New job, a new location
It is not surprising that when people decide to move, they are left with a feeling of dread.
But does the relocation process really have to be as painful as they perceive? With good planning and the right help, the physical process of a move can be exercised efficiently and the anxiety associated with moving reduced. You have found the house now all you have to do is move! See houses to purchase in Surrey.
When planning a move, a good timetable is essential. The impact of the move upon the success of a relocation depends upon how effectively time is used during the eight to ten weeks prior to the move. If employees rush to complete everything within the last two or three weeks, stress levels will peak.
Items that people wish to store or discard should be arranged beforehand. If there is more than one shipment (e.g. sea freight, airfreight and storage) each item should be clearly marked accordingly. Some moving companies provide stickers to denote each method of transport, otherwise, Post-it notes marked appropriately are sufficient. Some people may prefer storage in the destination country so it is important to check that the moving company can provide the facilities.
When employees prepare for a move to the UK
When employees prepare for a move to a new location, one of the items at the bottom of the list of things to do will probably be choosing the mover. In fact, the moving company which is picked will, to a lesser or greater extent, determine how well individuals settle into their new environment.
In the United Kingdom, there are many highly professional companies that specialise in international moving. Unfortunately, there are also hundreds that are perhaps less than satisfactory.
Employees should be aware of salespeople who tell them what they want to hear.
It is much better to know what to expect and plan accordingly than be offered false promises. For instance, many people believe that an air shipment will be available to them after three or four days. An inexperienced mover may even agree that this is possible. Unfortunately, in reality, due to customs clearance and security procedures as well as other factors, a transit time of ten to 14 days is much more likely. (To some parts of Africa and certain other difficult areas it will possibly be even longer).
One item that many people feel is important is how close a moving company is to them geographically. Whereas this is a factor on a domestic move, it is really of little relevance when moving overseas. The services provided within the UK are generally about 35 per cent of the overall cost, so any cost differential (versus a local moving company) will be minimal. From a service point of view, the movers’ capabilities and knowledge of international relocation are much more critical than its location.
When making the final decision, employees in insurance should remember that there are many different methods to move the same household from A to B. Some of these can mean a difference of three or four weeks in-transit time, so careful attention is needed to compare not only the price but also what is actually being offered. More.
Steel steamship containers are available to a majority of foreign countries, and it is often possible to consolidate a number of small shipments into a single steel container. This service reduces individual costs as you pay only for the amount of space your goods use within the container and is ideal for people who have to work to a strict budget. Goods can also be dispatched on the first available sailing when speed is as important as cost.
When employees need to move swiftly, or they require some urgent personal or work items ahead of the main shipment by sea, air freight services can be used via international scheduled airlines. Shipping costs less than air airfreight. However, if families are staying in expensive hotels while waiting for their goods to arrive, costs can increase considerably. Smaller consignments, particularly airfreight, can represent a viable proposition in financial terms. However, employees should remember that when precious possessions are being moved, the cheapest quotation does not necessarily represent the best value.
What to take
When deciding what to take by which method, it is important to bear in mind that individuals will be without most of their personal effects for two weeks if they are being air freighted, and up to ten weeks if moving by sea freight (depending on the destination). In general terms, there are certain items that should not be moved or should be taken personally.
For example, if guns or wines and spirits are included in the shipment, they will normally result in delays, duties or confiscation. Naturally, cash should never be packed in a household goods shipment, but less obvious perhaps are jewellery, stamp collections, coin collections, stocks, deeds, etc which are uninsured if they are included. Bottles of food (e.g. tomato ketchup) or cleaning fluids should never be moved. One such broken item can have disastrous effects if it leaks on to an expensive piece of furniture or clothing. The actual packing and shipment are only part of the transaction. When the consignment arrives at the destination, the moving company should be on hand to deal with customs clearance and deliver the shipment to the new residence for unpacking or take it into storage until the family is ready to move in.
The moving company must supply a fixed price quotation to provide specific services for an agreed quantity of goods. Usually, the price in the UK is expressed as a lump sum inclusive of all required services. It is important to be aware of estimates and quotations, which do not specifically include all of the required services.
Some companies will quote to ‘Arrival’, ‘Shipside’ or ‘Container Depot’ in the destination country. However, these quotations make no provision for customs clearance, port handling, collection or delivery to the residence, which can increase the overall cost significantly. Unless a limited-service is specifically required, people should insist on a ‘door-to-door’ service, and the moving company must be able to supply a quotation in writing, specifying that the price is to a residence. This includes customs clearance and all normal costs are included in the door-to-door quotation.
If the moving company is a member of the Overseas Group of the British Association of Removers, it can offer an advance payment guarantee scheme. This means that the costs associated with the overseas shipment are guaranteed for financial protection endorsed by the British Association of Removers.
The moving day
Before the movers arrive, documents, passports, driving licences, clothing and any other items not to be packed should be separated out and clearly marked. Clothing may already be packed in suitcases. It is advisable not to attempt to sort out items on the day of the move, once the packing actually starts because the process tends to go much faster than is normally expected. It is important to ensure that passports and airline tickets are kept handy – and not packed in suitcases.
Children and Pets
It is also advisable to arrange for young children or pets to be with friends or relatives on the move dates, as they may find the process unsettling.
Goods should be packed in specifically designed containers. Large items of furniture should be completely wrapped in several layers of thick protective paper blankets or some other appropriate protective materials. Special cases can be supplied for items of a fragile nature or high value. All packing and preparation should be undertaken at home so that the care and attention given to the belongings can be witnessed.
To prevent undue stress, flying to the new destination a day or so after packing, should be avoided. This allows time for last-minute issues, as well as house cleaning and, most importantly, a rest! If people take the time to plan their move, ask the right questions, and above all retain their sense of humour, the process will be a lot less stressful.
Choosing a mover
To distinguish one from the other employees should ask a number of key questions:
- How many international moves does the company handle annually?
- Is international moving the predominant source of business to the moving company?
- Will the company be responsible for the move from door to door?
- What are the customs requirements for the destination?
- Which corporations use the services of the moving company on a regular basis?
- How long has the company been doing business?
- Can references be provided by people who have moved recently through the moving company?
- Does the moving company have a good reputation