Its important to understand the basics before moving abroad for the first time. That is why I recently wrote a guest post on how to ensure a seamless international move. It was a huge success and you can read a snippet here:
“All movers are not created equally. The scams that plague domestic moving — damaged property, price gouging, delayed delivery — occur with international moves as well, where the stakes are much higher. While most moving companies provide consistently good service, the internet is littered with horror stories of people whose moves went poorly. Here are five things you need to do to protect yourself.
Even if your friend had an amazing experience with a company, you should get quotes from at least 3 companies about 8-10 weeks prior to your planned move date.
Use GoodMigrations to get quotes from our trusted network of international movers.
Any reputable company will insist on sending a representative to your home to conduct an in-home survey. You should not be charged for this visit; if any company says there is a fee, take them off your list for consideration.
These in-home surveys are important for a couple reasons. First, the representative gets to see how much stuff you’re moving and will be able to give you a more accurate quote. Second, you’ll get an opportunity to meet them in person, which will give you an idea of what the company is like.”
You can check out the full version and read my tips on how to ensure a seamless international move over at FutureExpats, a site dedicated to helping soon-to-be expats prep for their move abroad. They’ve got career advice, tips on health care, and a number of expat resources worth checking out.
GoodMigrations is currently featured on the homepage of KnowItAll.ch, a website for the English-speaking expat community of Geneva, Vaud, and neighboring France. Given the number of expats and expat movement in this region, they thought GoodMigrations would be useful to their readers. Here is a snippet from the article.
How do you find a reputable moving company to ship your belongings from one country to another? That problem faced Adam Vagley when he relocated from New York City to Sydney, Australia, and led him and his co-founders to launch GoodMigrations. The company, whose tagline is “Move abroad with confidence,” provides a free, simple-to-use website for finding international movers, reading customer reviews of those movers, and getting educated on the process of moving household items to a different country.
Adam told knowitall.ch, “Most people have never moved abroad before and, as a result, don’t know where to turn to find a good mover. The problems that occur in domestic moves, such as damaged property, price gouging and delayed delivery, can happen just as often with international moves – but there is no reason why those who are moving house should fall into the same trap as others before them! Our website helps these people to make an informed choice, based on the recommendations of others – much like the knowitall.ch website, and its sister publication Know-it-all passport!”
The Know-it-all site provides local recommendations, news, and activities, covering just about anything you can think of. You’ll find information on travel, shopping, career help, family support, holidays, local events, and (most importantly) chocolate. If you’re living in the Geneva-Vaud-Eastern France region, it’s a fantastic resource for learning about the area. They also offer a guidebook, the Know-it-all Passport, with over 700 pages of detailed information.