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Preparing For an International Move

Aug 17, 2007
If you are planning an international move, you will want to research moving companies before making your decision. Just because one international moving company has lower rates than the others doesn`t mean they are the best at what they do.

Moving to a new country can be a frightening experience. Not only will you be living in a new society with different cultural values, languages, and customs, you will be responsible for moving your car, family, pets, and possessions. This means getting through customs, finding storage if necessary, and finding a new home. Having an international moving company that has moved other people to the country you are moving to or has an office in that country is an advantage you should take.

When selecting an international moving company, you should ask how long they have been in business, the types of items they will move for you, if they provide auto transport, and how they deal with customs once the items have arrived. You should also ask about the price of insurance or movers' valuation coverage and the types of items that will not be admitted into the destination country. Some countries prohibit items such as liquids, certain types of plants, and other items you may not have thought of. Your international moving company should be able to answer all of these questions and more.

If you will only be moving to a new country on a temporary basis, you may want to store some of your possessions in storage rather than bringing everything with you when you move. Depending on how long you will be living in another country, you may actually save money by renting a storage unit instead of transporting it. Ask your international moving company if they have onsite storage, or if they offer a flat rate for transporting items.

Once you have settled in to your new home, you will be happy that your stuff is with you. This will make the stress of being in a new country a little easier to bear. Even if you will only be staying for a short period of time and you have left most of your possessions in storage, you will still appreciate what you have in your new home. Moving is never easy, and moving to a new country is even harder, but with the right international moving company in your corner, you will be able to make your next move with confidence.

Finding the right moving company for you domestic and international moving needs will help reduce any stress you may be feeling. If you have never moved before, or if you have had bad experiences in the past, choosing a moving company may only add to your anxiety. But by asking the right questions, understanding all of the services that a moving company has to offer, and getting multiple free estimates from pre-screened movers, you're bound to have a much better moving experience.
About the Author
Idan Lavi used to be the owner of a professional Moving Company in New York City, making him the ideal author for a guide on moving just about anywhere.
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