Take the time to think about what you will need in Cyprus, ranging from type of clothing to personal belongings. Planning your move can be a good opportunity to sort through all of your possessions, and throw out, give away to friends or donate to charity the things you never use or will not be practical.
The price of moving depends on the how much is being moved, the value of the goods, and the distance to be moved. If possible, ship only the truly indispensable items and try to buy when you arrive to abate some of the cost.
One of your best resources is our expat services site, Expat-Quotes, in which you can read posts by expats who live in Cyprus and request free quotes.
Before you choose a company, it is advisable to get at least three estimates in writing. This will give you an idea of average price, and allow you to compare and contrast offers.
Basic 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.
To give you an idea of size:
A standard 2 to 3 bedroom house or condo should fit into 1 x 20ft container. A larger 4 to 5 bedroom house needs at least one 40ft container. One benefit of a larger shipment is that the greater the overall volume for shipment.
Removal cost also depends on the point of origin and final destination. Certain regions are expensive despite a shorter distance. For instance, Europe tends to be relatively expensive to ship to. A full load from the UK to Spain can cost £5000. For comparison, a full load from the UK to Australia is £6700.
Note that the final price is almost always more expensive than even the best estimates. Be knowledgeable about basic costs and budget more than the cost of the estimate.
Some basic factors in determining the best shipping method are:
To save money, you can ship your items with other people's belongings. Known as "groupage", your personal belongings will be shipped with the personal belongings of one or more customers. While this offers considerable financial savings, it can take much longer. Usually, the shipment is sent a central location warehouse with later shipments being made to a country specific destination.
If your shipment is large, or cost is not an issue, direct shipping is a better option. The truck will contain your personal belongings only and will go directly to its final destination without stopping at any other warehouse.
Word of mouth and personal recommendations are helpful in finding a reputable company. Many websites now have customer testimonials or Facebook pages with customer feedback. Friends, neighbors, co-workers, and family can all be a valuable resource. Ask around to find out which companies have the reputation as the good, the bad, and the ugly.
It is advisable to get at least three estimates in writing. A verbal agreement is not enforceable, so make sure to have the estimate and details written down. By comparing multiple estimates, you will find what an average price for your move will really be, and find a company that best matches your expectations. It will also inform you of the different offers and advantages different companies offer. This can provide you room to negotiate with the company of your choice.
After choosing a mover that fits your needs, the next steps are getting ready for your new life abroad. Be as prepared and flexible as possible because it will likely take a little bit of both. Good luck!
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