Moving to an entirely new country is a lot of things, but ‘easy’ isn’t one of them!
Planning an international move is stressful to say the least, particularly when it comes to international removals. When making a move like this, you want to be able to make sure that you and your belongings arrive safely and on time so that you can really start to feel at home.
The process of organising an international removal should begin much sooner than a domestic one. Even if your international move is over land, it can still take several days, and you will need to make sure that nothing is left behind, that your items are stored safely and that you will not have trouble getting them into your new home country! Having to organise all of this, while also arranging your new job, residence and so on, can be a huge strain, which is why people often leave international home removals to professional removers.
Working with an international removals company offers several advantages, the most important of which is knowledge. They will be able to assess your situation and suggest the most cost effective and efficient options for your move. The right company will also be able to talk you through the immigration process so that there are no complications. During the actual removal, they will also be able to pack your belongings away quickly, efficiently and safely so that they can reach their destination in one piece.
One thing that is important to mention is that when moving home you must leave the vacated property in a decent state. You may want to consider hiring a local cleaner to clean the property and get it ready for the next owner. A waste remover may also be required if you decide to have a clear out of your belongings before you move.
Before you speak to a removal company, it will be important to write down the exact details of your international move. This will make it easier for the company to assess your situation and offer you the best possible options.
First of all, where are you going? Different countries have different laws on immigration and you will need to know which rules will apply to you. For example, what documentation do you need? Will different rules apply to your family? Will you need to have a job and property secured in advance?
Secondly, how long are you moving for? This will have a big influence on what you need to take and how much. If, for example, you are planning to move back within a year and will be keeping your old property, you may be able to leave the bulk of your belongings behind. Alternatively, you may want to arrange short term storage solutions for your items.
Thirdly, who are you moving with? Immigration laws may vary between individuals and families. Different laws may also apply to any pets which you are planning to bring with you. For example, if you bring your pet, will you have to pay to put it in quarantine upon arrival?
Finally, what will you need? If you want your international move to be as painless as possible, it is best to try and limit the amount that you bring with you, but of course sometimes this simply isn’t possible. Knowing exactly what you need to take with you will also help you to decide the most cost effective mode of transport, whether it be by road, sea or air.
When it comes to international moves, there are a few different options for how you transport your belongings. This is not really a choice which you should make yourself, as your remover will know the most appropriate option for your situation. The company will usually provide a ‘removal consultant’, who will meet with you far in advance of the move itself.
Having said that, it is still worth knowing the respective advantages and disadvantages of your different options:
Naturally, for something as big as an international move it is important that you choose the best company possible to facilitate things. A company that specialises in international moves will usually facilitate thousands a year, so it can sometimes be difficult to tell the best from the worst.
Here are a few points which should help you find the a high quality international removal company:
Once again, this should all be organised far in advance of your actual move. A consultation with a moving consultant will be essential in order to make your move as efficient and painless as possible.
As difficult as it can be to organise the physical aspects of your international move, you cannot afford to ignore the legal aspects! You should make sure that you are aware of the necessary steps for aspects like immigration, visas, work permits and so on before anything else. If you leave something to the last minute, it is almost sure to end badly!
Your chosen removal company should be sufficiently familiar with local immigration laws, but do not count on them to know absolutely everything! To be absolutely sure, make yourself a checklist before planning anything else for your move. You can also benefit by contacting the embassy for the country which you are moving to: