Moving Preparation May 9, 2024

What to Expect from Movers at Shepherd International Movers

Kate Holland

A true grunge and rock music fan born in Seattle, Kate has moved across the country and started writing about her experience.

Relocating to a new country is a life-changing journey, filled with excitement, anticipation, and a bit of anxiety. As you start preparing for this new chapter, it’s important to know what to expect from movers to make sure every step of the international moving process is smooth, efficient, and stress-free.

When hiring movers, expect a professional team that will handle every aspect of the move with care. The movers will typically start with an initial consultation to assess your needs and inventory belongings. On the moving day, they will arrive on time, pack all belongings securely, load them into the truck, and transport them to the ship, which will take them to a new home. Once there, they will unload, unpack, and help set up the space as directed. Throughout the process, you can expect clear communication, efficiency, and respect for your property and personal items.

What to Expect from Movers – Initial Consultation and Planning

Let’s discuss what to expect from international movers when you’re moving abroad. The initial consultation with Shepherd International Movers is a critical step in the process of moving internationally. During this phase, a consultant will conduct a thorough assessment of your belongings and discuss all specific relocation needs. This includes taking inventory of items you want to keep, which helps in planning the logistics and determining the necessary resources for the move.

What Happens During the First Meeting

In the first meeting, full-service movers will gather essential information about the planned move to another country, the timeline, and any special requirements you may have. Making sure the moving plan is customized to the specific needs will make the transition go off without a hitch.

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Understanding the Moving Quote

A moving quote from an international moving company outlines all the anticipated costs of professional moving services. Here are the key components typically included in a relocation quote:

  • Packing services – Costs for secure packing and unpacking, whether partial or full.
  • Transportation process – Charges based on the distance between your current home and the new one, as well as the mode of transportation used.
  • Handling fees – Includes the loading and unloading of belongings.
  • Special services – Additional fees for handling fragile items or unusual ones, such as artwork or large electronics.
  • Storage services – If the items need to be stored temporarily, Shepherd International Movers provides 30 days of storage free of charge.
  • Overseas vehicle shipping – Costs associated with transporting a vehicle internationally, including freight charges, insurance, and any applicable customs duties.

To ensure there are no surprises, thoroughly review each item listed in the quote. Ask questions about any charges that aren’t clear to you, and verify whether there are potential additional costs not initially covered in the quote. This preparation helps you accurately budget for the relocation and avoid unexpected expenses.

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It's easier to plan the budget when you know what to expect

Pre-Move Preparations by Shepherd International Movers

Approximately 3.5% of the world’s population, or 272 million people, were considered migrants in 2019, according to the UN. Nearly three-quarters of these individuals relocate independently in pursuit of better economic opportunities, family reunion, higher education, or other comparable aspirations. Their choices are often influenced by plenty of factors.

So, according to this, you are far from being alone in your pursuit of happiness or a career elsewhere, but let’s face it – no matter what the reasons to move are, it can get stressful. Worry not, Shepherd International Movers team will give you information on what to do before the relocation so that everything goes smoothly.

Preparing the Home for Moving Day

To ensure a smooth moving process, we encourage you to declutter and sort items that require special attention. Label each box clearly with its contents and the designated room in the new residence. At Shepherd International Movers, we provide detailed resources and relocation tips to help you prepare for movers effectively.

Packing Services Explained

Shepherd International Movers offers tailored packing solutions to accommodate diverse needs, from comprehensive full-packing services to more selective partial-packing options. Our professional packing ensures the safety of your belongings by using the best materials and techniques available. This method significantly minimizes the risk of damage during transportation, giving you confidence and peace of mind as you move abroad.

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Moving Day – What to Expect from the Movers

Moving day can often be a stressful and overwhelming experience, especially if you are entrusting belongings to professional movers. So, what to expect from good movers? When working with Shepherd International Movers, our team will help ease the relocation process. With us, the moving day preparation will be brought to a minimum.

The Arrival of the Moving Crew

When you choose us as a provider of international relocation services, you can expect our team to arrive on time and fully prepared for the job ahead.

Our professional crew members will introduce themselves and walk through the details of the move with you once again before getting started.

This is to ensure that everyone is on the same page and there are no misunderstandings or confusion.

Before they start loading your belongings, our crew will take steps to protect floors, walls, and doorways from any potential damage during the process.

36.1% of people move overseas for job opportunities

We use protective coverings such as floor runners, door jamb protectors, and banister covers to safeguard the property while we work.

