International moves have a different set of requirements than local or even long-distance moves. In addition to obtaining the proper customs forms and visa, moving internationally means you have to be especially careful during the packing process. Your moving company can offer packing tips and may even be able to handle the packing for you. If you’re moving with electronics, this advice will help you ensure your valuable items arrive in your new home safely.
Run the Numbers Before Packing
Before you pack up your electronics, make sure that you will actually be able to use them in your new home. This means checking the voltage and plug configurations as well as the size. In some cases, it is possible to convert electronics for use in different countries with plug and voltage adapters, but these adaptations can also sometimes cause electronics to fizzle out. Before you go through the trouble of packing, it is worthwhile to bring your electronics with you.
Tape Up Moving Pieces
Before you put any electronics into a box, be sure to tape up moving pieces, such as DVD drawers or microwave doors, to prevent these items from opening and being damaged during shipping. If you’re moving items that have interior pieces, like a microwave with a glass tray inside, either remove those items and pack them separately, or securely tape them in place.
Wrap and Double Box
Protect your electronics by securely covering them in bubble wrap or another protective outer covering. If your items have a case, put them in the case before wrapping them with bubble wrap. Double box all of your electronics to give them an extra layer of protection against damage. Choose corrugated cardboard boxes that were made for moving instead of free boxes that retail stores are giving away.
International moving can be complex, but Silicon Valley Moving & Storage is here to simplify the process. Discover how we can help you with international moving in the Silicon Valley by calling (408) 763-4800.