The volume of your goods is going to dictate the total cost of the move, more on that later, but also the volume is likely to determine the mode of shipment and the total door to door transit time.
It is a good idea to start purging items as early in the process as possible, ideally before you even think about calling the moving company in for a pre-move survey.
Movers are much more likely to provide an accurate quotation if the volume is clearly identified. Read our blog about de-cluttering your home
The first point to make is international movers charge more and have less flexibility during their busy seasons. A lot of families aim to move around school holidays, especially the long summer break, so ideally avoid summer, Christmas, Easter, mid-term etc. Secondly, your move is likely to take a number of weeks to move door to door at best; if you able to accommodate a more relaxed schedule, this could open some options and save you money.
International Movers can provide a number of services – there are the fundamentals such as export packing and wrapping, labelling and loading of your goods, however you also need to think of other services you may require, such as shuttling services (assuming you live in a built up area). Some of your goods may need complex dismantling and re-assembly, or perhaps fragile items need additional protection by wooden crates. There are likely to be associated costs so planning ahead is highly advisable.
It may sound obvious but try to be clear on your final destination. If you already have a home address at destination, let the international moving company know at the time of the inquiry or during the pre-move survey. With modern technology, satellite imagery especially apps like Google Maps, it is easy to access a street view of your new address which will allow the moving company to take logistical considerations into account ahead of time which not only enables a proactive approach to the delivery of your goods, but also takes into account any expenses which may be required at destination such as parking fees or a shuttle fee in a built up or congested area.
Depending on your circumstances, you may want to consider storage. Some people store items they are simply unable to sell, this might work short term, but is probably best avoided. If you are moving somewhere long term, then as a rule, avoid storage as it can become very expensive. If you are able to leave larger items of furniture, you don’t want to ship, with friends, this may be a better option
6. Eligibility / Documentation
Most nations have clear policies when dealing with people repatriating or migrating to a new country. It is worth familiarising yourself with these as soon as possible. In some cases, you may be asked to provide documents which you need time to source, or be required certificates authenticated by consulates/embassies. Avoid leaving this to the last minute! IAM is a good source
Moving can get very expensive. If you have a 4 bedroom house and you are moving pretty much everything, then you will end up shipping a 40ft container. However, if you live in a smaller home and are willing to make some sacrifices, then perhaps a 20ft container would be applicable.
Perhaps you are a couple moving a one bedroom apartment, then taking the option of a shared container service could provide you with a significant saving. As previously mentioned volume dictates costs and so the lighter you can travel the better.
Should you decide to only take the bare essentials and perhaps live in furnished accommodation then an airfreight shipment might be more suitable. For more details read our article on Volumes