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Moving from the UK to Central Europe

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After eight years living and working in the UK, Simone decided to move back home. Read about her international moving experience and benefit from her useful tips at the end of this expat blog.

We’d like to know the origin and destination of your move, and most importantly the reason of your move. How did you experience that?

I needed to relocate from the UK, where I worked and lived for eight years, back to my home country in Central Europe. It was a very stressful time due to many additional complications. I needed to give away many of my belongings, including all the furniture. The rest had to go into storage, while I only took a few things with me into temporary accommodation. The process was complicated as I also had to take my severely ill cat with me, which required a lot of veterinary assistance and EU travel paperwork.

Choosing a good moving company is painful, we know that. How did you manage to find the perfect one among the thousands of existing ones?

I decided to contract Movega Removals as they offered the greatest flexibility. I already had another moving company working on the move, but two weeks before the moving date, that company let me down because they did not want to deal with the post-Brexit customs paperwork. It was an extremely stressful experience because the move could not be postponed. Movega was very quick and provided a tailored offer to what I had requested, while most other companies I had contacted did not read through the information I provided and sent standard offers but at the same time asked for all the details (that was already provided) again. Given the time pressure, I was not happy with that approach. After reading all the online reviews and speaking to Movega on the phone, I was convinced it would be the best choice.

Take us through the moving day – did everything go as planned?

The moving day was, of course, very stressful, too. I had asked for an additional helper to assist with loading. He did not arrive at the agreed time, but when he did, he was super quick and incredibly helpful with everything. Both the helper and the driver were very friendly. We worked on the loading all together. There was a bit of damage happening during the loading and when we finished, the van did not close because the load was uneven, but these things happen. In the end, everything went well. The loading was done in two hours. And as agreed, the goods arrived at their destination two days later.

What are 3 tips that you think could help others make their moving day less chaotic?

  1. The most important thing with any move is good packaging. Especially for long-distance moves. No matter how cheap or expensive the moving company is and if you do it yourself or have it done by professionals, packaging is key.
  2. For EU/non-EU moves, planning ahead is also required, as there is quite a bit of paperwork to organize prior to moving.
  3. I would also always recommend reading about other people’s experiences with removal companies. I did many international moves in the past already, and always used the same moving company. However, that company was not in business anymore for my most recent move, so I had to start over with the process of finding a new one which is always difficult and time-consuming, not to say nerve-wracking. Other people’s recommendations are very valuable, be it the experiences of friends or relatives or online reviews of other people using the same moving company.

Disclaimer: the views shared on this blog belong only to the client. Sirelo is an independent platform and the expat testimonials provided are intended for informational purposes.

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