Moving your home can be a challenging event and this is often worse when you are looking to move your household items to another country. There are many options for moving your home, but the most commonly used is sea freight because of the costs. If you are going to use sea freight to move your home to a new country, you need to know what to do and how to prepare your cargo for sea freight.
Finding A Reputable International Removal Company
The first step in using sea freight to move your goods is to find a reputable international removal company. The best way to determine if the company is reputable is to look at unbiased reviews. Review websites such as Yelp and TrustPilot are the best places to look and you should focus on reviews that have a similar situation as your own.
You should also look at trade association membership such as Fidi Global Alliance. This is a global alliance of independent international removal companies which are bound by a high standard of professional service. Choosing a company that is a member of an association will give you some peace of mind.
Determine The Level Of Service You Need
Before you contact any removal companies, you will need to determine the level of service you need. Are you going to pack everything yourself or would you like the removal service to do this for you? Packing yourself will save you money, but you may not be covered as well by insurance. Having the removal company pack your goods for you will cost extra, but you are generally covered better by the company’s insurance.
Home Contents Survey
When you contact the removal company, they will want to know more about the goods that you are going to send. Some companies will ask for a listing of the goods while others will complete a home contents survey. The home contents survey will be carried out by the company and they will need to come to your home to see the size and amount of goods which need to be transported.
It is only after the home contents survey that the company will provide you with an estimate of the costs of shipping. This is due to the fact that the survey tells them how much space your shipment will take. The estimate you receive should be in writing and detailed.
Check The Insurance
When you choose a removal company, you should look at the price and the insurance that they provide. The company you choose should have sufficient insurance coverage to pay you if anything happens to your goods during transit. Of course, you will need to check the fine print of the insurance because there are certain events that may not be covered. Additionally, if you have packed the goods yourself, the coverage may be limited.
When you choose to use sea freight to ship your household items, you need to ensure that you use a reputable company. You also need to check what their insurance will cover and determine the level of service that you need.