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5 Tips for Dealing with Homesickness When Moving Abroad

 

Some folks get homesick when they spend a night away in a hotel, but if you’re taking advantage of our European removals service, it’s likely you’re going to have to deal with more than a few weeks away from your native soil! Homesickness can break even the most hardened of folks, but there are usually enough similarities in each case to make some of the following five tips effective measures against the worst of it.

1. Be aware of the normal cycle of culture shock and homesickness
Most folks find they experience homesickness as a W-curve. Once we’ve tidied up the last of the removal packing materials and you’re free to explore, the honeymoon period begins! This period can last anything from a day to a month or so and it finished off by a gradual slide into melancholy when you begin to miss things like your family and friends, favourite takeaway shop or familiar TV adverts. Gradually this feeling will lift as you adapt to your new home. The next dip usually occurs when you relocate back home and gradually acclimatise again. Be aware of what’s normal for you, especially if you’ve suffered from depression or anxiety in the past.

2. Get involved
Playing an active role in your new home can be daunting, especially if you’ve relocated on your own. But having a friend or two to spend time with can be an exceptionally effective way to deal with homesickness and culture shock. Use personal interests like sports and hobbies to find like-minded people.

3. Talk about it
Sometimes a chat over a nice brew can help the weight of homesickness lift significantly. Don’t call home at every opportunity to complain, you need a support network in the place you’re physically living in. If you’re on a placement, talk to your host family or project organiser. If you’re a professional working abroad for the first time, there are likely protocols within your company for handling culture shock and home sickness. There’s no shame in getting it off your chest!

4. Give yourself time
The rule of thumb is that it takes around five months to really figure out whether you want to be somewhere. It doesn’t matter whether we’re handling removals to Brussels or you’re heading out to the Far East alone; give it five months and then reassess your feelings. Five months isn’t much in the scale of life, and you’ll kick yourself if you go home early and then think “Well it doesn’t seem so bad now I know home is still here!”

5. Stay healthy
Throwing yourself into an ambitious marathon training schedule may not be for everyone, but definitely give yourself a little TLC in the health department. Improving your physical fitness and all-round health (yes, that includes saunas and a bit of pampering!) will give you a real sense of achievement and a positive outlook on your new situation.

Luxembourg Ranks Third for Quality of Life

So what are you waiting for? It was recently hailed as a top financial emerging market by Geneva-based Middle Eastern business, Pictet’s, and Luxembourg also enjoyed the accolade of coming 3rd in 2012 quality of life study carried out by ECA International. The study ranked cities around the world in terms of their quality of life for ex pats. The capital city of Luxembourg –  Luxembourg – rose one place from 2011-2012, only falling behind joint 1st place-ranked Copenhagen and Berne.

The study was compiled using independent surveys and ratings submitted by ex pats in relation to European standards and adjustments, e.g. where can a European feel most at home? Ranking was decided based on scores from categories like social life, leisure, infrastructure, political tension, climate, healthcare services, accommodation, utilities, transport, location, personal safety and culture.

But how do you rank a city for it’s liveability in terms of foreigners residing there in a broader sense? For us, the proof is in the figures. Removals to Luxembourg are exceptionally popular in the current market, especially in terms of relocation for professional reasons. The ECA study also cited Luxembourg as a top business destination. It scored very high in terms of HR considerations like ex pat comfort, familiar resources and all-round ease settling into the new environment. It also took into account things like the origin of the ex pat and their ease settling into the candidate city. This information was then used to score cities on their overall appeal and quality of life.

Want a few more high ranking cities to add to the list? Removals to Germany and surrounding areas are pretty popular; the top ranking cities following Luxembourg are, in  order, Stuttgart, Antwerp, Geneva, Brussels and Dusseldorf.

Something we see a lot in our removals packing services business is people taking a chance. It could be a move to Luxembourg for work, it could be a year studying in Florence or an early retirement on the Riviera. The bottom line is that the world is a large and splendid place. And with us behind you, you could see a little more of it with your own stuff comfortably around you.

And if you need a little push to head out to Luxembourg to enjoy it’s high ranking quality of life, here are a few facts we found to sugar coat the move!

^Several parts of the city of Luxembourg are labelled as UNSECO World Heritage Sites.
^Luxembourgish is the native language and not just a dialect of German.
^Luxembourg has been noted as one of the safest countries in the world on numerous occasions.
^Luxembourgers love to finish a meal with a very strong plum-based drink, eau-de-vie.
^Luxembourg Euros are amongst the rarest in circulation, so keep hold of any you come across and pass them on to a coin collector.
^Most Luxembourgers are fluent in French, German and English.