Our skilled movers are trained in proper lifting techniques and have experience handling all types of items – from heavy furniture to delicate pieces. They will carefully wrap and pack each item using high-quality packing materials to ensure they are protected during transit. If you have any fragile or valuable items that require special care, please inform our team beforehand so they can take extra precautions when handling them.

Handling and Transportation of Belongings

Firstly, our experienced movers are trained to handle all types of items with care. We use specialized techniques and tools to pack fragile items such as glassware, artwork, and electronic devices. Our team also takes extra precautions for bulky or heavy items to prevent any damage during loading and unloading.

Once your belongings are securely packed, we carefully load them using proper lifting techniques and equipment. Our vehicles are equipped with state-of-the-art suspension systems that minimize vibrations during transit, providing an added layer of protection for shipped possessions.

In addition to safe handling and transportation practices, we also offer various insurance options for added peace of mind. Our basic coverage includes protection against loss or damage caused by accidents or natural disasters during transit. For valuable or high-end items, we offer additional coverage options at competitive rates.

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Better leave loading and unloading to professionals to avoid injury

Post-Move – Unpacking and Settling In

After the excitement and chaos of the big day, you may feel relieved to finally arrive at the new home.

However, the process is not over yet – there’s still the daunting task of unpacking and settling in.

At Shepherd International Movers, we understand that this can be an overwhelming process.

This is why we strive to provide our clients with a seamless post-move experience.

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Unpacking Services and Organization

Unpacking can seem like a never-ending process, but with strategic planning and organization, it can be tackled efficiently. Here are some tips to help you unpack and settle in efficiently:

  • Prioritize some boxes – Start with unpacking items you’ll need immediately, such as toiletries, bedding, and kitchen essentials.
  • Plan the space – Before you begin unpacking, take a moment to plan out each room. This will save you time and prevent the cluttering of spaces with items that don’t belong there.
  • Unpack one room at a time – Focus on setting up one area completely before stepping into the next. This helps maintain focus and reduces feelings of being overwhelmed.
  • Use our crew – Our team handles all the heavy lifting and furniture assembly, allowing you to concentrate on organizing and decorating the space.
  • Decorate the space – Add personal touches through decorations to transform the new space into a home.
  • Take breaks – Relocating is both physically and emotionally taxing. Remember to pace yourself and take breaks as needed to stay refreshed and motivated.

Unpacking and settling into a new home can feel like a daunting task, but with the help of our experienced team at Shepherd International Movers, the process can be made much more manageable. We strive to provide our clients with a stress-free post-move experience so that they can start enjoying their new home as soon as possible.

Handling Issues and Claims

Should any issues arise, such as damages or missing items, we encourage clients to report them immediately. Shepherd International Movers has a streamlined process for handling claims, focusing on quick resolution and customer satisfaction. Our goal is to resolve any issues swiftly, reaffirming our commitment to your satisfaction with our services.

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If the items received any damage, make sure to file a claim as soon as possible

Trust Shepherd International Movers for Your Relocation Needs

Choosing Shepherd International Movers ensures a thorough and supportive relocation process from start to finish. From the initial consultation and careful planning to the detailed organization and efficient handling on the big day, our team is dedicated to providing a seamless experience. Our unpacking services and strategic organization tips further help you settle into a new home comfortably and efficiently.

We understand the complexities and stresses associated with moving overseas, which is why our expert team is committed to making the relocation as smooth and stress-free as possible. Contact Shepherd International Movers today to start the move with confidence, knowing that every detail will be handled with professional care and attention. Let us help you make the move a success.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Early Should I Book My Moving Services With Shepherd International Movers?

It’s best to book as early as possible, ideally at least two months in advance, especially during busy moving seasons like summer.

What Should I Do if I Need to Change My Moving Date?

Contact Shepherd International Movers as soon as you know about the change. We are flexible and will work with you to reschedule to a more convenient date, subject to availability.

Are There Items That Shepherd International Movers Will Not Transport?

Yes, there are items we do not transport, including hazardous materials, perishable foods, and certain valuable items like jewelry and personal documents.

How Can I Ensure My Belongings Are Protected During the Move?

Opt for our full-packing services and consider purchasing additional insurance for extra protection and peace of mind.

What Are the Payment Options Available With Shepherd International Movers?

We accept various payment methods, including credit cards, bank transfers, and checks. Please discuss the preferred option with us during the booking process.

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