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Guide On How Do People Live In India

#ExpatLifeInIndia isn’t simple. They often have a difficult time adjusting to the surroundings. But once over the initial culture shock, living here in India is a memorable experience.

Located in South Asia, India is the seventh largest country in the world. It’s the world’s second most populated country and is the largest democracy. It has many different religious and ethnic groups. The most followed being Hinduism, which comprises of around 80% of the population followed by Islam 12%, Christianity 2% and then there are other religions such as Sikhism, Buddhism, and Jainism.

The country is known for its culture, customs and mannerisms which are very different from those in the west and, at first, might seem overwhelming to foreigners.

India is a rapidly developing country with ample job opportunities in several industries. This results in increased work opportunities not only for locals but also for expats.

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India’s expat community are in a wide range of professions such as teaching, marketing, sales etc. They are also artists, spiritualists, CEO’s and executives in international corporations.

As the opportunities to relocate to India are increasing, here is an informational guide to make your transition seamless and easy.

Types of Visas

Expats moving to India require an employment visa. The Indian visa application process usually takes around 6 weeks.

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There are mainly 3 types of visas – A tourist visa, employment visa and business visa. People may apply for one of them depending upon their purpose of visit.

Writer Relocations provides visa and immigration services for India along with many other countries across the globe. You can get in touch with us for further assistance.

Tourist Visa

Expats may apply for a tourist visa when they simply want to visit a friend or when planning a vacation. They are generally granted a six-month visa. Most foreign nationals can apply for their visa at a VFS Application Centre in their home country.

A few countries are also granted visa on arrival under “Tourist Visa on Arrival Scheme” started by India to promote tourism in the country.

Employment Visa

Foreign nationals may apply for an employment visa when they are hired to work for an Indian registered organization or when they’re transferred internally by a company to India. They are granted this visa only when they produce a proof of a job offer. They may also have to produce a proof of their professional qualification.

Business Visa

This visa is granted to those who wish to start a business in India. It’s generally issued for a period of six months.

Registering at FRRO

An expat has to register with Foreigners Regional Registration Office if their visa is valid for more than 180 days. This is one of the first things they need to do as they require to register within 2 weeks post their arrival. The documents expats will need to include are application forms, passport copies, passport-size photos, a copy of their visa, a letter of guarantee from an Indian host or sponsor, and proof of residence.

Climate in India

India is a vast country and the weather varies from region to region. However, there are 4 main seasons: Summer which lasts from March to May, Monsoon from June to October, Post-monsoon from October to November and Winters from November to February. Cities like New Delhi face an extreme climate of 40 to 45 degree celsius in summer whereas in winter the climate drops to below 10 degree Celsius. Cities like Mumbai face relatively less extreme climate but a very heavy rainfall.

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Languages spoken in India

Hindi is the most widely spoken language in India. About 30% of Indians nationwide speak Hindi. As India was a British colony English is one of the official languages here and is commonly spoken at work. There are more other regional languages spoken in different parts of India. Also, due to tourism shopkeepers, drivers also have started speaking English.

Cost of living

The cost of living varies from one city to another. Cities like New Delhi, Mumbai are much more expensive as compared to Bangalore and Kolkata. According to Mercer Cost of Living Survey Mumbai and New Delhi were ranked at 57 and 99 respectively, out of 209 cities studied which make them quite costly.

But Majorly expats have a good standard of living here, as they can afford servants and chauffeurs unlike in the west. Also, the cost of most things, including entertainment, education, housing, and food is lower than that in western countries.

Finding an Accommodation

Ideally, your employer should arrange your stay. But, if this isn’t the case then you have to look for a property agent who could help you find a house. Once you shortlist a property don’t forget to make a lease agreement with your landlord. They will often try to convince you to unofficially rent the property. But insist on a proper agreement as you’ll need them for future paperwork. Landlords may also ask for a security deposit, which could be of about two or three months’ rent. An Agent’s commission could be half a month’s rent.

Dealing with Taxation

Taxation in India depends on the residential status of a person. The residential status is determined completely on his or her physical presence in India regardless of the purpose of stay.

As per their stay in India during the financial year, Expats fall into three tax categories which will determine their taxable income.

