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Even if you're only moving just across the Channel, an international move is a very exciting and occasionally stressful time. You need to prepare well in advance to ensure your international move goes smoothly. Many of our staff at Britannia Bradshaw International Removals & Storage have personally made moves across continents and oceans, and - of course - we've helped countless customers make the big move, too. We are happy to share our experience with you.
An international move takes a lot of coordination and planning and you should begin to plan your move as soon as you know you're moving. Research the country you're moving to, as well as the town you'll be settling in. The more you know about the locals, customs, traditions and the day-to-day life of your new home, the quicker you'll settle in.
Every country has their own rules about who can enter, when they can enter, even about who and when you can move into your new home. For example, don't expect to move into your new apartment on a Sunday, public holiday or evening in Switzerland as it is forbidden then; in Dubai, you must be married to your partner in order to live together. We can help you schedule your move so that you're in compliance with local laws and rules, reducing your stress.
Every country has different rules and regulations about who can enter, who needs a visa, etc. If you require a visa for the country you're moving to, ensure this is arranged before you book your tickets and will be in place before your removal. Don't forget, even though European Union citizens have free movement throughout the EU, Norway and Switzerland, you may still need to register with the authorities and obtain a permit before your goods can be delivered to you at your new home.
You may need to begin making arrangements to move your pets with you long before you are ready to move. Be sure that you have everything ready for moving day for your pet, including their passport if you're moving within the EU or EEA.
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office has produced a very informative video with insights and some excellent advice on buying a property and living abroad. Before you make a move abroad, be sure to view it.
After each move, we send a survey to ensure our customers are satisfied. As of 23 March 2017, our customers have rated our removal company as follows:
If you'd like to see our reviews on Google, they are available here:
My family and I have used Britannia several times and have always received a good service. Very flexible, given my lack of availability for an assessment and the short time-frame. [Removal men were] Mike Preston and Chris Heyworth - really friendly and helpful
The move day experience far exceeded our expectations. Considering moving house is meant to be one of the most stressful things you can do, we were relaxed for the whole two days with plenty of time to make a cuppa! We had every confidence in the removals crew. Jay and his team were professional, helpful and kept us organised without being obtrusive. I would have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone.
Amazing service from Britannia Bradshaw I'll definitely recommend you to friends and family. Thank you for making what can be a very stressful day go so smoothly. For me everything was great can't think of anything to improve. Ben and James were very friendly, polite and helpful - amazing service
Absolutely fantastic, could not have asked for better! Very caring as I was a wreck! Giovanni and Amrick.
The service provided was excellent, efficient and nothing was too much trouble. The removals crew (Andy J, Andy L, Cookie & Presto) were absolutely brilliant, everything moved and reconstructed quickly and efficiently, and importantly, without a single scratch, scrape or breakage.
You can't [improve the service]. The lads removing were brilliant. I very rarely meet such good service. Billy and the lads were all really helpful, friendly and courteous. The move was delayed and they had to stay late, on a Friday evening and not one of them complained. I couldn't speak highly enough of them.
Out of a number of similar companies I contacted, the person who answered the phone was by far the most warm, polite and helpful. Although it was one of the most reasonably-priced quotes we had, the main reason for choosing Britannia Bradshaw was that from the very first phone call, we had the sense we could trust your company. When it comes to having your possessions shipped overseas, that trust is more important than small differences in price.
We contacted Britainnia Bradshaw several times before being visited for a quote. Each time, staff were kind and helpful, going out of their way to be helpful and reassuring. They were a main reason we chose to go with Brittania Bradshaw. They were fantastic. It took four people working a very long day to get us packed, moved and unpacked. Even in the final hour, they were hard-working, kind to our children and incredibly professional. Great service, a competitive quote and willing to work with our tight timeframe for a move.