There is nothing more daunting that looking around your house and wondering 'how am I going to get all this stuff to another country?' But things are never as bad as they seem as long as you plan well. Most international moving services are well versed in the how-to of the process as well as the requirements.
There are 2 very important things to remember when you are considering your move. The first is cost. Many factors influence the costing of moving internationally. The more you take the more it will cost. The greater the volume the more it will cost etc. This is where efficient planning on what to take and what to leave as well as expert packing will make the most of the transit space you have and save you money. The second thing to remember is time. Depending on the distance and amount you are transporting time delays can vary greatly. With most large bulk containers being transported by ship you may have to wait week, even months for your things to arrive. All international moves take time to plan and complete.
I cannot stress enough the importance of good planning when it comes to moving and this is even more important when moving internationally. Changes, delays and obstructions to the move caused by poor planning will skyrocket your costs! Make sure you start with a good checklist of everything that needs to be done. Moving companies can generally provide you with excellent checklists but don't be afraid to make your own and add them together. Take you time preparing it and remember that even the smallest details should go on it (it will save you a headache in the long run). It should also be fluid so you can constantly add to it as you go along.
When you are deciding on a company never be afraid to ask questions. Any good international moving service will know the ins and outs of the process and they will always want a smooth process as much as you. All good international moving services are proud of how they get the job done and should be more than willing to show you the facilities they have on offer for the storage and protection of your goods.
Regardless of whether you are moving down the road or internationally, be sure to investigate the insurance cover for your possessions. Damage can occur not just accidentally but because of weather conditions during shipping or other external factors. So never have anything moved that isn't insured.
International moves can always throw you a curveball when it comes to laws and customs. Your moving company is usually aware of them but good research into this will never hurt. If you are planning to take pets or animals with you be sure to check the quarantine laws as they may require up to 120 days in a quarantine facility. Customs laws may prohibit you from importing certain items. Check first with either a government agency or your international moving service to see if all your items comply. Failure to do so can have serious consequences when you get to your destination! But with everything planned, checked, and a professional moving company helping you will be in your new home quickly, safely and stress-free.