What You Need to Know About International Removals
The prospect of moving your life and belongings to another country can be daunting. But, with careful planning and the right international removals company by your side, it can be much easier than you might imagine.
The smooth running of this project depends on hiring an expert team with lots of international removals experience who can advise you at every step of the way. Another factor that will affect how hassle-free the process feels is the amount of time you give yourself to de-clutter, organise and plan your move. Trying to do this in an unrealistically small time frame will make stress levels rocket!
A weight off your shoulders
Having a knowledgeable international removals team on hand should make you feel instantly lighter! When you’re planning to relocate to another country, you inevitably have a To Do List as long as your arm, and some of this can be offloaded once you’ve signed on the dotted line with your removals firm.
A specialist international removals company like PSS will do more than just help you with packing and shipping. They will make sure you receive quality advice on all aspects of your relocation, so that you feel guided and supported every step of the way. They will be able to help you with:
- Coordinating your removal – advice on tasks to complete and timings
- Identifying documentation needed –tax, visas, import, insurance etc.
- Advice on legal restrictions for exports – what to take and what to leave
- Budgeting – detailed outline of the costs involved in international removals
- Local knowledge – their account managers should be able to give you background on the cultural, economic and legal landscape of your destination
What to look for in an international removals firm
There are numerous firms that claim to be specialists in international removals, so how do you know which ones can be trusted with grandma’s china and belongings that have either sentimental or monetary value. Here are some pointers as to what you need to look out for…
- Extensive experience in international removals
- FAIM accreditation – the independent Quality Assurance standard for the International Moving Industry
- Membership of the FIDI Global alliance – which means that you get the same standard of service at your overseas destination as in the UK
- Members of the British Association of Removers Overseas Group
Doing the number crunching
You no-doubt have a budget in mind for your international move, so it’s important to compare quotes from at least a couple of removals firms. Ask them for a free no-obligation survey and a detailed quote.
Ultimately, this is not a responsibility you want to put in the wrong hands, so price isn’t everything. Your gut instinct will tell you whether you are dealing with a company that prides itself in looking after its customers.
Moving abroad logistics
If you’re planning to send either part, or all, of your household contents overseas, this is classified as a removal. This can be anything from 20 cartons to a full household move, including all your furniture. Consolidating the household contents and your car inside one container is also classed as a removal.
At PSS International Removals, we can help customers to pack, or they can do it by themselves. Either way, we will assign an experienced move coordinator to be their point of contact for the whole process. As the moving date looms, customers often have plenty of questions and the move coordinator is on hand to answer all queries.
On removals day, our team arrives at an agreed time to begin to put your belongings onto the container. If we are doing the packing, a team will arrive to carefully wrap and store everything correctly. Once the removal is complete you’ll be given a list of what’s gone and then the container will return to the depot or onto the demarkation port. This will be the last you see of your belongings until they arrive at your new destination.
No move is without risks, but a professional international removals firm will give its customers a level of care and attention to ensure that risk of damage to your property is minimal and that your are fully insured for any potential damage. Their aim is to keep the anxiety of moving to a minimum, leaving customers free to relish the excitement of their new life abroad.