Making Removals To Italy Simple

Romantic Italy

Italy is a beautiful place to move to and no matter where you are in the country it is full of distinctive architecture and lots of history. A move to Italy can really make for a change of pace that many people long for, or even want to return to after having been in the United Kingdom. Our European removals service is one of the best options for getting all of your belongings back to Italy, no matter whether you are in the South, the midlands or the North of either country. We strive to provide you with quality European removals that can allow you to forget about all of the minutiae that comes with packing belongings.

Any Size Any Time

Many people worry about the size of the objects in their homes, from the small to the large. We have an adaptable service however and can provide piano removals to Italy as well as for only a few boxes of items. We treat everything with absolute care and never treat anybody’s personal belongings as we wouldn’t treat our own. This means absolute respect for privacy and the delicacy of what you are taking. If you are transporting delicate objects like furniture or antiques, it is always best to advise us prior. If you have special requirements for certain belongings these can be arranged beforehand, or alternatively, you can provide any protective packaging and simply notify the driver of the item.

Quality And Care

Each of our drivers is insured to provide the quality removals Italy deserves. This means having thousands of hours of road time across Europe as well as extensive experience regarding traffic, directions and even breakdowns. We are covered across this zone as well, so even if the worst does happen, we can call for help and get things moving again in super-quick time. Unlike other removal companies we will not leave you wondering what is going on and will strive to provide you with a quality of service that gives you the peace of mind to relax on your travels. Of course, your belongings may travel by road but you can travel by air and be sure that your belongings will arrive at the time we say. As members of the Removers And Storers, we always strive to provide you with this level of service.

Extra Help

If you are wanting to store your belongings for a period before moving, then we can offer some unsurpassed deals. We won’t charge you for up to 2 weeks of storage, which can buy you some all important time before or even after collection. Long term storage is typically offered in London and is very competitively priced. If you find that you don’t have enough, or the right type of boxes or packing options at your disposal, we can also offer these. We also use the Eurotunnel to ensure the greatest likelihood that we won’t be held up by bad weather or transport issues beyond our control.

Top tips when moving abroad

Heading overseas to start a new life can be exciting, but there is lots to plan before you can embark on your adventure. For example, you might need to book removals to Europe. After all, trying to settle into your new home without your possessions around you can be tricky.

Here at European Removal Experts we’re specialists when it comes to transporting belongings to destinations around the continent. By taking advantage of our services, you should find the process to be smooth and stress-free.

The appeal of starting again abroad

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph recently, Richard Musty, expatriate banking director at Lloyds TSB International, stated: “We conduct regular surveys among British expats to understand the reasons why people decide to leave the UK. Many people move abroad for job opportunities, but quality of life is also a major factor, and many people are attracted to moving abroad because it offers them a more relaxed way of life, new life experiences or better weather.

“Whatever the reason for their move, our research finds that two-thirds (66 per cent) of expats reported they are happier in their new countries than in the UK.”

Expert advice

He went on to offer some advice that may be of interest to you. For example, Mr Musty remarked: “Anybody moving abroad must have a good understanding of complex issues such as tax status, foreign exchange, local laws and customs, all of which require in-depth research.

“Employers may not always provide all the guidance needed, meaning potential expats themselves must spend a good deal of time planning ahead of a move, ideally six months if possible.”

Financial matters

He went on to point to the importance of sorting out financial matters in advance of any move. For example, you might have to look into the flexibility with which you’ll be able to access your money internationally and it may also be necessary to establish your tax status in your new country.

Other issues

Of course, there are other things to bear in mind. For example, Mr Musty drew attention to the importance of finding goods schools if you’re travelling with children, building a social network and potentially learning a foreign language.

He also noted that it’s necessary to choose a house. Once you’ve got your property sorted, you can arrange furniture removals.

How we can help

Here at European Removal Experts we’re experts when it comes to the transportation of possessions. Whether you’re after removals to France, removals to Belgium or any other such services, we’re perfectly placed to help.

We can take the stress out of these moves and ensure that the process of moving your belongings runs smoothly. We specialise in providing removals to France, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Italy and Holland.

Find out more

If you’re keen to discover more about how we operate and to see whether or not we’re the right firm for you, just take a look around the rest of our website or get in touch with our friendly and professional team by phone or email.

The savvy approach to office moves

Having the right office is crucial if your firm is to succeed and so you might have decided that it’s time to up sticks and head to new premises. Perhaps your current working space is too costly, or maybe it’s the wrong size. Alternatively, maybe you want to relocate to be in a more convenient location or to be closer to your customers.

