Key Questions To Ask Before Moving Abroad

Relocating abroad can be an exciting way to experience a local culture and a new way of life. To ensure that your upcoming move is an exciting one rather than a stressful one, we recommend planning and researching the main things that will affect your transition. Being aware of things like cost of living, desirable neighborhoods, school districts and how you will make money will all be key elements in your relocation. Below is a list of a some of the main questions to ask yourself before embarking on this major journey!

Money

If you already have a job lined up then this might not be something you need to worry about. But if you are moving without a job offer in hand then things can get tricky. When relocating, make sure you research cost of living and plan ahead for work visas and permits that you might need while looking for a job. Being prepared can save you a lot of heartache in the long run!

Job Security

Congratulations! You have a great job offer or your current company is relocating you. Before signing on the dotted line, take time to fully review your contract and ask important questions regarding the terms of employment. If permits and visas are needed, it is important to understand if you or your company is responsible for securing them so that you can get started as soon as possible.

Visas and Work Permits

Depending on the country you are moving to, this can be an easy and fast process or it can be a complicated and lengthy one. To ensure that you do not get unnecessarily delayed, make sure that you know what specific paperwork you need and what the process is like to obtain these documents before you move.

Language and Culture

Sprechen Sie Deutsch? If not, you might want to get started on learning a few of the language basics to help you have a smoother transition into your new life. Duolingo is one of the many apps that can help you get started. Knowing what to expect from your host country's culture will also be a key factor in helping you acclimate faster so that you can immerse yourself as soon as possible.

Moving and Storage Costs

Moving can be a daunting process but it doesn't have to be! To ensure that you have a smooth and stress-free move, we recommend hiring professional relocation experts. Kings Transfer Van Lines can provide you with great advice and accurate moving estimates. No matter where you are moving to, you want the assurance of being served by an expert in international relocation, not only at origin, but at destination as well. 

 

 

Reduce Stress During Corporate Relocations

Are you in the process of a corporate relocation? Carefully consider all of your options to ensure a stress-free move. The best way to manage your office move is by getting advice from a corporate employee relocation specialist like Kings Transfer Van Lines Calgary. At Kings Transfer, we have perfected our move management system to ensure that each relocating employee receives the highest degree of customization and personal attention. In addition to hiring office relocation services in your area, check out these stress-free moving tips to ensure things go smoothly during your office move. 

Address Change

Arrange phone service changes ahead of time, leave a disclaimer on your voicemail so people calling your office can be aware of your upcoming change of address. Complete all necessary changes of address forms, physical and digital. Don't forget to update your website to reflect your new location. Check out Canada Post for more information.

Office Layout

A very helpful strategy is to tour the new office location and have a solid idea of where current items will fit into the new space. This will make packing, proper labeling, and furniture placement much easier, allowing you to place them exactly where they need to be, rather than organize again once you’ve unloaded everything.

Anticipate Unexpected Moving Costs

Get a quote from an expert relocation specialist in your area like Kings Transfer Van Lines, we take the time to learn your specific requirements and deadlines and promise to exceed your expectations with our outstanding service. Moving costs can add up quickly, especially the costs that you don’t expect. Talk to a professional mover and get their advice on unforeseen costs associated with relocating an office. Reserve a good amount of cash and have it on hand during your move just in case there are any expenses that arise. 

Hire a Professional Office Relocation Service

The best moving advice will undoubtedly come from a corporate relocations specialists.  Get Kings Transfer Van Lines to give you inside advice. We are expertly trained in residential and commercial moves for years, and know all the ins and outs, and exactly what to expect. Contact us today to find out more about our moving and packing services, and to take advantage of our industry expertise.  

