Relocating out of the country is a huge move, and requires a lot of careful planning. If you are planning to make an international move for an extended period of time (perhaps even permanently), then you should consider downsizing before taking the final plunge. Here are four reasons why it makes a lot of sense to downsize before moving internationally:

1. Downsizing Can Help You Save on Shipping Costs

 

It’s no secret that international shipping can be expensive. You could end up spending hundreds or even thousands of dollars on moving your possessions overseas to your new residence, especially if you want to transport heavy or bulky pieces of furniture. Also, there is always the risk that fragile items will suffer damage in transit. These and other shipping-related reasons make deciding to downsize before moving internationally an attractive option for many moving internationally.

2. You May Not Be Able to Fit All of Your Possessions in Your New Residence

 

If you’ve already visited your new home and taken specific measurements, or if you have a trusted friend that went in your place, then this may not be a problem. However, many international transferees have to go into a new situation “sight unseen,” with only photos to guide them. Alternately, they may plan on staying in a temporary residence first, or even a hotel. Then, they’ll find a more permanent home once they’ve completed their transition to the new country.

In either case, it is quite likely that you won’t be able to fit all of your possessions in your new residence. This could mean that you’ll have to sell some items, pay for their storage with an overseas company, or simply get rid of them. Instead of dealing with that, try to downsize before moving internationally for less stress in the long run.

3. Some Items May Not Be Necessary Overseas

 

There are some items that you may consider to be “necessities” in the U.S. However, in a foreign country, they may be considered luxury items — or they may be totally unnecessary. That $500 vacuum cleaner you brought with you? Your new place has hardwood floors, no carpet. Your gold-plated toilet paper holder? Meet Mr. Bidet.

The point is, some research on your new home may help you realize that it’s okay to leave some items behind.

4. It May Be Better to Leave Some Items in Storage

If you’re making a permanent international move and never intend to return, then this may not apply to you. However, there are often good reasons to keep some items in storage. For instance, you may be moving temporarily and intend to come back home in a few months’ time. Or perhaps some possessions are too big and unwieldy to bring with you, but you can’t bring yourself to get rid of them. 

Whatever the case may be, you’ll need to find a trustworthy and affordable storage option. Then you can keep your possessions safe and secure while you’re gone. 

At Mesa Moving and Storage, our team of professionals will make sure that your stored valuables remain safe, guaranteed. If you’d like to learn more about how to downsize before moving internationally, reach out to us today.

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