Thinking about moving and not sure where to start? We’ve put together a list of our frequently asked questions to help ease some of the stress that naturally comes with relocating. How much time do I need to start the moving process with Crown? We ask our customers to start the moving process about two to four months prior to their likely move date. Can I do my own packing? For international moves we are in a world of heightened security. Customs officials are far more likely to do an extensive inspection on an owner packed shipment. The cost of this inspection is often far greater than the cost of packing services. Our recommendation is for customers to take advantage of our packing service and avoid any unnecessary customs hold ups. What is considered a fragile item that would require crating? During your consultation, your Crown consultant will discuss with you, crating requirements. Items that typically require crating are as follows: large fragile or delicate items, mirrors, glass or marble table tops, large paintings or pictures and/or high value items. My company wants me to move. What if the cost of living is higher than in the destination city? If you are considering a move to a city with a higher cost of living than where you currently live, you want to make sure that your new salary will make up the difference. A great way to compare cities is by using a cost of living comparison tool. There are several available online, including this one from Payscale. How much time do I need before confirming my move? We recommend confirming your booking as early as possible. With moves postponed in 2020 now ready to take place, we foresee a rather busy move season in 2021. If you do have a tight deadline please do check with us and we may be able to accommodate. What are our crews doing differently due to COVID regulations? Our packing and moving crews are taking the coronavirus pandemic very seriously. To that end, we have put into place protocols designed to protect our employees and our customers. These include: Following local guidelines around social distancing and sanitization Conducting virtual surveys instead of in-home surveys to provide estimates Frequently sanitizing trucks and equipment Practicing social distancing with customers and, as much as possible, among moving teams Wearing masks and gloves Keeping trucks stocked with hand sanitizer All of these practices help ensure that moving services can remain available in a safe way. A virtual move estimate for example provides you with the same quote you’d expect any time you hire movers without the need to have someone enter your home. You can find out more about the changes we’ve made to make sure our staff and customers safe here.