Are you moving “Down Under”? International moving of household goods to Australia can be very involved and the help of a professional mover and international forwarder with a good reputation is invaluable. Here is a partial list of the documents that will be needed to move to Australia. It is a partial list because the international forwarder always stresses to contact the consulate of that country because there may be changes in the procedures and documents that are needed at customs.
There are so many things to deal with when thinking about moving. When planning a move, it is best to START EARLY. In this way you can purge items that you no longer need and in turn you won’t be paying to ship unnecessary weight. Purchasing small, medium, and large moving cartons will help stacking of the truck neatly, leaving no extra room for things to shift in the van. Another tip is to mark boxes in magic marker on their sides with “Open First”, “Open Last”, “Alison’s bedroom”, “Haley’s Bedroom”, etc. You want those boxes with your bedding and bathroom items and your kid’s favorite things to be handy. You will want the shower curtain and the toilet paper and your toiletries first thing. And you want your beds set up so at the end of the day you can fall into bed when you are exhausted from your day of moving.
The Bill of Lading is your actual contract between you and your moving company. The mover is required by law to prepare a Bill of Lading for every move it transports. The driver will give you this document at the time of loading your shipment or before. Before you sign the Bill of Lading, understand it.
Check out the video produced by Allied Van Lines for 2014 giving you a short concise list of moving tips. With these 10 smart practices, you will cover your bases deciding upon what mover to use.
- Check the identity of your mover. Do they physically have an address? Do they have a phone number? Do they have a “Motor Carrier’s Number”? Are they a PRO-MOVER?
- Always get an in home estimate. Make sure a salesman from the moving company’s office physically comes to your residence to properly estimate the weight of your shipment.
- Is your mover a member of the Better Business Bureau? Check them out if they are and if they aren’t, then it select a mover who is a member of BBB.
- Know your rights when you move. You salesman will give you the “Your Rights & Responsibility” Booklet.
- Ask about “Extra Care Protection” plan.
- Avoid large down payments
- Get your estimate and all documents in writing or email.
- Take your valuables with you.
- Ask questions like:
- Will you pack my stuff?
- Is this a guaranteed price?
- When will my things arrive?
- What happens if something is broken?
- Make sure that the driver and the agent have all your phone numbers. Be reachable by phone.
When moving with a full service moving company, the mover is required by law to prepare an Order for Service document for your shipment. You are entitled to a copy of the Order for Service after it has been prepared. The Order for Service is part of the contract (Bill of Lading) between you and your mover. If for any reason you have to cancel or delay your shipment, you must promptly cancel the order. A penalty may be assessed if you cancel your shipment three days after signing the order for service.