If you are moving to a new city, state or a faraway country, you do not want to leave your electrical appliances behind which haves so been a part of your home until now and you have invested quite some money on their purchase.
But you cannot just directly pack all the appliances without considering some of the important factors which are very essential. Before you dive into how to pack your stuff, understand what are the appliances that you should and should not take with you.
Understand Custom Regulations
Every country has its own set of rules and regulations and custom duties as to which appliances can be imported into the country. Understand the custom rules of your new country that concerns the import of electrical appliances. There are certain import fees that are charged on appliances based on their value.
An appliance fit for the North American house may not fit into your new European-styled house. Your old appliance may become a problem in shipping it. It may not fit very well in your home. It may be bigger in size as compared to the new appliances or may be smaller in size than new appliances. If you have some custom-made appliance in your house, you may face great difficulty in packing, moving and shipping it. Even if it is the right fit for your new house, you must know whether the manufacturer of your electrical appliances is available at the new place or not.
Different countries have different electric current workings. North America works on a 60 cycle system i.e. they use a 110-120 volt while in European countries a 50-cycle system is prevalent i.e. 220-240 volt. Some appliances can work on both the current standards and are called multi-system devices. Smaller devices like hair dryers even televisions are multi-system enabled but microwave ovens, vacuum cleaners, and other powerful appliances cannot be enabled as multi-system appliances.
If you have recently purchased a new appliance, it will be foolish to leave it behind. If your new home does not have an appliance which you presently own, that is in good condition there is no problem in shipping it. If your present homeowner has a policy that you cannot leave an appliance behind you, then you are left with no choice.
But, if your new home is equipped with newer and better appliances than your present ones or your present homeowner policy does not let you take some specific appliance with you, then it must be a clear no.
The final move
Once you have made a list of appliances that are going to be shipped, it is time to hire an international shipping company, who possess vast experience of packing, moving and shipping electrical appliances to their desired destination. They also provide insurance on your assets so that you can be relieved of any stress.
Careful planning is the key to a successful crossing of borders for your electrical appliances. An international moving company will be a great help in doing so.