Choosing a removal company for your international move
There's so much to plan when you're moving abroad - your removal is just one of the many things. You need to carefully select your international removal company to ensure your belongings arrive at your new home safely, and with only normal customs duties and charges. An expert international remover will help your move abroad be as stress-free as possible.
Even if you don't choose Britannia Bradshaw International Removals & Storage for your move abroad (but we really hope you do!), it is important to know what to look for in an international removal company.
Are they experienced in international removals?
International removals are very different from local and national moves. They require experience and knowledge to perform them well and ensure not only are your goods packed well and appropriately for your move, but also so that they arrive safely through customs at your destination and at the door to your new home. Ask your removal company about previous international moves they've performed and find out how knowledgeable they are about your destination and the procedures to move there.
Are they accredited?
Is your international mover a member of FIDI? Are they members of the British Assocation of Removers? Both FIDI and the BAR insist on minimum standards for your removal company, and will step in to help should something go wrong with your removal company. It is also worth checking if your removal company is ISO certified, keeping to international standards of quality for their business and customers.
Who works for them?
Check that your removal company employs highly skilled and trained staff experienced in export packing and international removals. Reputable international movers normally provide ongoing training for their staff to ensure they're up to speed on the latest techniques and to further develop their skills.
Also make sure they perform a CRB check at minimum on their employees. With an international move, you'll need to fill in customs paperwork and you'll normally need to provide a copy of your passport to the removal company - you want to make sure your information is in safe hands.
What kind of packing material do they use?
A professional and experienced international mover will only use high quality packing material for your move abroad. They'll also be able to build custom-made crates for your fragile items that require it. The items you're moving overseas are of great value to you - emotionally and financially - and your overseas removal company will want your items arrive in good condition.
What's the company's health like?
We don't mean if the people working there have a cold, but does the company have a long history of trading and a stable financial profile? Do they have many long-term employees on staff? The knowledge and experience gained over the years is invaluable when it comes to your overseas move - particularly when creating relationships with partners overseas.
Can they offer the services you need - both in the UK and at your destination?
Choose a international mover that has solid, long-standing connections with partners overseas. This will make your removal process much smoother, as it is far easier to coordinate the arrival and delivery of your goods. They can also provide your mover with additional local information for your destination, helping make sure your move is smooth and successful.
How may we help with your international removal?
Britannia Bradshaw can help your international move go smoothly. Contact us for a free, no obligation quote or call 0161 877 5555 (Manchester), 0121 504 0966 (Birmingham & Coventry) and speak with an international removals specialist.