The countdown to Brexit is on. With just over a year to go, for many people that means time is running out to move out of or into the UK before the rules change and the logistics of a relocation overseas become much more complex. The latest ONS data shows that in Q2 2017, 49,000 British and EU Nationals moved out of the UK (19,000 British, 30,000 EU Nationals). The figures also show 60,000 British and EU Nationals moved into the UK in Q2 2017.

Make sure your removers have extensive knowledge of the country to which you are going

Moving home is already one of the top three most stressful life events, but the logistics and increased cost of a move overseas can make the process all the more challenging.

That’s aside from any cultural differences to be aware of, language barriers or country specific rules and regulations associated with the move even prior to Brexit. Based on feedback from over 350 of its partner removal firms, buzzmove, the home moving and home insurance tech firm, has put together three key questions for anyone moving internationally to ask their removal firm to ensure the move runs smoothly.

  • Is the firm insured for removals in your chosen country?

Goods in Transit insurance will not necessarily cover your belongings once they leave home shores. Always check the level of the firm’s insurance to avoid being out of pocket if something goes wrong on the road.

  • Is the firm familiar with the area, or at least the country, to which you are moving?

Some local removal companies only occasionally carry out international moves, whereas others do so regularly. The company may work alone or have a network of partner companies overseas which handle the move at the destination. Either way, local knowledge is key to the smooth running of any European relocation.

  • Does the firm know the local traffic and parking restrictions at both your current and future home?

Again, having local knowledge or local contacts is invaluable, and a firm which already knows of any access restrictions, parking laws or permit requirements will ensure the move runs far more smoothly and without the risk of any fines.

Damien Seaman, Head of Brand at buzzmove, commented, “There is so much to organise and plan when making any move, let alone moving to another country. Choosing a removal firm is not a point on your checklist that you should rush through. Asking the right questions at the outset can help avoid a great deal of unnecessary stress and unexpected cost.”

buzzmove is backed by White Mountains Insurance Group, one of the world’s largest investment groups. In 2018, buzzmove will launch ‘buzzvault insurance’, a new home insurance brand built on the blockchain which will allow home movers to secure insurance cover based on their home contents data.

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