Whatever the reason for your transition, it’s important that you approach it in a sensible way. If mishandled, office moves can have disastrous consequences.

Shifting your stuff

Running a company isn’t easy at the best of times and when you have to cope with the added stress and inconvenience of relocating, you might really find you’ve got your work cut out for you.

Rather than trying to arrange the movement of your furniture and other items yourself, it may therefore pay off to bring in the professionals. Here at European Removal Experts, we are experts when it comes to office removal and may be perfectly placed to assist you.

Leaving this task to specialists like us means you can get on with the other important jobs facing you. In contrast, if you were to attempt to transfer your possessions unaided, you might find you’re distracted from crucial issues facing your business.

Minimising damage

Also, because we have plenty of experience when it comes to removal packing services, we’re better able to minimise the risk of damage to your possessions. This could save you stress and hassle. Also, by taking advantage of our insurance policies, you can rest assured you won’t be left out of pocket.

Planning ahead

As well as booking the relevant removals companies in Woodford Green or wherever you’re based, there are other things to plan.

For example, ahead of your move, you’ll need to inform your customers and any organisations you have dealings with about what is happening and provide them with your new contact details. If you don’t, you risk missing out on trade, compromising customer care and getting into bureaucratic difficulties.

Minimising downtime

Another issue to bear in mind is how long it will take you to get set up in your new working environment. Ideally, you want to keep downtime to an absolute minimum. To help ensure this is the case, it’s worthwhile making sure you’ll be able to get your phones and computers operating swiftly once you arrive in your new office.

What your office says about you

Meanwhile, before you sign any contracts concerning office leases, it’s a good idea to consider what the premises say about your firm. Attractive and modern working spaces give the impression that your organisation is professional and optimistic about the future.

In contrast, poky and unattractive offices can really put potential customers, investors and workers off and consequently have a negative impact on your long-term prospects. Thankfully, there are plenty of options for you to choose from these days, so you shouldn’t struggle to find premises that tick each and every one of your boxes.

Taking some of the stress out of your property moves

There’s no denying the fact that property moves can be stressful. Uprooting your life can be taxing on both an emotional and a practical level. Of course, it can also be financially problematic.

However, it’s now easier than ever to take advantage of high quality and affordable removal services. Even if you need additional help, such as piano removal, you won’t find this process difficult.

Property market on the up

Meanwhile, there are signs that the UK’s property market may be improving, meaning now may be a good time to sell up and move on. Recently, the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) predicted that 2013 would be more positive and stable.

It noted that the number of loans advanced to first-time buyers in October returned to levels similar to those witnessed during the summer following a dip in September. Meanwhile, lending to home movers also increased, which contributed to a jump in house purchase lending.

Some stats

During October, a total of 20,000 loans were advanced to first-time buyers. This was up by 14 per cent compared with the previous month and was a rise of 19 per cent compared with October 2011. In total, £2.5 billion was lent to these buyers.

Meanwhile, lending to home movers, including those who may have needed removals companies in Romford, went up by 13 per cent in October compared with September. During the month, a total of 29,400 loans were advanced with a combined value of £4.8 billion.

Underlying trend

Commenting on the figures, CML director general Paul Smee said: “More positive figures in October, after a slow September, suggest that the underlying trend in house purchase lending of modest year-on-year growth will continue. However, usual seasonal factors may act as a counter to lending levels in the coming months. An up-tick in remortgage lending may be an early sign of a small positive impact of the Funding for Lending scheme, but it’s still too soon to evaluate the effects of the scheme.

“If the incremental improvements in house purchase lending that we are currently seeing persist as we expect them to, then next year should feel a more stable and positive year in the housing and mortgage markets.”

Making your life easier

If you want to minimise the stress associated with your property move, it’s wise to invest in professional removal services that you can have complete confidence in. By turning to specialist providers, you can save yourself a potentially long and tiring task. Also, you can help ensure that your possessions make it to their new home unscathed.

Here at European Removal Experts, we’re experts when it comes to moving and packing and should be perfectly placed to help you.

Going the extra mile

To ensure our customers benefit from total peace of mind, we make sure all the goods we transport are packed with security and safety in mind and we use highly trained staff for this purpose.

We also offer insurance options for additional protection and this financial cover is available at low rates.

