Finding Gratitude in Shipping

CaptureThere is a general rule — if you want to hide something special or important, put it in a place where nobody will look.  This is the relationship between gratitude and shipping!

People dread going through their homes deciding what to take, and, what not to take.  For an older family it can take weeks and even months to get ready for their packing day.

Why not take this time and utilize it to its fullest?

When going through your home and figuring out what to ship, take note of an item and think about how you got it & how it’s helped you.  Once you’ve come to a higher-level of realization and appreciation for the item, thank G-d with words because — He gave it to you.

If Perkei Avot tells us that a “wise person” is somebody who is “happy with what he has“, then you will be a super-genius at the end of your aliyah preparations!

Security with Sanity

SurveyThe general consensus with our customers is that doing the insurance is the worst thing about shipping.  Think about it — you have to record, as accurately as possible, everything in your home, and assign replacement values!

We at Aliyah Lift Shipping suggest the following approach to get maximum security while maintaining your sanity.  We call it the “Large-Medium-Small Attack Plan“.

  1. Large.  Start with large items like furniture/appliances and high valued items in each room.  On your application, record the quantity of each item and the value per item.  Do this room-by-room, but remember, focus on large and valuable first.
  2. Medium.  Once you have all the large and high-value items accounted for, start on smaller, lower-valued goods – like lamps, rugs, folding chairs, etc.   Again, going room-by-room, record the quantity of each item and the value per item.
  3. Small.  Next, going room-by-room, work on the smaller and more voluminous items in your home — books, clothes, lines, dishes, etc.   This is definitely the most tedious part, so you might want to spread it out over a few days.

IMPORTANT : If you have similar items but with very different values like paperbacks & hardcover or Lennox & melamine or crystal wine goblets & simple glass cups — insure these separately because the values are different.

The general rule is – the more detailed and exact your inventory, the better your coverage is.

 

 

 

 

You never know….

Rocket-Man-Werner-Von-Braun1-479x369In the shipping business you never know who you are working with — until they tell you a little bit about themselves.

Over the years we’ve had the honor or working with a wide variety of amazing personality. (Out of respect, I will not include their names.)

Two of my favorites were refuseniks.  One was a mathematician who compiled advanced math calculations for treating cancer patients and the other worked in the Bell Labs years ago developing the mobile phone! Their stories and their passion for Israel were amazing and would make great biographies (hint, hint).

One person who I am really relieved that we didn’t ship was an investment/market specialist – a TV personality too! We sensed trouble and withdrew our proposal. He had a “staff of X number of lawyers”, and threaten to sue us for not shipping his stuff… Eeeck, what a mess! I believe G-d gives us “gut instincts” for a reason.

We’ve shipped a rocket scientist, an arak craftsman/manufacturer, a top level US Govt internet security professional, rabbis and a gadol (twice) and lots and lots of good, brave people/families, motivated by a strong sense of idealism and, maybe even a touch of craziness.

Seriously though, it’s great working with singles and families with this part of their aliyah. Shipping is a daunting experience for almost everybody, but we do what we can to walk them through it with confidence, security and peace of mind.