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The three categories are

  • Resident and Ordinarily Resident (ROR)
  • Resident but Not Ordinarily Resident (RNOR)
  • Non-Resident (NR)

How to determine which category they fall into?

Rule 1

An Individual is a resident of India if he/she: Is in India for a period of 182 days or more, or within four years preceding that year has been in India for 365 days or more and is in India for a period of 60 days or more.

If the individuals stay does not satisfy the above requirements then they are considered as a non-resident. Alternatively, if by the above rule, individuals prove to be residents than they are further categorized as ROR or RNOR

To determine whether the individual is Resident and Ordinarily Resident (ROR) or Resident but Not Ordinary Resident (RNOR), we need to apply the following rule.

Rule 2

An Individual who is a Resident is a RNOR in India if he/she

Has been a NR in India for nine out of ten years preceding that year, or

Has been outside of India for 729 days or less during the seven previous years preceding that year.

Foreign nationals who work in India at a stretch are considered RNOR for the first two years and ROR from the third year and will be taxed in India on their worldwide income.

Also, depending on whether they fall into RNOR, ROR, NR category accordingly their portion of income is taxed.

Job Opportunities

India is one of the largest economies in the world. Especially the IT sector in India is a fast-growing industry, creating a lot of job opportunities. Even though thousands of students graduate every year, there is still a lot of requirement of skilled professionals in booming sectors like biotechnology, pharmaceuticals research, manufacturing, aeronautics and consumer electronics. This gives expats the opportunity to work in India. On the other hand, foreign companies are outsourcing work to India creating senior level opportunities for expats.

Healthcare Facilities

Due to change in climate, expats tend to fall sick more often. They are suggested to always carry their own drinking water, as having water outside can lead to an upset stomach or fever. They should also be careful with eating out. Indian food is very spicy and oily compared to most other cuisines. Foreigners might take some time adjusting to this, and the sudden change in taste of food might result in falling sick more often.

Public hospitals in India are slowly, but rapidly developing. Private hospitals, too, have grown in the last few years.

Travelling and Transportation

Finding public transport in India is not really an issue. People mostly use taxis, auto rickshaws, public buses and local trains as their mode of transport in cities. Introduction of metro trains and radio taxis in most major cities has made travelling a lot more convenient and simpler these days.

With increasing job opportunities, authorities are constantly looking for better ways to develop and thus make lives simpler for locals as well as expats.

About Writer Relocations

Writer Relocations started as a Mumbai-based packing and moving company in 1953. 60+ years later, we’re India’s premier moving company handling all types of moves – India MovingInternational MovingVIP MovingOrientation ServicesFine Art MovingOffice MovesHospitality LogisticsCommercial Moving.

Trusted by over 5 million people, you can rest assured that moving with Writer Relocations will always be a stress-free experience.

Are you planning to move to India? Get a FREE moving quote from Writer Relocations now. Or call us @022-334-91787.

You may also want to check out the Case Studies on International Relocation, along with the FAQs, and Moving Tools & Tips that we have put together for the best moving and packing experience.

Have you ever visited India? Are you an expat already living in India? What is it that you like the most about life in this country? Do share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

Tips for Stress-Free Plant and Machinery Relocation
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Discover the Healthiest Places to Live After COVID-19

Most of us are locked up in homes in these strange times of COVID-19. Coronavirus has generated a sense of fear and created a panic situation on a global scale and that is for sure pulling us down.

But these are times that will not last forever. It will take time for sure, but we will overcome it in due course of time. But corona has indeed taught us one thing – we need to take care of our own well-being, boost our immunity, and lead healthy lives.

So, when the world order becomes normal and the threat of the virus recedes, you might want to relocate to some other place for varied reasons. It helps to know some of the healthiest places on earth – countries that will not only offer excellent job opportunities but help you lead healthy and well-cherished lives. As a leading removal company, which also helps the customers with all possible immigration and destination services, Writer Relocations has the expertise to showcase the healthiest countries of the world.  After all, leading healthy lives is a dream for all of us.

