Answered by Jenna FarmerApril 17, 2013
Moving internationally is mentally taxing, that's for sure. But thanks to Movers.com and its free quotes for international movers, you can reduce some of the tedious phone calls and extra legwork involved in moving to another country or island.
First, you'll want to read our guide on international moves, since there are different (and many) rules and regulations when it comes to moving your stuff to another country. The most important thing you'll need to find out is if your potential moving company has a Federal Maritime Commission Number. The company will also need a Freight Forwarder Permit.
What happens next?
You'll need to get a few estimates from different companies so you have the option to choose which one is right for you. International moving companies will perform a survey of your household prior to your move.Your belongings will be shipped either in their own container or shared container, by air or by sea. If you need to store your goods, discuss those options with your potential mover – some have storage facilities while others do not.
The best thing to do is sell most of the bulkier items you wouldn't mind parting with, and keep everything else to a minimum. International movers will charge by volume of your items, depending on which country you'll be moving to, and how far the move is. Be sure to discuss what fees are included in your initial estimate, as well as insurance options. Get moving tips on what to ask your mover.
Generally speaking, an international move can run somewhere between $2,000 and $6,000 for a moderate amount of goods (a 40-foot container,usually). The more you have, the more you'll spend.
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