At a time when stress levels are high, careful consideration of the shipping company you choose, how you prioritise what to bring and how you pack, will have an impact on your overall moving experience:
“Should I ship my belongings overseas?” is a question that comes up regularly when moving to a new country. If you have decided that you want more than a suitcase of belongings in your new home, then shipping some furniture and home comforts overseas may be the right option for you.
Choose the right shipping company
Do your research when it comes to choosing a shipping company. Although time and budget may constrain your choices somewhat, shortlist companies that:
- have experience shipping to your destination
- have good reviews from other users
- can move your possessions in the timeframe you have
- offer easy access tracking
Choose a level of service
There are several service levels offered by international moving companies. The right option for you will be based on budget and whether you have secured accommodation in your new home:
Full service: includes a packing service as well as shipping belongings from your existing home to your new home abroad. Although this is the most expensive option, it may save you so much time that the extra cost is well worth it.
Door to door: the moving service collect your packed belongings from your home and move them to your new address.
Port to port: you must drop your packed possessions to the port and they must then be collected from the port at your destination. This may work well if you have not found accommodation yet and you have a mode of transport to get your belongings from the port to your home.
Sort your belongings
This step is critical to save you time, space and money during your move. We all accumulate ‘stuff’ if we have been living in the same place for a number of years. Take some time to consider the items that are really important to you. Sub-divide the big-ticket items in your home and wardrobe into five categories:
It might be helpful to use coloured stickers to identify each category. Storing items while you are living overseas is going to be an ongoing cost, so consider what you include carefully.
Packing items to bring
Keeping track of items
Help with packing
Have your paperwork in order
Last but by no means least, consider moving insurance. Although global mobility means shipping possessions abroad is much more common, accidents do happen. Make sure the important things in your life are protected.
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