Placing your trust in a moving company when you’re shipping to the other side of the world, is a big deal. There’s no hiding it. They’re in charge of getting your prized possessions from A to B, safely and securely, which is why it’s so important to find one you trust.
When chosen well, the right moving company will make your move much less stressful. With organisation, preparation and reliable service, you can rest assured you’re in good hands.
But how do you find the right mover for you? With so many out there, it can be hard to determine the differences between each company and how they fit your needs and wants.
As experts in the industry, we’ve come up with how to narrow down your search for a mover to ship your belongings overseas both efficiently and securely.
One of the easiest ways to save money, is to roll up your sleeves and do it yourself. The DIY packing method can save you hundreds of dollars in packer fees. Any moving company that says it costs more/is illegal/will cause damage if you pack your belongings yourself, is not at all to be trusted.
Packing boxes yourself is perfectly legal, and in most cases even safer than having packers come and handle your belongings. You know what’s important to you, you know what’s expensive, and packing yourself gives you complete control over that.
The more time you have on your side, the better. Not only will it allow you to shop around and find the moving company who is perfect for you, but it also means you’re not limited by your turnaround time. The research will pay off when you’re able to coordinate your shipping in line with your moving schedule!
A good international moving company will have public reviews to persuade you they’re the best. Make sure there’s proof of their reputation, rather than it just being their word. Due to the importance of this, your moving company should have been around long enough to create this reputation. All companies need a kickstart somewhere, but the older ones have far more practice in the art of moving and tend to be more reliable.
If their quote seems too good to be true, it probably is… which means at the end of the service, you’ll end up with a figure double what you’d initially agreed to. Businesses love hidden fees, which is why it’s so important to find a transparent company that offer a lump-sum, no-hidden-fees price from the word go.
As a legal requirement, it is non-negotiable for your mover to be registered with the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC). Always check your company has a license number on their website for public viewing.
With over 30 years experience in the moving industry UPakWeShip are experts in shipping your belongings from A to B safely and securely.