Moving to Alaska Planning Guide

Moving to Alaska Planning Guide

Posted 06.07.2011 in Articles by Dan

Moving to Alaska is a huge process. While the shipping company is responsible for getting your personal belongings overseas, there are still a number of tasks to complete before you leave. We provide a planning guide to keep you fully prepared for the big move leading up to your arrival to the Alaskan frontier. By taking care of all the small steps, you'll have no problem moving to Alaska. 

3 Months Before the Move

Sort your belongings. By taking this step way ahead of time, you will know exactly what you are going to be taking with you and can arrive at a more accurate estimate for your shipment. This also gives you ample time to hold a garage sale to get rid of all your unwanted items, or find ways to donate or dispose of them. When sorting your belongings, keep in mind the size of your new home so you don't run into the problem of having to hold surplus items in storage.

Keep track of the items you will be shipping. While we do provide a written inventory of your items, feel free to create your own personal inventory and take photos before you schedule for them to be packed and delivered.

Make the decision to sell or ship your car. If you absolutely love your car, chances are you will want to ship it to Alaska. If it's one you don't mind parting with, consider selling and buying a new car when you get to Alaska. The earlier you make this decision the easier it will be to manage your budget. Keep in mind how your car will handle the weather on conditions in Alaska.

3-4 weeks Before the Move

If you haven't already done so, schedule your flight. After you've set up your moving date and have set up your shipping, buying you airfare is next. Schedule your flight 21 days or more before the date you plan on leaving, you'll have a better chance of finding an affordable flight. Airfare prices increase every day after that 21-day mark.

Time the shipment of your household goods accordingly. Plan to arrive in Alaska at the same time as your personal belongings to make the entire move simpler. If that's not an option, you may be forced to find short-term vehicle or furniture accommodations if you arrive before, or you may need to rent out a storage facility if your possessions arrive in the North first.

One Week Before the Move

Notify all the necessary parties of your relocation. Your bank, insurance company, doctor, dentist, and current property manager should all be made aware of your move. You will also need to contact the postal service to provide them with your change of address. Schedule a date to have cable, utilities, and any other services at your current residence terminated.

Keep all important documents together in one pouch or folder. Passport, prescriptions, medical records, and other important documents. Keep it with your luggage to prevent you from misplacing or forgetting them.

Confirm all travel arrangements. Send your full travel itinerary to friends and family to keep them in the loop of your transition.

On the Day of the Move

When your professional moving crew arrives, remind them of any special arrangements you've made and our crew will gladly accommodate you. Be sure to do a final walkthrough to make sure nothing gets left behind. Confirm you have all important documents with you that you'll need for your trip. Once the shipping paperwork is filled out, the rest is up to us.


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