A shortlist of international removal companies will be concise to begin with. There is no dearth of local movers but when it comes to moving overseas, there will be fewer options and if you use your needs as the criteria then the list will get shorter. You have to prioritise what you need and accordingly choose one of the most reliable international removal companies. You cannot take any risk whatsoever. You can afford some leeway when moving within the city or even interstate but not when you are moving internationally. Here are some of the relevant aspects to focus on.
• Begin with specialisation. All movers have certain expertise. One company may be adept at commercial moving, be it commodities or office removals. Another company may specialise in residential moving. You need to look for a specialisation that is relevant for you. The expertise should not be confined to shipping or logistics but also packaging and unpacking. You should find a moving company that would be able to disassemble all your fixtures, unplug and unhook appliances, pack them safely and then set them up at the new address after shipping and delivering them with care. You need a holistic service.
• Factor in the presence of international removal companies or the exposure they have. It is not uncommon for movers to have a limited international exposure. Many movers operate across the Americas and can easily manage moving to most countries in Europe but not elsewhere. Likewise, companies based in South East Asia may comfortably deal with moving to Australia and New Zealand but may struggle to cater to anyone moving to the United States or even Europe. Only a few international removal companies around the world have a truly global presence. You need to hire a mover with such expansive exposure.
• Most international removal companies will hire subcontractors. It is imperative because companies cannot have employees on their payroll all around the world and at every destination where people may be moving to. It doesn’t make financial or operational sense to maintain a workforce at places where only a few people may move to in a year. You must delve into the details and ensure that your chosen mover has reliable subcontractors. Reputed companies will never pass the buck but you must still be reassured of the reliability of all subcontractors playing an important role in the entire exercise. Unlike local moving, you would have a very limited role in the actual exercise so you must rely on capable people and proven systems.