kauai long distance moving tipsMoving across the country, overseas even, can be quite an ordeal. Fortunately, following these moving tips will help you as you move to your new Kauai home. And if moving ever feels stressful, just keep reminding yourself that you'll be living in paradise soon enough.


With your family, decide what things you no longer want or need. Make a list of what you will ship to your new Kauai home, what important belongings you'll bring with you on the plane or boat, what things you'll sell, what you'll give away, and what you should just throw out. Host a yard sale to relieve yourself of unwanted items. Don't sell anything valuable at a yard sale. Post these items on Kijiji or a similar site so that you can sell them for closer to what they're really worth. And remember, although Kauai is an island, you can purchase almost anything you need here. Consider the cost of moving or shipping the items versus purchasing new items.

Hire an Experienced Mover.

It's well worth the expense when you consider how far your items are travelling. You'll want to make sure the mover you choose is reputable and will handle your personal items with care. Many Kauai newcomers even pack their items in shipping containers and wait for them to arrive on the island via vessel. Decide if you'll pack the items yourself or if you prefer to utilize a moving company.

Find Out if You Can Ship to Your New Kauai Home.

If you've yet to finalize the purchase of your home and have no address to ship to, contact your real estate agent who is helping you purchase the property. It may be possible that the sellers will allow you to store your belongings at your new Kauai home until you arrive to complete the closing.

Save on Shipping the Small Stuff.

If you don't have a lot of large items such as furniture, ship your belongings in boxes to Kauai via UPS or FedEX. Ask your local grocery store for large, durable cardboard boxes and carefully wrap your precious belongings in blankets or several layers of bubble wrap so that they don't break while they're on the road.

Take the Time to Take it Apart.

If you had to assemble your furniture when you bought it, you'll need to disassemble it when you move.  This is especially important if you have any furniture, such as bookshelves or desks, made out of engineered wood (particle board) as the joints probably won't be able to withstand the pressures of moving.

Following these seven tips will help to make your long-distance move to Kauai a successful one. Take the time you need to plan and prepare carefully. Enjoy your life in your new paradisiacal community and your new Kauai home!

If you're interested in learning more overseas moving tips or you're ready to find your dream Kauai home, contact Anne Eliason today.

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