Moving Abroad

Moving internationally: why “hands-off” is sometimes better!

24 November, 2015 13:50  EasyExpat EasyExpat

Article sponsored by AGS

AGS Movers: packing

So you’ve just signed the papers for a new job offer overseas, and your removal checklist looks like this: pack boxes, find the cheapest quote and move! In this feature AGS Movers advises against that approach, explaining the benefits of using a quality-accredited leader in the removals industry.

Yes, it’s a super-exciting time for you and your family, and it’s easy to get swept up in the moment. You’ve packed for international holidays before, so an international removal can’t be that much more difficult, right?

"70 000 families entrust AGS to move them every year"

Actually it is – that’s why 70 000 families entrust AGS to move them every year – and we have over 40 years’ experience solving exactly the sort of problems which you’d be faced with if you tried to do this all yourself.

For example, that checklist at the beginning has a major red flag: packing boxes.

"…your household valuables are a lot more fragile than those clothes that somehow survived being squeezed into your holiday luggage…"

AGS offers our clients specialised packing services, and it’s precisely because your household valuables are a lot more fragile than those clothes that somehow survived being squeezed into your holiday luggage with the aid of a helpful kick.

We know it sounds strange: you don’t usually think of your fridge, cupboards or couches as fragile, but unsightly dents or scratches can easily result from unskilled handling or packing.

Leave the packing to the professionals

AGS’ promise to all our clients is ‘You deserve the best’, and that starts right at the start with packing. We strongly advise that you leave this critical phase to us, because not only will it ensure you don’t start off your international journey with a painful back strain, but you’re guaranteed that your valuables will soon adorn your new home in good condition.

There are horror stories from well-intentioned DIY people having nasty experiences when unpacking their household items, only to discover that they’ve incurred a substantial cost to transport broken items that they’re now going to have to replace at yet more cost!

"…your dedicated removals consultant will guide you through the process of preparing your household items for the removal day…"

When using AGS, by contrast, your dedicated removals consultant will guide you through the whole process of preparing your household items for the removal day, and help you to ensure that your shipment proceeds smoothly through the Customs procedures at the countries’ borders.

We have a range of special packing materials and purpose-designed boxes, which will protect even your most fragile items. Our international network of warehouses will also keep everything secure while your goods are awaiting shipment or delivery.

Closing the gaps

AGS offers All Risks insurance cover for even more peace of mind: this protects your household goods from door to door!  Although the modern maritime industry is very sophisticated, unplanned loss – ranging from port explosions to container ships sinking – should still be protected against.

Now that you know that your household goods will be well taken care of, remember to ask your AGS removals consultant about our other integrated services!

We can offer you and your family relocations assistance – helping you to settle in at your destination – and also offer specialised solutions for the transport of vehicles and even whole offices.

Best of all, AGS offers these high-quality services at competitive prices, and there are personalised options to fit every budget. For more insights into these, click here for our previous article on understanding your biggest decisions when moving internationally.

With 129 locations in 83 countries, AGS is ready to serve you on both sides of your removal!

Request your free quotation online now or visit for more information.


Moving internationally: your two biggest decisions

16 October, 2015 10:00  EasyExpat EasyExpat

Article sponsored by AGS

AGS truck


In today’s global village, you could unexpectedly receive a foreign job offer and be faced with the prospect of an international relocation for yourself and your family! Here we describe the two biggest decisions you’ll have to make, and the support that AGS Movers provides.

Firstly, relax – you have nothing to worry about! From the moment you request a free quote for your removal from AGS, one of our professional relocation consultants will meet with you at your home to help assess your household’s needs, answer your questions and provide guidance.

Although they sound obvious, the two biggest moving decisions have several knock-on impacts that aren’t always clear at the beginning.  (More)


Three tips for dealing with the last minute moving dilemmas

29 June, 2015 08:00  EasyExpat EasyExpat

Moving and loading boxesThe last minute moving atmosphere is that short moment of an overwhelming atmosphere and rushing people, which usually lasts quite longer than just a short moment. Because of that, you probably want to take some extra measurements and activities to enhance the atmosphere or at least to reduce the stress. Let's take a look at three common advises that are always helpful, especially if you plan a big house relocation with all the family members, the kids and the pets, as well as piles of moving boxes, heavy objects... (More)


Three deciding factors for international removals

20 June, 2015 07:00  EasyExpat EasyExpat

Article sponsored by AGS

AGS Worldwide Movers

The day you’ve been dreaming about is finally here: your chance to move to a new country! While you turn your dreams into reality, we’ll explain why choosing AGS to conduct the international removal of your home or office contents is so hassle-free.

