Tips For Perfect International Removal To German
Moving home to Germany is a transition that takes a lot of planning and preparation, not to mention expense! However, relocating to an entirely different country brings with it a vast variety of extra concerns and details to arrange. It can be easy during such a chaotic time, to overlook small details which could result in long delays or a need for changes in your plans. These tips will help you to organise yourself and your family, ready for the big move and will ensure that the entire process of your relocation runs smoothly.
Have a clear out
The last thing you need when moving abroad, is to be lugging that vinyl collection from the 90’s with you, that you haven’t touched in years. Before you start packing, have a big clear out. Are there things you can sell? Give to charity? Give to friends or family? If you don’t use it, don’t bring it! This will save you money through less need for storage or removal space, as well as time of packing and unpacking unnecessary items.
If you have belongings (such as furniture)that are too large to transport abroad to Germany, or sentimental items that you can’t part with but would prefer not to take with you, it may be wise to consider moving them into storage. Although this service costs money, it may be financially beneficial to you in comparison to attempting to move every single thing you own overseas to your new place in Hamburg or Frankfurt with a removal company.
Deciding on a removal company
When moving internationally, choosing a company to move your furniture and belongings to Germany can be difficult as you have no idea of their reputation. In this scenario it is a good idea to research different companies; read reviews and ask for references. It is also worthwhile to obtain a variety of quotes in order to understand an average price of these services in your new country of residence – understanding the value of things in a new currency is difficult and will take some getting used to. It is also important to do some research on whether to transport your belongings by air or by sea, based on the expense of either method, as well as the time each takes.
Ensure that all of your important documents are kept together and are organised so that you can access them quickly and easily. Such documents may include: medical records, birth certificates, marriage certificates, immigration forms, academic records and pet records etc. It may be worthwhile to scan each of your documents in order to keep a digital copy of them. By doing so, you can ensure that you will always have a copy if one gets lost, and you can also email them to the countless people who will inevitably need them at some point during your move.
Another point you must consider is what documents you will need in order to enter the country you are relocating to. If needed, ensure that you apply for visas far in advance and double check that your passport is in date! The latter may appear to be common sense, but in such a hectic time, these issues become trivial and are easily overlooked.