Last Updated on September 13, 2018 by Kari-Ann Ryan

Moving into paradise is definitely exciting, something that many dream about but never make happen. But as you prepare for this transition, taking the right steps to prepare will not only make your move stress-free, but can actually save time and money in the future.

Regardless if you’re moving across the world or to Hawaii, here are some tips for moving to a remote location:

1. Do Your Research

While the Caribbean beaches are relaxing, warm, and beautiful, they’re not for everyone. Depending on your needs and priorities, it’s important to choose a location that will support your dream lifestyle. After you’ve narrowed down your choices, compare the pros and cons of each and what you would be willing to accept. If you are moving with your spouse, it must also be a place in which they can be happy as well.

Indeed these lifestyle changes will take some time to fully adjust, you shouldn’t weigh all of your decision-making on research. Looking up pictures and learning about a place is not the same as experiencing it yourself. But you do want to be open to these new experiences as you will have to adapt in order to live like the locals in your new location.

2. Know the Living Costs

This is often overlooked by many. Simply looking at the housing costs without researching others such as shipping, essential items, construction, etc. can make a big difference. Make sure to take everything into account, such as utilities, food, taxes, everyday goods, etc.

3. Choose Your Belongings Wisely

As you may already be aware, moving to a remote location will be expensive. The cost, efficiency, and duration of a move will highly depend on the amount and weight of your belongings. This is why it is highly recommended to sell or donate the majority of your items and re-buy everything at your new location. Doing this sounds expensive but it will be a much better financial choice compared to the latter option.

But if you will only be living in this remote location for a short period of time, looking into some storage options would be the better choice. This is a popular choice many homeowners make because it’s a cost-effective solution that allows you to keep all of your belongings without having to pay for having them shipped.

4. Keep in Mind Prohibited Items

There’s not much full-service moving companies can’t do. But for specific reasons, mainly safety, there are items that are prohibited from being handled by our movers. They include the following:

  • Potted plants
  • Chilled food
  • Harmful materials (anything poisonous, toxic, or corrosive)
  • Live animals

As much as you may want to bring your hamster, fish, or snake, they’re not something you will want to take with you. In fact, traveling with dogs and cats can also be dangerous for them as many air craft cabins do not offer sufficient breathing air. While this is a hard decision to make, it would be best not to take any pet with you if you are planning to move to a remote location.

5. Work with Professional Movers

Long distance moving is difficult and will require a lot more planning than if you were moving to the next town over. Factors such as flying there, how far your belongings will be traveling, or even having to take a boat can quickly complicate the situation.

But when working with professional movers like Mid-West Moving & Storage, our professionals can take this stress off your shoulders, providing everything from planning, packing, storage, furniture assembly, and even transporting your car! With years of experience, our moving experts can provide a customized solution to meet all of your needs so you can really look forward to what you will be doing once you get there.

Just keep in mind that when moving long distance, your belongings will be kept on the truck for a longer period of time compared to a local move, so our experts will make sure that everything is packed carefully.

If you are moving internationally, Mid-West Moving & Storage will not only provide you with a free estimate, but provide the requirements for the documentation you need to move your belongings to another country.

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For more information on moving to a remote location and its requirements, contact Mid-West Moving & Storage at 847.593.7201.

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