There is something fascinating about island life to people living on the mainland. Surrounded by sea on all sides, a home with a view of the sea or a weekend trip to the beach may even be a reality! Beautiful sunrises, heavenly sunsets and tourists envying your good fortune sound like a dream life, and perhaps it is, except when it is time to move.
Shifting houses is almost always stressful even if it be by road. Moving from one island to another by sea presents a unique set of additional challenges. Here are some ways to overcome them.
- Pre-plan your move
Before you make an inter-island move, make a preliminary plan on how you are going to go about it. Do a quick reconnaissance of your belongings and identify the items you would be transporting. Decide at what stage you would need the help of your movers. In addition to transporting your belongings, many movers offer a packing to unpacking service at an additional fee.
Another thing to keep in mind is the travel plan. While you would most likely be taking a flight to the island, your belongings would be coming by sea which would take a longer time. So it is best to book your flights in advance and chart out the packing and transportation of your belongings accordingly. Also, decide whether you would need the movers to deliver the items to your new home immediately. Some movers also provide the option to store your belongings at their warehouse for a while at a small price till your new home is ready for possession.
- Set aside a budget
At the planning stage, all the preliminary requirements have been identified. The next step is to get it into action. But before that, you need to set aside a budget for moving. Quickly calculate how much would it cost for packing, and transport your belongings to and from the docks and for the ferry. A professional company of movers should be able to help you arrive at a reasonable cost with a preliminary quote. Add to this the travel expenditure, any temporary hotel stays that might be required and insurance for the items.
- Identify the movers
Compare quotes and select the movers who are going to help you with relocation. It is advisable to go ahead with a reputable, experienced and professional group, even if it costs a little more. Transporting your belongings safely across the sea is more difficult than land transport and it will cost more in the long run if you place your trust in inept people.
Be sure to update the movers on all your requirements so that they can give a realistic time and cost estimate and bring in all the necessary equipment on the day of shifting. Also ensure that they provide all the services that you want from them such as packing, storage and insurance. Get all the estimates and documents in writing so that there are no surprises in terms of hidden costs after moving.
- Discard the unwanted
Carefully go through each of your belongings and ask yourself whether it is really required and whether it would suit the new home. Always keep in mind that every additional item packed would increase the cost of transportation. An item should be either useful or elegant to be worth the trouble of packing and shipping. Though exceptions can be made for things that have sentimental value, moving can generally be seen as a good opportunity to de-clutter. Instead of just throwing them away, the belongings that you choose to get rid of can be given away to charity or sold for money.
- Pack Carefully
Keep any important documents and items that may be required immediately after arriving at the new island with you. Identify all other items that need to be transported, label them neatly and make a list. Make sure to separate out the valuables and safeguard them appropriately. If you are planning to pack everything by yourself, make sure that you have all the supplies such as packing boxes, tape, bubble wrap, wrapping plastic, linens and furniture pads. Talk to the company that will be shipping your belongings regarding any instructions or restrictions they have for packing the items. Following these while packing will help save time and effort.
For an inter-island move, it is crucial that proper packing using is done quality materials to avoid any damage. Sea transport can get rough during which your belongings can shift around inside their boxes or the boxes themselves can move on the barge despite the best care. For this reason, it is often better to hand over the responsibility of packing to a professional as it will save time and free you from unnecessary headaches.