Top 10 Questions to Ask Your International Moving Company

Adam Vagley @goodmigrations

It pays to hire the right international mover. A bad mover can cost you hundreds of dollars more than you planned for – there are plenty of horror stories out there of people who got low quotes and then had to shell out more money once their stuff was picked up, or of shipments getting moldy because they weren’t packed properly.

We’ve already talked about why you shouldn’t find an international mover using any of the popular review sites. But once you’ve done your research and found a handful of good movers, what questions should you ask to vet them?

In this post, we’ll share the top ten questions you need to ask any potential mover during the different phases of choosing who to hire. This advice is compiled from our own expertise and from executives at some of our international moving partners.

Top 10 Questions to Ask Your International Mover
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Infographic: Most in-demand jobs for expats

Adam Vagley @goodmigrations

Ever get the urge to go live in a different country?

Maybe after looking at Instagram and seeing some gorgeous travel photos? Or when a bad news cycle has you frustrated?

There’s just one problem most wannabe expats have (that is, for those who would actually act on those impulses): work. If you’re not a retiree, most countries require you to have a valid work visa to stay for any long period of time. Plus, you know, there’s the whole getting paid thing so you can afford to live. Expatting ain’t easy. 

But if you’re serious about pursuing the life abroad, our infographic is here to help. See which job roles are most in-demand around the world and which global cities are actively seeking out skilled expats. Perhaps now is the time to start thinking about a career switch and to do some apartment hunting when you’re bored at work. Plus, many of the companies with open jobs in these cities are offering awesome perks! Free coffee and snacks just won’t cut it anymore. Read more…

Anatomy of an International Moving Quote

Adam Vagley @goodmigrations

how to understand a moving quote - anatomy of an international moving quote

It would be much easier for consumers if every moving company used the same template for their international moving quotes. Unfortunately, every company has their own version and — to make things even more complicated — each one uses different terminology. This makes it very difficult to compare quotes from different moving companies and determine how much it will cost to move to another country.

Still, there are some basic things that should be included on every quote and it’s important you understand them. We’ll walk through the major items to look out for in this post so you’ll be in expert in no time.

Note: All of the images below are from actual moving quotes that expats have asked us for help with. Movers in our network use our standardized template to make it easy to see what’s included in the quote and compare quotes, but we still help out expats who haven’t used GoodMigrations to find a mover.
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1. MOVING COST
This is what everyone cares about the most, right? At the end of the day, you want to know what the move abroad will cost you. Some quotes just have one price displayed while others have multiple prices shown. We’ll walk through a few examples. Read more…

How to Budget for Moving Abroad

Admin  @GoodMigrations

Moving to a new country: it’s exciting, it’s exhilarating, and maybe it’s just a little bit intimidating. Making sure you have all your finances in order before you hop on that plane will help you feel a little more secure and confident when you get to your new home. Here’s how to get started.

Define your goals

First thing’s first. Be clear about why you’re moving abroad and what you hope to get out the experience. Did you get a promotion? Or are you planning on being a digital nomad and freelancing your way through Europe? Are you working as a sailing instructor in the Bahamas and traveling the Caribbean in your free time? Knowing what you want to get out of your experience will help you prioritize your budget and allow you to spend more on the things that really matter to you.

Add up your debts

Make a list of any financial obligations you’re taking with you when you move. These might be student loan payments. If you’re a homeowner you’ll still need to consider that mortgage payment in your plans even if you’re renting or Airbnbing your house while you’re gone. Everything will probably turn out fine, but there’s always a chance your renter falls through or you can’t fill up your Airbnb schedule. You’ll need to have some savings set aside to step in with the mortgage payment if that does happen.

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What You Need to Know About Moving Pets Overseas

Sharon  @GoodMigrations

When moving overseas many of us instantly think about where we will move, what we will ship, and how everything will get there. It is not uncommon for us to forget about one very important family member… our pets. Whether you are relocating abroad with a cat or dog or some other furry (or feathery) friend, our pets are family members and moving pets overseas requires research and careful consideration.

Let’s dive right in.

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