you to specifically ship them from your home country.
Whatever the case may be, here a few items that you may want to stock up on before you move abroad.
Your Most Essential Canadian-Made Products
First and foremost, it’s a good idea to stock up on your favourite products that are Canadian-made. What Canadian products can you simply not live without? Perhaps you rely on a locally-made skincare product or a favourite jam?
Whatever the case may be, looking at your most essential products is a good place to start. Chances are you won’t be able to find these products as easily in your new country.
Maple syrup is not always easy to find in other countries (and especially not the real maple syrup from the Great White North).
Maple syrup is a good item to pack in your suitcase, even for nostalgia sake. Good chances are there may come a morning when you miss the taste of Canadian maple syrup drizzled on your pancakes!
Tim Horton’s Coffee
If you are a Tim Horton’s coffee coffee lover, you most likely won’t find them in your new country. So stock up on single-serve cups!
If you can’t live without any of these snacks, don’t forget to fill your suitcase before you leave.
If you’re a fan of Moosehead, Molson Canadian and Labatt Blue, chances are you will not be able to find these in other countries.
While some alcohols like beer and wines can typically be put in your checked luggage, there are limits as to the type of alcohol, so be mindful of this for when you’re packing your suitcase.
It’s also important to note that you should check with Armstrong Moving first before packing and moving food related items. Some countries have restrictions
Armstrong Moving is a premier professional moving company that specializes in international moves. If you are a Canadian moving abroad, Armstrong Moving will take care of all aspects of your move with expertise. Contact us today for more information.
Moving into a new home is exciting, but your first night (or even first few days) usually means you will be living out of boxes.
This means part of your packing should include a specific couple of boxes for the items that you will need for the first few nights in your new home. Here are eight things to pack for the first night in your new home to help the moving experience be less stressful.
Toilet Paper and Hand Soap
Toilet paper is essential so you will definitely need access to during your first moving day. For obvious reasons, hand soap is equally important.
You likely will want to do a bit of cleaning on your first night, even it means just wiping down the bathroom sink or kitchen table.
Pack these cleaning supplies:
You will need garbage bags to throw out any garbage along the way, so ensure they are on your list too.
Food, Bowls/Plates, Utensils & Cookware
Think about what you will eat the night you move in, and what you will eat the next morning (don’t forget the coffee and tea!). So pack utensils, plates and cups. cookware.
Linens, Pillows and Blankets
You will want your first night in your new home to be comfortable so pack linens (i.e. sheets), pillows, blankets and so on.
Personal Toiletries and Medications
Have your toiletries be easily accessible. This should include a toothbrush, toothpaste, shower gel/soap, shampoo, etc. If you take any medications, ensure they are also packed in the first-night box.
Don’t forget to have a change of clothing for each member of the family!
You will likely be taking a shower in your first moving day, so shower curtains should definitely be on your list.
An Emergency Kit
You never know when an emergency will happen, so it’s best to be prepared. Ensure your emergency kit includes a flashlight, bandages, matches and a candle.
Armstrong Moving is a first rate professional moving company that will will take care of all aspects of your next big move. Contact us today for more information.
If you are about to embark on a international relocation, purging is going to be an important step. Logistically-speaking, you simply won’t be able to bring everything with you – nor will you want to.
While many items can be housed in a storage unit, every long distance mover knows that downsizing is key to a successful move. Here are 5 things to purge ahead of your move.
Most people have a lot of clothes that they don’t wear, that they’ve had for years and so on. This is a relatively easy place to start.
When it comes to international relocation, consider the climate of your new country. Will you actually need to bring your snow pants?
Non-Useful, Outdated Items
You should evaluate the non-useful and/or outdated items that you will not be taking with you and that you will have no use for when you return. A good place to start is by evaluating your appliances. These tend to have a relatively limited lifespan.
If your microwave is already 10 years old, it might be an item that is better left purged and/or donated than kept in long-term storage.
The same holds true for electronics.
