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Don’t Let an International Move Spook You: 5 Tips For a Successful Relocation


An international move requires meticulous planning. Let these five tips help you have a successful relocation.

You're planning an international move. Whether it's a long-term dream come true or an unexpected job transfer, successful relocation requires meticulous planning. Follow these five tips to make it go smoothly.

Tip #1: Make a Checklist

Create a timeline using a checklist detailing what needs doing. Begin about 90 days before the move. Excellent checklists are available online, or you can create your own.

Tip #2: Gather Your Records

Plan to obtain medical and immunization records, your children’s school records, renew passports, and get information about visas. Determine if you need an international driver’s license. Having proper documentation is critical to a smooth international move.

Tip #3: Select Your International Moving Company

Relocation specialists can answer all of your questions regarding customs and what you can and cannot ship to your destination country. Be sure to select an experienced, reputable international moving company that can help you every step of the way.

#4 Sort Your Belongings

Decide what you will take, what you will store, and what you will sell. Much of these decisions depend on your country of destination and the duration of your stay. Shipping is very costly, so you should be ruthless in taking only what you really need.

#5 Pack Up

Make a detailed inventory of each box. Take photos of the contents. If you pack yourself, leave the boxes open so the moving company can verify the contents to speed up the customs process.

If an international move is in your future, call us at Nilson Van & Storage today to speak to one of our service professionals. We can take the mystery out of your relocation and help you and your belongings arrive smoothly and safely, no matter your destination.

How to Move Efficiently on a Time Crunch


Are you pulling your hair out, trying to move efficiently while in a time crunch? In a perfect world, you would have plenty of time to plan and execute a move. Sometimes, however, time is not available. Here are some tips for how you can do it without losing your sanity.

Make and prioritize a list of things you need to do. Include items like the electric company, phone, and cable company.

Work Room by Room

Completing a room at a time helps with organization and alleviates overwhelm.

Make Piles

Organize three piles: pack, give away, throw away. Don’t move anything that you don’t need. You might not have time to assess every item, but purging and culling can lighten the load.

Try to have everything you need on hand, so you don’t have to stop to run out and buy more.

Color Code the Boxes

Color coding helps with the unpacking at your new home. When you get there, you will know exactly where each box belongs, saving time and avoiding searching and moving things around.

Create a ‘Necessity Box’

Create a box of necessities and keep it with you in your car instead of the moving truck. If something goes wrong, you will have this box with you. The box should include prescriptions, cell phones, eyeglasses – whatever you need if you must do without your things for a day or two.

Focus and Plan

Stay focused on the tasks at hand and plan meticulously. Be calm and don’t let panic take over.

Moving is an arduous and stressful task – no matter how much time you have. Call us today and let the moving professionals at Nilson Van & Storage. We can help you make your local, national, or international move as efficient and painless as possible.

What to Expect from a Professional Moving Company


You have done your research and settled on a professional moving company. The problem is, you feel anxious because you don’t know how they work. We’re here to help. Here’s what to expect from professional movers.

Careful Assessment

A good moving company will assess your home and your belongings and give you a quote for your move. This allows them to plan for the amount of truck space and the number of movers needed for your relocation. It also allows you to plan your budget accordingly.

Guaranteed Timely Arrival

As professionals, movers should be punctual and alert you if there are any delays. You can expect them to come in branded vehicles big enough to accommodate all of your belongings.

World-Class Safety on Moving Day

Before moving, pro movers will apply precautionary measures. They will bring along equipment such as dollies, floor runners, furniture pads, carpet protectors, and thick moving blankets to protect your flooring and your belongings.

Loading the Truck

Your movers will load everything on the truck properly securing the heavy items with straps to prevent shifting. Be sure to do a final walk-through to ensure that they didn’t miss anything or leave anything behind.

Delivering Your Items to Your New Home

You have arrived in your new place. What happens now? The movers will unload your possessions, and you will confirm if anything is missing or damaged. They will put boxes in the right rooms if the boxes are appropriately marked and will help to make sure the furniture is where you want it.

You don’t have to go it alone when it comes to your residential move. Get the peace of mind and security that comes with hiring a professional moving company. Contact the experienced experts at Nilson Van and Storage to get a quote for your upcoming move.

Moving Safety Tips for Businesses


Moving your business is a big job, be it a local or long-distance move. How do you handle it smoothly and safely? Below are some little-known safety tips to follow:

Be the Early Bird

Planning is critical and it’s the key to moving success. You can create a plan yourself or involve your employees, which helps eliminate last minute panics. The key is to plan carefully and plan early. As soon as you decide to relocate, it’s time to start planning the move.

Choose Your Mover Carefully

When choosing a professional mover, be sure to choose an insured company, because accidents happen. To avoid them as much as possible, be sure the moving company has experience moving your type of business and the types of furniture, items, electronics, and equipment that you use to run your business.

Simple Labelling

Being organized prevents a moving nightmare. When everything is properly marked, it allows the efficient retrieval of things in the new location. You can do this by marking the packing boxes and including a brief description of the contents.

Make Computers and Cables Feel at Home

Computers are delicate and deserve proper handling. When possible, pack them in their manufacturer’s boxes. Be sure your movers know how to handle this type of equipment properly. Cables and cords should be appropriately labeled and stored in zip-locked bags. This will help keep the right cables with the right electronic equipment and can prevent a tangled mess when you get to your new location.

Don’t try to move your business on your own. Get the help of seasoned professionals you can trust. Contact our team at Nilson Van for the best commercial moving team in the region.

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