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How to Plan an International Move
When you start to plan a long-distance move, advice guides often presume that you’re moving to a location in the same country. But what about an international move?
Moving to a different country has a unique set of rules. Therefore, you may need to look for companies specializing in international moving to help you.
Here are a few tips to make it easier to plan an international move.
Research Guidelines for International Transport
Moving with any type of service usually has rules, and you’ll need to know them in advance. International moving may have even more restrictions.
For example, you may have size or weight limits for boxes and furniture. You might also be unable to ship certain items to your new location. Therefore, it’s essential to document the moving process to ensure that everything arrives at your new home.
As you research the rules, ensure they relate to your destination country. That way, you’re less likely to end up with an unpleasant surprise at the end.
Limit the Size of the Move
The cost of a move usually depends on its size. Moving more items costs more. Moving an entire home out of the country could be very expensive, especially if you don’t pay attention to limits.
For an international move, you may have limits on the amount of space that the moving company can handle. The ability to exceed that limit depends on several factors, including your budget.
Plan to thin out your belongings as much as possible. Then, compare costs, and consider replacing certain items when you get there.
Make a List of Relocation Requirements
Moving to a different country usually requires more preparation than interstate moves. For example, you may need to apply for a visa, request permission to transport your belongings, and more.
Be sure to give yourself at least a few months to process the necessary paperwork. If you need to update your passport, plan to do so before you leave.
Ask About Timing
An international move may take longer than a domestic move. It’s not just a matter of distance. Crossing a country’s borders often increases the time you need for inspections, customs, and other requirements.
Find out how long the transit time will be before you book your move. It may make sense to start moving your belongings a week or two before you leave. That way, you don’t arrive weeks ahead of your stuff.
Search for International Moving Companies
You’ll need to find companies that offer international moving services to schedule your move.
Once you find a few companies, get a quote from each. Again, it’s crucial to provide the right moving time so that you can be sure that the service will be available.
As you consider your options, read reviews about international moving services. Some companies may do a better job than others in this particular specialty.
Contact Us Today
Planning an international move can be much easier once you know the rules.
We have the experience and resources that make us uniquely qualified to facilitate relocations of any kind. Whether moving a household, transferring an employee, or relocating an office, we can provide comprehensive international moving services with a customized plan to fit your situation and budget.
Contact us for more information about your options for your upcoming move.