1. Shipping Preparation
Moving home is always stressful, but when that home is in a different country, stress levels can go through the roof. If you've decided to uproot yourself and your family from the UK to Canada, the second largest country in the world, you've probably put a lot of time and research into your decision. When making such a massive move there is a lot more to think about than there would be in a UK to UK move. You have to take into consideration the extra costs involved in moving and shipping to Canada including how you will safely get your belongings into a different country.
Firstly you will want to consider full liability cover so that as soon as you start moving all of your goods and personal belongings are covered. This will mean that the whole situation will be less stressful from the start as you'll know if anything happens you'll be fully reimbursed.
In order to make sure that you know exactly what you are going to be taking over to Canada it is best to prepare a detailed inventory of all household items and belongings. This way when you relocate you will be able to open each box and tick each item off as you find it to make sure that nothing is lost or left behind. A lot of moving companies will collect, prepare and package your items for you so you don't have to spend needless hours putting items together.
When you get to your new home in Canada you'll be faced with the process of unpacking all your belongings in a brand new home in a strange country. To make the whole process a lot simpler you should work from the detailed inventory that you prepared before you left. Many removal companies will work with you from start to finish, using the inventory to deliver items to your new home, help to unpack and tick off each item as they find it. This will save you a lot of time you could be using to find a new job or make friends.
2. Selecting a Quote
When you're deciding on the kind of shipping company you want to use for shipping to Canada you'll probably find yourself overwhelmed with choice. Despite the many attractive claims a lot of websites and companies will place on their website it is always good to proceed with caution and remember the vitals.
The most important thing to consider is your international moving insurance. Whilst this may seem like an unnecessary expense, when you're moving from one country to another it is essential. However professional and reliable a moving company is, accidents still happen and you need to ensure you're covered against them. You should talk to a few of your selected moving companies and ask if they provide this insurance as part of the package. If they don't you may want to switch to save costs.
When considering how much it will cost you to move you should never ask for a quote over the phone. The reason for this being it is hard to get an accurate estimate just through a quick chat. Make sure you provide the quoting company with a full inventory detailing the contents of the move.
Saving money is always tempting but you won’t necessarily want to go with the cheapest quote on offer. Before deciding which quote to accept, be sure to familiarise yourself with the various companies and their levels of service, which you can do by checking their profile pages.
Always check that your shipping company is fully licensed and insured for moving goods. Checking for complaints will also ensure that you don't end up going with an unreliable company.
3. Moving In
After choosing the property you're going to be moving into you should make sure everything is as it should be before signing any legal documents. Whilst this may be a lot more difficult when you're moving from the UK to Canada, you should still do a few checks to make sure everything is as expected. You could inspect the house online or ask the landlord to film the place so there are no nasty surprises. You will need to check for leakages, damages, and animal or mould infestations.
If you've just stepped into your new home and you see that it's all dirty you won't really want to move your belongings in. If possible it's best to spend a day or two before moving your belongings in to give the property a thorough clean so that when you put your wardrobe or kitchen items in you will feel they're going into a clean house.
When you get the moving vans to your home you will have a lot of furniture and belongings to move in after shipping to Canada. Many moving companies will help you unpack your items but if you don't want to pay for that you will have to consider whether you can recruit any help to assist you in unloading your goods. Remember to work from the detailed inventory any good removal company should have produced for you when they packed up your belongings.
It is probably best if you set up the utilities you will need before you move into the house. The reason for needing telephone or Internet connections is that if anything happens you're prepared and you don't have to spend weeks after moving in without essential connections. Look around for local suppliers in Canada for a good rate.
With all the things you have to remember when moving abroad relocating your mail might not have been one of them. If you forgot to tell anyone you were moving abroad you can often register your change of address for a very small fee.
The last thing you will need to consider is the timing and planning of your move abroad. You will not get the majority of your furniture straight away so you should keep essential items with you.
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