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It can be confusing working out which international mover to entrust with getting your most important belongings overseas.
This guide helps you through the process of arranging international removals services giving you advice and tips to safely move your belongings overseas, while you save money and moving costs. It will help you understand what's available, how to choose the right company and how to get the most from your shipping budget for your big move abroad.
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International Removal companies pack, load transport and deliver your household furniture and personal belongings so they arrive safely and securely at your new home with as little stress for you as possible.
Whether by sea or air, international removals companies take on most of the hard work that goes into making your physical move and guiding you on everything else to take away that stress for you.
As an overview your movers will typically help with the following:
We've broken this down and given lots more detail in our article "What do International Removal Companies do?" if you'd like to learn more about how they can help.
Whilst most removals and shipping companies offer slightly different services, most will typically offer:
Some removal companies can even help you find a new home, set up technology, relocate your pets or help you with the inventory check when you move into/out of a rental home!
We've broken this down and given lots more detail in our article "what services do international removal companies provide?" if you'd like help choosing which options are right for you.
Depending on where you are moving from or to your international removal may be transported by road, sea or air.
We've broken this down and given lots more detail in our article 'Container shipping options for household goods' if you'd like help choosing which services are right for you.
Door to door transit time depends on:
We've broken this down and given lots more detail in our article 'How long do international removals take' if you want to find out more.
International removals costs are individual to you based on your personal requirement and are made up of the following elements:
We've broken this down and given lots more detail in our article 'How much do international removals companies cost' if you want to find out more, including why you may receive different costs from different international removal companies.
How do you choose from hundreds of search results to find reputable companies that are right for you?
Unless you already know who you want to move with then 3 is the magic number as 3 quotes helps you make good comparisons to ensure you're getting an accurate quote and best value for money.
Check out 5 Steps to finding a reputable international removal company for more advice.
Getting a pre-move Survey is the best way to get an accurate and fixed quote for your move, with no hidden surprises. The appointment should be free and no obligation.
Most international removal companies offer a choice of in-home or virtual video survey, with some also offering self survey forms.
The aim of the pre-move consultation is to:
Find out more about pre-move surveys and how to get the most out of yours in our guide: "Your international removals survey - a guide to your pre-move consultation"
You can also check out our handy list of questions to ask international removal companies to help you find out what you need to know during the visit.
Each removal company has their own format for showing costs so it's important to look for the key elements to ensure you're comparing like for like, including volume, transit time, method of shipment, inclusions/exclusions and additional fees.
Once you're sure everyone has based their quote on the same information you can evaluate against what's important to you, including:
Read our guide "how to compare your international removals quotes" to find out how to evaluate carefully to select the right mover for you.
Making sure you have chosen certified international movers is key to a great move experience as they have been independently pre-vetted to ensure they are qualified, experienced and meet high quality standards.
The two main international removals industry-specific accreditations to look out for are:
Read our guide "Which certifications should my international moving company have?" to find out why.
Most people start to arrange quotes for removals around 2-3 months before you want your items packed and moved. If your move date is likely to be in peak periods like summer or school holidays it's advisable to start the process ASAP to get the best rates and avoid your preferred mover being booked up.
If you don’t know your move dates yet don’t worry, let the removal company know your provisional or target dates and then finalise these once you know more.
Most companies will ask you to pay in advance for your move, typically on booking or at least 7 days before your move date. If you are worried, make sure your mover is a member of the British Association of Removers who offer an advance payment guarantee to protect your money once you've paid.