How to Move by Plane

by Jan Kennemer 03/20/2022

If you’re moving somewhere far away, you’ve likely chosen to downsize your belongings before you leave. However, even the bare essentials can be significantly more than you can carry in a suitcase. While airlines allow you to check multiple pieces of luggage, including storage boxes and containers, this option can be expensive and risky. If you need to move by plane, here are some tips for how to make sure your belongings make it safely and securely to your new home.

Create a Detailed Inventory List

It’s essential to take a thorough inventory of everything you plan to ship. If you’re worried about items being damaged in transit, consider including photos of everything with your inventory list so you can make accurate comparisons when they arrive. It’s best to travel with valuables in your personal luggage, but if you are shipping anything valuable, make a note of the dollar amount for insurance. This can also help in the event anything goes missing.

Weigh Everything

It’s important to determine the weight of your belongings before shopping around for a shipping provider. Most services base their pricing on weight and square footage. You’ll save a lot of time and avoid unpleasant surprises on quotes if you know how much weight you need to ship. If you don’t have access to an industrial scale, you can weigh most belongings on a simple bathroom scale.

Label Clearly

Combining a thorough inventory list with a clear labeling system will streamline your process and make it easier to find things when they arrive. Labeling based on contents is important, but so is adding other details like origin address, destination address and basic contact information. Shipping providers will have their own paperwork and system and may require brand new labels printed anyway, but having the information readily available will make the process easier and quicker.

Choose the Right Service

Finally, shop around for quotes from shipping services to get the best deal. Compare options and pay careful attention to things like taxes, tariffs and restricted items. Read any insurance offerings carefully and inquire about timeline. If there is no guarantee on delivery time, find out what the expectation is—you don’t want to be left without your belongings for too long once you arrive. Once you have gathered all the info you need on your options, pick the one that works best for you.

Moving by plane may seem daunting, but you can make the process simpler with careful preparation. Try these ideas for finding the best option for your move.

About the Author

Jan Kennemer

Jan will show you how you can live close to Washington, DC – by public transit and/or highway – and still enjoy all the many amenities and friendliness of a quiet community. Jan is a life-long resident of Arlington, Va. So, she is very familiar with northern Virginia …Arlington, Falls Church, Alexandria and close-in Fairfax. She knows where to find those little out-of the-way places where you will still get excellent value and a home that meets your needs. As a Realtor® for over 20 years, Jan has developed a customized system for marketing and selling properties which includes the latest technologies combined with tried and true practices. She has received special training in working with first time buyers, repeat buyers and seniors. She is a certified VHDA trainer and is certified as a Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES©). Jan is also a certified e-Pro. She gets results you want – the best price in the shortest time. Jan is dedicated to helping clients satisfy their needs and wants while providing them with a strong investment for the future. She is readily available to provide explanations and information. She won’t push you into making an uncomfortable choice. Jan helps you to fully understand the transaction, so that you can always make an informed decision based on facts and figures.