New Zealand

Low pollution, dramatic landscapes, excellent healthcare facilities make New Zealand one of the healthiest places to live in the world. There are a lot of options for outdoor activities and so people in that country are happy and make the most of the ‘high-octane thrills’ that this country offers in plenty. Another amazing thing about the country is that no part is more than a 90-minute drive from the ocean.

The Kiwis love to eat healthy as well, with an abundance of organic produce available in the country. The people in New Zealand have an interesting tradition – growing crops in their own backyard. Fresh seafood is also very popular in the country, thanks in part to the country’s unspoiled waters.

Icaria in Greece

Again no one knows if the secret to human longevity is the diet, the air of the place, or the carefree life, Icaria is one place on earth that is extremely popular for people, even in their 90s, leading completely healthy and independent lives. This is one island that has the highest percentage of 90-year-olds in the entire world. The island’s natural thermal springs might be the secret that can revitalise the body and soul of the people living. No one knows but indeed a great place to explore.

Costa Rica

Famous for its rich natural beauty, Costa Rica is a country that exuberates happiness and positive vibes. And it is again one country that is known for its exceptionally amazing standard of living. Some say it’s because of the local diet that is rich in high-fibre content. The social structures are well-knit and boost the quality of life like no other. No wonder the life expectancy of the people living in the country is one of the highest in the world.

The country for sure guarantees a great living environment and as one of the leading global mover and packer company, we highly recommend Costa Rica to you, in case you are planning for relocation after the COVID crisis settles down.

Okinawa, Japan

Study says Okinawa in Japan is the place with the longest life expectancy in the world. This series of islands, stretching across the South China Sea, has one of the highest numbers of centenarians in the world. For every 100,000 people, roughly 68 are above 100 and completely healthy.
And this has got a lot to do with the diet that is followed by people in this county. The Okinawan diet surprisingly has a very high ratio of carbohydrates to protein – 10:1 – which is a complete deviation from the Western notion of a perfect diet. Maybe it’s the diet, the beauty of the islands, the amazing bonds shared between the people, or the stress-free life in this part of the world, but Okinawa is for sure a place you can keep in mind.

So, make your plans and in case you decide to relocate to a country of your choice our experts in Writer Relocations are there always to assist you right from moving and packing to all possible immigration and destination service requirements.

Discover the Most Pet-Friendly Countries for International Relocation
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Discover the Most Pet-Friendly Countries for International Relocation

Most pet owners are aware that going to different places with the canine members of their family is no mean task because not everyone is comfortable in their company. In most countries, there are restrictions when it comes to allowing pups inside restaurants, theatres, hotels, auditoriums and many other public places. So, in case you have a pet and planning on an International relocation, take a look at these countries that have earned the names of being the most pet friendly all across the globe.


  1. France: France is one country that is known for very lenient dog policies. A report in the Telegraph read, “even the most palatial chateaux will be happy to welcome your dog, either free of charge or for a small supplement.” And one small piece of information that will surely exhilarate any dog lover is that, in France, pups find their own seats at tables even in certain restaurants.
  2. Switzerland: If you are a person who’s compassionate with animals, and planning on an overseas movingwith your own pet, then you will be happy to know that the Swiss have a very high regard for dogs. In fact, before bringing in a pup home, the first-time owners are encouraged to join a training programme.So, it comes as no surprise that in such a country, dogs are treated with utmost dignity.  In fact, the country is known as ‘an oasis for animals’. As one Swiss dog mom wrote, “Nearly every restaurant I’ve been inside makes a real effort to accommodate us. The offer of dog water as soon as we sit down is no longer a surprise to me.”
  3. Canada: Are you planning to venture to a country like Canada and have a pet with you? If, that’s the case then, you shall be glad to know that the well-known Canadian hospitality is extended out to humans and pups alike. Vancouver has eight dog-friendly beaches and a pet-friendly ski resort, and Calgary offers more off-leash spaces than most other cities of the world.
  4. Germany: Germany is often cited as the nation other countries must look up to as an example of how to humanely treat stray animals. The country strictly follows a no-kill policy, and Berlin is home to the largest animal sanctuary in the entire European continent, which houses nearly 2,000 animals (horses included). As writer Michael Barmish said: “Dogs are a very important part of daily life in Germany and, as such, are treated with respect as any family member would be.”

