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How to help assignees choose the right international removal company

Removal company

Relocating to London from overseas isn’t as simple as moving to a new house in the same country – which can be stressful enough at the best of times. For a start, there’s a big body of water called the sea that needs to be crossed; not just by your assignee but by their worldly possessions as well. So, how can you help them successfully manage the logistics, i.e. the detailed organisation and implementation of this complex operation? Simple: by helping them select a reputable international removal company that’s capable of meeting their requirements.

International removal companies

Selecting an international removal company is one of the most important decisions an assignee will make before they finally set off for the bright lights of London. Get this right and much of the stress associated with moving overseas will be alleviated, leaving them free to concentrate on settling into their new role in your organisation. You can help them do just that by guiding them through the selection process, before helping them coordinate the execution of the removal from their destination country to London.

Identifying suitable international removal companies for your assignees to choose from is a vital yet time-consuming process. You’ll need to:

  1. Research their accreditations – reputable international removal companies will be vetted and accredited by one or more industry bodies. For example, in the UK these include the British Association of Removers (BAR), the National Guild of Removers and Storers, the Road Haulage Association and the Removals Industry Ombudsman Scheme.
  2. Request and compare quotes – this will give assignees a good idea of how much they should expect to pay depending on their specific requirements.
  3. Check they have insurance – the removal company you help your assignee choose will be responsible for the safe transportation of their personal belongings to London. Therefore, you must check they have a comprehensive insurance policy, to guarantee that anything damaged in transit is covered.
  4. Read reviews and testimonials – gauge just how good a removal company is by finding out what their customers think. This involves researching and reading any reviews or testimonials that have been written about them.


Let a relocation specialist do the (hard) work for you

A relocation specialist like Simply London – the leading relocation agency for the capital – can manage all aspects of a successful relocation on you and your assignee’s behalf – from immigration applications and HR support to destination services such as housing and school searches.

By using Simply London’s knowledge and experience to select an international removal company and provide full coordination of the removal, you get the best of both worlds: peace of mind for your assignee that they’ll receive a first-class service, while removing the need for you to spend valuable time researching reputable companies and coordinating the removal.   

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