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Moving overseas? Here’s some handy tips for the big move


Moving is stressful at the best of times, but when the move involves changing continents, there is an added level of complexity and cost. Here are some helpful tips on making the move run as smoothly and efficiently as possible.

Do an inventory

Sea freight ain’t cheap and when you sit down and figure out how much you have to move, you will probably be staggered at how much ‘stuff’ you’ve managed to accumulate over the years. Start with getting a shipping estimate and then decide do you really want to move all of your things or can you significantly cull down to the essentials? You may be better off to sell big items and buy new ones once you’ve moved. This is a great way to get rid of things you no longer need, have never used or simply don’t like any more. By selling unwanted goods, you’ll also make a bit of money that you can put towards your moving costs.

Store your stuff

The logistics of an overseas move can be quite overwhelming. Getting all of your dates to magically line-up can be a bit like waiting for the planets to align. Exiting from a lease or selling property may not line up with the availability of your new home, that’s even if you’ve found one before you leave! You’ll also have to tie in with freight shipping dates and airline schedules. Choosing a convenient self storage facility and hire some space for your things. This can buy you some time and help you line up all of your key dates. Self storage companies, like Fort Knox, can also help with packing supplies and estimates. If you’re move overseas is only for a set amount of time, why not hire on an ongoing basis and securely store the bulk of your things at home until you return?

Get the right help

When choosing a removalist, make sure you go for a reputable company with proven international experience and great customer testimonials. These businesses with have all the right contacts and know all the rules and regulations about moving things across national borders. They’ll also be able to give you loads of tips and advice on packing your things to minimise breakages and damage as well as insurance to cover you for these things should they occur. If your budget allows, it might be worthwhile taking advantage of packing services offered by your removalist. Packers are fast and efficient and know the best way to secure items to keep them safe. It’s also a lot easier for a stranger to pack items quickly as they’re not emotionally connected to them and this might make things a whole lot easier for you too.

An international move can be exciting, but daunting as well. Make sure you minimise the stress so you can embrace the change and enjoy it as much as possible. By planning your move, hiring storage and getting the right help, you’re move will flow smoothly and efficiently, allowing you to get on with the adjustment of such a big life change.

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