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International Removals: How to Ensure your International Relocation Goes Smoothly

It is not uncommon for someone to work and reside in a country that is not there land of birth. In fact it’s more than uncommon, it is common place. With international borders continuing to loosen with the emergence and growth of regional governmental institutions, like the EU, migration between European borders has grown massively in recent years, and will continue to grow, with people going back and forth between Britain and the rest of Europe.Europe is not the only place ex-pats chose to settle; America, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and Singapore – whatever the relocation country of choice, if you are considering moving internationally, you have to consider the long and complex process of moving abroad. First of all you have to deal with property side of it all (finding someone to take your home off your hands and find a decent property in the foreign country you are planning to move to), and then you have to consider the logistics of physically transporting everything you own from one country to another. For those who haven’t done anything like it before, it can overwhelm and burry you in stress.Don’t let that happen; let this text be a brief guide of moving abroad:1)    Finding a homeThe first thing you need to do after deciding you want to move abroad is to find a new property in the country you have chosen. If it is a fellow English-speaking country, this shouldn’t be too hard; just be sure to research extensively average property prices in that country, and the region of that country you are looking for. Also research how good different real estate agents are – you don’t want to be taken for a ride so you should be sure that you use a good, professional, and reputable estate agents.2)    Selling your current homeThis is essential to do early in the process (obviously not so early that it will render you homeless) because you will need the money from selling your home in order to advance the relocation process. Do not rush it; don’t take the first offer you get. Be patient – you will get a suitable offer and there is no real rush to move abroad (unless of course you are moving abroad for work).3)    Decide whether to buy new stuff or to ship your current stuff overThis doesn’t mean getting rid of everything you own, just items that can be easily replaced in the country you are choosing to move to. Sofas, garden furniture, and whatnot: you have to ask yourself whether it will be cheaper to sell it all now and then restock in the foreign country you have chosen to live, or whether it would be cheaper to ship all of your items over. What the answer to this problem will be will largely depend on your individual circumstances, such as where you are moving to and how attached you are to your items.4)    Get quotes for international removal servicesMany domestic removal services will also carry out international removals, but there also exist companies that specialise specifically in international removals. It is probably best to go with the latter, as they have more experience of dealing with custom officials and whatnot. 5)    Deciding how you are going to ship your itemsIf you do decide to keep the majority of your worldly possessions, you are going to have to think about how you are going to ship them to your new home. You can ship them by boat, plane, or van – which one is right for you will depend on what your budget is and what country you are moving to.