The price of moving depends on the how much is being moved, the value of the goods, the distance to be moved. Compare companies because the prices and assurances they offer can be quite different. The first step is ascertaining that the company is approved by an international remover network like the International Unions of Move so you will have recourse if something is damaged. Also, be meticulous in keeping records of what you are shipping and their values if possible.
Prices can range widely, with shipping from mainland Europe to Los Angeles possibly costing in excess of $9000 for one full container.
If possible, ship only the truly indispensable items and try to buy when you arrive to abate some of the cost. The two usual options when shipping are to go by sea or by air. To move by sea takes longer (6-8 weeks), but costs less. If moving by sea, your household goods will be packed into containers that are usually loaded at your residence. These containers are seaworthy and usually made of wood. Once your home is packed into the containers, they are then shipped by rail or transport to the port where they are then loaded on to a steamship container. The container is then loaded on the boat as cargo. Once your goods have arrived in the new country, the container is unloaded and must pass through customs. International movers will be able to help you with the custom forms and are responsible for clearing your goods.
Moving household items by air is becoming increasingly popular, despite a much higher price tag than shipping by boat. Heavy cardboard boxes are normally used to pack your goods, although some air freight companies will use containers. You may find that shipping items by air is less expensive than renting a furnished place to live or hotel costs. Most companies offer both options so inquire about the price difference and decide which method is best for you.
Most companies offer a free quote for the move if you submit your information to their webpage "free quote" section. If you're thinking of having the company pack your belongings, ask for an additional quote. Be aware that if you pack your own belongings, companies may not take responsibility for their safe arrival. So pack carefully, label fragile items and have clear moving instructions written on each box.
Shipping costs are calculated on the amount of volume (Cubic Feet) that your packed goods will take up in one of our shipping containers. Volume is calculated by multiplying the length x depth x height. An example would be a full size refridgerator/freezer that is 3ft wide, 2 feet deep, and 6 feet high would be 36 cubic feet. A 20 foot container total cubic capacity is 1172 ft 3 and a 40 foot container capacity is 2392 ft 3 A standard 2 to 3 bedroom house or condo should fit into 1 x 20ft container. A larger 4 to 5 bedroom house would need 1 x 40ft container.
Some of the cost can be abated by sharing a container with another customer. Also insure that the company you use is making the most of the space by storing smaller items within drawers, wardrobes washing machines, etc. Save money by packing smart. Pack heavier things like books into smaller boxes, and pack lighter things in progressively larger boxes. Never make a box heavier than one person can handle. Also make sure to confirm your moving date and time with 1st Move at least 5 days in advance. After your move, the mover must retain a record of all estimates of charges for each move performed for at least one year from the date your mover made the estimate to ensure the correct amount is charged.
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