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How to choose an international moving company

April 17, 2018

In today’s world, moving to another country is a common thing. In fact, it happens quite a lot. And, if it happens to you, it’s important that you find a reliable international moving company that will take care of you.

International moving companies aren’t too different from local movers. In many cases, they are similar, so the same rules which apply to one, also work for the other. If you want to find a reliable international moving company, here’s what you need to do:

Talk to at least three different companies

Don’t just settle for the first company you find on the internet. This is one of the worst possible things that you could do. Instead, try to contact at least three different companies and ask them for quotes. This will allow you to compare prices and services. In the end, you will be able to select a company that will take care of your belongings and you might even be able to save some money.

If you want to make sure that you’re making the right choice and if you have enough time to spare, try to contact at least five companies. You won’t regret the time spent doing the extra research.

Don’t hesitate to ask questions

Some quotes may look inexpensive, but they could end up costing you more than you planned to spend. That’s why, when comparing quotes, it’s important that you also ask questions.

Check to see if your items will be transported in their own container or if they will be moved together with other people’s belongings. Ask if terminal and port handling charges have been included. See if packing and unpacking ar included.

If you have something on your mind, don’t be shy. Just ask away. This is the only way to avoid any unpleasant surprises.

And you might also be in need of additional services, such as cleaning or TV installation. Ask if the moving company can help you out. When you arrive at your new location, you’ll be in another country. It might take a while to find the service providers that you need in order to make your new home into a home.

Check to see if the international moving company is accredited

Just like with local or national movers, if an international moving company doesn’t have all the required paperwork, you would do better to find other movers. Unfortunately, scams exist in the moving business. If you’re going to trust someone with your belongings, you should definitely make sure that they are trustworthy.

Get recommendations

One way to avoid scams is to ask your friends or family to recommend an international moving company. If you know someone who has already moved abroad, asking them to help will save you a lot of time and effort. And if you don’t know anyone who has moved to another country, then check the company’s reviews.

Visit the company’s office

This is another good way to avoid scams. A reliable company will have an office. While there, you will be able to take a look at the quipment that’s going to be used to transport your belongings. Remember, reputable companies take care of their equipment.

Get everything in writing

Finally, remember to get everything in writing. Make sure that the contract is signed, that everything you discussed is included and that you know what those terms and conditions actually mean. It’s better not to risk unexpected charges or surprises on moving day.