Posts Tagged ‘Global Relocation Service’

International Relocation to the Mediterranean

Sunday, March 4th, 2012

Europe is going through some difficult economic times in the past few years. Despite this, it remains a popular destination for international relocation. Cities and towns along the Mediterranean Sea in particular are especially popular due to the nice weather and interesting culture. European countries along the Mediterranean include Spain, France, Italy, Croatia, Albania and Greece. While all of these places share a border with the sea, the quality and type of life in each of these countries is drastically different from each other, especially between Eastern and Western countries.

Spain, France and Italy are considered part of Western Europe. Their economies are modern with significant sectors in high technology service and manufacturing. They also have significant social safety nets that allow for a somewhat comfortable way of life despite economic difficulty. Finding a job for an immigrant in one of these countries may be really difficult after an international move, so if you are looking for employment in one of these places, it’s a good idea to have a job set up before you leave. For seniors with a significant retirement savings, these countries are great for settling down during retirement.

Eastern European countries along the Mediterranean are not quite as modern as those in the West, and thus have a cheaper cost but less quality of life. Many of the countries in this region were part of the former Soviet bloc and are still building more modern capitalist economies. People moving to Europe choose the East because of the reduced costs and because they are looking for a way of life that is significantly different from the West and the United States. It’s a good idea to visit Eastern Europe before moving there to get a sense of the culture, language and way of life.

International Moving: Ships, Planes and Trains

Saturday, February 4th, 2012

Most people are pretty familiar with how a domestic move works. You pack things in boxes, put them on the truck, drive the truck to the new house or apartment and then unpack the boxes into your new home. This process takes quite a bit of work, but it is rather simple. Relocating internationally is a whole different beast. Not only does moving to an international country require moving much further distances on average, it also requires things like permits, taxes, proper documentation and moving over oceans. For these reasons moving internationally requires a significantly different approach than a domestic move.

The best way to conduct an international move is to gather the knowledge of experts in relocation through a global relocation service. Coordinating an overseas move requires precise scheduling between trains, planes and cargo ships. The ability to coordinate these different modes of transportation are not ordinarily accessible to the average consumer. Not only that, but individuals looking to use transportation services will usually find that they have to pay the highest prices because they do not purchase services in bulk. A global relocation service like Unipack can bargain for cheaper rates and pass those savings on to individuals looking to relocate internationally.

Using a relocation service can also save a lot of time. For most families, there are a lot of important things to take care of during an international move. All pertinent paperwork needs to be put together and filed, taxes need to be paid and everything needs to be put into order at the new home. Most people don’t want to have to think about the physical relocation of their household goods. A global relocation service can arrange to have your household goods transported door-to-door. This means the only thing you have to do is pack up your valuables in boxes and have them ready to be picked up; the rest will be taken care of.

Moving Long Distances and Vehicle Transportation

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

Most moves occur within a small area of a city as people transition between apartments or from apartments to new homes. Long distance moves are usually reserved for instances when someone in the family gets a new job or when someone is moving away for school. The strategies involved in moving long distance are a bit different than for short distances due to the types of terrain that need to be covered and whether or not your household goods need to cross water. Long distance moves also come with the difficulty of transporting vehicles, especially if you’re planning on moving household goods yourself with a rented truck.

Vehicle transportation companies can help deal with the hassle of relocating your vehicle if you are unable to transport it normally during your move. This can happen if you are unable to attach your vehicle via trailer to your moving truck, or if you are using a relocation service to transport your goods and traveling by plane to your new home. A vehicle transportation company can arrange to have your car, truck or motorcycle picked up from your current home and have it arrive at your new location just when you need it. Vehicle relocation can sometimes be rather expensive, depending on the size of your car. Occasionally the cost of relocation will be more than what the car is worth, in which case you are better off selling the vehicle and buying a new one at your new home.

