The first step to hiring a moving company and determining the cost of moving abroad is to get quotes from a number of reputable movers. You should get estimates from at least three to five companies and it is recommended you start this process about 2-3 months prior to your move date. You can use GoodMigrations to locate international movers either in your current home location or your new country and request quotes from the ones you like.
Scheduling an In-Home Survey
If the moving company accepts your quote request, they'll typically contact you to schedule an in-home survey of all the stuff you're shipping. This is the best way to get an accurate assessment of everything you’ll be moving, which will allow you to get the most accurate quote possible.
The mover will not only take an inventory of what you're shipping, but also take a look at accessibility to your home and other things that might make the move a bit harder. For example, if you're on the fourth floor of an apartment building with no elevator, or if they have to park the truck a couple blocks away so they won't block traffic, it will cost more. We highly advise against using a company that says an in-home survey is not necessary, or that wants to charge you for this assessment.
This in-home visit also provides you with a first chance to evaluate the company: did the person show up on time, were they knowledgeable, did they make you feel comfortable? These are important considerations to factor into choosing the right mover for you.
After the Survey
After the moving company has taken a detailed inventory of the items you’ll be moving, they’ll put everything together and send you the estimate. Different companies have different ways of delivering the quote to you. At GoodMigrations, our movers will post your quote using our standardized template on your GoodMigrations account a few days later. Keep in mind that International moving quotes are typically only valid for specified amount of time, so requesting moving quotes too early might be a waste of time.
What Does the Price in My Moving Quote Include?
The quoted cost is typically based on the weight or volume of the goods you're shipping, and can sometimes be based on both. It also captures what services are included.
Your quote will also include the estimated time it will take your stuff to reach its destination once it's been packed up. Shipments will differ in the frequency they go out, depending on the company you've hired, where you are shipping from, and where you are shipping to. For example, on a busy route like New York to London, your shipment should leave the port fairly quickly. If you're heading from New York to Fiji it might sit in a warehouse for a while until there's enough to fill a whole container. Make sure you ask the company when it's likely to ship out.
Note that a quote is not always the final price you'll pay: you won't be charged until your goods are actually picked up and weighed/measured at the mover's warehouse. If the final price does end up being more than the quote, the mover should have a legitimate reason for the increase (for example, you added some items to the shipment that weren't included in the survey).
The next two sections, Shipping options, and Container options, provide more detailed information about how you ship your goods and what you ship them in. These options will have an impact on your overall cost, so it's important to understand them.