 

Dangerous Goods, A List of Common Non-Admissible Items

The following items must never be shipped on the moving van:

  • Acids of any kind
  • Aerosol Cans
  • Ammonia
  • Ammunition
  • Anti-freeze
  • Batteries
  • Beer
  • Bleach
  • Charcoal Briquettes/Firewood
  • Cigarette Lighters
  • Cleaners
  • Disinfectants
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Gasoline?kerosene
  • Lawn & Garden Chemicals/Fertilizers
  • Lighter Fluid
  • Liquid Cleaners
  • Matches/Fireworks
  • Mercury thermometers
  • Paints (including craft paint)
  • Perfumes/Cologne*
  • Petroleum Fluids
  • Polished/Nail polish/Lacquer
  • Pool Chemicals
  • Propane Tanks
  • Restricted Firearms
  • Shellac & Varnishes
  • Solvents
  • Wood Stains
  • Other similar products

*Note: 

At the discretion f the mover, personal toiletries (colognes/perfumes) may be packed and shipped providing these items are packed into containers (Rubbermaid type) and the containers are encased in plastic wrap to prevent leakage. PLease discuss the packing and transportation of these specific items with your agent.

How To Protect Yourself When Moving

Moving can be a very stressful time and with modern technology, it is easy for rogue movers to have slick websites that can fool innocent people into thinking they are booking their move with a reputable van line/

Recently there have been many stories in the media about rogue movers. Learn how you can protect your family and your valued possessions. Here are some tips on things you can do.

  • Contact the Better Business Bureau. Confirm that the moving company is registered, what rating they have, and if they have resolved any complaints.
  • Contact the Canadian Association of Movers (CAM). CAM carefully screens potential members so only trusted, qualified movers can be certified. Unscrupulous companies may say they are certified when in reality they are not, so contact the Canadian Association of Movers to confirm that your mover/van line is a member. 
  • Does the company you are dealing with belong to a known, reputable, long-standing van line? Make sure you call the van line to confirm the company you are dealing with is an agent in good standing.
  • Ask what kind of quality assurance processes they have in place.
  • Do they have the proper equipment to service your move? Without a warehouse, trucks, moving blankets, shrink wrap and dollies, chances are you are not going to have a good experience.
  • Do their personnel get criminal background checks? If so they will have an ID number that can be checked.
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Beware of 

  • Beware of Internet van lines that have no agents, drivers or equipment
  • Beware of phone addresses. Drive by the mover's facility. If it is in an office complex go inside to make sure the company is listed on the directory.
  • Beware of movers who charge upfront for a move.
  • Beware of movers who give a low-ball price.

Remember, these are your most valued possessions. Make sure you know exactly who will be moving your goods.

Moving Checklist

Transfer

  • Bank Records
  • Club memberships
  • House/Car Insurance
  • Legal Contracts
  • Medical/Optometrist/Dental Records
  • School Records
  • Veterinarian Records

Notify

  • Church
  • Credit Card Companies
  • Government (family allowances, health cards, etc.)
  • Magazines/Mail Order Accounts/ Post Office
  • Vehicle Registrations Bureau

Discontinue

  • Cable/Internet/Telephone/Mobile
  • Electricity/Water/Software Services
  • Food Service
  • Laundry/Dry Cleaning/Household Cleaning Services
  • Lawn/Snow Service
  • Newspaper Delivery
  • Oil?Propane Deliveries

 

Moving Tips To Keep You Organized

It's moving time, and you're wondering what to do and where to get started. Here are some useful tips to help you get organized and make your move as straightforward and stress-free as possible.

First things first, you'll want to contact Kings Transfer Van Lines Calgary to request an estimate our relocation experts will assess your moving needs, address any pre-move concerns and answer all your questions. We'll provide you with a free, no-obligation estimate for your move within Calgary, packing/unpacking services, transit protection coverage, and storage if required. 

The more prepared you are for your move, the faster it will be. Here are some moving tips to keep you organized for your move.

