Planning A Move Abroad

Moving to another country is an exciting and often a once in a lifetime experience for some people. Some people may choose to live abroad for a few years before returning back to their native country, while others may move abroad and carry on living in another country for the rest of their life. International moving costs can be very expensive as often your possessions may need to be moved by air if there is no way of travelling by road to the country that you are relocating to. For this reason, many people who move abroad choose to sell most of their possessions in order start afresh when they arrive at their new home.

Decide what to take

If you will be travelling to the country you are relocating to by means of road travel, you will probably be able to take all or most of your things with you. Many moving companies specialise in long distance and international moving, and how much the house movers will charge you will usually depend on how many cars, vans or trucks you will need to fill, along with the distance travelled.

If air travel is unavoidable for relocation to your chosen country, you will usually have to part with the majority of your possessions in order to save costs. You can always use the money that you make from selling your large household items to buy new ones when you arrive at your new home. Certain moving companies which offer international moving services will provide storage and ship the items to your new home abroad, so if you cannot part with your sofa or tv, or think that the cost of buying new furniture and household items will cost more, it may be a good idea to hire an international house removals company. Even if you do opt to use an international moving service to ship your items, it is still a good idea to sell or donate any items that are unwanted or unnecessary in order to keep costs as low as possible. In short, only take with you what you really need, as you can always buy other items locally once you have settled in.

Get insured

Wherever possible, choose an international moving company which offers insurance on international house removals and furniture shipping. Your furniture is not designed to be cargo, and is at risk of being damaged on the way. If your items are damaged in transit and they are not insured, you will find yourself being required to pay not only the fee charged by the house removals company but also the cost of buying new items to replace the damaged ones. Ensuring that your items are damaged will protect you from any financial loss in the process of moving abroad. Most moving companies will offer international moving insurance, however, you should always double check as some companies do not. If the international moving service you choose does not offer insurance, many general insurance companies will be able to insure your items against damage in transit.