All You Need to Know About International Removal Service12 December 2015
Moving to a new home is always a stressful task- there is just so much to take care of and get done that you probably don’t know where to begin or what to address first. And things become all the more complicated and stressful when you’re moving to a different country.
In the case of international removals it is important that you remain focussed and tackle the move in an orderly manner. Here is a list of some important aspects of the move that you need to concentrate on. This list will help you organise the move and stay on track.
Transporting The Goods
A move between different countries requires expertise and attention. Simply deciding how you will be transporting your luggage and belongings can be an overwhelming task. It is best to get professional help and make things easier for yourself. When you are shifting between different countries there is a marked rise in how expensive this decision will prove to be, but in the end, it is worth it. The professionals will have far more experience than you and with a long-distance move you will not want to leave anything to chance.
Depending on which option suits your budget and your preferences more, there are two methods of transporting your belongings: by airfreight or by sea cargo. If you have a lot of luggage and both options offer benefits you don’t want to miss out on, a great way of saving money while also addressing some urgent needs is to use both methods in combination! You can divide your belongings into two categories: things you’ll need upon arrival and things you can wait for once you reach. The former can be transported via airfreight and the latter by sea. This way you’ll be minimising the amount you spend on airfreight and using the bulk rates of sea cargo to your advantage.
The expertise of a professional mover who handles international removals will help you in deciding what option is best for you. Sea cargo can take between 4-8 weeks to arrive so it might make more sense to send large items and things you don’t need urgently.
An added benefit is that most international removal firms also ensure unpacking services through representatives or partners in the country of delivery. And with lower operating costs this also spells competitive pricing for you.
It makes sense to invest in transit insurance for your belongings just to be on the safe side.
Time To Sort And De-Clutter
Moving is the time to let go of things that are unnecessary and stick with the essentials. When it comes to an international move, being sentimental can leave your wallet significantly lighter.
Now is the time to evaluate the material and emotional worth of every belonging and decide if it is absolutely necessary you bring it along with you.
Pack With Care
Just like you and your loved ones, your belongings are also going to take a long journey and it’s a good idea to ensure that everything is packed with extra care and attention, keeping in mind the particular nature of long-distance moves. Get extra help from relatives or friends if you need more hands to sort, pack and label. The removals service will be able to wrap and pack even the most delicate items with the right packing materials. Make sure fragile or valuable objects are marked and insured and that the movers know to take special care.
You should carry things that are of utmost importance like documents, licenses, and identification on your person. Try to carry all your portable electronics like laptops, cameras and iPods with you.
Before moving, ensure that you leave things in order and tie up all loose ends. This includes cancelling all utilities and direct debit liabilities from your bank account, making sure that your taxes are in order, clearing outstanding dues etc.
For the first couple of months it can be helpful to have your post office re-direct your mail to your new address.