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Shipping your bed overseas

You can’t beat being in your own bed, and if you are looking to move abroad, the thought of leaving it behind is a disastrous thought on its own, without the added stress of the financial and travelling problems that come with moving home.

Many countries have restrictions about what you can take with you when you are moving abroad, especially Australia and New Zealand, who have fragile ecosystems which mean that some wood products that have the potential to harm indigenous species are forbidden to enter the country.

However, the situation isn’t as strict as it seems, as most of the rules apply to unfinished wood or whether you have an old antique wooden bed, which would possibly need to be checked for woodworm and approved with a certificate by a pest company saying it was dormant.

When considering the size and weight of a bed frame and mattress, many automatically assume the cost will be high, and automatically look to throw the bed out without weighing up the costs. When a removals company look to ship their customer’s items overseas, they look to use a whole container to store all the items in.

This can often mean that the cost of shipping all your beds abroad, can work out cheaper than buying a set of new bed frames and mattresses.

Joanne Summerscales, Robinsons International Moving Services, said, “If a migrant is taking a whole container to themselves then the cost of including a bed is minimal really if there is room in the container for it.

“If they are shipping with a groupage container, then, of course, they pay for the volume or space. Some beds, and particularly mattresses, are significantly expensive so that the cost of shipping does make financial sense.”

Robinsons have over 100 years experience in overseas removals and can assure their customers gain the right advice and removals services to their new destination, wherever they are travelling too.

Summerscales believes that the services removals companies provide, allow for less stress for international movers upon arrival at their new destination.

“Often clients will ship a bed frame and buy new mattresses upon arrival at their destination, which they may well sleep on until the consignment, including the bed frame, arrives.

Robinsons aim to offer their full support and advice to clients looking to ship their personal belongings abroad. Summerscales adds that clients should compile a list of personal belongings they wish to take abroad, and weigh up the pros and cons of adding a bed to the removals list.

“We would not discourage a migrant from including anything unless we felt it would cause issues with either customers or quarantine at destination,” said Summerscales. “Then we would, of course, advise accordingly.”

Summerscales also points out that people need to be aware that shapes and styles of beds may vary from each country and you may often find that you won’t be able to find what you need at home, abroad.

Summerscales said, “Framed beds rather than divan beds seem to be increasingly popular for migrants in the UK. Bed sizes do vary so it is important to check bedding sizes, as a king size bed in the UK may not be called the same thing in the destination company.”

To ensure you have the perfect night’s sleep before and after your overseas move, visit Robinsons for further information on removals services for your final destination.

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