The Worst Advice We’ve Ever Heard about International Moving
The English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge once said, “Advice is like snow – the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into the mind.” Regardless of how well it is delivered, there is some advice that you should never take, especially when it comes to international moving. Although the people giving you advice might have good intentions, steer clear of their guidance if they say any of the things below!
“All moving companies are the same – you don’t need to research them.”
That’s like saying, “All computers have a hard drive, so just pick one.” You want a company that’s professional, courteous and has an excellent reputation. Talk to friends and family about their experiences – they can help steer you in the right direction.
“Go with the cheapest quote.”
This tip should be countered with, “You get what you pay for.” The cheapest quote might cost you more in the long run if you choose that moving company. What you’ll discover is that the quote is cheap because the international moving company might not have its own truck, properly trained staff or the right kind of shipping materials for your valuable belongings. When your things arrive at their final destination, they could be severely damaged because they weren’t packed correctly.
“You don’t need insurance unless your stuff is really valuable.”
Even if you don’t own things that belong in a museum, insuring your belongings during an international move is always a good idea. Your belongings have to travel a long way to get to your destination, and they’ll be aboard various modes of transportation. The last thing you want to find out is that they didn’t fare well on the voyage, and need to be replaced.
“It’s a waste of time to contact the consulate/embassy.”
Unless this person works at the consulate or embassy of whichever country you’re moving to, he or she most likely doesn’t have a clue. Some countries require you to obtain approvals as well as specific documentation from the consulate or embassy in your country of origin, such as Mexico and countries in South America. If you don’t do this before you go, you can have problems with your shipment when you arrive.
“You should do exactly what my cousin/friend/hair stylist did when she moved to…”
What worked for someone else’s cousin/friend/hair stylist might not work for you, unless you’re in the exact same situation as that person. And even then, there still might be circumstances that will ensure things turn out completely differently for you. What you’re better off doing is talking to that person one-on-one to get advice. When you hear about what someone else went through second-hand, there’s a good chance that you’re not getting the whole story or the correct details.
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