Moving Internationally doesn’t have to be a Convoluted Hassle
When popular wisdom ranks moving as one of the most impactful exercises people can undertake, it’s not surprising that many face moving to another country with trepidation. The good news is, international moving doesn’t have to be a daunting task, as companies like Elliott have built a global service that can smooth over even the most far-flung move. Professional movers know only too well how stressful it can be, and how intimidating it can feel, when you’re relocating to another country. Any truly professional moving company will have finely tuned systems and services in place to sort out every detail, but the top priority is always you. Pros understand that moving is first about people, not stuff, and it informs their superior solutions to international moving.
International moving is not the same as moving across town, as anyone who has gone through the exercise can confirm! That said, while it’s certainly a more complex and detailed process, it doesn’t have to be any more stressful than moving over the road, as long as you have a professional service in play. Professional, in this instance, means a far greater service offering than many would imagine. Genuinely involved professional moving services will offer far more than a blunt relocation service. You’ll have the cost estimate and mutually formulated plan of action of course, but you’ll also have access to highly relevant and enabling services like planning and budgeting assistance, house hunting, orientation tours, and even assistance with vetting schools that meet your criteria.
When Good Businesses Join Forces, It Means Great Business for You
In order to offer such a detailed bouquet of services to customers, top-end international movers like Elliott have formed international relationships with overseas businesses that share our ethos and commitment to excellent service. Whether you’re moving out of South Africa or coming in from one of our partner countries, you can expect fluid and consistent service every step of the way. You can be assured that when you see affiliation with hale and reputable industry organisations like FIDI (Fédération Internationale des Déménageurs Internationaux) and IAM (International Association of Movers), you know you’re in good hands, and can expect a seamless and trouble-free experience across the globe, transporting your possessions to any city in the world.
You might surmise that with such a detailed and comprehensive offering, that pro movers like Elliot present very fixed options. Far from it, in fact, as the hallmark of every superior moving service is accommodating your unique needs around your move. It really is all about people for us, and we make international moving a pleasure because of it. But what about cross-border issues, customs clearing, and the host of potential red tape involved in an international move? In a nutshell, we’ll get your belongings there safely and in good order. We take on all the implications of moving belongings across international borders, whether by air, sea, or road. Professional is as professional does, and we’ve left nothing out, to ensure that your international move is as smooth as can possibly be.
Support from Professionals is the Only Way to Move Internationally
No matter that a solid professional moving service can make your international move a breeze, there are some specific considerations you’ll want to consider when moving across borders:
- Firstly, think carefully about whether you want to drag things like kettles and other minor appliances around the world? Sometimes, unless there’s sentimental value attached to an item, it’s better to simply budget for a replacement on the other side. To this end, international moving differs from more localised moves. You’ll want an inventory of your goods of course, and when looking at everything listed, mark off what you feel is superfluous to international travel－you’ll need to find a new home for those items!
- Secondly, as moving day approaches, make a priority checklist of items or issues that need to be sorted before moving day. Don’t toggle everything in your mind－write it down and tick items off, and as you work through that to-do list, your confidence (and excitement) will grow. Tackle a single issue and tick it off, avoiding multi-tasking in this case, as it has the potential to leave you with multiple loose ends, making you feel like you haven’t achieved anything. As you work through your list, other things will come to mind, and they can be logically prioritised against existing imperatives.
- Thirdly, a word from seasoned pros in the international moving game－concentrate on getting your visas and other identity and travel documents in order. That should always top your priorities, as without ordered, correct paperwork, hassles are going to ensue, perhaps even delaying or scuppering your move.
Other Key Elements in an International Move
If ever there was a time for minimalism, international moving is it! Uncluttering your life doesn’t have to stop at minor electrical appliances and the like－when you’re moving across borders, each item should be considered for its value and ease of replacement. Not only does moving less cost less, but very often speciality items are also easier and sometimes cheaper to replace at your destination, rather than packing them in with everything else. Unpacking on the other side will also be easier with less stuff to deal with, and that might be a big consideration for many.
Mimicking the carpenter’s adage of measure twice and cut once, when you’ve evaluated everything you own as to whether you’re taking or leaving it, do it again a few days later and preferably again after that. It takes a moment it’s true, or a couple, but when moving day comes around, you’ll feel confident and prepared, having already established what your essential belongings are. Will you need storage? Some items or perhaps many you won’t want to discard, but also don’t want to drag them with you. A professional international moving service will have storage options on hand, further reducing the angst around your belongings.
What Makes Elliott the Go-To International Mover?
Elliott has been around since 1947, and very few international movers can claim such a hale lineage. We’ve more than survived, we’ve grown through good and bad times, because we understand that if you offer an excellent service, you have to succeed. So much more than advertising copy, we live out what we claim to represent, and we have a long list of happy past clients to prove it. So much more than mere movers, we’ve developed our suite of international moving services as a response to the needs of our customers over the years.
We’re not merely in the business of moving “stuff’ across the globe, but rather go to vast lengths to make sure our customers are having a good time of things too. That includes assisting with things like house hunting, school options, orientation sessions, and even expense management once you’re safely in your new home. Do you have pets? We take care of Fido and Tibbles as well, and your pets will get the safest and swiftest route to their new home that can possibly be arranged. For many people this is a biggie, we know it, we’ve got it sorted. Your family, belongings, pets, vehicles, art pieces－we have strategies and solutions in place to deal with anything and everything, and we bring decades of experience and international standing to bear on your move abroad. We understand it’s potentially overwhelming, and have formulated our communication, moving, and liaison strategies precisely to eliminate the angst of an international move.
Choose Elliot as the Best in International Moving to or from SA
At Elliott, we’re always thinking ahead for you. You can deal in your home currency from your current home base, and we’ll smooth over exchange and time zone issues. You’ll always enjoy local liaison and a constant point of contact, because we know it’s reassuring for you to be able to pick up the phone and get immediate answers when you need them. More than that, and something we want our customers to know and experience, we aim at being your best experience in international moving. We’re competitive, and constantly stepping into any gaps you might identify to maintain the ease and enjoyment of a great journey in your life.
Our range of services is hard to beat, and key to your enjoyment and assurance in the process of moving abroad. We’re project managers par excellence, and we bring our expertise to bear on every single detail you experience in your move. To us, you’re a unique experience, and while we have a huge toolbox of services and facilities at your disposal, we never forget that each move is different, and each client will have priorities within their project. Call on us first and see why so many have relocated so successfully over the years. We’re here to make sure you save time, save money, and enjoy every minute of it!