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International removals: your survey

What is a survey?

All of our international moves begin with a survey. A Pickfords Move Consultant will carry out a pre-move survey. They will visit you in your home and view the household effects that you wish to take with you to your new home.

Alternatively, you can opt for a video survey, fast and convenient way to facilitate your quotation which means we survey your home via your smartphone or tablet.

Estimating the size and price of your international move takes place at this stage. Your move quotation will be based on the volume of goods to be shipped and/or the volume and weight of goods to be airfreighted. Accurate estimating for an international removal depends on the detail you give the Move Consultant during this process.

What can you do to help?

Ensure that you show all items to your international mover, for instance contents of drawers, cupboards, attics and garages. Items that are not currently at your home should be described accurately.

If you are planning to purchase any items to be included in your international removal shipment, prepare a list to give to your Move Consultant so these items can be included in the survey process. This is a very important, many our international moving customers purchase new goods ahead of their move which are not always visible during the survey.

Creating a tailored international removals solution for you

No two international moves are exactly the same. There are usually several options that you could choose from. Your Move Consultant will help you to choose the best solution to meet your needs.

Your international removals quotation

No two international removals quotes are the same

International movers base their moving quotes on an estimate of the volume of goods you expect to take with you, made at the time of your survey. Other factors will influence the price, the transit options, your timescales, recommended packing materials, insurance rates and the buying power of the company will all have a bearing on the price that is offered to you.

It is important to consider a number of factors when comparing international removals quotes: 

  • Check insurance cover provided for the goods - is it insurance?
  • Check if additional services are included
  • Check what is excluded
  • Check the number of days to complete the pack
  • Compare the recommended packing materials, some packing materials offer more protection than others

Pickfords the overseas movers, offers a reliable international removals service and invests in people, training, materials and process. As the UK's largest international removals company we can negotiate excellent rates with shipping companies and airlines.

Contact us today for an international moving quote, or more information about the services we offer.

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