Shipping belongings to Australia may be your primary concern
Australia—the “Land Down Under”—is an attractive residential option to many. The laidback lifestyle and the breathtaking natural features of the country is perfect for those who want to slow down the pace of their lives for a bit. The great number of outdoor activities one can participate in Australia make for a well-rounded lifestyle that a lot of people desire.
However, it is not very easy to move to another house, especially one in another country. You cannot easily sell the things dear to you, nor you can ride the truck bearing your possession to your new home. You have to entrust your belongings to a freight company for shipping to Australia. How do you go about shipping your things to your new home?
Pack your possessions smartly. If you are packing breakable items (china and other items made of glass or ceramics), make sure that they are cushioned by other items like linens or clothes and snugly placed in the middle of the box or the crate. The freight company may not pay for any broken item especially if you have packed your crate with relative negligence. Also, if you pack smartly, the spaces inside the boxes and crates will be maximized—thus saving you money.
Compare shipping costs. There are many companies that specialize in international freight shipping and settling for the right one can be a little difficult. Lower costs may not mean the best choice—not every company offers comprehensive insurance for your items. Shipping your luggage to Australia may also take a while, so you have to figure in the delivery time in the costs. Is it absolutely important that you have the crates as soon as possible or can you wait for a few weeks? If you think it is of utmost importance that your belongings reach your new home as you do? Maybe it will be better to send your things to the freight company earlier so you can avail of cheap shipping to Australia.
The size, volume, and weight of your shipment are important factors to consider in the shipping costs. If you can, do not take as much of your things—just those you cannot absolutely live without.
Also, you should know how the freight company would convey your shipments to you in Australia through their international shipping to Australia service. Most of these companies will deliver the crates on your doorstep, but it does not hurt to ask.
* Settle for the company with the most insurance coverage you can afford. As the saying goes, it is “better be safe than sorry.” This holds true especially if you are transporting heirloom, “priceless,” or irreplaceable pieces. You trust the freight company to take good care of your belongings, but you are not sure that everyone who will handle your shipment will exercise the same care you would. A good insurance coverage should placate you that your things are not only taken care of well, but you will also be compensated should something unexpected happen.