One of the most difficult decisions you’ll make when you are planning your relocation to London is what to pack and how to get it across the Atlantic. Many Americans moving to London are not emigrating; they are just coming over for a couple of years as part of an international relocation jobs program. Not only do you have to decide what to take with you, but also what you will do with everything that you are leaving behind.
Everything but the kitchen sink…
Deciding what you will need after your relocation to London is also a consideration that bears thinking about. Unless your London relocation agents are going to find you furnished accommodation, you’ll have to ship some basic furniture over to the UK. However, it might not always be financially prudent to ship over your furniture from your country of origin. The cost of moving for an international relocation could end up being far greater than buying new furniture after you have arrived in London.
You also need to consider your space and the type of home you will be living in. Homes in London are generally much smaller than home in the USA. Your furniture, especially beds may not even fit through the front door of your new apartment. Buying bed linen for an American sized bed can be difficult when you’re shopping after your relocation.
Ask your relocation agents to recommend a professional international mover who will be able to help you with the entire process. You don’t want to have to deal with one company for a cross country move and then another for an international move across the ocean. If you can get a moving company that has experience in international relocation including the storage of the belongings while you are away then you’ll be far better off.
Ask your removal company what they will do about getting your containers through customs and how long your move is likely to take. In any event you won’t know exactly where you will be living when you arrive in the city, so you’ll have to keep liaising with your movers to keep them appraised.