Moving Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

The following are a few ways people make mistakes while moving and how to go about avoiding them. Following this short guide can help you save money and avoid getting your goods damaged when you have them transported by a relocation service.

-Lack of Planning. Without proper planning before a move, a lot can go wrong. The most damaging mistake can be the hiring of a moving company that is not up to proper standards. By hiring a moving company that is not properly licensed and well reviewed you risk anything from major damage to your valuable belongings to your household goods being held hostage by the moving company until you pay their ransom. Make sure to do plenty of research before picking a relocation service.

-Proper Packing. It’s amazing how easily things can get damaged during shipping. Without proper packing and padding there is a high chance of your household goods getting damaged while they are being transported cross country or shipped overseas. When packing your valuables, make sure to use plenty of padding like bubble wrap or even newspaper. Also make sure the place heavy items on the bottom and lighter more fragile items on the top. This goes for inside the boxes and the stacking of boxes.

-Make a Budget. The costs of a move can quickly become overwhelming if you don’t create a proper budget for all of the things involved in a domestic relocation. These costs include but are certainly not limited to boxes, tape, dollies, trucks, hotel rooms, eating out and gasoline. People who do not plan a budget for such items can find themselves running out of money quickly or in serious credit card debt that just keeps piling up with interest. Don’t make the same mistake. Plan a budget with a little wiggle room so that you won’t be surprised by the costs of your domestic move.

Relocating to Europe in 2012

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

If you’ve been paying attention to the news at all, you know that there is a lot of economic turmoil going on in Europe at the moment. The crux of the problem has to do with the debt of nations like Greece and how the EU is going to pay it off. The most popular method amongst politicians seem to be austerity measures, meaning cuts in good and services in order to save government money. While this may not seem important for someone who is looking to move to Europe, austerity measures and the current economic climate really do have a huge impact on how life will proceed for recent immigrants.

The main factor to pay attention to is employment. While many people going through an international relocation will have a job or funding from school to get by, some people like to wait and find a job until they arrive. This may not be a very wise decision while the European economy remains in its depressed state. Unemployment rates in many nations are in the double digits. This makes it very hard for ordinary citizens to find a job, let alone foreigners. There might be certain industries or professions that are still in need of labor, but it is a good idea to do your diligent research before departing.

Another concern about relocating to Europe at the moment is that austerity measures might cut back benefits that you might have expected when moving to Europe. One of the most highly prized of those benefits is health care. Many countries offer health care to foreigners as well as citizens, but with cut backs being made everywhere there is a risk of those types of services being cut. Call or speak to your prospective country’s embassy or representative before departing to find out about any changes to immigrant benefits or to the laws in general. Hard economic times tend to bring much change. Your most powerful weapon is knowledge.

Successful Corporate Moving

Sunday, January 8th, 2012

The task list during a corporate move can seem almost infinite. Depending on the type of company, the amount and type of items that will have to be moved may be heavy, hazardous, fragile and even highly technological. Moving these items is not the type of job you want to leave to just any old moving company that you find in the phone book, but to a professional corporate moving service. One of the most common items most corporations will be moving is servers and computer terminals. You want a moving service that will hand these items with care, not just throw them into the back of the truck as if they were boxes of pillows.

Corporate relocation is not just about the transport of company goods, but getting everything in the business back up and running as soon as possible.  For this reason, you want a corporate relocation team that knows what they are doing and will be able to do it in a quick and efficient manner. Every day that a business is offline because of a move is another day where money is not being made. It’s essential to get everything moved as quickly as possible so that business activities can get back to normal. Consulting with a professional corporate relocation service is really the only way to do this, as they can handle the physical move while important company people take care of what really matters.

Corporate Relocations Continue

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

Corporate relocations to all parts of  the world have been going strong for the last several decades. Corporations relocate for a variety of reasons including reduced costs and access to superior labor sources. Where corporations decide to relocate, however, continues to change year to year. Southeast Asia, Mexico, and South America in particular have seen tremendous growth in the last decade.High tech companies in particular have been looking for areas of the world rich in cheap labor with lax taxation and friendly governments.

