Moving is an exciting experience no matter how you look at it. It means change and new possibilities. Even if you are simply moving down the road you never know what your new home could end up looking like. While moving to a new home in your home town is stressful enough, things multiply exponentially when you are moving to a new part of the country. This only magnifies when you are moving country.
One of the most popular destinations for people to move to these days is Switzerland. The economy is doing relatively well despite the global economic crisis and there is a wealth of culture to be experienced. This is on top of one of the best schooling systems in the world. These are just a few of the reasons why so many people have decided to move to the magnificent country that is Switzerland.
If you decide to take the plunge and move to Switzerland you will probably have to ship most of your furniture – unless of course you are willing to buy everything again. Most people simply cannot afford to do that on top of the other expenses involved with moving abroad.
can be a daunting prospect in anyone’s books. You have so many things that you have accumulated over the years that you may not know where to start. Before you contact a shipping company, take a look at your home and decide whether or not there are items that you would prefer to sell or donate. It could simply be items of clothing that you may no longer need.
Once you have done this, it is time to get online and find out which shipping companies do shipping internationally from your home country. If you currently reside in Costa Rica as opposed to the United Kingdom, there could be very different results. The easiest way to find out this kind of information is to go online and do a simple search. You could also take a look at forums that are there for expats and potential expats. People are more than happy to share information and help. You will be surprised at how true this is in such a cut throat world.
Now that you know which companies do international shipping from your home country, get as many quotes as possible. Ask each company about what options they have in terms of volume and what the prices are. If you are planning on bringing a vehicle to Switzerland you will need to find out about the shipping costs of that as well as it will be different and separate to shipping household goods.
If you are short on time (since you have been offered that fantastic job and need to arrange schooling for your children) you might want to consider getting professional packers in to help you. Yes, it will cost more but everything will be done properly and you will not have to worry about breakages while your possessions are at sea.
Finally, get insurance. It does not matter how well packed your household goods are, accidents do happen and the sea has a mind of her own. No one predicted the tsunami in Thailand in 2004 or Hurricane Katrina so it makes sense to be prepared for the worst. If you do not do this you could end up spending a whole lot more than you planned once you arrive.
The global economic downturn shook everyone from banks to home owners and local businesses. Therefore you might be justifiably worried about using a shipping company that could disappear with your prized possessions. However, the good news is that global shipping companies prosper despite crisis. It comes down to the fact that no matter what happens in an economy, people will need to travel and perhaps even more so in times like these. Expats may have had to move back home after crashes in business which could go some way in explaining this.If you are still nervous about using a particular shipping company, why not go online and see what previous customers have to say about them? You can also take a look at their history. A good rule of thumb is to think about it this way – the longer they have been around, the more reliable they are. Avoid fly by night companies who have been in the industry for less than five years. More importantly, don’t let the shipping stress you to the point where you don’t enjoy moving to Switzerland!
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