Avoiding the misery of moving house

The Prague Post

Professional moving companies can do more than just box and bundle

The excitement of moving is all about the thrill of anticipation: new job, new city, new friends. However, it is also one of the most stressful things you’ll ever do. Moving within your home country is difficult enough, but an overseas relocation raises the stressors exponentially. However, there are a few pluses, like cleaning out the junk drawers and backs of closets, and the whole process is not half as complicated if you get a relocation company to help you.

“Moving companies are great to help with heavy lifting, etc.,” says Monica Angelucci, who is currently packing her Prague flat in preparation for a move to Malaysia with her husband, Daniel.

Wherever the final destination, utilizing the help and expertise of a professional moving company may be something worth looking into. The Angeluccis are using Interdean International Relocation to assist with their move. The company provides a complete range of relocation services and last year relocated 34,000 families, expatriates and others overseas.

“Thanks to its 50 years of experience, Interdean International Relocation understands the full relocation process on a global scale,” says Pierre Flament, sales manager for Interdean in the Czech Republic. “We are here to help, advise and assist the expatriate, offering a single point of contact all along the way.”
Corstjens Worldwide Movers has been working in Prague for nearly 20 years, specializing in international moving and relocation services. Klára Jakubíčková, group relocation manager for Corstjens, believes the company is a one-stop shop for people looking to move.

“We take care of their immigration issues, handle the hassle with authorities and customs offices, pack personal belongings and furniture, and we take care of the transportation of pets,” she says. “We help [people] find a new home at their destination, plus show them the neighborhood and shopping and cultural and sport activities.”

The whole package

Besides moving belongings from point A to point B, additional services are something important to consider with an international move. It may be more difficult to learn about how to live in your new city, and a built-in “friend” at the end could come in handy. Allowing someone else to deal with the customs folks, plus assistance with immigration and legal issues, will be a huge burden off your shoulders. Flament agrees services such as these are something to look into when choosing a relocation company.

“By combining moving and relocation, we make sure to manage the whole relocation process with confidence,” he says. “Thanks to our global network, we are able to assist the expatriate anywhere in the world.”

The worst part of moving, though, has to be the packing, and this is an important topic to investigate with potential moving companies. Nick Young is the sales manager at Team Allied Czech Republic, part of a global network specializing in both local and international moves, as well as storage facilities. He says their movers are some of the best in the business.

“Our packers are very highly regarded among our previous clients,” he said. “Most of our packing team members have been with us for long tenures and are remarkable in their ability to provide consistent, top-quality services in any moving situation.”

And what if something goes missing? Losing a piece of luggage is an annoying headache; losing your bed or the box with all your child’s favorite toys is a nightmare. This is when having an expert to call to track the errant item is priceless.

“Because of our experience, we are able to anticipate difficulties and deal with them before they turn into real problems,” Jakubíčková says. “What makes us different is that we are extremely good communicators; we believe this is a vital part of a successful partnership with our clients.”

Young also emphasizes the necessity of excellent communication between the company and client.

“Our staff always make certain that the client has a clear idea of what to expect in terms of packing services, transit times, customs paperwork and any other facet of the move that the client needs to consider,” he says. “I think we take the fear of the unexpected out of the equation, which is something our clients really appreciate.”

And, with a ton of other details spinning through your mind, it’s nice to turn over responsibility for one piece of the relocation process.

“I believe it is often underestimated how difficult it is to settle down in a new country, new environment and culture,” Jakubíčková says. “I highlight the services of orientation, settling down and intercultural training as an important part of an international relocation.”