So, if you are planning to venture abroad with your pet, all you need to do is get in touch with relocation companies in India and know which are the countries of the world that are the friendliest to your furry four-pawed members of your family.

Hears How to Support Families on Global Assignments
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Hears How to Support Families on Global Assignments

Most relocation packages focus on giving employees higher salaries, bigger allowances, and other monetary perks designed to get employees interested to move to and work in another country.

Although these elements will definitely pique the interest of most employees, many of them still have other matters to think about, particularly if they have families.

Employees who are offered the chance to relocate abroad will go through the stressful and emotionally laden experience of uprooting their family, leaving behind their loved ones, and moving to a new country.

With this in mind, employees with families given a chance to take up a position overseas may need more than just financial assistance.

Giving Expat Families a Lending Hand

If you have employees moving abroad, a provider of relocation services in Singapore shares below six steps you can take to help their families make a smooth transition:

1. Include your employee’s family in key discussions.

The needs of an employed family man differ from those of a single employee.

Consequently, the needs of one family can vary from those of another.

If you want to be more proactive in supporting your employees’ families during an overseas international relocation, you must consider the members’ specific concerns and needs.

It is, therefore, crucial to know about the needs of your employee’s family. Take the time to schedule at least one meeting with them to find out their concerns and expectations.

Use the information you get to customise your relocation package, moving timeline, and services you want to provide to the employee’s family.

2. Double-check your relocation package.

Sufficient financial support is crucial in ensuring your employees’ and their families’ smooth transition.

If you already have a relocation package, you need to review it to ensure it can also support some of the crucial needs of your employee’s spouse or family based on your discussions.

For instance, if visa processing for the employee’s family is not included in the relocation package, find out if your company can cover it. Also, check if you can provide financial assistance to help the spouse look for a new job.

Additionally, find out if you can include educational support for the children. If this is not feasible, figure out which fees you can cover in the short term.

Extending financial support to your employee’s family can make the entire relocation process less stressful and more pleasant for them.

3. Create a moving timetable that works for the family.

A moving schedule can help individual and group relocations go smoothly and become less chaotic. As such, help your employee and their family to create one.

Work with your employee and their family to create a moving timeline that they can follow.

Ideally, everyone should start planning at least six months before their target departure.

This timetable should cover all processes involved in an international move, including sorting their belongings, packing, cancelling utility services, and obtaining all documents from their children’s schools to formalise the transfer.

Make sure you work with your employee and their family to create realistic timelines they can stick with.

Also, consider providing additional assistance to ensure your employee and their families follow the timetable. Offer to help with packing or enlist the services of relocation companies in Mumbai that can take care of this process.

4. Have the employees join the pre-departure training.

If you only provide pre-departure training to your employees, it’s time to change this strategy and include their families in this vital part of the pre-move process.

To ensure families benefit from this program, include the following topics:

  • Area orientation
  • Information and tips on living in their new environment
  • Selecting schools for children
  • Managing culture shock
  • Tips for socialising in a foreign setting
  • Career opportunities for the employee’s spouse

During the orientation, encourage the participants to ask questions and voice their concerns so that an expert can address them properly.

The best expatriate programs extend their pre-departure orientation to the employees’ families. Because of this, expand the scope of this service.

5. Help families look for a good school for the children.

The unhampered education of their children is the top concern of families when they move abroad.

When parents are not sure they can find a good school for their children, they will have a major issue to worry about, and a massive hurdle to overcome.

Regardless of which stage of the move your employee and their family are in, provide school search service for their children. Look for ones near their home if they already have one.

Also, provide your employee with as much information as possible about the schools to help them make the right decision.

6. Provide healthcare assistance to families.

To ensure everyone relocating is in good health, offer a medical assessment for the international staff and their families before their departure, and also annually throughout their assignment.

Doing so ensures any medical issues are identified quickly and can be managed or prevented from worsening.

Also, ensure your employee and their family have access to healthcare in their new home. They should have comprehensive coverage so that they won’t have to worry about anything when they need medical assistance.

