When it comes to moving overseas, one of the most important considerations is deciding which international removal company you can trust to move your belongings to your new destination.
Although many of you have at some point moved home, making an international move is a different situation. When you are relocating from the UK, your belongings will have to cross an ocean which can bring added complexity to the move.
How International Removal Companies Can Assist You With Planning
Making an international move can be very time consuming, as there is a lot to do in preparing and planning for the move, in addition to the time involved in the logistics of the move itself. Since an international move can be complex, this is an activity that you cannot rush. Without proper planning, the move could turn out to be much more stressful than it needs to be. An international removal company can provide you with the planning assistance you need to make your move go smoothly.
One of the first things you must do is to decide which items you want to take with you when you relocate. Of course, it’s very easy to just say you’ll take everything you own with you, but there are several key factors to consider.
First, how replaceable is the item? If an item is not a family heirloom or does not have great sentimental value, it’s worth comparing the replacement cost to the cost of insuring the item for shipping. Also, how long can you live without having the item? If the item is not crucial and the cost of insuring the item for shipping is high, it might make more sense to replace the item when you get to your destination rather than take it with you.
A good international removal company can help you decide on the scale of the items you want to take with you. The question is – how do you choose which one to hire?
How To Choose An International Removal Company
When deciding which international removal company you wish to hire, the cost of their services is certainly a factor. However, it should not be the sole consideration when making your decision. What you are really looking for is the firm that can provide you with the most cost-effective service for your move. Getting your possessions to arrive at your new destination is only one aspect of the move. You want them to arrive undamaged and in a timely manner. Also, choosing a company that specialises in international moves will help make it less stressful for you and will also provide you with peace of mind.
Conducting due diligence is crucial in finding the company that is best for you. While it might seem obvious, many people underestimate the importance of doing some research before making a decision and later regret not taking the time to do it.
When conducting your research, be sure to check out testimonials and references from previous clients. Look for information about the clarity of communications, shipment tracking facilities and quality of the customer service team. Inquire about the type of insurance coverage that the removal company provides and be sure you understand what’s covered and what’s not. You should never hire an international removal company that does not provide insurance coverage. Finally, check to see that the company is a member of the British Association of Removers (BAR) or other recognised associations, as this means the company has an approved advance payment guarantee scheme that provides you with additional protection.
If you are planning an international move, contact us here at 1st Move International for a free quote today. We offer packing and removal services to most major destinations in the world and can provide you with expert advice and tips to make your move go smoothly.