Moving your furniture abroad

Moving your Furniture abroad

One of the key decisions that you will have to make before embarking on your new life abroad is deciding on what you will need to take with you and how to go about it. Moving your furniture abroad has never been easier thanks to the number of services that can offer you assistance.

International shipment and removal firms are ten a penny and the decision to pick and use one is often a confusing experience. Research is your friend when it comes to choosing a reliable mover; a company like Pickford’s is a good starting point

Before your move you should make a comprehensive list of all the things that you want to take with you and ship abroad. You may choose to bring all of your furniture, appliances or other personal items but think of the cost. Ideally you should choose only the items that are vital for the move or hold some strong sentimental value. Moving furniture around the world is a costly business and the cost could create unnecessary stress and problems.

Once you have written your list, revaluate it so that you can check to see if everything on it is indeed necessary or could fit into your new home. Items of furniture that you don’t want could be sold or donated to raise some extra cash or give you the feel good factor of knowing you’ve aided a charity. Be prepared to accept the fact that you probably won’t be able to take everything with you.

Bear in mind that shipping bulky and heavy furniture such as beds, wardrobes, ovens and armchairs could end up costing a lot more than you expected. This is because such items will require specialist packaging and handling adding to the shipping fees. In most cases shipping fees cost more than the actual value of the items being sent. It could well be cheaper to simply buy new furniture once you arrive at your new home.

Furniture is shipped by one of two ways; via air or by sea. Whilst air freight is quicker and much safer it is also far more expensive and limited as to how much you can send. Going by ship is a lot cheaper but also a lot slower. A transport ship can take several weeks or in extreme cases months to deliver your goods. It is a good idea to arrange for your furniture to be delivered several weeks before you are scheduled to arrive in your new home.

When transporting your items by sea make sure to take the shared vessel option. This means that your items are carried in a shipping container with the furniture of another person who is also moving to the same location. This allows you to reduce costs and is more secure than single container shipment.

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