Although an international assignment holds plenty of promises to an employee, it can be full of challenges, too. Follow these steps and you can help your staff and their family experience a stress-free and successful move to any country.

Get more tips for a successful international relocation on our Blog page.

Essential Relocation Hacks for a Hassle-Free Move
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Essential Relocation Hacks for a Hassle-Free Move

A relocation process is always a taxing one, even if you are a person who has done so several times in the past or if it’s a first time move for you. Tips always come handy before a move.

That’s why Writer Relocations, one of the biggest overseas removal companies, in the world, has listed out a few essential hacks to ensure that your relocation process is hassle-free and easy for those of you planning a move.

Go digital

Digitally register all the details that you need to do before a move rather than making notes on a piece of paper or a notebook. Papers can be misplaced and carrying them might add on to your headache. So, register every crucial information on your phone, tab, or laptop, so that it’s always safe and secure with you.

Plan ahead

Understand the place, the city or country where you will be travelling much before you move to a new country and zero down on the location that you feel will be close to the place of your work and convenient for you in all respects and then decide on the location of your residence.

Pets abroad

If you have any pets or are planning to get one before a move, research and find out the regulations of bringing in pets into the new country where you are planning to go and live. There is no fixed rule pertaining to the entry of pets from foreign lands in the different countries of the world. So, investigate and seek advice from experts when it comes to the legalities involved in taking your pets with you. After all, your pet is an integral part of your family.

Journey essentials

When you are travelling, you need to consider what you’re going to carry with you, during the course of your journey. Pack your essentials much in advance – medicines, essential documents, chargers and spare clothes. This can become a handy back-up in case you need to have an unplanned hotel stop somewhere along the way.

Dealing with kids

Make your children a part of the relocation plan and encourage them to look for the local activities and food joints of their choice in the new city, you will be moving to. Use this research when it comes to planning your family weekend when you arrive in the new place. This will cheer up the mood of your children and give you all something to look forward to.

Also, before the move, spend time explaining the world map to help them so that they can understand and get interested in the journey ahead.

Prepare lists for everything to make your life easy

After a move, there would be many things you will have to focus on. You will be clueless about many things and it would mean you need to be extra cautious and ensure there are no slips. So, jot down everything that needs to be done beforehand, with the time frames for each. This will make your life much simpler and make you considerably systematic.

So, get settled in the new country after a move and to ensure your move is unscathed, partner with Writer Relocations, one of the most trustworthy names when it comes to global mobility.

And if you need to know and understand about the country you are moving to, read our Destination Guides to get a firmer foothold in the new country.

The Ultimate Checklist for Moving Abroad
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The Ultimate Checklist for Moving Abroad

Overseas international relocation can be a time of incredible excitement and opportunity. But it can also be stressful when you consider just how much you need to organise.

Take the headache out of moving abroad by using this handy to-do list provided by a relocation company in Dubai. With this, you can be sure you won’t forget a thing.

Things to get started on right away

1. Book an international mover

There are two vital reasons to get your international relocation service booked right away:

  • Availability: You want to make sure your first choice company can help you.
  • Assistance: A good international moving company can assist you with almost everything else on this list, including accommodation and school search service, paperwork, packing unpacking services and destination orientation. You can save yourself a lot of time and effort by booking the right people straight away.

2. Documentation

Paperwork can take a while so start getting organised now. What you need will depend on where you are going and where you are coming from. Both your employer and your moving company can help identify what you’ll need. Here’s a list of what you may need to organise and take with you:

  • Visas or work permits
  • Valid passports
  • Birth & marriage certificates
  • Financial records
  • Medical records and proof of health checks
  • Insurance documents
  • Evidence of qualifications
  • School records for children
  • Driving licences

3. Home and school research

Where you live and where your children go to school will be crucial to the success of your move and your family’s happiness. It will pay to take your time and fully consider all your options.

4. Language learning and cultural research

Thorough research and preparation will help you and your family settle quickly and prevent culture shock. Consider tapping into expat knowledge by joining expat forums and social media groups. If you don’t have time for language lessons, consider learning some basic phrases through one of the popular apps.

5. Book travel

Get your travel plans organised for you, your family and your pets so you have all the dates clear.

