you've moved internationally many times before you know more or
what to do, and you know what to avoid. For one thing, you know
than to automatically fall for the "Global Brand" solution.
learned the hard way. Moving is not a commodity, and each move
different as every family and their different possessions. No single"
Global Brand" can provide a single solution globally. Moving
not that simple. You need a mover that is right for you, and your
- And remember how the "Working spouse" tends to be on
a business trip
during the moving process!
Things are changing in the moving industry though. You can expect
from your mover - relocation services in particular: These are all
related services around the household goods move that make for a
successful international relocation. So even before you accept your
assignment in a new country, your moving company can organize a
professional orientation tour to help you decide if the assigment
location is right for you. If so, then express home and school search
can be arranged. Once you've decided to move, we can also help with
departure services - mail forwarding, home cleaning and refurbishment
etc..., even furniture rental if you need to stay in your house a
longer after your furniture has been removed, or at destination,
want to move into your new home before your own furniture arrives.
us what more we can do for you.
If you have not moved before...
Planning your move:
Try to plan early. It is not always possible these days with fast
changing plans. Good moving companies should have the size and the
resources to handle your move at short notice. Think from the
destination backwards. Start if possible trying to understand what
to happen in your new home country. Choose your new home, new schools.
How big are the homes? Will storage be necessary? What about work
permits? Once you have an idea what has to happen at destination
better placed to make plans for the move out. Remember Summertime
busiest moving season, especially after schools close for the Summer
holidays. Make sure your mover has the full-time professional packers
to cope with the high season.
Choosing your moving company:
Don't rely on advertising. Ask your friends and neighbours for references.
Get 3 three quotations from reputable companies (make sure they come
and do a physical survey of the items to be moved) and compare
quotes "Apple-to-apple." Did they all estimate the same
Is one cheaper because they underestimated the volume/weight? Are
all providing the same services? Ask for, and check references. Do
have international moving experience? Ask to meet the some of the
who will do your packing - do they speak English? Do they work to
quality standard? Do they have FAIM? (FIDI accredited international
mover). Importantly - who is going to perform the delivery services
destination? Beware of the "Global Brand" solution. Just
claim to have their own office at destination, does not mean it is
good office. But they have to use it - because they are the same
company. Make sure the mover at destination is the best possible
to do the job.
Ask for other helpful relocation services:
Good movers these days can help in all the other areas of your total
relocation: Departure services - mail forwarding, home cleaning and
refurbishing, furniture rental etc... Orientation tours at your new
posting. Express home search worldwide. School search. Arranging
work permits and visas. And more...
In conclusion, take the choice
seriously. Remember: The bigger the
family, the bigger the move, the bigger the need for a better moving
service. We at Universal Express believe we provide the best of
both worlds - excellent and wide-ranging services at origin, along
assurance of the most professional services from our hand-picked,
performance driven colleagues at destination. Like you, we have
choice, and can choose the best at destination.