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Moving Abroad? Four Considerations When Relocating Internationally

Moving Abroad? Four Considerations When Relocating Internationally

December 1, 2021 By King Relocation


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Moving Abroad? Four Considerations When Relocating Internationally

 

There are many reasons why people leave their home countries. Perhaps it is to take a new job, retire where there is a more favorable cost of living, or achieve a better quality of life?

 

Regardless of the reason, like any relocation, careful planning and consideration is needed to ensure that the move goes as smoothly as possible. To alleviate the stress and anxiety associated with relocating abroad, it’s important to engage with experts who can help you navigate the complexities of this type of move.

 

A professional firm with experience in international moves can guide you in determining the household goods you should relocate, and what should be stored for the duration; complete necessary paperwork, including tax and insurance documents, related to the import or export of household goods; and, identify local resources to help you throughout the process.

 

There are a few things to consider before selecting a firm to help you with your international relocation which include:

 

  • Get referrals. Before you hire a professional do your homework. Ask your employer, trusted colleagues, friends and family members for referrals. You can also research relocation firms online with services such as Angi and Yelp! to identify movers in your area with international expertise.
  • Qualify the firm. Once you have a list of referrals, make sure the firms are properly licensed for international relocations. Reputable international household goods movers will be licensed by the FMC as an Ocean Transportation Intermediary, or OTI. Keep in mind that different licensing is needed for cross-border relocations to Canada and Mexico, so ask your relocation firm for verification of licensing status.
  • Get estimates. Whether you are relocating temporarily or permanently, for budgeting purposes you need to know in advance how much it will cost to move your household goods, as well as any expenses associated with storing items either in the U.S., if the move is temporary; or overseas until you find a permanent home. Furthermore, the cost of an international relocation can vary based on the moving destination and requirements, and also the relocation firm itself. Get several estimates so that you can compare and contrast the various services that are available.
  • Ask about insurance. When relocating internationally, protecting your property becomes more important than ever. When vetting relocation firms, be sure you ask about insurance and what to plan for in the event of loss or damage to your personal property. Many firms will offer special insurance and protection plans for international moves.

 

In partnership with United Van Lines, King Companies can help you create an international moving plan that is customized to meet your individual needs and budget. If you, or someone you know has an international relocation in their future, we hope that you will consider King Companies and United Van Lines.

 

For more information on international relocations, check out these resources:

 

 

 

About King Companies As an agent of United Van Lines, King Companies has the resources and expertise to be your “go-to” resource for all relocation needs. Whether you are relocating your household, moving an office, or are in need of logistics services, we strive to ensure that your next move will be the best you will ever make. Call us today at 800-854-3679 to learn more.

We hope that you will consider King Companies for your future relocation needs. To learn more about our services, visit is at www.kingcompaniesusa.com. And, don’t forget to connect with us on Twitter, Facebook and Google+ for our latest news and updates!

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