Four Tough Moves Made Easier

Ways to simplify an international move, moving with pets and children, and downsizing.

No move is completely hassle-free, but certain circumstances bring their own logistical snags. Here's how to simplify the process.

  • Moving Internationally
    Contact the consulate or embassy of your future stomping grounds for info on necessary work permits and visas. Then find a mover with international experience, and book them as early as possible. When you're crossing borders, less is more -- it may be cheaper to buy new furniture than to ship yours overseas. Pack everything else in boxes with as little wiggle room as possible.

  • Moving with Pets
    Animals are on the no-go list for moving companies, so you'll have to take Spot's relocation into your own hands. If you're flying, notify the airline before you check in -- otherwise your pet may not get past the gate. If you're driving a long distance, crack open a window and have Spot sit next to it so he won't get car sick. Once you're at your new house, you may want to lock your pets in a quiet room while you unload the moving truck so they're not frightened by the flurry of activity.

  • Moving with Children
    A move can be stressful for kids, so keep them informed and address any questions or worries they may have. If you have school-age children, obtain copies of their transcripts for enrollment at their new school. While packing, save their rooms for last to minimize disruption; on moving day, pack a bag of toys and essentials to keep them busy.

  • Downsizing
    Movers base their prices on the amount of stuff you're shipping, so don't waste money hauling furniture that won't fit into your new home. While packing, be honest about how much you really need and which items are most important to you. If an item doesn't make the cut, donate it to a family member or sell it.
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