Moving across town is hard enough. Imagine having to move across the world! Little annoying tasks that seem so tedious, such as packing and organizing, take on a whole new meaning when you and your personal belongings will all be shipped across the globe!
When you are preparing to move internationally, there will certainly be a lot of things on your plate. You will need to take care of all loose ends over here, and in addition, take care of everything over there, from abroad. It definitely won’t be easy, and it will definitely take some time and proper planning. But, there are no doubt many ways in which this process can be made much simpler.
What to Expect
When you are moving internationally, there are a lot of things that you should expect. Depending on where you are relocating to, there’s strong possibility that there will be a language barrier in your new destination. It would certainly be helpful to have someone in the other country as a sort of liaison, between you and your new home. This way someone can help with the logistics of the move and with anything that you may not be sure of before the move.
Cost of Moving Internationally
You should expect that the move is going to be expensive. There are a lot of moving companies that work internationally, but it is probably be best to go with a company that specializes in international moves. Most of the time, your quote for moving internationally will be based on the weight and cubic measurements of the items you are shipping. The price quotes will estimate:
- The amount of belongings that you need to have shipped
- The distance you are moving
- Door-to-door delivery
- Door-to-port delivery
- Port-to-door shipping
The door-to-door delivery option is the most expensive of the options available. This is when the moving company charges you to ship your items from the door of your old home, all the way across the world to your new home.
Door-to-port shipping involves a lot fewer parties. This means that communication is much more improved and the instructions come directly from the importer or customs broker. The importer has more control over the shipment which allows for an improved shipping process with a lower chance of unforeseen delay and costs.
Port-to-door shipping can provide additional savings. The cargo is shipped from your home or office directly to a port where the company you hire will pick it up and deliver to your desired location. This method not only gets you your items quicker, but there is less handling of your property and increased cost savings, as well as environmentally friendly.
Storage for International Moves
When moving such a far distance, it may not be an option to take everything with you. In addition, your new home may come with items that you can leave behind, such as a washer and dryer. If you don’t want to sell or give the items away, utilizing a self storage facility is a fantastic option.
Most facilities are protected with top of the line security 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. The units are climate controlled and will keep out humidity which may cause your items to warp or fade. In addition, a lot of international moving companies have resources in other countries that help with storage. This way, any items you need to take, but want to keep in storage, can safely travel across the world with you.
Reasons for Moving Overseas
Two of the most common reasons for people to pack up and move overseas is for a new job or military relocation. Many times, this means that a family is moving, not just one person. It can be very stressful and confusing for everyone during this move.
Another reason that for moving overseas is the fact that some people and families just want, and maybe even need a fresh start. Whether you love to travel, experience different cultures, or love making new friends. No matter what the reason, you can be sure that you will make new memories, meet people, and experience things that you never could have imagined if not for taking this leap of faith, embarking on an international move.