Tips & Avoiding Trouble

Moving Tips

  • Use smaller and stronger cardboard boxes for heavy items such as books and dishes.
  • Dishes, plates, and glasses can be wrapped in newspaper. Place them inside of sturdy cardboard boxes and fill any vacant spaces with towels, sheets or T-shirts.
  • Large pictures or paintings can be safely shipped. First, cover the glass part with cardboard material, and wrap it with bubble wrap, and flexible cardboard, known as makidanboru in Japanese. For valuable works of art, we require a Tri-wall box or similar type of sturdy packaging.    Contact our office for more details.
  • Small pieces of furniture usually do not need crating, but they do need bubble wrap and cardboard wrapping.    Be especially careful to wrap the corners.
  • Electric appliances can be shipped in their original cartons or similar boxes.
  • Large furniture can be very expensive to ship since the shipping charge is determined by volume. Professional packing may be required, and this also increases the volume. The cost of packing itself is also not cheap. For all of these reasons, you should consider all large furniture items very carefully when deciding what to ship.
  • If you are sending goods to Australia, do not use cardboard boxes that have contained vegetables or fruits.
  • Remember that shipping schedules are estimates and delays can occur.    Be sure to allow adequate time for your shipment to arrive and give yourself plenty of leeway.    Do not schedule travel away from your destination soon after your estimated date of arrival. In addition, do not ship your best suit if you have an interview soon after arrival, and remember to carry enough warm clothing with you when moving to colder climates.

Avoiding Trouble

  • Many people wait too long before beginning to plan their shipment and packing. Give yourself plenty of time for packing and for doing the paperwork.    For a small move only involving the shipment of boxes, you should contact our office, and begin planning at least a month before you would like your goods to be picked up. For a larger move including furniture items, you should give yourself at least a two-month head start.
  • If you are shipping a computer, be sure to make back-ups for all important documents and information.
  • We will send most information to you by email and attachments.    If you do not have your own personal email account, please set one up.    In addition, throughout the moving process, check your email regularly for important information and possible questions.    This is true even after your goods have been picked up.
  • You should also have a cell phone for urgent information.    If you do not have a cell phone, you should get one and keep the account open throughout the moving process.
  • Do not hesitate to call or email our office whenever you have questions about your shipment.

The Packing List

Every shipment requires a packing list that has information on the contents of each box. However, you do not have to list every single item. We would recommend a general category and several specific examples.  If you have a box of "men's clothing," that could be the general category, and "shirts, ties, and pants," could be the specific examples.  You would not have to say how many of each were included. Vague terms, such as, "miscellaneous," "various," and "stuff" should also be avoided.


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