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Here you will find more information, backgrounds and news related to moving. But also interviews with expats.

Moving Your Pets Abroad

10th January 2018, Jack Manning-Swallow

Your pets are a part of the family, so it is no surprise that bringing your pets with you when moving overseas is a priority. There are a number of requirements when moving your pets abroad. On this page we will discuss mainly moving cats and dogs abroad. On this page we will discuss: Pets entry requirements How to ship your pet? Considerations and tips  Entry requirements The entry requirements for every country is of course different. In terms of cats and dogs the common requirements in order for your pet to enter the country include: Pet passport - You must have a passport for your pet for it to enter. Vaccinations - Your pet must have up to date vaccinations in order to enter most countries. Microchip - Some countries such as the UK require microchips in order for the animal to enter the country. Rabies - When moving your pets abroad they must be vaccinated against rabies. How to ship your pet? There has been a massive increase in expat movement over the past decade; therefore there is an increase in demand for moving your pets abroad. The most common travel methods are as followed. On board You can bring your pet on board on many airlines nowadays but there are certain requirements for different airlines along with limited spaces. Bringing your pet abroad is going to be expensive and the importance of it is increasing. The pet must remain in the carry on case throughout the flight and there are very specific rules in place pertaining to how the pet is to be transported. Some specialised removal companies in pet travels and include: Air pets Pet relocation Pet travel agent  Accompanied baggage Your pet can also be classified as accompanied baggage meaning they will fly in the cargo hold of the plane alongside your other baggage. The cost of the transportation is the same as excess baggage. This option is only possible if you will be travelling on the same flight as your pet. Live animal shipment Pets can be shipped as live animal cargo and is a popular option that many people choose. If you opt for this option it is wise to plan in advance. There will be many requirements for travel documentation, vaccination and permits depending on which country you are moving to. So make sure you are prepared Considerations and tips Relocating your pet can be stressful for both you and your pet. But the option of leaving your pet behind usually isn't an option Increasing your pets comfort while travelling Your pet has similar requirements to a valuable object, so before there are some preparation factors we advise you to consider when moving your pets abroad include: Purchase suitable carrier Water available in the crate Carrier contains the pets name, destination address and your contact details 'This way up label' to make sure your pet doesn't travel in discomfort When to leave your pet behind This is a difficult options but sometimes it's in the pets best interest to perhaps stay behind. Certain factors that affect this decision include: Pets age - If your animal is old the stress of the travel could have a negative impact on their health Pet breed - Some breeds may struggle when travelling. Such as pugs may experience difficulty breathing when travelling Expat living conditions- Some climates may be too extreme for your pet to handle and some countries dislike and even eat some animals we call pets. Pets health - A pet with poor health is likely to be rejected at the borders and the stress of flying could also affect it's health even more.moving your pets abroad

