Moving abroad is quite a difficult undertaking, requiring not only careful planning, but also a lot of knowledge and skills. Planning a trip to another country it is good to use the help of experienced professionals.

From 2004 to 2013 almost 2 million Poles left the country permanently. We usually go abroad to work (almost 73% of cases), while the next places are taken by such reasons as family matters (almost 16%), education (5.7%). The country most often chosen by us as a destination for emigration is Great Britain, where in 2013 as many as 645 thousand Poles lived. In Germany, on the other hand, there were over half a million of us, and significant Polish minorities were also active in Ireland (115 thousand) and the Netherlands (105 thousand).

The group of Poles living abroad is constantly growing, and every move is not only a big fuss in personal life, but also a really serious logistical challenge. Whether you're moving for a few months or leaving to stay permanently, moving all (or a large part) of your belongings can be a source of big problems. So it's worth planning everything carefully in advance and using the help of professionals.

Will everything be necessary?

It's a good idea to start preparing for a move by looking through your belongings. There are almost certainly items that you won't need in your new place. These can be clothes that your family members no longer wear, damaged equipment that you regret throwing away for some reason or old furniture that has been annoying you for a long time. Moving house is the best opportunity to get rid of them - not necessarily throw them away, but give them back to people in need or friends, for example.

Then divide the items you are going to take with you into two or three groups. The first group consists of the largest items (these should be handed over to the staff of the transport company), and the second group consists of the small items that you can take with you to the plane, bus or your own car. The third group is worth separating if the move is to be only temporary and you plan to come home after a while. You can have these items stored by a good removals company and simply pick them up when you return home.

Trust the professionals

Now you have the hardest part ahead of you - packing. Protecting objects from damage during transport is not easy at all. That's why it's not worth relying on the skills of your friends and colleagues when planning a move over such a long distance, with the help of experienced specialists. Deciding on such a service, you can be sure that even the most delicate items will reach their destination intact.

Remember also that the largest items, such as beds, wardrobes or upholstered transport furniture will probably have to be dismantled. And this time the best solution will be to use a company that specializes in organizing removals. Its specialists will make sure that nothing happens to the furniture while it is being moved and their individual elements are properly secured. Upon arrival, the specialists will assemble your furniture, which will look exactly the same as before in your new apartment.

Afraid of formalities?

Moving abroad is not just about transport. As Katarzyna Wandelt-Baraniak from 123Przeprowadzki company from Poznań reminds us, when moving abroad we have to prepare for additional formalities: Moving to countries that are not members of the European Union, such as Norway or Switzerland, is particularly difficult in this respect - says Wandelt-Baraniak - because the transported goods should be subject to customs duty. To avoid this, we should try to qualify them as resettlement property.

This will only be possible for certain items (such as cars, furniture or livestock) if you prove that they actually belong to your property. A good removal company will help you with the formalities at customs. Katarzyna Wandelt-Baraniak: We prepare all documents and formalities related to customs and make necessary customs clearance.

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