Another obvious place to start is with purging is with items that are broken. These are the items that you kept around with intentions to repair them but have never actually gotten around to it. It’s time to move on.
It goes without saying, but perishables should also be purged and/or donated in advance of your move.
You should also consider purging your furniture – for obvious reasons. Furniture is large in size, heavy and is simply a hassle to move.
Any Items Not Approved By Your Long Distance Mover/Storage Unit
If you are planning to use a long distance mover to help with your move, keep in mind that most will have a list of items that they will not move (such as hazardous materials and chemicals). The same holds true for your storage unit.
Any items on this list should also be purged and/or donated.
The Bottom Line
Purging is a necessary part of the moving process, but that is especially true of an international relocation.
Keep in mind that you can keep a number of your belongings in a storage unit, but the rest should be purged – and ideally donated. There are many charities out there that will even go to your home to pick up your donations.
Armstrong Moving is a leader in international moving and logistics that specializes in corporate relocations. We will take care of all aspects of your move with expertise (including household goods storage). Contact us today for more information.
Not only can travel be particularly stressful for any pet (for pets moving can be a traumatic experience), but it is imperative that you have all of their documentation taken care of well in advance to ensure that they are even permitted to travel in the first place.
With that in mind, here’s how to move overseas with your pets.
Secure All Documentation Well in Advance (At Least 6 Months)
Again, it is absolutely imperative that you look into the proper documentation for your pet well in advance of your departure date.
Some countries (such as Japan) are very strict with their laws and even require that certain pets are placed in quarantine for an extended period of time.
As such, ensure that you have contacted customs and that you have all of the necessary documentation to ensure that your pet can enter the country.
Part of this will also mean ensuring that your pet is up to date on all of his/her health immunizations.
Choose a Comfortable Crate That Adheres to the Size Requirements
Your pet will be spending a lot of time in his or her crate, so it’s important to choose a comfortable one that still adheres to the size requirements as specified by the airline.
Keep in mind that there are also pet-friendly airlines out there, which can allow for more space for your pet. American Airlines’ “Cuddle Class” is one such example.
Keep in mind that it is always safer to travel with your pet in cabin instead of putting them in the cargo area of the plane where they are not being monitored.
However, if this is not an option, ensure that you choose a direct flight to minimize any potential problems regarding airline transfers and so on.
Have Your Pet’s Documentation Easily Accessible
Ensure that you have all of your pet’s documentation/immunization records easily accessible on the day of your travel. It is also a good idea to make a copy of this information in the event that you happen to lose the documents.
Prepare Your Dog For Travel In Advance
Not only should you ensure that your dog is used to being in his or her crate for long periods of time (if not, make the crate a positive space by feeding your pet in his/her crate and placing treats inside), but you should try to train your pet to become used to the sounds of the airport or airplane.
A great option is to find a soundtrack on YouTube that you can play leading up to your departure day.
Allow For Regular Breaks During Driving
Moving overseas with a pet will typically require some amount of driving, particularly once you have arrived at your destination. Regular breaks where you allow your dog to get a bit of exercise and drink some water will help your dog to relieve tension and make the process of traveling much more comfortable.
Making Your Pet Comfortable During Flight
All pet parents want their pets to be as comfortable as possible during travel.
If you are travelling with a dog, the first step is to ensure that you have taken your pet on an extra long walk before you are set to travel so that your pet will be sure to sleep during the flight.
Ensure That Your Pet Can Be Easily Identified
There are many instances of pets (particularly cats) becoming afraid and then getting lost. In the event that this does happen, it’s important to be prepared.
If possible, have your pet microchipped at least two weeks in advance of travelling if your pet isn’t already microchipped. Also ensure that your pet is wearing his or her ID tag with your name and phone number on it.
Consider A Professional Moving Company (That Specializes In International Relocation)
Professional moving companies take care of all aspects of your move, from packing to transportation.
Moving overseas is stressful in and of itself, but it can be even more stressful when are moving with your pets. That’s why a moving company that offers specialized moving services such as pet relocation can be so invaluable.
