Two ways to make an overseas house move less stressful

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Moving overseas is a major undertaking. Here are a couple of things you can do to make this experience less stressful.

Use high-quality packing materials

If a person is moving to a property which is just a short drive from their old one, then there is usually no need to splurge on expensive, high-quality packing supplies, as their belongings will only be in transit for a small amount of time and as such, are unlikely to be damaged.

However, if you're moving overseas, your belongings will be taken on a very long trip and as such, need to be extremely well packaged, to reduce the likelihood of them breaking. If you use cheap packing materials, such as old newspapers, weak single-walled boxes and flimsy tissues to pack up your possessions, there is a very good chance that a substantial amount of your items will end up either damaged or completely destroyed by the time they reach your new property. This could make your already-challenging house move even more stressful.

Given this, it is best to invest in the best packaging you can afford. Using triple-walled cardboard boxes, styrofoam packing peanuts and thick, high-quality bubble wrap should protect your belongings, in the event that the boxes they are being transported in are dropped or thrown against hard surfaces.

For large, irregularly-shaped items that are quite valuable (such as a grand piano or an antique armoire) , it may also be a good idea to purchase custom shipping containers, which can be designed to fit the exact shape of your belongings, so that they will remain secure and immobile throughout the course of their journey to your new home. Whilst custom shipping containers can be costly, they could save you the stress and hassle of having to replace rare or extremely valuable items and as such, are an excellent investment.

Carry some creature comforts and first-day essentials in your in-flight luggage

By the time you arrive at your new property, you will probably be exhausted and quite stressed out. These feelings may be exacerbated if the company that is shipping the bulk of your possessions experiences a delay, which leaves you without your items for longer than you had anticipated.

This is why it's important to pack a few creature comforts and household essentials in your in-flight luggage, as this will ensure that you have all of the basic items you need to get through the first day or so at your new property, even if your main collection of belongings takes a while to arrive.

Make sure to include things like your pyjamas, basic toiletries (i.e. soap, a toothbrush and toothpaste) as well as some teabags and a travel-sized kettle. You might want to bring along your e-tablet so that you can enjoy a film on your first night. For more information, contact companies like Tasbulk Pty Ltd.