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.

How are our appointments carried out

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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Very efficient at packing

Anthony, Darren G and Kim G moved me on Monday 8th March.

I just wanted to say that I was extremely happy with the service. They were polite, professional and did a brilliant job! They were very efficient at packing and they moved my belongings with care and there wasn't anything that I wasn't happy with.

Fran Chambers

Worth every penny

Just wanted to say how pleased I am with the move.  I don’t have a google account, but I must say that John, Ian,  Rob and Alan were lovely, and reassured me throughout that I didn’t have to worry about anything so I didn’t! 

Would happily recommend the boys and Goodwins to anyone, you’re worth every penny. Thanks again.

They were a nice bunch, unfailingly cheerful and polite. Used based on recommendation by my sister and her husband.

I have already emailed Matt to say how pleased I was and I was happy for him to put my comments on your website. Comments regarding your initial enquiry -I came to you because my sister used you for her move two and a years ago.

Anne Dyer

Helpful, courteous and understanding

Great chaps, helpful, courteous and understanding when we needed a bed removed as my Mother in Law had unfortunately been taken ill and plans were changing..Used the company because you moved us from Stafford to Cumbria a year or so ago.. things needed to come back to Stafford..

Comments regarding your initial enquiry - Dealt with by Catherine, very efficient, ended up emailing and 'chatting' at same time...

Mark Maisey

Very satisfied with the way my enquiries were dealt with

Excellent customer service. The team are a credit to your company. It was perfect. Used the company based on previous experience. Would definitely use again and recommend to others.

Comments regarding your initial enquiry - Very satisfied with the way my enquiries were dealt with.

Elaine Pass

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