Do you dream of moving to sunnier shores, where you can enjoy more sunlight, sand and sea? Or maybe you want to get a better quality of life in a far off land? Wherever you’re going and for whatever reason, moving abroad is a big step and should be thoroughly researched before you go. International moves are not just more risky, more expensive and more stressful they are also a huge responsibility and require a great deal of forward planning. Firstly, it is important to consider whether you want to take your items with you or leave them behind. Shipping them can be expensive and if you’re only going for the short-term it may not be the most sensible financial option. Instead, you could put your items into a secure storage site until you’re back or until you decide to ship them over to your new place. If you’re going for the long-term and there are pieces of furniture and other personal items that you can’t do without then try to organise air or shipping freight well in advance. Alternatively, you could avoid all shipping and storage costs by selling or donating your furniture or putting your house on the rental market as a completely furnished property. Secondly, after you’ve decided whether to store or ship your items, make sure you use a reputable and reliable company to organise what you decide. You wouldn’t want to leave your items in a storage firm which might go bankrupt while you’re away and you wouldn’t want to leave your furniture in the hands of a shipping company that has a reputation for losing items or not filling in paperwork. Shipping goods can be a lengthy process and without an international moving company to help you on your way, you may find that it takes even longer than you expected. Also, always shop around for quotes when you’re doing your research to make sure that you get the best deal around. Thirdly, it is essential to consider how best to pack up your items, whether you’re taking them with you or leaving them in a local storage unit. The more you can pack into a small space the less it will cost you, so use all cupboard space, draws and chests to their maximum and make sure that no nook or cranny is left unfilled. Space is money in the world of storage and freight so make sure you fill up what you can and throw away anything that you don’t need. Fourthly, before you go make sure that you take care of the essential or valuable items yourself. If there are things that you can’t live without then make sure they are securely shipped with a recognisable tracking reference so that you can guarantee their safe arrival. Also make sure that any valuable items are correctly insured before shipment in case there are any regrettable errors or delays. Once you’ve moved abroad, it will be difficult for you to pull any necessary items out of storage without returning yourself, so make sure you cover all scenarios and ship anything that you might need during the first few days. Finally, don’t forget to make the most of your move. As while there may be a lot of things that you need to think about before you go, the whole process will be worth it in the long-run. So plan ahead and try to prepare yourself for every scenario, that way nothing will stop you in your tracks.