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January 9, 2015

Things to Consider When Hiring an International Moving Service

By: Heather @ 3:51 pm

When you’re looking for an international moving company, it can be an extremely stressful process. Most people don’t have experience finding an international moving service and do not know where to start. In this case, what you don’t know can hurt you. If you were to choose the wrong mover, your international moving experience could be an international nightmare. Instead of tackling this process without sufficient knowledge, the following information explains a few important facets to consider when hiring an international moving service.

Beware of the Internet

Although a staggering 89% of consumers use Internet search engines to make purchasing decisions, the Internet isn’t the best place to start searching for an international moving service. Several of the movers who advertise on the Internet are either brokers, middlemen or they are unlicensed. If you are considering using a mover you found on the web, you should always verify their license and insurance through your provincial government’s consumer protection agency. In addition, you can check the mover’s reputation through the Better Business Bureau (BBB). After you are sure the business is reputable, you should check to see how long it has been in business.

International Moving Estimates

Moving to another country can undoubtedly be expensive. In addition, the most frequent complaint made against international movers are unexpected fees and being overcharged. To overcome these potential pitfalls, it’s imperative you have a thorough understanding of all potential charges you will be expected to pay. When you meet with an international moving service, make sure you receive a full estimate along with a list of the necessary equipment needed to facilitate the move.

International Moving Experience

Not all international moving services are created equally, which makes it important to know how to differentiate credible businesses from the ones you should steer clear of. One way you can simplify your decision is by interviewing and asking potential movers the right questions. One of the top questions you should ask is where the mover has shipped previously. If a potential mover doesn’t have experience shipping to your respective location, they may not be the best choice. It’s important for your international moving service to have explicit knowledge about the area you will be moving. A mover experienced in your relative country will be privy to the best practices and be able to help you avoid moving pitfalls. This will help make your move as smooth as possible and alleviate some of the stress.

Professional Moving Associations

In Canada, two of the top professional associations for international moving services are the Canadian Association of Movers (CAM) and the International Association of Movers (IAM). For an international moving service to become a member of CAM, they must have been in business for at least two years and submit several documents, such as an insurance certificate showing at least $1 million liability and a cargo limit minimum of $250,000. The International Association of Movers is a global professional coalition of moving, shipping, forwarding, and supply companies. Membership in this association represents the highest level of commitment to the customers. When you are looking for an international moving service, you should check whether the mover is an active member of these two professional associations.

With over 70 years of industry experience, Westmount Moving and Warehousing provides friendly and experienced staff to help facilitate your move. Whether you’re moving across town or across the pond, Westmount Moving and Warehousing is here to make your move as simple and enjoyable as possible.

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