Mover Spotlight: Nuss Relocation – Australia

Sharon  @GoodMigrations

Partnering with trusted international movers around the world is a key cornerstone of GoodMigrations’ mission and we are really excited to have a great company like Nuss within our network. Based out of Australia, they have offices in both Sydney and Melbourne and have been a great partner to us and our clients. Want to learn more about the people behind the company? Here is an interview we did with Ray Beard, the state manager for Victoria. Nuss Relocation- Australia

  1. What’s something you’d like to share about your company?
    Nuss is an Australian privately owned fourth generation removal and relocation company. We have offices and warehouse facilities in Melbourne and Sydney and world class partners globally. Our Removals division provides both international and domestic door to door removals and our Relocation Services division provides Home search, School search, City familiarisation, Settling-in services and much more.
  2. How long have you been with the company? 
    Personally for 15 years which is not unusual for Nuss. We have a great staff retention rate.
  3. How many international moves a year does your company do? 
    Nuss moves “thousands” of families each worldwide.
  4. What credentials do you think every moving company should have? 
    Most quality orientated international moving companies are members of FIDI, the international moving community regulatory board.  The FIDI Accredited International Mover (FAIM) Quality Management Program is the most rigorous and the only quality certification program dedicated exclusively to the international moving industry. Nuss is of course a FIDI accredited mover.
  5. Have you ever lived outside of your native country?
    Many Nuss employees have previously lived overseas and so have the benefit of real life relocation experience. This is an unbeatable benefit in that it creates a great empathy between us and our clients. We know the problems but we also have the solutions.
  6. What motivated you to get into the international moving industry?
    International moving is a fast paced and constantly changing industry offering new challenges every day. No two moves are the same. It comprises like-minded experts from every country in the world who work together to deliver door to door moving service programs to people that make the world go round. We are a global community; one minute we are speaking with someone in Rio, the next minute to someone in Tokyo. How exciting is that!
  7. What are some of the most common mistakes made by individuals moving overseas for the first time? 
    We hear stories from time to time of people attempting to move themselves which can often ends in tears. An international move is complex. Local Customs regulations, ever increasing security arrangements and, just recently, the introduction of new maritime weight declaration laws make such an undertaking almost impossible to manage without expert assistance.
  8. What is the biggest tip you can offer someone moving overseas for the first time? 
    Plan way ahead of time; start getting your moving quotes a couple of months before your departure date. This is particularly important if you intend moving in the summer months as this is peak season for most movers. Have a real good de-clutter (why pay to ship things you really don’t need).
  9. Which countries do you move the most people to?
    This tends to change each year as moving seems to be in trends depending on global talent supply and demand requirements but Asia, North America and Europe are consistently our top destinations.
  10. What is the strangest item you’ve been asked to ship? 
    Cat hormones!

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International Moving Insurance Questions Answered

Admin  @GoodMigrations

You’ve decided to move to another country. It’s a huge change, but you’re confident it’s the right decision. Now it’s time to figure out the details, including how to move all your stuff, and how to get the best international moving insurance. You don’t want to risk losing everything you own, after all.

But you have questions—so many questions. Don’t worry. You’ve come to the right place.

international moving insurance
Here are the answers to your top five international moving insurance quandaries.

Q: Why can’t I use my homeowners insurance?

A: Some homeowners insurance policies cover damage to belongings during a move. However, this is not something that should be assumed. Many policies exclude or limit damage for valuables while they are in transit and away from your home. When you’re moving to another country, the situation is even more complicated. Homeowners insurance rarely covers valuables outside of the country. You can double check your policy, but most likely, you’ll need to get moving insurance from your mover or a third-party moving insurance provider. Read more…

Do’s And Don’ts When Relocating Abroad To Australia

Admin  @GoodMigrations

Moving to Australia Hassle Free

Moving to the land down under is a life-changing decision. Taking the right steps to make this a smooth transition will start you off on a good foot. Australia is one of the world’s most sought after migration destinations. Its high quality of life, beautiful beaches, and multicultural communities make it a desirable location. Aside from employment opportunities, quality education, infrastructure, and recreational options, we’ve compiled a a few tips on moving to Australia.

Applying For A Visa

Applying for the right visa is the most critical step in pursuing a move to Australia. The entire list of visas available along with the eligibility requirements is available for public viewing. Requirements for each different visa vary. Generally, this entails showing evidence of available funds, health insurance, police clearances, English language testing and the skills and qualification eligibility. There are also types of visas that require an existing Australian bank account.

The most common types of visa include family migration, skilled migration and for education opportunities, study migration.

 Arrange A Professional Company To Move Your Belongings

Regardless of where you’re moving from, to make the big relocation easier, it’s integral that you hire professional international removalists. When relocating international, it’s best to hire a moving company that can help you with the transportation of your things.

A premium removalist firm can help you sort your belongings and advise you on what is the most efficient and economical way to move your things. Before you take on the behemoth task of packing, keep in mind that Australia has some very tight quarantine laws, specifically when it comes to food, plant and animal material. It’s best to check with their customs before you begin the task of packing.

If you’re considering a move to Australia with pets, make sure to have all your paperwork and health checks in order so there are no untoward or unforeseen circumstances come travel day. The Australian Department of Agriculture lays out the conditions for moving with pets so it’s best to check this out first.

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Mover Spotlight: AMJ Campbell International- Canada

Sharon  @GoodMigrations

Moving overseas, or to The U.S., from Canada can be a tough decision. It’s never easy to leave the comforts of your home country whether it be for work or maybe retirement. We at GoodMigrations have partnered with the best, most trusted movers in the industry to help take the stress out of your move. One such companies in our trusted network is AMJ Campbell International. A professional, full-service, international moving company based in Ontario but serving all of Canada. We took some time to sit down with Danielle Oaks, Director of Business Development and Client Services, to ask a few questions so that you, the expat, can get to know them the way we do!

AMJ Campbell International - Canada - Relocation
We found this interview very interesting and could not agree more with Danielle on question number 7. This is a mistake too many people make time and time again.

What’s something you would like to share about AMJ Campbell International? Read more…

The IKEA Global Price Index: To Ship Or Not To Ship

Kate  @awaywithkate

“Do I ship my stuff to my new home or do I sell it and replace it in my new country?” That is the question many expats are forced to ask when deciding what to pack (or not pack) when moving overseas.

For many people, this question comes down to cost: is it cheaper to ship everything or to sell everything and buy new furniture in your new destination? It’s helpful to frame this decision by answering the questions below.

Do you have expensive stuff?
If your home furnishings are expensive items, then you will get a fraction of that back if you sell. And worst of all you’ll still need to replace your items, regardless of which country you move to. If this sounds like your situation then it’s more likely that shipping makes sense.

Is there anything you’re emotionally attached to, such as family heirlooms?
You’ll need to think hard about selling, storing, or shipping your items. If you have a family heirloom then selling might not be a viable option.
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