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Moving Overseas

Published on Friday, 28 November 2014

Moving OverseasMoving within the same city or country is stressful enough but moving from one country to another is a different ball game altogether. Whether you are moving alone or with a family, you will have a lot of things to keep in mind when moving overseas. Here is a list of tips that will help you make the process easier. Choosing the right kind of serviceDepending on the volume of stuff that you need to be moved, you might want to go for a partial or dedicated load. Part loads are more economical if you don’t have too much to transport. Here you can share the moving van with someone else who is also moving to the same location. Although, it might take some time for the moving company to coordinate shipments for people relocating to the same destination, so make sure you do not load something you will need in the first few weeks in the new country. If this is the case, or you want your things to reach you faster, you might want to opt for a dedicated removal that will only move your belongings. Professional packing for insuranceWhen you are moving such large distances, it is crucial that your packaging is done well, especially if your things are also going to lie in storage while in transit. While in short moves, you may opt to do the packaging yourself, it would be a better idea to let a professional removals company handle the packaging for a long transit. They are better trained than you at this task and have done it several times before you. Also, as many removal companies will tell you, hiring them for the packaging service does not make a significant difference to the price you are paying for the whole removals anyway. And this way you can get an insurance coverage from the company that you otherwise could not avail.Pace and plan your tasksPackaging will take more time than you think it will, so make sure you intimate the movers well ahead of time about the time and date that you intend to move so that they can arrive in time to do the packing efficiently. Always keep extra time in hand to allow for unforeseen delays. Before your moving day, make sure the removals and storage service providers are aware of your itinerary – when you leave one country and when you arrive in the other. Also make sure you or the company, whoever is responsible for arranging them, has all the custom paperwork ready at hand.  If you are arriving in the new country later than your items, make sure you have arranged for them to be stored safely.Decide what to takeUnless you are moving to the other company forever, it makes no logistical sense in carrying everything you own or have collected in your lifetime with you. Before you pack something that you are taking along only because you think you might need it someday or for nostalgia’s sake, consider if leaving it behind in a self-storage or a relative’s garage might be a better option. Not only will this save you money when moving, but also space in your new house.Make an inventorySince you will be moving with a lot of stuff, it is easy to lose track of everything you are taking with you. This is why it would be a good idea to make a list of what you are carrying with you and what you are leaving behind for posterity’s sake.
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