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International Removals

International removals have three main factors that determine speed and efficiency – urgency, destination and budget. Basically this means the quicker and further you want to go, the more the move will cost. If you want to cut the cost you have to look at where else you can save. The distance is a constant, making the only other variable urgency. So if you want to save money, you might have to be patient while your belongings slowly cross the world.

How do moving companies ship your belongings to other countries?
That brings us back to destination and urgency. Air freight is the fastest way to ship something from A to B, but the costs are significantly higher than other transport methods. If your move is transcontinental, road and rail are other options that are slower but cheaper. Intercontinental removals can go by sea; shipping this way is cost-effective but slow. Most likely,international removals will involve a combination of two or three transit methods, with road at each end of the move and geography and urgency deciding the other methods in between.

How do I choose a moving company?
Picking a company with the right credentials to take care of your precious belongings and move them hundreds or thousands of miles means sitting down and comparing several free quotes. The points you need to consider are:
· Ensure the removal company will send an estimator out (at no charge) to look at your belongings and assess how much space they will take in a container.
· Check that the firm is registered with trade bodies and federations, or has an association with a professional bonded agent who is qualified to handle a move to your destination and has full-cover insurance.
· If your belongings are stopping over at an international removals company warehouse, make sure the storage area is clean, dry and secure.
· Few moving companies with less than 10 years of international experience have the expertise and contacts to make an international move go well. Ask how long the firm has been in business.

Once you have met their estimator, each house mover will send you a specification for the move that will describe each stage in detail. Here, you can compare costs for each leg of the journey and they should not vary much since space costs more or less the same for every firm, regardless of the mode of transport. The difference in costs comes with how much they charge for their administration, packing, storage and their own transport services. If you have several free moving quotes and one is wildly expensive and one suspiciously cheap, then consider one of the middle-ground quotes, because they are more likely to be accurate, realistic and cost-effective.

If the move is outside your budget after all the estimators have visited, then the only other choice you have is taking less with you, which is a good chance to clear out and get rid of all the stuff you have cluttering up the home but don’t really need. Also consider the cost of international removals against the cost of replacement at the other end. For instance, many electrical goods are designed for the country where they are sold because power supplies vary in other places. So it might be logical and cost-efficient for you to purchase these items in your new home country.



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