An international move requires plenty of preparation in advance even if it’s just a short hop across the Channel. At Britannia Goodwins International Removals & Storage, some of our staff have made this life changing decision so we know how it feels. We have also learned from customers what types of assistance proves really helpful. That’s why we want to share our experiences with you in order to ensure your international move is as easy and hassle free as possible.
We can help you avoid the pitfalls and pass on helpful tips to ensure your move runs smoothly.
Plan ahead and research
Planning an international move takes care and attention. Emigrating successfully requires careful research into the country you’ll be living in and the town which you’ll call home.
Take some time to investigate the culture, customs and day-to-day life of your new surroundings and you will find settling down somewhere new can be an exciting and far happier experience.
Expect the unexpected
Each nation has their own rules regarding who and when someone may enter the country. In Dubai partners may only live together if they are married and Switzerland forbids moving on evenings, Sundays or a public holiday. In Germany, if you are renting a flat, you'll be expected to provide your own kitchen. If you are resident in Spain for a period exceeding three months you must register with the local authorities there.
Our knowledge of local regulations enables us to schedule your move in compliance with these rules and regulations and take away all the stresses associated with them.
We have moved families to Australia, New Zealand, the USA, the United Arab Emirates and just about everywhere else in the world and throughout Europe, so you can be sure you’re in safe hands.
Ensure your visas are in order
It is vital to ensure your visa is arranged before booking any travel. EU citizens have free movement throughout the European Union but many nations such as Australia have strict rules regarding registering with the authorities and obtaining the correct permit is vital before you possessions can be sent to your new address.
Don't forget about your pets
The correct documentation is also essential for any family pets that are moving to a new country with you. Ensure that any necessary vaccinations are completed in good time and that their pet passport is up to date if you are moving within lhe EU or the EEA. Countries outside these areas may have different or additional requirements due to local circumstances and customs.
A video guide full of useful facts and hints produced by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office provides fantastic information for any would-be international mover. You can view this below or on YouTube and it will give you a real insight into what it is actually like to move abroad including buying property. The British government website TravelAware has a wealth of information for different countries including local laws, customs, and health. Browsing this website will enable you to understand some of the situations you may encounter in your new home country.
Know Before You Go - Moving Abroad
Information on buying property abroad, moving abroad, and international relocation from the government
Our removal customer reviews
We're proud of the service we provide to our customers
Our removal & storage reviews are taken from our Customer Care Survey, which is sent to every customer after their move is completed
Removal Service9.8 out of 10 based on 118 ratings (176 user reviews) as of 24 January 2019
Steve and Connor were so friendly and really helpful. They really put us at ease and were so quick and efficient
Date published: 14/12/2018
9.7 / 10 stars
Went above & beyond
Having used the company 4 years ago, we knew they would be good, and there is nothing they could have done better. The whole experience was excellent. The crew were friendly, quick, efficient and extremely helpful in many ways. The company and crew went above and beyond what some some companies do, they moved all the difficult gardening, potted plants and large items from the garage with good humour and patience. A really good crew. I would also like to compliment the office staff for their help and patience.
Date published: 30/11/2018
10 / 10 stars
Everyone we dealt with was courteous & knowledgable
Very courteous and efficient. Paul and Alan were absolutely superb and made moving day easy and fun. Tremendously hard working but fun to be with. Your company should be proud to have these guys as employees. Everyone we dealt with was courteous and knowledgable. You have a very professional company.
Date published: 30/10/2018
10 / 10 stars
Worked tirelessly and with good humour
The lady I spoke to managed to fit us in for an appointment at short notice and working around our limited availability. The team doing the removals did not seem to have full and correct information about the property we were moving to (i.e that it was over 4 floors and was on a fairly narrow lane), which appeared to cause some concerns about the size of the vehicle booked and the number of people required for the job. That said, and to their credit, the removals team didn’t make that our problem and resolved it themselves. They worked tirelessly and with good humour.
Date published: 8/10/2018
9.6 / 10 stars
Will use again if ever needed
We are very grateful for the people and their willingness to help or resolve issues. Doug was considerate and helpful with our needs and concerns. They offered all we needed and more. If a problem was there they were willing to work with it. Will use again if ever needed. Paul, Lee, Alan and Tony all were great, efficient and very helpful with our requirements and needs. They were the BEST!!!
Date published: 2/10/2018
9.9 / 10 stars
Couldn’t have been better
Couldn’t have been better; wonderful attitude to whole stressful process. Both the packing team (Clive and team) and delivery team (John and Allan) super
Nick & Rhona Hardwick
Date published: 1/10/2018
10 / 10 stars
They made a tough day easier by being fabulous!
Excellent customer service very professional from Catherine Tuft. Following on from our telephone conversation I just wanted to put in writing our appreciation and thanks to Britannia Godwin’s Removals. The true heroes of the day and our heart felt thanks has to go to Ian and John! What a pleasure it was to have two lovely, caring, hard working chaps in and around my home we moved out from (which was very emotional for me) they cared, they were kind and understood how I was feeling, and helped us get into the new house late on in the day they were just amazing! I have never seen such two hard working individuals they didn’t stop to take a breathe! They got on with the job brilliantly, worked around my family and were great on the day! I cannot thank them enough for being just brilliant! They made a tough day easier by being fabulous!
Date published: 5/9/2018
10 / 10 stars
I would definitely recommend Goodwins to other people
I can't praise John and Ian enough they were just fantastic. Our move went so smoothly and they were both so good at their job, excellent experience. I would definitely recommend Goodwins to other people. I really can't fault anything our removals just went so well and smooth. I can only say how great it all went and how experienced and friendly our removals men Ian and John were. Ian and John were excellent. Polite, professional,and very hard working. I would definitely recommend my friends and family to use the firm for removals from the experience I had moving.