Moving from Europe to the USA: How to Ease the Process

So, you’re moving to America. If you’re at the point of investigating how to go about it, we’re guessing you’ve got some ideas about the visas involved.

But once that’s out of the way, how do you go about actually moving to your new home? Well, with The Moving Doctor having moved to the USA, back to Europe, and back to the USA again, we think we have a pretty good idea.

Where are you going?

We don’t want to state the obvious, but you know, America is pretty big, and each state has something different to offer. California is more than Los Angeles, and the East Coast contains more than Florida and New York, so it’s important to do your research into where you’re moving.

It’s not just the weather that varies between states, it’s also important to learn more about your new location, because laws differ from state to state.

You may not know your address when you start to book your moving company – and that’s totally fine! You can always update your shipping address at a later date.

What are you taking?

If you’ve built a life here in Europe, the chances are you’ve got a fair few belongings – some of which you won’t want to transport with you. It can be cheaper to furnish a house in your destination country, rather than ship all of your old furniture over – #NewCountryNewYou, right?

From the off, make a list of any major furniture you want to take with you, this will help determine how you’re going to ship your belongings. For smaller items, a 50ft3 crate could be just right, for a chest of drawers or parts to a bed, you may consider using a 100ft3 crate, but if you’ve decided to take items such as sofas, you’ll probably need to get a quote for a shipping container. This leads us on perfectly to our next point…

…How are you getting it there?

You want to find a shipping company who are reliable, with fantastic customer satisfaction and reviews from real people, obviously. Finding a trusted company to transport your life to the other side of the world is, admittedly, pretty daunting. So here are some things to consider:

Are you going to save some money and pack yourself, or do you want professionals to pack it for you?

Do you want the assurance it’ll be transported safely and securely, which may compromise on the time it takes to get there (by boat – usually around 2 months)?

Make sure you’ve checked out all fine print before signing any contract, a lot of companies will quote you significantly lower than the final sum, the last thing you need on top of moving stress! Search for a no-hidden-costs company, to avoid nasty surprises.

Customs Forms

Dreaded customs. America is notoriously tough on customs, but if you have a great moving company, you’ll be prepared and it won’t be something for you to worry about. Luckily, UPakWeShip will take you through the entire process including letting you know which customs forms the USA will be asking for!

If you’re moving from Europe to the US, get an immediate free quote on the UPakWeShip website today.

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