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A1 Removals

08 July 2020

Fantastic service!! We are a large family of 7, so have a lot of furniture. A-One Removals arrived early, were 110% professional, considerate and helpful at all times, the communication both before and during the move was outstanding…….& their price, extremely competitive – great value!
Everything was moved efficiently and carefully – we could not fault the service we received.
We would have no hesitation to recommend A-One Removals and will certainly be using their service again when we next move! Thank you A-One Removals!!

Bayley Worldwide Removals

08 July 2020

They forgot the ‘actual’ packaging date and after numerous emails and calls they finally pitched up!
After sealing the container, I found unpacked boxes, which they omitted, due to their incompetence.

Once they received my funds, there was no communication. Even the owner Liam Bayley has no customer service.

Goods we’re delivered, but they did not unpack nor remove packaging, despite paying for the service.
Sent numerous email requesting a refund for un-rendered Services. No response or acknowledgement of email.
Pathetic customer service !
Very unhappy customer

Emerald Relocations

08 July 2020

I hate a truly horrible experience with this company.

They gave me a quote and increased it 4 times during my move so that the end quote was more than DOUBLE what they quoted me. Some of their reasons were acceptable (taxes and customs – just wished they had informed me before hand what I could expect; increased volume in my shipment) but some were really outrageous (their UK packers arrived 4 hours after the agreed time and then had the audacity to try and charge me for overtime as they started so late – my entire pack took 2.5 hours so had they arrived in time it would have been completed on time).

In addition, they seemed woefully ignorant of regulations. I understand that COVID-19 created exigent circumstances but they were unaware that the government had waived storage charges during the lock down (although this information was easily available via media, a simple google search, or even the govt website!). I don’t know whether they were ignorant or deliberately trying to secure additional funds from me, but they tried to charge me a HUGE amount of money for the storage costs that had been waived. They only relented (after we argued about it for 2 weeks) after I INFORMED THEM about the regulation and sent them a link to the govt decision.

The packing and transfer itself was adequate. Two mirrors and one glass panel broke during transit, but everything else was okay.

Latest News

1 July 2019

Getting Quotes for International Moving

Compared to local moving, an international move can be tiresome. The general planning that it requires usually involve a longer time and preparation for it to proceed smoothly. Below are things that you could keep in mind when considering to ask for quotations on international moves.

This is why quotation services are available, these services are intended to improve the process of relocating abroad. Users save time on researching companies. Instead of browsing for prices and offered services one by one, a quotation service lets you compare multiple movers at once, based on your specific demands.

International organisations

Some international movers are members of international organisations such as: the International Association of Movers (IAM) and the International Federation of International Movers (FIDI) which have rules and regulations in place to ensure best practices among moving companies. Moreover, these kinds of organisations increases the credibility of international moving companies and accredited companies will provides security and reliability on your move.

Possible additional charges

And once the quotes are already being offered to you, be sure to ask for additional charges that may be included (e.g. cheap quotes may exclude extra terminal or port handling charges, customs clearance, visa, etc.) and proceed with an international mover when you have a detailed contract and the complete terms and conditions.
 

By using our free service to gather multiple quotes from qualified movers you can certainly ease the worry about how you need to tackle this difficult task:
 


 

Checklist moving
8 November 2018

Checklist for moving abroad

Whether you are moving abroad to study or to work, getting everything ready will take a lot of time. You need to do a lot of preparation and somehow there’ll still be some things you’re afraid you’ll forget. It’s a big adventure, which can be exciting but also scary. However, with these helpful tips we’ll at least make it a lot easier for you!

1. Visa, passport and vaccinations
Nobody wants to have any problems in their new home country, especially not being able to get in at all. For that reason, check your new country’s government website to see what visa you will exactly need and what the differences are between them. And when you are going to catch your flight, be sure to bring a copy of the visa with you. Moreover, check whether your passport is still valid during the period you are going to be abroad. In some countries it is obligated to have a passport that is valid for at least six months after your return date. To visit some countries, you will also need to get a variety of vaccinations. As these three things can take a lot of time, it is best to start with them as soon as possible.

2. Healthcare and travel insurance
To avoid any extra problems and efforts, it is a good idea to check upon your current health care provider and to see whether they can cover you overseas. If not, you might want to have a look at an international provider or some local providers. Additionally, you might want to get a medical check-up before you leave home as some countries can have very expensive healthcare. If you are only traveling abroad, it is a good idea to make sure you have international travel insurance.

3. Accounts and important documents
Before leaving for your new destination, be aware that you’ll need to change your account settings for your bank account, phone provider, health insurance and more. You might even need to cancel some accounts if you’d like to use a local provider. Also, be sure to gather all your important documents and make copies of them. Place all your important documents in a folder to take with you to your new home. For example, your insurance cards, medical files, certificates, work permits, taxes and international driving permit (Yes, check this too!). To avoid any problems, we suggest making extra copies of the most important documents for your family at home.

4. Bank account and phone provider
When you arrive in your new country, it’ll be convenient to have some cash on you in case of an emergency. But before you arrive, make sure you know if you can use your own bank card without any problems. Maybe consider getting a credit card that’s accepted worldwide so you’ll get less foreign transaction fees. When arriving in your new country, you should probably open a bank account to reduce transaction costs and to receive your salary on for your new job. Be sure to have a look at the taxes too, since these are probably different compared to your current country.

As international phone calls can be expensive, it’s suggested to purchase a SIM card from a local provider. You can then replace that one with your old SIM in your phone. There are even some providers that add international phone calls and texts to your plan.

5. Transport and moving services
There are several options to get to your new destination: by car, boat, train or even airplane. To choose which option you should go for, it’s a good idea to write down all the pros and cons for every transport option. When you’ve made your choice, do the same thing by comparing the different companies. This way you’ll know for sure you choose what you’re most comfortable with.

Besides different ways for you to arrive at your destination country, there are also different modes of transport for your household goods. It can be very hard to choose the type of transport but also to choose an international moving company. Fortunately, we have made that easier for you. By checking our blogs you can find more information about how to choose what’s best for you. Looking at our reviews of different moving companies is also very helpful.

6. Accommodation
Our main tip is not to sign any accommodation contracts or rent an apartment before seeing it. If you’ll have to look for a house all by yourself, it perhaps is a good idea to fix something for a short period of time. This way you’ll have accommodation for the first nights and you’ll have time to look for a permanent house whilst staying there. This way you’ll avoid any bad experiences with renting before arrival, but you’ll also have a better idea of where you’d like to live exactly (since you have now seen the neighbourhood).

7. Research
Your destination country will definitely be different than where you’re now. To make the cultural shock as minimum as possible, it’s smart to do some research on their culture. What do they eat and when? Do they have practical rituals or standards? Additionally, learning the basic and most important words and sentences in their language isn’t a bad idea either. Looking into the weekly costs of the country is also a smart move. This way you’ll get an idea of how much money you’ll probably spend (e.g. touristic attractions, groceries, rent) and what the currency is.

If you’re going to work abroad, be sure to also do some research on your job position, the business culture (e.g. how they do meetings, how does their business communication work) and your employment rights.

8. Relax & enjoy
By seeing this checklist, moving abroad might look difficult and stressful. But do not forget the reason why you’re moving abroad. This is going to be one of the most memorable experiences of your life. End your stay in your current country with a blast by throwing a goodbye party or a gathering to see all your close family and friends one last time. And once you’re on your way to your new home, do not forget to relax and enjoy. It’s going to be great!