A Guide to a Stress Free Move Abroad

Moving with childrenMoving house is one of life’s most stressful events involving endless organising, packing and sorting. Planning a new life abroad only adds to the pressure but thorough research, tight budgeting a high quality removals company and a lot of decluttering will all help keep things ticking along like Clockwork on move day.

Planning your move abroad

Once you have made the big decision to relocate start researching your planned destination thoroughly.  Accommodation, schooling, healthcare, banking and the cost of living are all essential things to consider before you make your move. Costs can add up so start putting together a detailed budget as soon as possible, researching the price of cars, rent, utilities and property in your destination country.

Once your research is complete make an appointment for a survey with an international mover, preferably one that is a member of the British Association of Removers Overseas Group (BAR). BAR members must adhere to strict criteria and using a company that is not a member means you may have no route of redress or complaint other than the civil courts or local trading standards offices in the unlikely event something goes wrong. Most reputable removal companies will offer international insurance, but a fully comprehensive package such as marine transit insurance is advised. Although precautions are taken to minimise any risk to your belongings, realistically insurance should be a priority and is something to think seriously about when budgeting your costs.  

Your removals company will talk you through the costs and logistics of the move and verify the exact volume to ship. They will also offer destination storage and unpacking services and help with customs formalities. If you have a pet, accredited international movers will also have valuable partnerships with specialist pet relocation services, to make sure all the family are moved abroad safely.

The big clear out

Reputable removal companies will offer full export packing services which are generally worth the extra cost. Experienced export packers will pack up your entire home (freeing up your time for other chores) with specialist materials so you are safe in the knowledge that all your worldly possessions are safe during their long voyage to their final destinations.  

The last thing you want is to pay more in removal costs to move items you don’t even want across the world. A clutter free, tidy and organised home will not only help sell your house quicker but will also make the moving process easier.

Start de-cluttering your house as early as possible starting with the attic and working your way down to basements, garden sheds and garages. During your big clearout always bear in mind where you are going: Do you need a lawn mower if you are moving to an apartment in Dubai? Another good rule to work by is; if you can’t remember the last time you used or wore something, the chances are you don’t need it!

International MoversWhen it comes to moving abroad, knowing you have planned and budgeted properly and having a reliable international removals crew on hand will really put your mind at rest so you can relax and concentrate on your new life in your destination country.

Questions for your international movers

  • Are you a member of The British Association of Removers Overseas Group?
  • Do you offer full marine transit insurance?
  • Do you offer export packing?
  • How will the move be carried out? Number of days in customs, shipment times, crew size?
  • How secure will my belongings be if they have to be stored?
  • Who is my destination agent?

Clockwork Removals and Storage London offer accredited international removals, storage and export packing services to individuals and families all over the world. To discuss your move abroad call 0800 195 8671 today.

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