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A Guide to International Removals

27 August 2014

Moving homes is a very big, unforgettable experience which involves a lot more than just moving from one place to another. It involves having to say goodbye to family, friends and neighbours. Similarly, the home that you have become so used to will no longer be yours. Not only will you be in a new home, but you will also face new surroundings, people and your lifestyle may even change.

But let’s not forget that on top of dealing with all of this, you have to deal with the general stress of moving. Stress levels are high enough when you are moving nationally, but this is not the case where international moves are concerned – it then becomes even worse!
Nationally you may have decided that you did not need a removal service. But when international moves are concerned, a removal company should definitely be hired. There are many removal companies offering international removal services as a speciality. Their employees are fully trained to perform their jobs to the highest quality, taking a whole load of stress off of you by making your move easier.

Things are more likely to go wrong during an international move, it is therefore wise to have a professional at your side, who would know exactly what to do. They also know how to transport your possessions most effectively.

Naturally, international moves are more expensive than national moves. Therefore, before deciding to hire any company, you need to decide on your budgeting. Go online and check out some international removal companies and obtain a few quotes. Most companies are competitively priced, but by doing your research you may find yourself saving a few pennies. The key is to find the best removal company that your budget allows you to hire.

Packing for an international move is also significantly different to packing for a national move. Extra attention needs to be paid during packing. Boxes need to be extra strong and durable since they will be transported to a different country. In the even where your items are shipped via air, your boxes will have to endure a lot of loading and unloading. The last thing you want is for one or more of your boxes to tear during the move.

Boxes need to be packed so that they are not too heavy. During a national move, you could easily pack a box to hold its maximum weight. However, this is not a good idea when international moves are concerned.

Fragile items should be wrapped in bubble wrap or newspaper. Additionally, as an extra step, using Styrofoam to line your boxes will provide that extra bit of protection to those real fragile items e.g. glassware.
Furniture needs to be disassembled and all nuts, bolts and tools need to be bagged accordingly.

Organisation on the day of the removal is the key. You need to ensure that you have all important documents with you. Keeping a small file with you will all necessary documents will help you keep organised. Remember to keep your passports with you and not to accidentally pack them with any other paperwork. Always keep another form of identification with you such as a driver’s licence or an ID card. If you are moving to a country where you are unfamiliar with its most commonly spoken language, keeping a pocket dictionary with you will benefit you greatly.
International removals are not child’s play, but with plenty of planning and preparation, it can become a memorable experience and can leave you feeling excited about a new life in a new country.

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