Retiring To The Sun

Regardless of how the pound and the Euro behave there are thousands of British couples who decide to pack up and move to France when they retire. And who can blame them when the pace of living is a little slower, the food is better and in many areas the weather is better throughout the year. Settling into a new country and a new way of life is actually far easier if you have your own things round you so generally when the retirees go abroad they will take the contents of their homes with them.

Moving to France with your own furnishings can be far more cost effective than buying new when you get there and certainly means that the feel of being home can be created immediately. A specialist removal company, like us at European Removal Experts, will take any hassle out of the move and deliver to your new home at a date to suit you rather than us. Our wagons are helping people moving to France every week and we can even offer to move part-loads if you don’t want to take everything when you move.

If the property that you are moving to in France is not immediately habitable we can arrange to store your possessions in the interim so that it can be delivered as and when you are ready to receive it, after all many people buy properties that they are going to either renovate or at least bring up to date. When you are moving to France using the right removal company can make a huge difference to the amount of stress you feel so do make sure that you pick one that has plenty of experience and knows the ropes so that everything goes smoothly to help you ease into your new life.

Things You’ll Need to Consider When Moving to Holland

Moving to Holland can be a great experience, giving you the opportunity for a fresh start in an exciting and vibrant country. But, there are several things you’ll need to consider before you start your new life abroad, and here are just a few of them.

First up, you’ll need to think about the language barrier. Although a lot of Dutch people will speak English it always pays to be familiar with their own language, as this not only shows willing and an appreciation of their culture but will also make the transition easier so you can start your new adventure with confidence.

You’ll also need to make sure the arrangements in both countries are complete. You don’t want to be moving to Holland with any loose ends floating around in England, so make sure that everything including house sales, solicitors’ fees and visa issues are dealt with before you leave.

And, one of the most important things to consider will undoubtedly be the moving of your possessions. This could well make moving to Holland more stressful, but if you choose the right removals company (such as us here at European Removal Experts) and plan in advance you shouldn’t have much too much to worry about.

These are just a few things you’ll need to consider when moving to Holland, and as long as you bear them in mind you’ll be able to make the transition as smooth and as simple as possible. If you need a bit of help with the removals side of things, make sure to get in touch with us here at European Removal Experts and we’ll be happy to help.

Man and Van Services from European Removal Experts

Whether you’re moving to Germany, organising an office removal project or you simply need to transfer some of your belongings from one place to another, the job can seem daunting. The amount of legwork involved is enough to make you dread the task at hand, and undoubtedly force you to consider using a removal service to help you along the way.

However, the expense of such services and the time restrictions in which removal companies operate can often leave you with no choice but to organise your entire move solely around their availability. This has quite often proven to be extremely costly and inconvenient for many, particularly those moving to Germany or other European locations, which is precisely why European Removal Experts have made their competitive services all about the customer. We have made our services so diverse that even if you and your family or office are moving to France, we can provide an affordable removal service for you.

If you need your belongings moved to Scotland, Ireland or any major city in the UK, we at European Removal Experts offer “Man and Van” services to cater for a wide variety of specific removal needs. We specialise in household and office removals of any size, and our services operate during the day, evenings and weekends for a service that suits you.

All of our vans are fully insured and have a large 15 metre cubic capacity, making them suitable for even the largest-scale removal project. Our competitive prices start at one Man with Van costing as little as £250 for an entire 8-hour day of use.

European Removal Experts also offer assitance with removals all over Europe, so even if you’re moving to France or Germany, we can help you.

Furnishing Your Holiday Home In France

Furnishing Your Holiday Home In France

France is still the most popular country for many British people who wish to buy a holiday home. Because it is easy to get to by car or a short flight the house can be used more often during the year. If you are thinking of buying in France take a minute to think about how you will furnish your holiday home. Although driving round flea markets and second hand dealers can be a fun part of a holiday buying all your furniture and white goods in the UK is more sensible.

Moving them to France is simple with the services of an experienced removals company like us here at European Removal Experts. The furniture and other goods that you need to take to your holiday home can be collected at your convenience, stored if required, and then delivered when you are there to receive them. Furniture and white goods are generally cheaper in the UK and many people already have furniture that they would like to use in the new house so the cost of shipping included you will still save money as many people who are moving to France discover too late.

When you are moving to France, to a holiday home, you actually want to be able to be comfortably settled there as soon as possible. Then you can enjoy your holiday time to the full and not come home exhausted so it makes perfect sense to put in the majority of the furnishings in one go. Of course you will still want to potter round the Vide Grenier picking up beautiful French pieces for your home but that will be part of the pleasure of your holidays to your home in France, rather than something to stress you out when you should be enjoying your Bon Vacances.