Everyone needs to move house eventually. There comes a point in life where either your mother throws your dirty socks at you and says it’s time to find your own place to live, or–most likely, she gives you an extra long hug at the door when it’s time to leave.
Moving can be exciting, but there are going to be times during the process when it will be stressful. Extra daunting is a move overseas. The joy of getting into that university, landing that dream job, and getting the okay from the government for you to live there is quickly replaced by the nerve-wracking question of how one goes about moving overseas.
Sadly, there are scammers out there who will try to trick you out of your money. To avoid this, the absolute safest option is to find a business that is accredited by FIDI FAIM, the International Federation of International Movers. International removal companies with this stamp are audited to ensure that they abide by the alliance’s stringent standards.
The importance of using a FIDI-FAIM Removal company means you have the confidence that they have the resources and know-how to do the job right.
Likewise, the British Association of Removers (BAR) stamp is one to look for in the UK. BAR companies offer financial protection for shipping costs in the event that things go south, as it were.
The trouble is, moving isn’t just finding a new job and a new place to live. Where ever it is we come from, we’ve built a life there, and we need to bring that with us to the new place. Furniture, kitchen supplies, sporting equipment, decorations, and sentimental stuff; those boxes quickly add up.
One assumes that distance is the defining factor on how expensive a move will be. But that’s not the case, there are ways to cut down costs. “Groupage” is where an international removal company charges you for only the space your stuff takes up in a shipping container. It’s a lot cheaper than just renting your own shipping container, or trying to send everything via a shipper like FedEx or UPS.
It’s not just moving your boxes
Moving overseas isn’t just a matter of shipping some boxes then unpacking them. That’s where a professional international removal company makes a difference because a good one should include “destination” or “relocation” services.
That’s where they offer advice and help on things like searching for a new home, searching for a good school for your kids, shipping your pets or vehicles, helping with visa and immigration services, culture and language training, and currency exchange.
To search out how to do all these things on your own would be time-consuming. It all boils back to trust. Starting a new life overseas is a big task, but professionals are there to rely on.