Submitted by Anna Gal
The joy and excitement of moving to a new place with new culture, weather, and people is a fantastic time, which should not be darkened by those worrying thoughts of „How will I take my whole stuff to that new place?”.
You don’t have to be a completely new you by moving to a new place. It is possible to take your belongings that you find important or you just get attached to them. Many services existing for this instance to help you make your move easier and less anxious. Most of these services allow you to take complete control of your properties in transport. Besides that many of these services are fully reliable with bonded and insured carriers like the A-1 Auto Transport service has, if you wish to, you can even real-time track where your car or sofa is. But to make it easier it is advised to start your planning as early as you can, to ensure that everything will go smoothly.
Preparations are the first step after the decision of moving. Start it no less than 90 days ahead of the planned date of the move. Obviously, it is easier if you move from state to state but for international relocations, things are going to be more complex. First, you have to think about getting the right visa and passport for the chosen country. It’s crucial to find the right source of information when you are applying for a visa. The best source for this can be the website of the country’s embassy or you may have to visit their office.
If you are done with the preparation you can choose several options to transport your properties. However, car transportation can be a little tricky with all the customs and regulations also it requires more paperwork than in-country transport. You have several options to transport your car as it is one high-value item. It can be done by shipment with the Ro/Ro ship. The ‘rolled on, rolled off’ shipment is the simplest and most cost effective way to transport your car overseas. Your vehicle is driven onto the ship, strapped in place on the deck and then transported overseas. As these ships usually hold hundreds of cars it makes it cheaper for the customer also for the company to be able to ship your car.
The other way that is more secure thus making it more expensive is the container shipping. In this case, your car will be shipped in a container that protects your car from the possible harms caused by the weather conditions etc. For those who not just want to protect their car from any outside circumstances but also want a quicker way of transportation can choose the air freight option. In this case, your car will be transported via airplane that ensures a faster and more secure transportation. As this option is the most expensive it is usually chosen for luxury cars, classic cars or other high dollar car transportation.
When you decided which items you want to take with yourself to your new life and which items are the one that is not so important to be shipped to your new home you must start thinking about what to do with the remaining items. I can say that you are lucky if you have the storage for your left items like a home or you can leave it at a family members place. Also selling those items might be a good idea too especially if you need some extra money for your trip. But in the case, if you cannot take them with yourself, the best option is to place them in a safe and secure storage unit where they can stay until your return.
It is also cheaper sometimes to leave your unnecessary stuff at home in a storage then taking it with yourself as it requires less paperwork and cost to ship. In the case, if you choose the storage option always consider the value of your belongings you are leaving behind. If it has a high value it worth to pay some extra money for a more secure environment storage that is equipped with cameras or a 24h physical security service.
Before you arrive at your new country make sure to check local house rentals websites. Online you can read after the safety of the places and districts you are planning to move. If you have friends or colleagues living there you can even ask them what they think of the areas you are planning to move to. If you stay for long term let the owner know about it as it can be a good reason for price negotiation.
Also if you are thinking of staying for long-term go online again and try to find the best insurances set for your overseas move. Insurances are useful to have as in a foreign country in the case if anything happens to you your bills will be paid by the insurance company even if it is just a little sickness and you have to see a doctor or if you get into an accident. When you stay for short term, health insurance is usually enough but when you take your belongings like your car it’s important to find an insurance for your car too or any high value items (in Amsterdam most of the bicycles must have insurance due to the high stealing rate)
Of course, we all know moving requires loads of money that is sometimes paid by the company that hired you, but in the case, if you just a traveler or decided to move to a new place to discover the unknown it can be pricey to you. The main costs are for passport, visa (which can be 1000 US dollar), legal fees (however it is not necessary if you plan to do it by yourself), exchange fees, plane tickets, housing, and last but not least transporting your goods.
I want to highlight the importance of choosing the right transporting company for this instance as the cheaper companies can be lower in quality and when you transport your important stuff there is no place for money saving. Of course, you don’t have to choose the most expensive one but be conscious and read after what the companies provide for their money. As A-1 Auto Transport says they don’t have the lowest prices, however, their quality in transporting items is high and you can be sure that you left your belongings in good hands.
It might seem overwhelming to have so many things done but this is why giving yourself time will ease this hurry, so you can enjoy the times of the planning and you will be able to find the options best for you and your wallet.
Submitted by Anna Gal