August 4, 2017
Moving away from the UK can be the start of a wonderful new life for you and your family. But to get to that wonderful life, you’re going to have to get your possessions to your new home abroad. Finding the right removal companies can be very stressful, so we’ve decided to put together a short guide on international removals to ensure that you know that the removal quote you receive is genuine.
While many fantasise over the prospect of ‘starting over’ in a new country, the reality is that we have things in our life that we want to take with us – so an international removal company will be required. Yet many people have been left stung by companies getting details wrong, delivering to the wrong address, and by going into liquidation. So how do you ensure that the company performing your move is reliable? Firstly, check to see if they are accredited or members of the British Association of Removers (BAR) – particularly BAR’s Overseas Group. Each company that is a part of BAR receives annual inspection to ensure they meet the high standards of membership. However, there are also other bodies such as the Fédération Internationale des Déménageurs Internationaux (FIDI, or International Federation of Movers). FIDI awards the FIDI Accredited International Mover (FAIM) status to high-quality international movers. Secondly, make sure to get a number of removal quotes. This allows you to compare one online removal quote to another. If you see a big discrepancy in price, don’t just assume you’ve landed a bargain – ask about what services the quote covers.
When comparing each removal quote with one another, you may spot that you are not getting everything that you would expect. For example, some companies include a packing service while some do not. So comparing allows you to come to a more informed decision over the best international house removal quote out there. Additionally, if a company is asking for cash-in-hand or a massive deposit up-front, be wary. This is not considered best practice within the industry and, therefore, should be seen as a red light. Online reviews of a company are a helpful indicator of whether they should be trusted or not too. After all of this, you’re likely to know what international removal company is best for your circumstances. But before committing to anything, the last piece of advice is to get a feel for the attitude of the company’s representatives. A responsive, friendly, and eager-to-please mentality is important to make you feel that your life possessions are in great hands (literally). Another consideration worth making is using an international removal comparison website. All of the above information can be sought out from such sites – enabling you to easily compare different quotes and removal companies with one another.
So before you accept any removal quote, which should always be free, make sure to enquire with enough removal companies UK wide. Through this process of elimination, you’ll end up with the right international removal company for you and your family.