Gati Movers Packers - Steps for stressfree moving

MOVING TIPS AND RESOURCES

Relocation within a City or from one city to another or to a different country can be a stressful and emotionally challenging exercise if not handled properly.

Tens of customers call us every week asking for help and assistance in dealing with relocation companies who are either asking for more than agreed prices or not responding to their calls while goods are delayed. 

You can avoid all the harassement by doing a bit of research before finalizing the moving companies, understanding the terms of relocation and making sure you dont trust the words blindly.

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MOVING TIPS 

Moving within a country or from one country to another, its a difficult and challenging task to say the least. We provide you with some tips and suggestions which can minimise the cost, save your time and emotional stress and should make moving a pleasent experience. Having been in the Industry for over 30 years, Gati Express Movers packers Bangalore has a developed tools, processess and a experienced team which ensures seamless moving experience for every customer.

  • At the onset, you should decide the household and personal goods you MUST take along with you, keeping in mind the each of them will cost you money in moving them regardless of their weight, size and value. 

  • Best is to determine if all your items can be boxed because there are lot more choices of transportation carriers when your items are boxed. Unboxed items such as Furniture, electronic goods etc. are volumonous requires special handling and can only be shipped by using specialized carriers who are lot more expensive and takes longer transit time due to packing and process.

  • The first step when starting process of packing is to bring our all the orignal boxes of your goods, mainly electronic goods, fragile goods, furniture and whatever other orignal boxes who have kept securely. If u dont have the original boxes, you should try to procure them from the market. Most of the brand showroom in the city have extra boxes for most of the goods that they sell and they will be happy to give the boxes for free or nominal charges. 

  • If you plan to pack the goods by yourself and not engage professoinal moving companies,  boxes & other packaging material such as Bubble wraps, Tapes etc can be obtained from nearby packing material shops or stationary shop. Packing material suppliers are also listed in yellow pages.  Gati Express packers movers bangalore also supplies boxes and other packing material on a door delivery basis. Packing boxes are available in different sizes based on the requirements. 

  • Once you have the packaging material, start packing items which are important & must be shipped. Start marking the Box on the boxes after packing and add them to your Packing List. Never try saving in packing material cost because it plays a big role in safe & sound transportation of your goods. Actually, this is the only part you do with your own hand in your move because the rest of the portion takes several hands of others while being transported.. Good packing always pays off.

  • Make a packing list reflecting what you have packed in each box by Box. Don't place all heavy items in one box i.e. your books should be segregated between few boxes instead of making one box too heavy containing books only. Don't ever pack your valuable items & documents such as Jewelry, Certificates, Property titles, currencies, Insurance Policies, Family photos, Phone book etc. in these boxes because you should carry them with you. Don't ever pack any dangerous goods, perishable item, items which have oil or gas such as Lawn mover etc. because they require special professional packaging. This might delay your shipment &/or cost extra for transportation, repackaging, storage etc.. Don't pack Pistol, Rifle & their ammunitions or items which require export license before they can be exported.

  • Labeling plays an important role in shipping and is part of your responsibility. Each box MUST have Ship To address and it's number such as Box 1 of 5, Box 2 of 5 etc.. These labels should be at two opposite side of each box and so as special labels such as Fragile, Direction arrow, Too Heavy etc.

  • Packing List is another important part of your moving because it not only identify the items in each box but also is needed for insurance, customs clearance etc. A detailed packing list saves time of everybody until the packages are in the final room at destination.

  • It is important that you can estimate Number, Weight & Dimensions of your pieces before you start finding out the expense for shipping &/or packaging. Otherwise it is difficult to compare price between one transportation carrier to the other. Mostly Household Goods & Personal Effects are charged based on the size of boxes but weight also is checked to find which one is higher. When shipping by Sea: - Find cubic feet of your cargo using the following formula - L"xW"xH" divide by 1728 = Cubic Feet (cft) When shipping by Air - Domestic (within India) - Calculate the volume weight of your shipment using the following formula - (density factor of 194 per cubic inch) - L"xW"xH" divide by 194 = Volume weight in Lbs. For International - Calculate the volume weight of your shipment using the following formula - (density factor of 166 per cubic inch) - L"xW"xH" divide by 166 = Volume weight in Lbs

  • Another component of shipping cost is local pickup transportation from your residence to our  nearest terminal. If you book a full container, the container comes to your doorstep, else, arrangements need to be made to take it to the port of loading. If your shipment is small enough to fit in your (or your friend's) vehicle, it might be worth the savings to bring it to our nearest terminal to save pickup charges.

  • Shipment loading and unloading is also the responsibility of the shipper unless you asked us & paying extra to provide this service separately. When using commercial or terminal locations with a loading dock, this is not an issue. But for residential pickup and/or delivery this detail to be considered. In many cases you may want to plan on having friends, relatives, or neighbors on standby to help with the loading and unloading. In some cases additional services such as lift gate may be required, but the additional costs are to be considered. Always remember a "truck driver" does just what the title implies: drive the truck. The driver is never responsible for loading or unloading, although under reasonable circumstances he or she may help.

  • If you plan to load the ocean 20'st / 40'st container, it is best to have the container loaded in such a way that the bottom layers totally cover the entire floor space of the container which makes less likely to encounter damage. Layer your boxes & furniture in such a way that there is minimum movement possible. Of course, it goes without saying that your stuff needs to be packed to withstand the long journey. Pls keep in mind that self loading is at your own risk and poorly loaded container damages will be your responsibility. Also while container is in your possession, it is at your risk & expense so you should make sure that neighbor will not have problem and the city's regulations allow you to park & for how long.

  • For smaller shipments, sending the goods by Air may be a better option. Shipments less than 100 Lbs (45kg) costs as much as 100 Lbs. It is better to pay extra to airline and carry that piece with you as an extra luggage. If your shipment is under 300 Lbs, it is suggested to check shipping charges by air to your destination because the difference between air & sea cost might not be that much.

  • For your international shipments, customs require proper documentation without which the shipment can not be shipped or delivered to destination location. The customs follow the principle of Docs First, Load later. There are penalties/fines  for late/not submission of these export documentation and the consignment may be halted and demurrage charges applicable in any delay in submitting the document. . It is shipper/consignee's obligation to provide these following documents to us on time.

1. Packing List

2. Value of the goods

3. Personal ID and

4. SLI (Shipper's Letter of Instruction) which contains information required on the Bill of Lading (if by Sea or Truck) / Air Waybill (if by air).

5. For movement of household goods and personal stuff, the boarding pass of the consinor may also be required.

If we are not provided with the appropriate documents in time (at least 48 hours in advance excluding weekends & holidays), we try to hold the shipment in our warehouse or at port to save you from penalties & fines but that may cause extra expense to you for storage etc. and it of course delays your shipment. Sometimes, when it is too late to hold the shipment for some reason, any penalty/fine will be to the account of cargo and must be paid before the shipment is released to either shipper or consignee.