So you’ve finally decided to take the leap and move overseas. A trip you may have been planning for a while now, possibly for a new job, loved one or just a new adventure. As exciting as the move is, once the initial thrilling decision has worn off, it may have just dawned on you that you have a lot to sort to make this happen. Setting up abroad can be a daunting, scary and even lonely process so taking your belongings with you is a sure-fire way of making things feel more familiar even if you’re away from your home. One of the biggest and underappreciated parts of our lives is our furniture. Something that we all invest a lot of money into, by taking your pieces away with you, you can effectively recreate your home but in a new location. So, to make moving your pieces across easier, we’ve put together all of the advice you need when moving your furniture abroad.
How Much Will Shipping Cost
It pays here to shop around. Get a variety of quotes to ensure that you get the most-effective deal and company to move your furniture overseas. There are businesses out there that work to save you time and money, comparing quotes in the sector so you can weigh up the advantages and disadvantages whilst making a decision on which company is best to go with. When choosing an international removal company, part of your decision will be whether to pack your furniture yourself or whether to use specialist packers. You may wish to save on costs by doing it yourself, but it’s worth considering whether you want to risk irreplaceable items being damaged.
Tips for International Furniture Shipping
- Start by measuring the furniture you want to ship to get an idea of how much you’ll need to move.
- Make sure you take extra pictures of your ranges to ensure that you have the condition documented so that you’re covered if anything is lost or damaged.
- Make sure you protect your sharp corners with cut off corners of cardboard boxes. If you have wicker furniture that will be fragile, wrap the pieces in foam or shrink wrap to prevent damage.
- If you’re packing yourself, ensure that you label each box with what it contains, especially if its fragile items.
- Take apart whatever you can (beds, desks, wardrobes) and flat-pack them. Ensure that you tape screws and fixings to the individual items.
- Remember to pack cushions, sofa covers and bedding in plastic bin bags or specialist storage bags so they’re safe from dust, grime or dirt.
What to Consider When Packing
When you have a set moving date, make sure you book your removal company. Popular places around Europe can be highly busy from a transport viewpoint so the make sure you book as earlier as possible to avoid disappointment. A good cost saver is that if you only have a few bits that don’t equate to a full load, your shipping may be shared with someone else’s, making it much cheaper.
When it comes to deciding how much you wish to ship, establish what size shipping container is right for you. Shipping containers come in two sizes: 20ft and 40ft. A 20ft container could fit the contents of a two-bedroom house with a car. A 40ft container could easily fit the contents of a 4-bedroom house, including larger items such as a piano. If you don’t have the contents of an FCL (full container load) you’ll be able to ship your belongings in an LCL (less than full container load). This will may take longer but will cost less.
The Tough Decision
When you start a new life you, unfortunately, have to leave some things behind. Even though you may love your garden deck chair, you need to get tough and only keep what you need to or simply can’t part with. In a lot of cases, it will cost more to ship some chest of draws or a bed, than to just buy a new one when you get there using the money you got for selling them before you leave. As they say, out with the old and in with the new so embrace the new adventure and only take what you must!
Look Long Term
This is where you need to be practical. You may just be moving short term for work or a new experience. In this case, it’s not worth taking all of your furniture in case you decide to return. Look at opting for storage units to house all of your furniture. Ensure you treat your furniture before you put it away and cover it effectively so that mould, damp or insects don’t damage your piece if you’re leaving it unattended for a long period.