Planning Your Dream Move Overseas from London

Posted on May 18, 2020 by Anthony Ward Thomas Removals
Planning Your Dream Move Overseas from London

After what been a turbulent year so far for people in the UK, you might be looking forward to recommencing your plans for a relocation overseas. With the closure of the housing market during the lockdown, many people put their plans on hiatus while things ran their course. However, as we sensibly move towards further easements, it’s possible to restart any planning and preparation for a European or international relocation.

Anthony Ward Thomas is London’s prestige removals and storage company, and we move people to the continent and further afield every week. We’re here to help you organise your upcoming removals job, and this blog should give you some useful tips on how to go about it.

Turning Your Dream of Living Abroad into a Reality –

Although the current lockdown is still active, things are moving towards something that resembles normality. That’s why it’s worth doing some research and planning again now, so you have plenty of time to prepare. The housing market is now open, and you can host viewings for your current house or flat. But it’s wise to ensure you have PPE and maintain good standards of social distancing.

You can now begin to look to the future and start working towards that move overseas that you were looking into. It might be something that’s been on the cards for a while, but circumstances made you put things on hold. Conversely, you might now look at things differently and the thought of living abroad is tempting.

Whatever your reasons for relocating to Europe or another part of the world, it pays to work with professionals at every stage. Anthony Ward Thomas has decades of experience moving people to the EU, and we can also assist with the relocations all over the world. By booking with us, you’ll have the advantage of working with a company that can achieve the highest standards of service for every job we sign up for.

How European and International Removals Work –

If you’re relocating to Europe, there are various options you can work with regarding how your possessions travel. One of Anthony Ward Thomas’s ways of undertaking European relocations is part-load removals. By using this option, we can reduce your costs due to economy of scale.  You will only share these consignment relocations with other Anthony Ward Thomas customers.

The Anthony Ward Thomas team will assign a lead person to manage the whole of your European relocation to ensure everything meets our quality policy. Furthermore, every job we undertake goes through a thorough assessment process. We can relocate you by road or sea freight, whichever is most efficient and cost-effective.

Our team will unload and assist you with any unpacking, which includes tricky assembling or the basic electronic setup. Moreover, your possessions will arrive at your destination in perfect condition, with no breakages or damage occurring in transit. We have all the right tools and experience to handle your belongings correctly.

Anthony Ward Thomas has been relocating people to the continent for over two decades, and we use removals experts at all stages of our International Removals service. There are a variety of options at our disposal to ensure that we can cater to every type of domestic and business relocation. For people who are moving outside of the EU, we will assist with any paperwork. And we’ll also help out with arrangements for shipping your possessions.

Using a Moving Checklist for European Relocations –

Everything relocation has ups and downs, pitfalls to avoid, and some savvy tips to follow. The aim is to do whatever you can to increase your chances of a successful relocation. And you can keep on track by using a moving checklist. By creating this master document, you’ll list every item that needs to be completed. Then you can divide everything into more manageable tasks.

Your first task will be to contact Anthony Ward Thomas to book your removals job. Our team will be on hand to assist you at all stages of your move. We will assign a lead person you can contact to ensure you’re ready for the relocation. We also offer a Packing service as part of our range of removals and storage services.

Anthony Ward Thomas’s International Removals service can relocate you to most destinations on the continent. It doesn’t matter whether you’re leaving or returning to London – we can undertake any removals job. Although this might come as a surprise, the process works the same in both directions. And everything we do comes down to a drive for customer service and thorough preparation work.

Things to Consider when Moving Overseas –

Our first suggestion is that you should visit your potential locations at least two or three times before making a decision. Most people will look to buy a property from somewhere they visit regularly. However, if you have a few places on your list, make sure you have time to visit each one for at least a week. This is a big decision, and you need to be one-hundred percent sure this is the right place to start your new overseas adventure.

You also need to be very well-read up on the rules and regulations of purchasing a property in your chosen country. Some will have restrictions on foreign property ownership, lots of red tape, and costly fees. And some countries are notorious for allowing long, drawn-out waiting periods to get approval. Make sure you don’t find yourself stuck in property ownership limbo.

It’s also essential that you check the visa requirements before you make any permanent decisions. While some countries are laxer with regards to visitation periods, others are stringent and difficult to extend. If you’re unsure about visa requirements, contact the UK embassy in the city you’re considering moving to for recent information.

If English isn’t the first language, you should start learning the local one now. There are lots of apps and traditional online learning platforms, in addition to checking if there are any night classes nearby. Being able to communicate is a crucial part of integrating into your new location. You feel more confident when asking people questions.

The Benefits of Self Storage and International Relocations –

One aspect of moving abroad that differs from local or national relocations is the transition periods. It can sometimes take several months more on average to move into your new home in Europe, possibly more for global relocations. There are various reasons why this is happening, some are expected, others are unforeseen issues that arise from these types of relocations.

For this reason, you might find yourself with a storage problem to solve. Where will you put everything if you can’t move them overseas straight away? Fortunately, the answer is a lot easier than you might think. By using Anthony Ward Thomas’s storage facilities, you’ll have the peace of mind that your possessions are safe and secure. We can then arrange to collect them from your unit to send to your new home once you’re ready.

Anthony Ward Thomas has a suitable storage package for you. We’ll book everything straight away and arrange to get your possessions into one of our self storage units as quickly and efficiently as possible. We have a range of removals and storage services to choose from, making it possible to accommodate everyone’s requirements.

Why Reputation Goes a Long Way for International Removals –

At Anthony Ward Thomas, our ethos is to deliver the highest level of customer service. We aim to go above and beyond the expectations of each client we work with. And to reach that standard, we have a range of services and packages for our customers to choose from. By doing this, we can deliver the correct service to match your needs.

However, it’s not always obvious how you would know this without a word of mouth referral. That’s where online rating platforms are an essential tool in your search for excellent customer service. Sites like Google Live and Trustpilot are the go-to platforms for consumers. With a few clicks, you’ll be able to see what score previous customers gave each company.

Furthermore, there are reviews from their previous customers that you can read. Sometimes, people wonder if this is an accurate way to judge a company. For us, it’s all about balancing the information. For example – if a company only has three reviews and they’re all glowing and positive, it’s likely the company did them. However, if a company has fifty reviews and the people posting the feedback seem more legitimate, you can probably trust the information.

Anthony Ward Thomas is fortunate to have a loyal group of customers who consider us the best in London. You can read our online reviews here to see what our previous customers said about us in their reviews.

A Range of Removals Services from the Same Company in London –

Anthony Ward Thomas has a range of removals and storage services to suit everyone’s requirements. We have a dedicated Europe and Overseas Removals service that’s perfect for anyone who’s relocating abroad. Many of our customers also use storage when they prepare to leave the UK. This is the best way to safeguard your possessions from theft or damage, while the final arrangements are put into place.

We’re a member of an elite collective of removals, storage and distribution companies called the Master Removers Group. This makes it easier to relocate people anywhere in the UK and Europe with companies who share our dedication to excellence. Customer service is a crucial aspect of our company, and every job we undertake must attain complete satisfaction.

At Anthony Ward Thomas, our customers can trust us with valuable items and fine art. We specialise in protecting fragile and often irreplaceable furniture and pieces against any damage in transit. Every member of the Ward Thomas team is experts in their field with decades of experience. Our customers know that every item will be in mint condition when they unpack in their new home.

Anthony Ward Thomas – London’s Number One for European and International Removals –

Anthony Ward Thomas is London’s prestige removals and storage company. We provide the best level of service to anyone who is relocating overseas. Contact us today, and we’ll discuss our range of international removals services.