Documentation Preparation for International Moving

Before you move, a virtual walkthrough or in-person survey will be conducted by an experienced Suddath® representative. To determine the accurate volume and weight of your move, we follow a transparent, step-by-step process.

Free, accurate pre-move walkthrough and moving quote

During the walk-through, major furniture items are noted first in each room. The standard volumes of these items are listed on the cube survey sheet. Contents of closets, cupboards, shelves and drawers are reviewed by our international movers to determine the estimated number of cartons (aka boxes) needed. Paintings, mirrors and other wall hangings are noted and measured to determine if special crating is required. Items needing special crating, packing and/or handling are also measured and noted. Contents of the garage, attic and basement are surveyed.

Next, we review the access to your residence, determine several factors to streamline move time, including whether our moving vehicle can get near your residence. Doors and stairways are also viewed to ensure all items can be moved from your residence via an outside door, or if hoisting/window removal might be required.

Finally, bulky items are noted, particularly for air shipments, as they can significantly impact the volume (and cost) of the shipment. Suddath generally commits that the actual weight/volume will be within 10% of the estimate, as long as the shipment has not changed between the time of survey and packing.

Our estimating technology is efficient, transparent and detailed

At Suddath, we utilize handheld devices for estimating the volume and weight of each international relocation shipment. This technology enables our estimator to select appropriate household items and container sizes to accurately estimate the volume/cubic measurement of an individual shipment (road, surface, air, storage).

For international moving shipments, the estimator is required to include an appropriate density factor to establish the weight. Consideration for density factor is given based on furniture and personal effects type, i.e. greater density for items such as books and lesser density for bulky items such as lightweight rattan furniture. Included in the technology is the ability to add services such as crating (when necessary), special handling, shuttles and more. This system allows our estimators to generate instant, accurate data with the touch of a few buttons, replacing the old-fashioned method of hand calculating the specifics of a shipment as some in the industry still do.

Don’t have time for an in-home estimate? Use our virtual video option using your smartphone, and let us walk you through the process at a time that is convenient for you. Learn more.