Top tips for moving overseasNovember 28, 2014
Relocating to another area nearby can be stressful enough, so what happens if you need to move to the other side of the world? Here at United Removers, we understand that moving overseas can be a complicated process which is why we have put together a list of top tips so you can rest assured knowing that you have all bases covered before your big move!
Make sure you inform all the relevant government offices that deal with your benefits, pension and tax of your move. Contact your Local Council and update HM Revenues and Customs (HMRC). Don’t forget to fill out all of the relevant tax forms when leaving the UK as you may be due a hefty tax refund, and set up a Post Office redirection.
Depending on the country you are moving to, visas can sometimes take a while to get hold of so make sure you bear this in mind before you move as it may delay the process considerably.
Transporting your car
Despite being a rather costly and challenging task, importing/exporting your car can be done! Australia is one country that is very strict on the cleanliness of the car, and fuel must be emptied and the entire car steam cleaned before shipping.
If you don’t need your items delivered on an exact date and time, sharing a shipping container – known as ‘groupage’ or ‘part load’ – could be your cheapest option. Items are compacted and loaded into a container with other people’s dispatched goods which are going to the same or similar destination. The delivery date and time is then discussed with you so all you need to do is be a little flexible with the arrangements.
Typically, marine and air carriers only have limited liability so make sure you organise separate transportation or shipping insurance to guarantee your items are completely protected for their value.
Consider airline allowance
Most airlines will increase your baggage allowance if you let them know that you are emigrating. Organise your packing meticulously to ensure it is compact and fits within the requirements.
Remember that if you take a bed frame but not a mattress with you, the measurements may be different in the country you are moving to.
Even if they don’t have a seat, babies have their own extra airline allowances. Typically, this means a pushchair, car seat, travel cot plus decent sized changing bag, so make the most of the allowance on offer!
Choosing a removal company
The extensive planning and organisation that goes into a move overseas can be rather difficult to coordinate so it is advised that you hire the expertise of a professional. If you choose to do so, it is important to research around for a reputable company offering their services for the most competitive price. Ask around for recommendations and aim to get a quote from three separate companies to compare which can provide the best deal. Bear in mind that the cheapest company does not always correlate to value for money as their low price may reflect the standards of their work.
Our expert team at United Removers have a wealth of experience helping both domestic and commercial clients relocate abroad, ensuring your international move is as simple and trouble-free as possible. Simply contact us today for further information or to book an appointment.This entry was posted in International Moves and tagged international removals, moving abroad, overseas removals. Bookmark the permalink. ← I’m Moving Home – Who Do I Inform? Budgeting for moving house →