In Part 2 of our Moving to the Netherlands Blog Series, we cover important topics pertaining to your move overseas, such as removal companies and tips on packing up your home contents and personal items.
European Moving: Best Removal Companies for the Netherlands
A professional European Moving Company will make a huge difference to your move to the Netherlands, and so it is advisable that you take your time, do plenty of research, and collect several quotes before deciding which removal company is the right one for you.
If you are relocating to the Netherlands with your job, your employer may be able to recommend a removals company, which will save you a great deal of time, and possibly money. But, if you are going it alone and need to source a company yourself, a good place to start is the World Wide Web. If you type ‘European moving companies’ into Google, you’ll get a list of over 9.7million results in just a few seconds, so there is no shortage of companies available to help you, but of course, some are better than others.
Checking Credentials and Reviews
So how you do you choose a reliable European removal company? Well, a good place to start is by checking credentials and reading reviews. There are many organisations out there that regulate the international moving industry such as BAR, OMNI and FIDI, which is a global alliance of professional moving and relocation companies. So, check to see if the organisations you are interested in are accredited to any such quality management programmes before adding them to your shortlist.
Reading feedback and online reviews is another great way to learn about a company, and help you filter out those that may not be as reliable as they claim on their website. Trustpilot is one of the largest online independent review sites in the world, so it’s a great place to collect impartial information on European moving companies.
Making Sure Your Move to the Netherlands is Insured
Once you’ve narrowed down your short list to say 3 or 4 removal companies, contact them individually for a quote, and ask them important questions such as how long they have been trading, how reliable their delivery dates are, and perhaps most importantly of all, what level of insurance they can provide.
Many European removal companies will only insure your goods if they pack them themselves as part of their packing service. While this costs more than packing everything yourself, it can save you a huge amount of time, stress and energy, and so it is worth weighing up the extra costs before making your final decision.
If you do decide that you want to pack your boxes yourself, and your removals company will not provide the level of insurance you require, it is possible to ensure your move independently with a removals insurance policy that covers everything from your furniture and white goods to personal items such as clothing and children’s toys. However, many policies will not cover highly valuable items such as antiques and jewellery, so read the small print carefully to make sure you are fully insured for your move to Holland.
Packing Up Your Home
Many people list packing up their home as the most stressful part of relocating overseas. Whether you are moving into a fully furnished home or apartment or taking all your own furniture with you, chances are, you’ll have to pack the entire contents of your home into just a few cardboard boxes, and it’s only then that you will realise just how much stuff you have collected over the years!
If you are somewhat of a hoarder, moving abroad can provide you with the perfect opportunity to have a good clear out and get rid of those things that you have never used or that you are never likely to use in the future. So be brutal, and donate unwanted clothes, toys, and household goods to your local charity, it’ll make you feel good on so many levels!
When it comes to packing your furniture for storage or a move overseas, it is advisable to use plenty of bubble wrap and water-resistant packaging that will protect it from bumps, scrapes, and dirty marks. Put whatever items you can into sturdy cardboard boxes, and clearly label them so that you don’t spend hours digging through boxes once you arrive in the Netherlands.
Will your electrical items work in Holland? Standard voltage in the Netherlands is 230V, and if your country of residence operates on a different voltage system, your electrical goods may not work. In this instance, it is probably a good idea to sell them before you leave, and buy new ones when you arrive.
Before packing up computers, tablets and laptops, make backup files on a portable storage unit and keep it with you throughout your move. That way, if anything does happen to your PC during transit, you’ll be able to recover your files when you arrive in your new home.
Clothing and Personal Items
You can expect all four seasons when you move to the Netherlands, and so you need to pack accordingly. If some of your clothes and personal items are going to be transported by the removals company, make sure that the suitcases and boxes you use are wrapped in plastic wrap to keep rainwater and damp at bay, and label each box so you know exactly what you are looking for when you arrive in your new home.
It is recommended that you insure valuable items such as jewellery and cameras, and wherever possible, carry them with you in your hand luggage.
Photos and Paperwork
While you will need to carry much of your important paperwork with you when you move to the Netherlands, there will be items that can go in the removals truck. Paperwork and photographs can be easily destroyed if they get wet, so it is advisable to pack such items in a water-resistant box, and wrap it with several layers of plastic wrap. Again, backup files are a good idea here, so scan what paperwork you can and keep the files on your portable backup box.