What to watch for when selecting an international moving company: Has the mover been in business for at least 10 years? Check if the mover has an RIM (Registered International Mover) Certification. (US only) If the mover a member of OMNI (Overseas Movers Network International) - you can locate them here: http://www.omnimoving.com/omnilocate_main.asp If the mover is ISO 9002 Certified or FAIM certified. For Australia check if the mover is AIMA certified.
Packing for an international move is different from that of a move within a country or state. You should check if you are allowed to pack your own goods. This because of the recent terrorist threats, self-packing is not allowed in most countries. Professional international movers use special cartons that are heavy enough for fragile items. All goods that are not boxed should be wrapped in a thick corrugated brown paper. Most movers will pack and load the containers.
When you are moving with your children you have to involve them very active. Children have to grow with you in te process of moving. Here are some simple tips that can help you involve children and give them the support they need: Describe advantages of the new home and location that the child might like, such as a playground, mountains, horses, scouts or an amusement park. Create a large calendar with the children so children can mark off each day until the move and if they are older, can write things down if they want to. Keep a big to do list in a place where everyone can see the steps and stage of the move. Teach them their new address and phone number. Stick to your routines while moving, have meals etc on the times they are used to. Let them pack their own toys and games.
By D. Spakman, International Movers -
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