Moving your House into Storage

10th January 2018, Jack Manning-Swallow

Keeping your items safe is a priority for most, so putting your items into a storage unit is usually a wise decision. However there are a number of things you need to consider before moving your house into storage. Below is an overview of the main point that will be discussed: What you can and cannot store Packaging your items Inside unit vs outside Top tips How the weather can affect your unit What you can and cannot store What not to put into storage There are a number of obvious and not so obvious things that you are allowed to store in storage units. Below is a list of the items you cannot store. Perishables - This is usually overlooked as not seen as a big deal. But perishables such as food items and even pet food should not be kept in a storage units as can cause issues. Once insects and rodents locate the food it'll be tough to get rid of them. Not just eating all the food but potentially damaging your other belongings. Live animals - This may seem quite obvious to most people, but you may not store living animals, or even dead ones, in your storage unit. You wouldn't store your children in one (I hope) so why would you with your pets. Hazardous materials - A hazardous material is anything that can create serious damage if spilled or opened. Examples include corrosive materials, chemicals, odorous/noxious gases, anything toxic or flammable, gasoline, compressed gas etc. These materials can potentially catch fire, explode or cause health risks, and you could be held liable. Unregistered vehicles - Whether it's a car, truck, boat, RV, trailer or motorcycle. Unregistered vehicles cannot be stored on the facility unless the registration is kept current, and in your name. What you can put into storage Now we've determined the main items not to bring to your storage unit, lets discuss what you can store. Registered vehicles - As long as you have the proper documentation, you are permitted to store or park your vehicles at a storage facility. It is important to check the storage facility is large enough first. For large items like a boat or RV, it is best to call ahead rather than just stop by with your boat in a tow. Electronics - You are able to store your computers, video games, stereo systems and the sort in your unit. Keep in mind that most electronics are sensitive to extreme heat and cold, so a temperature-control unit may be useful. Make sure all batteries are removed, as they are corrosive and could damage your items over time when not in use. Furniture - These are the most common items kept in storage units, either temporarily while looking for your next house and just for safe keeping. You should consider covering upholstered items and bedding with plastic covers for protection. It is also recommend to use a DampRid to soak up any moisture and prevent it from creeping into your furniture. Temperature-control units may also be useful if storing expensive furniture. Clothes - This is another popular item for self storage. Make sure to box it up neatly and label items clearly. You can also put in a couple cedar chips or moth balls to keep any potential insects away if planning to keep it in storage for an extended period of time. Household appliances - You are able to store most of your household appliances a. However, you may want to check the smaller motorised ones in case they are temperature sensitive. It is best to ensure all appliances are completely cleaned out and leave the door open slightly on refrigerators and ovens to prevent mould and bacteria growing on the inside. Packaging your items It is important your items are kept safe. When storing items it is important to package them properly and take extra precaution. Especially if you're planning on keeping your items in storage for extended periods of time. Before packaging there are also a number of factors you need to consider before moving your house into storage, these can be found on our moving checklist page. Below are some of the top things to consider when packaging your items: Use correct boxes Typically you’ll need one large box for every 4 medium boxes. Use the smaller boxes for heavy items such as books and dishes; the large boxes for lighter items like bedding, blankets and linens. Don't over pack Make sure your boxes do not weigh more than you can comfortably life. They should remain in their 'square' shape and not bulging at the top or sides so they are able to be stable when stacking. You wan't them to stay in tact and not break to allow anything to damage your possessions. Label everything Even though you may think you will remember everything you're placing in the storage unit, it's likely there are things you will forget. Especially if you're leaving your things for long periods of times it's always best to be organised. Also add 'this side up' labels as you don't want to have positions broken or damaged when moving them around. Tape matters This might not seem like a big deal but it is important to purchase good tape. This will prevent items from becoming separated from the rest of the belongings. Hang it up You wouldn't keep your good clothes in a pile at home, so why pile them in a box here? Use hanging wardrobe boxes. This allows your clothes to breath and prevent from becoming damp and dirty. It's also advised to use cedar chips or moth balls to keep any potential insects away. Inside unit vs outside There are a number of different storage units you can rent, the main being inside and outside ones. But what is the distinct difference between them? Indoor storage units offer storage similar to as if you were storing at home, in a walk-in closet or home office. Outdoor storage, is slightly different in the sense it is where you’ll find the largest units. These are often used for vehicle storage, storing large items, or using storage during a move. So depending on what you want your storage for will depend on which one you will pick. There are many advantages and disadvantages to each which will be shown below: Advantages Disadvantages Indoor storage Belongings not affected by weather Added security for valuables Close to metropolitan areas Smaller space Limited access (not 24;7) More expensive Outdoor storage Convenient access Larger storage space 24;7 access Affected by weather conditions Usually further away from metropolitan areas Top tips Below is Sirelo's top tips for when moving your house into storage. 1. Pallets, pallets and more pallets Rule number one is to make sure your items are off the floor. This really is essential, when renting your unit there's no way to promise that the melting snow won't come under the door, or the unit next door won't have a spillage that ruins your vintage sofa. 2. Plan for temperature change This may not be a huge issue in England, but you never know when a freak storm might hit. Items that don't react well with the cold or the heat should either be double wrapped or well insulated or not stored at all. Electronics, vinyl records, old photos (if humid) are all things that react badly when not stored properly. 3. Winter? Bring sand Quite often what can happen with your storage unit is large ice slicks can form outside the door, making it almost impossible to get to your goods without risking life and limb or two. Carry cat litter, sand or even spare sheets of plywood to help you unload or access your items. 4. Use your tetris skills Even small units are able to hold large amount of possessions. Your teachers may have nagged you that playing tetris in class won't help you in the future... But they were wrong!! Here's your chance to crack out your best tetris skills and squeeze every box, lamp and chair into the space available. 5. Label You won't remember everything you packed and where it is located, especially if leaving it in storage for a long time. Labelling your belongings clearly can save you a lot of time and effort when eventually returning to collect all your belongings. How the weather can affect your unit Some of your items will not react well to staying in a storage facility if they are not climate controlled. Although the UK is not the worst for a variety in weather conditions, a number of your items will be affected by slight temperature change. The top items affected are listed below: Wooden furniture When exposed to too much moisture over time, wood can crack, warp, or rot. If you are planning on storing wooden furniture like bed frames, tables and chairs, nightstands, dressers, etc, it is wise to purchase a climate-controlled storage. This will prevent damage to your belongings Leather furniture Leather items are more susceptible to moisture, which can discolour the pieces and cause mildew. Having climate-controlled storage's will prevent this from happening Household appliances Household goods including; Washers, dryers, dishwashers, ovens, microwaves, and refrigerators should be climate controlled if weather changes are susceptible. climate control protects electronic and mechanical parts from cracking and rust that could cause permanent damage. Special collections The whole point of collecting certain items is to preserve them for years to come. Temperature control can help with that preservation. These items can include: Coins Stamps Comics Wine Musical instruments Musical instruments, although can be very large, are also very delicate and need to be handled with great care. Whether it’s short-term or long-term storage for instruments, temperature control is a must. This will prevent moisture damage resulting in them rusting and becoming damaged.