A moving company will ensure that all of your pet’s documents are in order so that you can feel rest assured that your pet will be able to fly with you and will not get left behind. This gives you more time to ensure that your pets are comfortable during the move.
Armstrong Moving is a leader in international moving and logistics that specializes in corporate relocations. We will take care of all aspects of your move with expertise (including household goods storage). Contact us today for more information.
Are you moving in 2018? Here are some tips to make your move easier, more eco-friendly and less stressful.
Consider A Professional Moving Company
Moving takes up a considerable amount of time and energy. It adds a lot of unnecessary stress to your life as well, especially if you are relocating across the country (or to an entirely new country!).
If you’re looking to make a smooth transition into 2018 and into your new home, take one thing off your plate and let a professional moving company take care of your move for you.
They can swiftly and properly pack your entire home. They will take care of customs documentation, vehicle relocation, pet relocation and just about everything you might need during your move.
You don’t have to worry about finding boxes, how to transport your belongings or how to keep your artwork in the best condition during the move – professional movers will take care of everything for you.
If you are moving in the new year, hiring a professional moving company is one of the best investments you can make.
Donate Your Belongings – Don’t Throw Them Away
A traditional move typically comes with getting rid of lot of things that you no longer use – things that have just been hanging around. The problem is that many people resort to making trips to the dump – where things end up in a landfill – instead of donating them.
With every passing year, more and more people are looking to make more eco-friendly choices. If you are moving in 2018, start by making your move an environmentally conscious one.
Drop things off at the Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, St. Vincent De Paul or any other charity. Many of these charities will also come to your home and pick up these items for you.
A move or relocation is particularly taxing – especially if you are relocating to another country.
However, you are going to want to make sure you’re feeling your best in advance of your move, so make sure that you are getting a lot of rest and that you’re eating healthy. If you can fit time in for exercise, even better.
The New Year is all about a fresh start, which is why so many focus on decluttering and organizing their home around this time of the year. After all, you can’t clearly focus on your goals if you are surrounded by chaos in a space that is in disarray.
If you are interested in clearing out the closets and gaining some more storage space, here are 6 tips to declutter your home in the New Year.
Start with a Plan
Decluttering your home can seem like a daunting task at first. That’s why you need a plan. Don’t take on your entire home; instead, break down the task by only decluttering one room at a time. If you don’t know where to start, try beginning with the most important room in your home.
Most people spend a lot of their time in the kitchen and living room, which makes these two rooms a great place to start.
Avoid designating an entire day to declutter your home; you will lose focus and will likely run out of energy. That’s why it’s a much better idea to approach one room at a time. Also don’t move on to the next room until you’ve completed the first one.
Remove the Excess First
When it comes to decluttering, one of the best things you can do is to focus your energy on getting rid of what you don’t need first, instead of trying to find a new spot for them. Evaluate each room in your home; is there anything you don’t use anymore? If so, get rid of it (by donating, of course – not by making a dump run).
Just like cleaning your home, you want to approach decluttering in waves: removing the excess first and then organize the space after.
Avoid the Dump – Donate Instead
When people set out to declutter their home, they often end up taking a lot of things to the dump. The problem with this, of course, is that things end up in the landfill, which is bad for the environment.
Instead of taking things to the dump, make a point to donate or sell items instead. Find a Goodwill Community Centre near you or any other charity who will accept used items. All you need to do is drop items off or call a non-for-profit organization who will pick up your donation from your home.
Keep in mind that many charities accept much more than clothing; Goodwill will also accept books, electronics and even used batteries.
Rent a Storage Unit
One of the best ways to cut down on clutter is to rent a storage unit. You can rent a unit depending entirely upon your individual needs. It’s a great way to free up space in your home or store seasonal items, decorations and so on without having to commit to throwing things away.
This is also a great way to test out whether or not you actually need certain items in your home. If you put an item in storage and end up entirely forgetting about it, perhaps you can make a plan to donate or sell the item later instead.
Armstrong has a new “Self-Storage” option for customers looking to rent a storage unit!
