Managing a removal abroad

Author: Kim Jacobs | Last modified on: November 19th, 2014

Moving to the neighbouring district is a complex enough job, but managing a removal to a foreign country – it might be France or Spain or the US, there is no much difference – is a whole more difficult, stressful and strenuous. Transport shipFortunately, there are several things that you can keep in mind so that you can make the process less painful and hopefully far more successful.

First you should make a strict schedule that you have to follow. As soon as the date for your move is set, you should start working on the preparation for your move abroad. Once you know when you have to cross the border with all your property and start building your new life, it is also time to start making lists.

First, consider which items you want to take with you. List them carefully and make sure you do not miss a thing – furniture, clothes, personal items, books, etc. Then think what you are going to do with everything else – are you going to sell it, give it to friends, donate or leave in storage so that you can get in at some later point, when you are already settled? Take care of preparing both the items you are going to get with you, and those you are going to leave behind.

Then is the time to find a man and van company to help you with the actual move. Ask around friends and neighbors if they have every used moving abroad services. Also check online for good companies that are based in your area. Compare prices ask every single one you find for a quote, so that you can find the best offer. Remember, a good man and van contractor can make your life much easier during the transportation of your goods, so you should make sure you have found the most adequate solution.

Packing is another very important job to take care of. It is not only about finding the most high quality supplies found on the market, but also about organization. Ask your man and van contractor for tips. For instance, on each box it should be duly noted what its content is. Proper appliance of wrapping will save you a lot of trouble with damaged caused by the removal etc.

Up to this point preparing for your removal abroad does not sound much different than moving inside the UK. One very important thing you should check out is what are the regulations of the country you are going to in regard of transportation of furniture and the kinds of personal items you want to get with you across its border. If there are any special permit or taxes to be paid, make sure to get all the documentation done in advance. Most man and van contractors who have a moving abroad service would offer to do that for you, and you should make use of that offer, because they would be much more experienced than you are.
Good luck with your removal abroad!

About the Author:

Kim Jacobs is a removals coordinator with over 11 years of experience as part of the Get man and van team and other firms in the home and office relocation industry in London. Before joining our company, Kim has worked in various logistical and transportation companies and institutions such as Transport for London, The Removals Ombudsman, and has coordinated moving projects with some of the biggest suppliers of various goods such as IKEA, HomeBase, Amazon, Sainsbury's and others. While working as a chief removals coordinator, Kim also enjoys sharing her expertise with others through writing in our blog.

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