  • Stay away from the end of the month (particularly June, July, and August) if possible. If you must move at a month end, make your moving arrangements 6-8 weeks prior to moving date.
  • Never plan to move in on your "closing" day.Sometimes there are delays in the closing or the former owners may be later moving out.
  • Go through your home from top to bottom before our moving consultant comes to do their survey. Decide what is being moved and what will be sold or discarded.
  • If you are doing some/all of your own packing, arrange to get started well in advance of the move. Packing can be much harder and time-consuming than people expect, check out our how to pack boxes section. 
  • If you are doing some/all of your own packing arrange to purchase cartons and other packing supplies prior to starting. They are available at a nominal cost and are much stronger than discarded cartons from the grocery store.
  • Dispose of all flammables such as cleaning fluids and flammable cans. Check out our list of "non-admissable" items.
  • Use up food from your freezer and pantry. Clean your freezer and pantry 24-48 hours prior to your move to give these appliances time to properly dry. Put a charcoal filter or baking soda fridge pack inside to keep the appliance fresh. Leave lids and doors open until they dry. Our movers offer to pick up the unwanted, non-perishable food items and deliver it to our local food bank.
  • Make sure ou have/obtain a written appraisal for antiques, high-value artwork, etc. to verify their value prior to the move. Provide a copy to your Kings Transfer Van Lines moving consultant.
  • Appliances like washers and items like grandfather clocks need special servicing before and after the move. Make arrangements with a licensed person or ask us to make arrangements for you.
  • Movers do not remove items affixed to ceilings and walls. Remove drapery tracks, curtain rods, blinds or other such items before the movers arrive.
  • You can leave lightweight items in dresser drawers but do not put books, linens or other heavy items in them. Be sure to remove valuables like jewelry and fragile items.

A few things you can do to cut down on the move time are:

  • Disassemble beds at your current location and re-assemble them at your new home
  • Take apart bookcases or any items that require disassembly prior to the move
  • Have items like lampshades, lamp bases, small prints, and glass shelving packed/wrapped
  • Roll area rugs and tape them in 2-3 places depending on the size

Happy moving!

Spring - The Best Time To Move

Yes, it is true that we often don't have a choice on which Season to move in, but if you do, let me advise you that Spring is the ideal time of year for those lucky enough to be able to choose, At least for those of you moving locally.

So why is Spring such an excellent time of year to move? Weather is on your side: Scorching hot days or winter blizzards can put a damper on even the best thought out moving efforts. Mild temperatures will surely make for a better moving experience.

Availability: A moving companies availability is likely to be better as this is the time right before their busy season. People think that summer is the best time to move so why not beat the rush and get ahead of the crowd?

Kids are still in school: The thing that I like best about the fact that kids are still in school is the few hours a day that I have to plan and coordinate with my movers without having to worry about entertaining the children. 

Be summer ready: Summer is a great time of year to relax and enjoy outdoor life with family and friends, it is also a time when a lot of people want to take holidays or visit family, so it seems a bit intrusive to have to move during this period as well. Plan your move early and be ready to have your housewarming party just in time for summer!
 

Ways To Recycle Your Moving Boxes

You did it! Your move is done, and you've managed to unpack everything. But what do you do with all of the moving boxes? If you want to avoid seeing all of those boxes go to waste, we've come up with helpful ways for you to recycle moving boxes after your move and put them to good use.

1 Re-Purpose The Boxes For Home Use:

Before trying to find a way to get rid of your boxes, think about the possibility of keeping them. Would you be able to use them in your home? You might need sturdy boxes for storing winter clothing, holiday and seasonal decorations or maybe you just want to keep some for future donations to the food bank, your local library or bottle drives. 

2. Ask Your Neighbours

Many communities now have Facebook Groups and community centers; these are both great options on where to offer up your boxes. Take this chance to be an angel to someone else and don't forget that what goes around comes around. Your neighbors will surely appreciate the kind gesture, and you might even make some new friends!

3. Ask Your Community Centre Or Local Charity

Your neighborhood community center might be able to use them; local charities are also great places to check, why throw your boxes away when you can do some good by just offering them to someone who might be able to use them. It might take a bit of time, but a few calls will let you know if they need them or not.

4. Put Them On Kijiji

Remember when you were looking for boxes? Well someone out there is looking as well. Kijiji is a fast and easy way to post items for sale or to give away, and it's free!  If you are in the US, you can try BoxCycle which allows you to sell your boxes the easy way. 

5. Your Local Recycling Program

The City of Calgary has great advice on how to recycle your used boxes. They suggest using your blue cart or your community recycling depot. If you live in an apartment, townhouse or other multi-family complex, cardboard boxes should be accepted in your building's recycling program.

6. Aim For The Starts

Feeling crazy ambitious? Build your kiddos a super cool cardboard box playhouse. We found this great post: 16 DYI Carboard Playhouses. Don't forget to have fun!