One of the best ways to declutter your home – or at least organize your home – is to use baskets and boxes. They are great for storing toys, books, clothes and just about everything in your home you can think of.
However, there is one caveat: before you make a plan to purchase any baskets or boxes, it’s important to declutter the space first before you end up purchasing storage that you may not end up needing.
Make a Plan For Preventing Future Clutter
You can spend time decluttering in the new year, but if you don’t have a plan for how to cut down on future clutter, your results will be short-lived.
What areas/items of your home tend to become cluttered quickly? Chances are these areas of your home do not have a proper place for various belongings. For example, do you notice that your entryway seems to get messy within a day? Perhaps you do not have enough space for shoes, backpacks and so on.
Does mail seem to pile up? This is a common one, but it indicates that you may not have a proper system in place.
The takeaway here is to ensure that everything has a place: this is the key to minimizing clutter.
You might also want to commit to spending 10 minutes at the beginning or end of every day to make sure that everything in your home is tidy. Get the family involved as well!
Lastly, you might want to donate or give away an item for every new item you bring into the house.
Moving is never an easy task, but moving in the winter can add additional challenges that you need to plan ahead for. If your move takes place during the winter months, here are six ways you can make your experience easier and as stress free as possible.
Be Flexible, Go Slow
Moving during the winter can be unpredictable given the weather conditions. The best way to ensure that you don’t put additional stress on yourself is by being flexible from the very beginning; prepare yourself for unexpected events that could slow things down along the way.
A winter move should never be rushed. If you allow yourself to go slow and to be flexible, the move will be a lot less stressful in the end.
Check the Weather in Advance – Reschedule if Necessary
To ensure that the conditions on your moving day are as clear as possible, ensure that you check the weather conditions and plan to move on a day with a clear forecast. The last thing you want to do is move during the middle of a heavy snowfall.
Double Wrap Breakable Items
Breakable items like dish ware and glass are particularly susceptible to fluctuating temperatures. To minimize any breakage, it is a good idea to double wrap these items in blankets or soft fabrics.
You will also want to pack these items last and unload them first (or, alternatively, pack them in your car instead).
Prepare Your Entryways and Walkways
To prevent injuries, breaking fragile possessions and even potential liabilities that could come from someone slipping on your property, it is important that you remove snow from your walkways and sufficiently salt afterwards.
If you are hiring people to help you move, they will probably be tracking snow on their boots, which could make the entryway slippery as well. Therefore, non slip carpets/mats should be placed in the entryway; you should also consider placing carpets outside as well. Ensure that you make other similar preparations for your new home while moving in.
Get Started Early
Evening comes quickly during the winter months, which can impact your visibility. Ensure that you start early. Also ensure that both homes have adequate lighting once night falls.
Consider a Professional Moving Company
If you want to truly make your move as seamless as possible, consider a professional moving company. A moving company will take care of all aspects of your move.
For corporate relocations, a professional moving company may offer corporate relocation services and will take care of all visa documentation for those moving overseas, including all other aspects of your move and/or relocation as well.
Armstrong Moving is a premier, professional moving company specializing in corporate relocation services. We will take care of all aspects of your move with extreme precision. Contact us today for more information.
Unfortunately, the process of moving can also take quite a toll on the environment. From the gas involved during transportation to the fact that people tend to throw away a lot of things during the move, the environmental impact can be surprisingly high. Even the package materials can create a lot of waste in the process of packing and unpacking.
However, with the following tips, you can make your move much more eco-conscious.
Donate Instead of Throwing Things Away
People tend to throw a lot of things into the garbage or take things to the dump, even though items may still be in good condition. The reason for this is simple – it’s often the path of least resistance.
The problem is that these things end up in a landfill. One way to reduce your environmental impact during a move, especially if you are downsizing or getting rid of a lot of things during your transition, is to donate as much as you can.