Expat Interview: Ballet dancer finds new home in Lisbon

12th December 2017, Josh Earl

24-year-old expat, Josh Earl, from Essex, England started ballet at the age of 14. Ten years later, he is now part of the national ballet company of Lisbon and has been living there for 5 years. Hopefully Josh's experiences from living abroad in a country such as Portugal, especially at such a young age, can help you decide whether or not you want to live abroad now or in the near future.
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British expat faces jail in Dubai over ‘selfie she didn’t even take’

5th December 2017, Jack Manning

Asa Hutchinson faces potential jail time in Dubai after a ‘bust up over a selfie she didn’t even take’.
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22 Moving Hacks To Make Your Life Easier

22nd November 2017, Jack Manning

The mere thought of packing all your belongings into boxes just to be taken out again shortly after sounds like a nightmare. People will say “start early”, “stay organised and you’ll be fine”, but we all know you won’t. You either don’t have enough time, or you’re just too lazy to do it. Don’t worry everyone does it. Luckily, we have found 22 hacks to help make your move that little bit easier.
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Top 4 countries in Asia with the best public transport

14th November 2017, Jack Manning

Public transport isn’t something you really think about when moving home, especially if you are used to driving everywhere. Fortunately for you, we have provided a list of the top 4 countries in Asia with the best public transport in the world. These have been picked for a number of reasons; the cleanliness, the cost and access.
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Expat Stories: Shaken in Shanghai

29th June 2017, Anya Coates

Anya Coates is a keen traveller, lifestyle and food blogger who has recently taken the plunge and moved to China for work. Originally from Northern Ireland she has since lived in England, Spain and now China meaning that she's well on her way to becoming a world citizen. Below is her story about starting work in China and her initial thoughts! 
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Insider tips: International removals advice from Pearson Home Moving

19th June 2017, triglobal

Pearson Home Moving is one of the biggest removal companies in the UK when it comes to national and international moves. They have been in the moving business for over a 100 years and their market knowledge and experience is second to none. The tips they have to offer have proved invaluable to countless moves in the past so they have some of the best international removals advice around. 
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Insider tips: 24 things no one tells you before relocating to Spain

9th June 2017, Tom May

Although Spain is a popular place to move to there are still several important things to know about starting a new life in Spain. Insider tips are a valuable commodity when moving to a new country so make sure to bear in mind advice from our expat experts. 
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