International moving advice

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.

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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.

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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 your 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.

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Are you thinking of buying property abroad?

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.

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Britannia Goodwins Removals & Storage can help your overseas move go smoothly. Contact us for a free, no obligation quote, or by calling 01785 251161 and speaking with one of our Stafford and Cheshire removals specialists.

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In the current times you might prefer that we don't visit your house in person to carry out a survey. This is fully understandable and we can just as easily undertake the survey by video call, using whatever method you're comfortable with, usually FaceTime or WhatsApp.

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Just taking a break from unpacking & taking the opportunity to say a big thank you to all of you for our move.

To you, for your perseverance with my ever changing requests.

But, big shout out to Adam, Gaz & Ade. Despite being delayed by an accident on the motorway they were super efficient at getting everything packed up from our old house. And then the fiasco when they arrived at our new property. They never once complained, made every effort to make the best of the situation and all with a smile on their faces. We helped out as much as we could to ensure that they would be able to get away home this morning. We couldn't have wished for a better team. We've said our thanks to them as well and will be leaving a google review.

Again, many thanks

Jane Shaw

You guys were friendly and efficient and we felt like we were in experienced hands.

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How would you rate the way we dealt with your initial enquiry?
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10/10

Why did you choose to move/store with us?
You guys were friendly and efficient and we felt like we were in experienced hands.

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10/10

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Alan, Paul, Tony and Rob were a lovely bunch working in the coldest days of the year! They did a great job at packing our belongings safely and delivering our things as well as building furniture.

How would you rate our communication?
10/10

How can we improve our service?
Nothing

How likely are you to recommend us to your friends / family?
10/10

Is there anything else you would like to tell us about your move?
Thanks so much it was faultless.

Robyn Duffy

Enthusiastic, positive and professional

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How would you rate the way we dealt with your initial enquiry?
10/10

How would you rate the survey that we carried out?
10/10

Why did you choose to move/store with us?
Great google reviews

How would you rate your move team?
10/10

Would you like to tell us anything about your move team?
Fantastic.  Tyler and the team (and there were many over the three days) were positive and professional throughout.  They dealt with a nervous buyer with great empathy and always tried to put me at ease.  They were enthusiastic, positive and professional.  Thank you so much.

How would you rate our communication?
10/10

How can we improve our service?
Possibly with the quote acceptance online.  It was somewhat confusing.  However, when I phoned up with my queries, Catherine was amazing and sorted it all out for me.

How likely are you to recommend us to your friends / family?
10/10

Is there anything else you would like to tell us about your move?
Brilliant

Dawn Wylie

The guys were so friendly and professional

I just wanted to send an email to say thank you so much for the help in moving, the guys were absolutely fantastic and we were all packed, moved and unpacked within 2 and a half hours!

The guys were so friendly and professional and really did help out a hopeless female!

I have recommended you guys to my friend who is moving so she will be calling you shortly.

Once again many thanks for everything!

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