A Useful Guide To Help You Easily Move Your Belongings Overseas

Moving house can be very stressful. The stress of moving house is amplified when you are moving overseas because there’s a lot more for you to deal with. Not only do you have to worry about citizenship applications, customs, and perhaps learning a new language, but also transport your belongings. Moving one’s belongings overseas can be extremely difficult and very expensive.

If you are moving overseas and the thought of moving your belongings is giving you nightmares, then this is the article for you. Here’s how you can easily move your stuff overseas:

Efficient Packing

Before you can move your belongings, you need to efficiently back them. To do this, make sure that you label everything properly and store your things in safe boxes. For heavy objects, you need heavy-duty boxes. For lighter objects and textiles, you can use waterproof boxes or bags. You need to make sure that everything is safely packed so that your belongings don’t get damaged while being transported. There’s likely going to be a lot of distance to cover, so anything could happen to your belongings. Additionally, by packing your belongings efficiently, you make it easier for the removal men to handle them.

Labelling Items

In addition to packing your belongings efficiently, you also need to label them. If you do not properly label your belongings, then they may be mishandled. In addition to potentially being mishandled, items that aren’t labelled properly will be difficult to find when it comes to unpacking. You will have to go through every single box just to find what you are looking for. You should invest in proper packing labels, instead of scrawling on the side of the boxes.

Removal Company

An international removal company is perhaps your best option for moving furniture, though you do have a few others. You can learn more here in this article about them, so keep on reading. Removal companies will come and collect your belongings from your house, then transport them internationally by boat or plane. By the time that you arrive at your new home, they will also be arriving. The same removal men that picked your belongings up will meet you on the other end to offload your belongings. Not only will they load your property into their van, but they will also unload it and bring everything inside for you.

Renting a Van

If you do not want to hire a removal company, then you could consider renting a van. The only problem with renting a van is you will have to return it, which can complicate the moving process. After you have loaded the van yourself, delivered your belongings, and unloaded it all, you will then have to leave your new home, return to your country of origin to drop the van off, and then return on a plane. The cost of flights and ferries back and forth will far exceed the amount you would have to pay a removal company.

In addition, if your van rental is damaged at any point while travelling overseas, you can be charged a lot of money. This is called excess. Sometimes, excess can exceed £5,000. For this reason, you may want to instead consider a removal company. You don’t have to worry about their van; they are responsible for it.

Property Recipient

However you do decide to send your belongings overseas, you need to have somebody there on the other end to receive them. If there isn’t anybody there, then unless you are the one driving them abroad, the delivery men won’t be able to get into your property. With that said, it is possible to give the delivery men keys, so that they can get inside and unload your belongings. You should ideally have somebody there however so that they can confirm that the property has been delivered and received. This is important for insurance purposes, which we will address next.

Property Insurance

It’s crucial that you get your belongings insured before you transport them internationally. This is especially important if you are transporting an entire house worth of your belongings overseas. If they were lost, damaged, or stolen, you would have to foot the bill yourself. Thankfully it’s possible to insure all of your belongings so that if anything does happen to them, the insurance company will reimburse you the cost of everything. Property insurance is a great investment, well worth making. It gives you the peace of mind of knowing that your possessions are safe.

Moving property overseas is notoriously difficult. If you take your time, do your research, and transport your property efficiently, however, then you have nothing to worry about. Make sure to get insurance, just in case anything goes wrong.