Moving house is considered to be one of the most stressful things you can do. A move to the next street or town for many is seen as a daunting prospect so planning a move to another country can be totally overwhelming.

However, with a good reliable international removals firm in place that can assist and guide you throughout the whole process, packing up and moving to Italy doesn’t have to be stressful.

Here at Total Buying Abroad we can help you to find a recommended international removals company that you can trust with the responsibility of transporting your furniture and possessions to Italy. We have put together some of our most frequently asked questions about choosing an international removal firm in Italy to help you.

How much will it cost me to move my possessions to Italy?

You may think that shipping your items to Italy will be very expensive, but it might not actually be as costly as you think. It will most likely be a lot cheaper than paying to furnish your new home; the average cost for shipment of a typical 3-bedroom semi from the UK to Italy could be approximately £3,000. A removals firm will be able to give you a free, no-obligation quote and will normally visit your home to ensure that the quote is accurate and to discuss your requirements.

They can adjust your quote to show you pricing options with or without specific items so if you are undecided on whether to take something, the quote may be able to persuade you one way or the other.

Most international removals companies shipping to Italy offer a packing service, where a team of removal professionals will safely pack up all of your belongings. This may sound like an added expense but can save you a huge amount of time, energy and stress. They will take an inventory of all items that have been packed which will be needed for clearance at customs. It also may reduce the cost of the insurance to cover your items during transportation to Italy.

What household items can I take with me to Italy?

Pretty much anything that you want to take! There are some restrictions, for example batteries need to be removed from items in case of leakage during transit but your international removal firm will be able to advise you about all of this.

A good removal firm will be able to assist you to move your treasured possessions to Italy, whether you decide that you are taking everything, a few sentimental items or even your car or motorbike. Most household items can be taken to Italy but they will need to have new plugs or will require an adaptor. As most removal companies charge per cubic metre, it is a good idea to have a good clear out before the move though and sell or give away any items that will not be needed.

Can I take plants with me to Italy?

Whilst not prohibited it can be expensive to ship your plants to Italy as they take up a lot of room and nothing can be stacked on top of them. You will also need to be taken into consideration whether they will survive the warmer climate.

Do I have to pay for a whole shipping container?

Not necessarily. Some removal companies offer part-load spaces where your goods will be collected and sent to their warehouse for consolidation for removal to Italy. Most removal firms will charge per cubic metre so you only pay for the space you use.

How long will it take for my goods to arrive in Italy?

For a full shipment load, it could take as little as 3-7 days to ship your goods to Italy. For part loads it could take 1-3 weeks. However your international removals firm will be able to give you and accurate timeframe within your quote.

What should I look for when selecting an international removals firm?

You should check that a company is a member of the British Association of Removers Overseas (BAR), which offers financial protection to any payment you make to them.

Membership of the FIDI Global Alliance enables a company to offer the same standard of service overseas as they can in the UK.

A company that has FAIM accreditation means that they have been recognised worldwide as having a high standard in international moving by the only independent Quality Assurance standard for the international moving industry.

You should also check that they offer insurance that will cover your possessions throughout the entire move, in the UK, Italy and whilst at sea. They should also be able to offer cover against loss or damage in transit.

What documents are required to ship household possessions into Italy?

You will need to provide your permission to stay in Italy (Permesso di soggiorno), copy of your Italian Fiscal code, copy of your passport and your autocertificazione, which is a document where you declare your transfer of residence to Italy. It includes the status of your family and the inventory of goods being moved. A good removals company will be able to advise you exactly what is required and when.

When should I contact an international removal firm for a quote?

As soon as possible! Even if you don’t have a confirmed moving date or know the full address of the destination, you can still contact an international removals company for a free, no-obligation quote. The exact details of dates and location can be updated further down the line. An international removal firm can be booked 6 months or even more in advance, although they may be able to work to tighter timescales if required.

Whether you are planning on sending a full or part household removal or a car to Italy, it is crucial to know that your possessions are in safe hands. Here at Total Buying Abroad we can help to find you a reliable removals company that can help take the stress out of your move to Italy. Contact us on +44(0)1244 478911 or at

You can view our information about international removals firms as well as other helpful advice to help make your move to Italy a success in our free downloadable guide.