Overseas Moving Tips

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Overseas moving tips are almost always overlooked by our clients and moving house is an important and potentially exciting event in your life.

Here at George Bernard Shaw, we will do everything to make it a hassle-free experience, offering additional packing and storage services and advice, whenever necessary.

We hope that this list of Moving Tips we have compiled will help you prepare for the move.

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Planning & Organising

Prepare Ahead

When moving house, you will have to organise many things ahead of time. Make a list of the things you have to do. Get plenty of packing material, think about the furniture and other belongings that you want to move and the items you need to leave behind. If you have small children, or pets, for example, you will also have to organise care for them. Use our Moving Checklist to have an overview of the things you need to take care of.

Notify utility companies in advance

As you are changing address, you will also have to notify gas, electric and water companies companies in advance of your move. Banks, friends and relatives to send your mail to your new address. Notify your employer and if you have any children, you will likewise have to take care of changing schools as well.

Communicating with your moving company

It is essential to choose a moving company that is willing to help you whenever you need advice and with whom you can communicate effectively. Establish the date of moving well ahead, do not be afraid to discuss anything you need to know and confirm the removal again a few days before the moving day as well, to avoid any misunderstandings.

Access for the removal van

Think about how the removal van can access your current and future home, advise your neighbours that the van will be parking outside your house and also get any necessary permits.

Think about your new home

Maybe draw up a map of your new home. If it is considerably smaller than your current home for example, you definitely need to leave some things behind. If you start packing based on how you are planning to unpack in your new home, consequently moving in will be much easier.

Research the area where you are moving

If you are moving to Europe or overseas, it is very important to get to know as much about the new country as you can, before moving there. This way, the transition will hopefully not be stressful for you and your family. Even if you are moving within the UK, it is advisable to get to know as much about the new area and the neighbourhood as you can.

Packing & Moving

Decide what to take and what to leave behind

Firstly you will not necessarily want to take everything with you, especially if you are moving abroad. So make a list of the things you are definitely taking with you – It is also useful to have an inventory when you are unpacking and it is a requirement at customs when you are moving abroad. Don’t just throw away the items you are leaving behind. Ask your relatives and friends if they want anything, give the things to charities, or organise a garage sale.

Moving boxes

You may have already bought your new home but to get the moving process going, it is essential to get moving boxes and other packing material. Clients can choose from a wide range of quality boxes and other packaging when you contact our office, that come in handy small, large, long and tall sizes with guides on each carton as to what they should be used for and also the maximum allowed weight.


You can either order a professional packing service from ourselves which is highly recommended if you are moving abroad, or if you have many fragile and valuable items, or you can also decide to pack yourself. Therefore if you will be packing yourself, you should start packing your items a few weeks before the moving day and go through everything systematically. Label moving boxes clearly and maybe pack essential items only in the last few days. Don’t put too many or too few items into one box.

What NOT to Pack

Don’t pack personal documents, jewellery & money. You might need these items during the removal, or while they are in storage. Don’t pack items that you will need right after you move in, or always keep track of where you are putting them.

Moving Day

Be present on the moving day To ensure that everything goes as planned with the removal team, it is important to be present whenever possible on the moving day.

Check your old home once more

Check that you have not left any items behind. Also turn off gas, electricity and close all the windows.

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