We understand that removals can be the last thing on your mind during this exciting and busy period, but a few minutes spent choosing AGS as your removal company are well worthwhile. Our 95% customer satisfaction rate is proof of that!  (More)


Moving checklist compilation steps

15 June, 2015 08:00  EasyExpat EasyExpat

Moving checklist compilation stepsIt's usually hard to complete the moving checklist in time and sometimes you modify it until the last moment and even at the moving day. That's why a great idea is to follow the next moving checklist compilation steps, which can help you with an easier organization when moving house. (More)


EU won't axe mobile roaming fees for a while

27 April, 2015 08:19  EasyExpat EasyExpat

Once Yes, another time No. From July 2014 roaming prices in Europe have fallen again from 20 to 55%.

Under the leadership of the European Commission, the roaming prices have melted by 80% since 2007. They are currently:

  • €0.19 for an outgoing call (0.24 before);
  • €0.05 for an incoming call (0.07 before);
  • €0.06 for SMS (0.08 before);
  • €0.20 for each megabyte of data downloaded (0.45 before);
  • SMS messages received are free.

Yes the European Commission wanted to go much further and its real goal was to remove all the extra costs; a sort of United States of digital Europe with a single cost wherever you are located within the European Union.

Mobile phone - Fotolia.



AGS: We Move The People Who Move The World

14 April, 2015 09:03  EasyExpat EasyExpat

Article sponsored by AGS

AGS Worldwide Movers

Let AGS Worldwide Movers’ 40+ years of experience move you! With a network of over 129 locations in 82 countries, AGS offers a complete, seamless relocation solution, to and from anywhere in the world. From packing to short or long-term storage, services provided by AGS Worldwide Movers are personalised and adapted to suit its clients’ needs. More than 55 000 families place their trust in AGS Worldwide Movers every year, and so can you.  (More)


An Expat in Cape Town

31 March, 2015 10:08  Erin Erin

At EasyExpat we provide the latest in expat news, but sometimes a personal journey can best explain the unique challenges and triumphs involved in moving abroad. Expat Kate shared the story of her move to South Africa on Expat-Quotes and we are sharing it again here.

Kate Move to South Africa I’ve always enjoyed travelling – in fact, after I left school it was pretty much the only thing I was interested in doing with my life. I wasn’t bothered about uni or further study, and I certainly didn’t fancy knuckling down to a full time job. I had a fantastic few years travelling around the world visiting Australasia, Asia, Europe, North & South America and North Africa. Eventually, I realised I would need to settle down at some point and find a career – but after a few long years back in England, I had itchy feet again.


Guide for the Move to America

03 September, 2014 16:47  Erin Erin

My reason for moving molly move to americaAt EasyExpat we provide the latest in expat news, but sometimes a personal journey can best explain the unique challenges and triumphs involved in moving abroad. Expat Molly has shared the many steps in her move from the UK to join her fiancée (now husband) in the USA.

We have followed her preparations for a visa, discover the differences in renting a home, start the job search in her new country and settle into a happy new life abroad in the Move to America. She also shared her background story and biggest tips in an expat interview.



5 Ways to Overcome New Expat Housing Challenges

26 August, 2014 13:10  Erin Erin

Luggage in hotel room - Fotolia There's no doubt that moving overseas provides a multitude of amazing benefits for families who are brave enough to take the plunge.  However, becoming an expat certainly isn't without its challenges.

While many of the difficulties can vary from one individual or family to the next, there are several that are common to almost all new expat families no matter what their personalities or destination of choice. Most notably, the task of setting up residence.

Here are a few tips for making the chore of finding a place to live a bit easier as a new expat.



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