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3 Tips for Choosing an International Mover

Moving from the states to, say, Brazil or Australia is a smidge more complicated than renting a truck to move to another neighborhood. It’s not so much a DIY as a boy-do-I-need-help! And because so many variables are involved in getting your household overseas, the team you choose to do it for you matters a LOT. You don’t want to choose a DC-area international mover hastily and risk losing your belongings, your money, and your mind!

To help, here are Platinum’s top 3 tips for choosing an international mover:

  1. Find a mover who can be your ONE source of contact—i.e. one who can arrange all the details for you, from packing to delivery and customs. You don’t want to be the one who has to coordinate the many complicated steps involved. A firm that can’t manage all the moving parts (no pun intended!) of your move should be struck from your list.
  2. Get a detailed quote with every fee or potential fee listed. Moving internationally is expensive, and, understandably, you don’t want to pay more than you have to. On the other hand, if you choose the international mover with the lowest quote, you might find yourself paying for extra charges at the destination that weren’t included in the estimate, such as customs fees, post-arrival delivery, and more. A trustworthy moving firm will point out critical details to you that you otherwise might not even think about—and these things often cost money. Learn more about getting an accurate international shipping quote.
  3.  Make sure your mover is licensed and insured by the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC). If a firm isn’t associated with the FMC, there’s probably a reason—most often, it’s because it doesn’t have the capabilities to adhere to the FMC’s regulations. This is, to say the least, bad news and should be a huge red flag that makes you either hang up the phone or turn around and leave! Shipping overseas, as we’ve mentioned, is complicated and involves a lot of players, rules, and processes. It’s simply not worth it to trust your belongings to an unregulated firm.

Bonus Tip: Don’t choose an international mover solely on price. We touched on this in number two, but it bears repeating. Start looking early, get referrals, and choose a firm that can take care of all the details. Make sure the company sends a representative out to survey your shipment. And, finally, trust your instincts. A company that wants you to feel comfortable will be willing to answer all of your questions, allay your concerns, and make sure that you are aware of every cost, variable, and detail of their service.

Additional International Moving Resources

Check out our guide to moving abroad and our three-part international moving checklist for more smart tips on moving internationally.

Wondering how to get your furniture or pets overseas? Take a look at our helpful guides to bringing your pet on your move abroad and packing and shipping your furniture internationally.

Got questions about moving internationally? Call Platinum Moving! With our 30+ years of experience, we’ve seen and done it all!

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