The first step towards making the big overseas move is to shortlist the names of reliable and efficient international relocation companies, which can be done through an extensive online research, analysis of the available reviews and recommendations by colleagues or friends. Further, the preference must be given to FIDI affiliated companies since FIDI (Fédération Internationale des Déménageurs Internationaux or International Federation of International Movers) is the largest global alliance of professional international moving and relocation companies.
Connect with the Moving Company’s Representatives
After shortlisting the names of international removals, it’s time to connect with their experts for more detailed information with respect to your move. For instance, you can share your specific requirements such as—the date when you plan to move and arrive in the new country, the type of items you intend to move including the fragile ones, any specialized services that you require such as that of vehicle, pet or fine art transportation and/or settling-in services (Immigration, City Orientation, Home Search, School Search), and in return request the requisite information including the estimate quote.
Seek Volume Estimate & other Crucial Information
By this time, you would be left with few international moving companies on your list after elimination of the insignificant ones based on your previous interaction. Thereafter, connect with the coordinators of the remaining companies and request them for a volume estimate of the entire lot of goods that is to be moved. The companies can provide you with the volume estimate after a thorough survey of your house and its assets. They’ll conduct either a video survey or send a professional for the same, and subsequently share the quote with you based on the quantity of goods that are to be moved.
Furthermore, the Move Coordinators will also share the following information with you—how your items shall be packed and moved, custom clearance requirements, the list of prohibited items at the destination country, etc.Analyze your Move Estimate & Move Plan
After the survey, the moving companies will provide you with the volume estimate and their final quotation. To understand the break-up of the invoices, connect with them in person as there might be some terminologies that you shall not be aware of. Make sure that the final quote that you receive includes all the services that you wish to avail, be it at origin or at destination. Compare their prices and zero down on a moving company which is within your budget. In addition to this, understand their move plan and their scope of services.Book Your Move
Once you decide to go for a particular moving company, you will be required to deposit a small amount before your move gets booked with them. Also, keep it in mind that the peak moving periods tend to be around school holidays, hence, it is important to secure your move beforehand to be on the safer side.Be Prepared with Your Documents
Moving overseas involves completing important documentation such as customs documents, submitting a copy of your passport and residence VISA/work permit, the detailed inventory list (the inventory list is the detailed list of all goods along with their respective values) in case you opt for insurance cover, and so on. Your moving company will help you in completing all the desired paperwork.Prepare for the Big Day
As the date of packing approaches nearer, there are certain things that need to be taken care of such as it is imperative to know the details and time of arrival of the packing crew, arrange for an appropriate parking of the packing vehicle and everything else that is relevant for your move. Also, make sure that they have all the documents and details required for shipment and custom clearance.
After the packing is done, you’ll receive a packing inventory list, detailing all the items that have been packed. It is advised to keep it safely or take a picture of the same, until you receive your goods and get unpacked in the new home.Provision for Storage
Depending upon the Move Plan (shared with you in the beginning), your moving company can store your goods in their warehouse for a short while. Your relocation partner will share all the important updates with you with respect to the date of departure.Track your Shipment
Once your goods are in transit, your move coordinator will update you about the progress of your shipment at every stage since the transportation by sea is unexpected in comparison to that by land or air. Some companies also have the provision for online tracking on their respective websites.Custom Clearance of your Household Goods
Your moving company will handle custom clearance of your goods. Once the process is complete, they shall inform you and coordinate with you to deliver the goods at your new residence. If your goods reach the destination before your arrival, the moving company can store your goods in their warehouse and arrange for the delivery as per your convenience. They will share the details of their consultant with you who shall overlook the entire process of delivery for your easy access.Delivery & Unpacking of Goods
On the day of delivery, when your goods reach your home, you can get your assets unpacked and rearranged as per your requirement. The consultant accompanying your goods will tally the delivery list with the list of packed items at the origin to ensure that no items are lost or misplaced.