First, I would like to thank all those who helped with their valuable advices and tips on removal from London to Abu Dhabi.
Now, that we have been through the first part of it (picking up the "right" removal company and the packing process in London), i thought it might be a good time to provide my own take on the process so far and some tips:
1- First, requests quotations from 2-4 companies that provide an inhouse survey. This helps to have a reasonable estimate of the volume to be moved ( we had inhouse survey done by Crown, John Mason and 2 others). You can ask to have some items as optional and get 2 quotations from each company (one with and without the optional items).
2- second, request several online quotations from other companies (like for like based on the size to be moved). Even if you are not planning to use the company you are requesting the quotation from, this will help you to negotiate the price down from your favourite company (s) (we narrowed our search down to Crown and John Mason. Both came across as very pleasant and very professional. Crown has the advantage of having their own people in Abu Dhabi, but even after negotiating the price down, they ended up more than 10% more expensive than John Mason).
3- also, negotiate the insurance rate (we went for itemised insurance and managed to negotiate the rate of their premium insurance down from 3.5% to 3% ).
4- Packing day: my only advice on this is to ensure that anything that you do not want to be packed is kept away. for us, 2 people turned up on the day and they were very fast and efficient. We think that several things that we did not need to ship were packed (our fault).
We are waiting for our stuff to be shipped now, which can take between 8-12 weeks as we opted for a shared container.
Shall update the post when our stuff are delivered.