Decluttering when Moving to Australia

28 April 2017



Moving abroad is an exciting chapter in anyone’s life but before you start unravelling the bubble-wrap and assembling the packing boxes, stop for a moment and think about all the items you’re planning to take with you to Australia. Do you really need it all? Remember the more you take, the more you pay. So here are a few tips about decluttering before you begin your new life in Australia.

  • First of all, you may want to think twice about packing woolly winter clothes and looking at other options such as storage or selling. Label that cashmere sweater 'non-essential'.
  • If you have expansive, alphabetised CD and DVD collections, we advise not to take it all with you. These collections are heavy, expensive to ship and, let’s be honest, largely redundant in this age of streaming and downloading!
  • Don’t waste money shipping your old furniture overseas such as armchairs, sofas, chests of drawers and wardrobes. Treat yourself to new items when you arrive at your new destination! Naturally if you choose to sell your old furniture, you’ll be providing yourself with a financial platform for buying replacements.
  • If you’re moving electrical items like flatscreen televisions, you may also want to consider the electrical power differences. There’s no point shipping such a large electrical item abroad if it’s not going to function correctly! Also, if you choose to adapt your television for your new country, you could invalidate the warranty. 

Now we know what you're thinking: If I sell a lot of household items before I move, I'm going to need to do a fair bit of shopping when I get to my new home. This is true. So here are a few reputed retail names in Australia you may want to make a note of:

For more information and advice on removals, check out the rest of the site or call a member of the team via the Contacts page.

A Safe Haven

27 February 2017


You may remember last year in May, the Seven Seas Worldwide team descended on a community hall in Cockfosters to organise a charity drive in aid of the Safe Haven Orphanage in Thailand. The reason for this is that over the years, Seven Seas Worldwide has accumulated dozens of boxes from Thai customers who - for one reason or another - never claimed their belongings. 

In May we sifted through these abandoned boxes and found a wealth of...um, items.

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Once the boxes had been organised and categorised, the team then packed the best items into new Seven Seas Worldwide boxes to send back to Thailand. Destination: The Safe Haven Orphanage,an extremely worthwhile charity that has been supported by our partners Thai Smile for a number of years and help children all over Thailand find stability and safety through shelter, clothing, medical care, nutrition and education.

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We are now pleased to announce the items arrived safely and securely at the orphanage with all the children receiving a variety of goods together with celebratory drinks and food. Thank you to all who made this such a successful an rewarding venture.

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Moving Abroad and Shipping Your Car? - Think Again

23 February 2017


There are many offers these days from shipping companies to transfer customers' cars as well as their household belongings when they move abroad. Now unless you're particularly attached to your car because it (somehow) has sentimental value or is a prized collectible, we at Seven Seas Worldwide would advise you to leave it behind.

In all honesty, we do not understand why people want to take their cars with them abroad. It's a painfully long and laborious process filled with endless administration and expensive bills.

Plus in some countries there's all sorts of criteria you need to meet before you're allowed to ship your car into your new country destination. For instance in Australia your car will be subject to rigorous examination by the Quarantine department before your documentation is processed. There will also be some kind of tax to pay whether that be customs duty, luxury car tax, a Goods and Services Tax or other. 

In some circumstances, the processing of your car may still be halted because of your status as a migrant; check out official government information online in relation to your country's destination. 

So in short, if you're about to ship your car abroad as you begin a new chapter in a new country, take a moment and have a good think about it. Of course a lot of car shipping and removal companies will put a positive spin on it and claim that it will be a simple and secure process, but don't forget they will never ask you why you want to ship you car in the first place - just that you can and so therefore you should. But really, why should you? If you're struggling for an answer, then there's probably no reason to put yourself through the administrative nightmare that awaits you.

Sell your car, buy a new one abroad. That's our advice. It's safer, simpler and a heck of a lot cheaper. 

And if you are considering moving abroad without your car, take a look at our free quote engine and see how much you could save with us.

Decluttering when Moving to Singapore

17 January 2017


Moving abroad is an exciting chapter in anyone’s life but before you start unravelling the bubble-wrap and assembling the packing boxes, stop for a moment and think about all the items you’re planning to take with you to Singapore. Do you really need it all? Remember the more you take, the more you pay. So here are a few tips about decluttering before you begin your new life in Singapore.

  • First of all, you may want to think twice about packing woolly winter clothes and looking at other options such as storage or selling. Label that cashmere sweater 'non-essential'.
  • If you have expansive, alphabetised CD and DVD collections, we advise not to take it all with you. These collections are heavy, expensive to ship and, let’s be honest, largely redundant in this age of streaming and downloading!
  • Don’t waste money shipping your old furniture overseas such as armchairs, sofas, chests of drawers and wardrobes. Treat yourself to new items when you arrive at your new destination! Naturally if you choose to sell your old furniture, you’ll be providing yourself with a financial platform for buying replacements.
  • If you’re moving electrical items like flatscreen televisions to Singapore, you may also want to consider the electrical power differences. There’s no point shipping such a large electrical item abroad if it’s not going to function correctly! Also, if you choose to adapt your television for your new country, you could invalidate the warranty. 

Now we know what you're thinking: If I sell a lot of household items before I move, I'm going to need to do a fair bit of shopping when I get to my new home. This is true. So here are a few reputed retail names in Singapore you may want to make a note of:

For more information on decluttering check out the video below from our resident expert.

Decluttering when Moving to Malaysia

17 January 2017


Moving abroad is an exciting chapter in anyone’s life but before you start unravelling the bubble-wrap and assembling the packing boxes, stop for a moment and think about all the items you’re planning to take with you to Malaysia. Do you really need it all? Remember the more you take, the more you pay. So here are a few tips about decluttering before you begin your new life in Malaysia.

  • First of all, you may want to think twice about packing woolly winter clothes and looking at other options such as storage or selling. Label that cashmere sweater 'non-essential'.
  • If you have expansive, alphabetised CD and DVD collections, we advise not to take it all with you. These collections are heavy, expensive to ship and, let’s be honest, largely redundant in this age of streaming and downloading!
  • Don’t waste money shipping your old furniture overseas such as armchairs, sofas, chests of drawers and wardrobes. Treat yourself to new items when you arrive at your new destination! Naturally if you choose to sell your old furniture, you’ll be providing yourself with a financial platform for buying replacements.
  • If you’re moving electrical items like flatscreen televisions to the Malaysia, you may also want to consider the electrical power differences. There’s no point shipping such a large electrical item abroad if it’s not going to function correctly! Also, if you choose to adapt your television for your new country, you could invalidate the warranty. 

Now we know what you're thinking: If I sell a lot of household items before I move, I'm going to need to do a fair bit of shopping when I get to my new home. This is true. So here are a few reputed retail names in Malaysia you may want to make a note of:

For more information on decluttering check out the video below from our resident expert.