Relocating your business or corporation domestically or internationally is a very strenuous and complicated process. Relocation requires a whole slew of preparation and adherence to the local laws and regulations. When it comes to the physical transport of your business goods, look to a global relocation service that works in corporate relocations. They can help arrange the efficient transfer of all your materials to your new location so that you can focus on more important things like employees and customers.

Good and Bad Vehicle Transportation Brokers

Sunday, November 6th, 2011

Many shipping brokers do not have established relationships with vehicle transportation carriers. There are many broker shipments who work with only the lowest bidding carriers. Some brokers will claim that they are not responsible for the car’s pick-up, care, or delivery. They don’t track the car, or know when it will arrive. There have been reports of stolen radios, broken locks, scratch marks, and untimely delivery when dealing with un-established, non-professional shipping brokers.

It is important when shipping a car to deal with a reputable vehicle transport company. For instance Unipack is a preferred choice for numerous organizations throughout the United States. They have experienced staff available by phone and online. Unipack’s vehicle transportation uses only state-of-the-art auto transport trucks to deliver the vehicle. Without compromising quality service, they offer competitive pricing on vehicle transport and a quality guarantee.

If you’re looking to ship a vehicle domestically or internationally, Unipack can be your best resource.  We provide different types of service from standard vehicle carrier to exclusive enclosed transportation and even air transportation. Let us know the details of your vehicle and where it will be relocated so we can provide you the consultation along with a proposal to make it happen.

Items Needed for Overseas Transport

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

Transporting vehicles overseas requires certain documents and information before they can ship the vehicle. The car transport company will provide information about specific documents and other information that Customs will require once the vehicle arrives. This can create a very problematic situation if the appropriate information is not in place, therefore having a good transport company or broker is always of importance. While Customs regulations sometimes differ from place to place, a few of the most needed items are as follows:

  • a letter from the vehicles lien holder giving overseas travel permission,
  • an original title and a Bill of Sale.
  • The bill of landing (sometimes).

Having this information ready and handy prevents any delays or problems when presenting for the vehicle. The company will supply their customers with resources to learn more about Customs or foreign consulates to ensure that they have all their information beforehand.

Auto transport companies are well versed in the regulations and requirements of overseas auto shipping. Consumers should visit with the company to ensure that their needs are met and that their vehicle is delivered safely to the required destination. Shipping a vehicle overseas is a great way to take a vehicle to a new destinations or bring one back from a foreign purchase. Either way it is a good idea to learn more about transport shipping overseas and plan ahead of time!

Choosing a Great Location When Moving

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Cleanliness, size and price are all important considerations when selecting an apartment or home to purchase or rent. That does not mean they are the only things to pay attention to though. Location is probably the most overlooked characteristic of a property, but that does not diminish its importance. Most people pay attention to how close their prospective home is to where they work, but they don’t necessarily pay attention to other surroundings like parks, restaurants, grocery stores, schools and other community services. For some people, though, isolation is more important. Before deciding where to move domestically, take a look at the ideas below.

Being close to public areas is important for people who want to integrate with the community and make friends in the neighborhood. For apartment dwellers, proximity to stores, bars and restaurants can be especially useful for late nights out without having to go through the hassle of bringing a car. It’s also great for doing frequent shopping and getting exercise while doing so. Moving to a big city or center of a smaller one will provide ample places that fit these criteria.

Location is also very important for people who want to be in a more isolated, quiet environment. Discovering places like this may not be quite as clear. It’s important to pay attention to things like traffic patterns both air and ground, makeup of the neighborhood, natural barriers like hills and trees, and orientation of the house to the street. When looking for isolation it is essential to communicate with prospective neighbors and previous owners to get a feel for how quiet the area is. Moving to suburbia or rural areas can make it easier to find properties that are more isolated.