Find a Goodwill Community Centre near you or other similar charity. Other examples include The Salvation Army or Habitat for Humanity. The process is very convenient and as simple as dropping off any gently used items. Sometimes donation centers will come to your house to pick up the items themselves. Keep in mind that many of these charities accept much more than clothing; Goodwill, for example, will also also accept books, recreational items and even electronics (including broken ones) and used batteries.
Batteries are particularly devastating for the environment and for our health as well. Batteries contain heavy metals and harmful chemicals that eventually leak due to corrosion and the battery waste then makes its way into the water supply.
Even gently used makeup can be donated to women’s shelters. For larger items, you can simply put them outside of your home with a sign that says “free” or take them to a local thrift store or consignment shop.
Whichever option you choose, it’s important that you avoid throwing things away as much as possible. Not only will you reduce your environmental impact, but you will also feel great knowing that many of items went to those in need.
Recycle As Much As You Can
Keep in mind that a number of household items like electronics and appliances can also be recycled. For any items that you were unable to donate through various charities, another option is to recycle them at specialized recycling centres.
In fact, there is a surprising number of things that you can actually recycle that you may not have even realized. Again, some of these items may need to be taken to a specialized recycling center, but the point is that they can be recycled. Some examples are: bicycles, carpeting, fluorescent bulbs and crayons to name a few.
Choose Reusable Storage Boxes
As mentioned above, another source of waste during a move are the packing materials that end up being thrown out after the move is over. Sure, corrugated boxes can be recycled, but the bubble wrap, tape and so on isn’t as easily recycled.
To cut down on unnecessary waste, opt for hard, reusable plastic bins or crates instead. You likely have a lot of these in your home already. It is also a good idea to start with what you already have in your home before you begin using additional boxes, packing materials and so on. For instance, you can use t-shirts as an alternative to bubble wrap or styrofoam.
There are also specialized moving services that offer returnable boxes. Alternatively, in the event that you do have to rely on boxes, use recycled cardboard boxes that you can get from the grocery store or retail locations.
Minimize Unnecessary Transportation
Obviously, some degree of transportation is entirely unavoidable during a move, especially for international moves. With that being said, if you are moving locally, make it a point to cut down on unnecessary travel by only moving one or two things at a time. Above all, be purposeful when it comes to approaching transportation.
Choose Green/Natural Cleaning Products
The process of moving involves a lot of cleaning, both in your previous and new home. One way to cut down on harsh chemicals is to opt for green cleaning products instead. You can even choose entirely natural cleaners like vinegar and baking soda as well instead of toxic household cleaners.
Choose a Professional Moving Company
Finally, another way to reduce the environmental impact of your move is to invest in specialized moving services by a professional moving company. These companies will typically use recycled packing materials and their vehicles carry larger loads at one time. They are trained to maximize space and resources so that unnecessary transportation is minimized as much as possible during the process of moving. They are also trained to take care of all aspects of your move so that the move is organized and seamless, as well.
Armstrong Moving is a premier, professional moving company that offers specialized moving services. We will take care of all aspects of your move with extreme precision. Contact us today for more information.
Relocations can be an exciting and enriching prospect, but not all family members always feel the same way. If you truly believe that the corporate relocation is in the best interest of your family, it is important that you approach the subject with caution. Be patient. Here are some tips to navigate this discussion.
1. Acknowledge That It’s A Joint Decision
Your spouse needs to be onboard with the relocation before anyone. However, spouses often feel that they do not have a decision in the matter – it is common for them to feel voiceless. This can create even more resistance. Acknowledging that it’s a joint decision gives as much power to them.
2. Acknowledge The Sacrifices
When speaking to your spouse, it is important to acknowledge the sacrifices that he or she will have to make. If you don’t point them out, your spouse will do it for you, and it can be difficult to gain momentum again because they are already focused on the challenges.
3. Talk About The Benefits to the Entire Family: Provide the Hard Numbers
Will the relocation allow you to move up and therefore benefit your entire family? It’s important to frame the relocation in a way that it benefits the entire family – this can make your spouse (and even your older children) much more open to the idea. Supporting your claims with hard numbers can help you to build your case more substantially.
