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International Movers

International movers are more than just firms that pack up and shift your home in the back of a truck – an international shipping company is a slick operation that runs to a strict timetable because they know that any delays could cost both parties time and money. That’s why you need a firm with a solid background in international moving to help put together your perfect moving plan. The distance your goods will travel or the amount of belongings you are moving may change the cost, but those factors do not make any difference to planning the move. The key is planning and working with your removal firm.

Work out what you are taking.
This is an ideal chance to sell, give away or throw out all those belongings you don’t use or need any more. Once that’s done, make a list of what you are taking so that your move planner can work out how much shipping space you need. Then confirm where you are going and when. It doesn’t matter if you have a home there yet because your international movers can arrange storage near your destination.

Choose the right moving firm.
Pick several firms that have a reputation as an international shipping company and make some time for their move managers to come and walk through your home to provide an estimate. Doing this at least three months before your move is best for a number of reasons:
· The manager can estimate the amount of freight space your belongings need from your list of what you are taking and your things can be valued for insurance. Any special arrangements to move fragile, heavy or valuable items can be arranged.
· International moving depends on several shipping firms working together, and they have limited slots for moves to some countries. Your move could involve road, rail and sea transport, and even storage – that all needs to be coordinated. Check out the international movers credentials by making sure they are a well-established firm that has a bond to protect any upfront payments as well as the contacts and experience to move your belongings.
· Ask for references so you know the firm you choose can deliver what they promise. Don’t be afraid to speak to the references they provide and ask candid questions.

Leave packing to the professionals.
Leave packing to the people who know best. Packing up a house is an art and they will know how to fit more of your belongings into less space and wrap with care to avoid breakages. Don’t forget that if the movers pack your belongings and some items are damaged, they are responsible – so there are no arguments about who was at fault if you have to make an insurance claim.

Clearing customs
This is where experienced international movers and their agents are invaluable. Importing household goods that you have used for a year or so is generally duty-free and straightforward at customs – but some countries have rules that can seem bizarre. Some countries protect their eco-systems from contaminates and will not allow you to take in any foodstuffs, plants or anything that may have come in contact with plants or the soil in another country. That means vacuum cleaner bags need cleaning, bikes need scrubbing down and even festive decorations with dried flowers or pine cones could be banned. Part of the moving package is making sure your belongings move smoothly through customs and arrive intact at your destination. Discuss clearing customs with your international shipping company so you clearly understand what you can take with you to avoid having all your belongings impounded on arrival in your new home country.

Once you and your international movers have put together a moving plan, make sure both of you work together to keep to the timetable so the move runs smoother.

 



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