4. Mention Your Corporate Relocation Package
According to Atlas Van Lines, more than half of all firms cite spouse employment as a reason why employees decline relocations. Corporate relocation services, however, are designed to make it easier on spouses by offering employment assistance and many other perks. Mention these.
5. For Children: Emphasize How Things Will Stay the Same
How you handle a relocation prior to moving can have a big impact on how your children adapt. For younger children, it is important to emphasize how things will stay the same (for example, their toys will come with them) and so on. It is also important to be positive about the relocation.
6. Suggest a Trial Trip (Eventually)
While you want to give your spouse time to think about the relocation before you mention visiting for the weekend, having this in your back pocket can create alleviate fears that your spouse may have about living in a new place. It can also create excitement for your children.
7. Mention A Professional Moving Company
Your spouse may also be overwhelmed with not only potentially leaving his or her family and job, but also with the additional logistical challenges that accompany moving. Therefore, you should mention that you plan to hire a professional moving company when it comes time to relocate.
Armstrong Moving is a premier, professional moving company that specializes in corporate relocation services. We are the highest ranking international mover with the most advanced corporate relocation program. We will take care of all aspects of your move with flawless execution. Contact us today for more information.
Your fine art collectibles will undoubtedly require extra attention and care to ensure that they arrive safely. After all, you have likely spent years amassing your collection – and these pieces are not easily replaceable (if they are at all).
You shouldn’t take the risk of moving your fine art collection yourself. To protect extra delicate or vulnerable collectibles, hire a professional moving company that offers specialized moving services for fine art. Professional moving companies use specific packing, crating and handling techniques to ensure that your art arrives safely.
1. Consult a Packaging Service Regarding Packing Materials
Moving a fine art collection does take extra time and effort. But by consulting knowledgeable experts from the very beginning, you can not only ensure that you are getting the most reliable information but also that you’re not wasting time in the process.
The first step in moving your fine art collectibles should be to consult a packaging service (or an art conservator) as to what packing materials they recommend for items in your collection – especially for your most valuable items. When it comes to your fine art collectibles, careful attention needs to be given to the choice of packing materials. For example, packaging material that contains acid may alter your art.
See below for information on how popular art pieces are relocated:
With the help of a professional relocation company, sculptures are wrapped in bubble wrap and then sealed with packing tape. These are typically packed by wrapping the top and bottom half twice, followed by the middle of the sculpture where the two halves meet. If the sculpture is large enough, it is typically taken apart prior to moving.
Sculptures do best in foam-padded crates instead of boxes, especially for larger sculptures. Museum-quality crates, for example, will not only have padding and cushioning but also built-in frameworks. The crate or box is often a few inches bigger than the sculpture or statue itself (this will allow room for packing peanuts).
Packing Paintings or Prints
Art prints are wrapped in acid-free glassine paper first – followed by bubble wrap or brown paper. The paintings are then be secured with packing tape. The edges are also secured with masking tape to avoid damage.
Every piece in your collection will be approached differently. Some pieces, for example, could get smeared. Others will have unusual shapes. In general, double and triple-walled cartons, stretch and cushioning wrap, fine tissue and kraft paper are typically used when packing delicate items.
2. Separate Particularly Fragile Pieces
Examine your collection for particularly fragile pieces. Do you have a sculpture with a very delicate arm? A professional mover will pack the items in your collection that are already in good enough condition. If you have any valuables that are very fragile, you should consider getting them repaired first (if necessary).
3. Lining The Box/Crate
Once the items are wrapped in the appropriate packing materials, the box or crate is lined with either insulation paper or bubble wrap. Any of these items serve to create a moisture barrier so that your pieces are not affected by temperature and humidity changes during the move.
Transportation is the riskiest part of moving. A professional moving company can minimize any damage by ensuring that all of your items are packed so that they won’t move around.
Armstrong Moving is a premier, professional moving company that will take care of all aspects of your move with flawless execution. We offer specialized moving services, including fine art moving services. Contact us today for more information.