With 2-3 months to go

1. Finalise living and school arrangements

Organise accommodation (including temporary or hotel accommodation, if necessary) and schools in advance.

2. Organise your finances

Notify your bank and discuss with them how you will manage your assets while overseas. Don’t forget to research your tax obligations, too.

3. Begin sorting your belongings

All your belongings should be sorted into three categories: pack, store or purge. Starting early gives you plenty of time to organise the right amount of storage as well as opportunities to sell or donate what you don’t need. Your international moving company can do your packing and unpacking.

With 1 month to go

1. Check you have the right paperwork in place

Avoid last-minute panics by chasing any outstanding documents now.

2. Organise mail forwarding and cancel subscriptions

The post office can help with this. You may also need or want to cancel subscriptions for household expenses like internet or streaming services.

3. Arrange insurance

Make sure you have all your obligations covered. You will need to consider home, travel, medical, life and pet insurance. Make sure anything you are leaving behind, like property, vehicles and belongings in storage, are also insured.

Right before you leave

1. Say your goodbyes

Make sure you allow time to see everyone you would like to say goodbye to.

2. Pack for travel

Your moving company will be taking care of most of your belongings. However, you’ll still need to pack hand luggage for travel and enough in a suitcase to see you through until you are reunited with all your belongings. Here are some useful things to include:

  • Important documentation
  • Toiletries
  • Clothing and footwear
  • Books, e-readers and tablets, plus a few toys for your children
  • Chargers for your devices
  • Basic household items and utensils if appropriate for your temporary living arrangements
  • Medications

3. Get some local currency

It will be useful to have some local currency in your pocket for when you arrive and until your banking is fully organised.

Once you arrive

1. Orientation

Acquaint yourself with your new local area as soon as possible. Find your new workplace and schools to work out your commute. Check out your local facilities like shops and medical facilities to feel ready for your new adventure.

2. Open a bank account

Expat life is usually easier when you have a local bank account so open one as soon as possible.

3. Get set up with utilities

Make sure life runs smoothly from the get-go by arranging all your household utilities, including internet provision and mobile phones.

4. Find some friendly faces

Make the effort to get out and meet some new neighbours, colleagues, school families or others that might be able to offer some friendly advice and companionship. This will help you all feel more at home.

5. Relax!

Take time out to do plenty of what you enjoy, explore new places or just do nothing! Moving overseas is a tiring time so make sure you don’t burn yourself out.

A final tip

There are a lot of items to cover on this list. However, international movers in India really can take much of the burden off your shoulders, freeing you to enjoy the excitement of your move. Get in touch today and find out how Writer Relocations can help you with your big move.

Tips for Stress-Free Plant and Machinery Relocation
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Tips for Stress-Free Plant and Machinery Relocation

Any business, be it large or small must undergo change to remain successful.

Sometimes change means relocating your plant in order to have more room, merging with another company, etc. Plant relocations are a big deal and can take a lot of time and energy.

To make the experience a little less stressful here are 4 simple yet effective tips

1. Determine the value of all the equipment

This information is required for insurance purposes, border crossings and legal reasons. The necessary paperwork can be assembled with the help of your accounting department.

Also, if you’re crossing borders you should choose a plant relocation specialist who has a good working relationship with a reputable customs broker. This is because the process can be expedited with the help of a good customs broker, particularly when dealing with equipment that’s been purchased at auction or is brand new from an overseas manufacturer.

“Countries of origin” is a phrase you’ll hear a lot. That’s important information that everyone needs to know. You’ll also need it in the paperwork. A seasoned broker can help navigate this process easily.

2. Determine UL listings/requirements for all equipment

Think about the location you’re moving your plant to. Make sure you check out what UL inspections/requirements the local municipality mandates. Does all your equipment pass muster?

There have been many situations where companies have equipment going from one country to another and that equipment did not meet local UL electrical standards. This not only results in unwanted trouble, but also in downed production and lost revenue.

3. Inspect the condition of each piece of equipment

Inspect the condition of each piece of equipment in your plant before you move anything. Look for any signs of extreme rust, deterioration, or cracked casings in the machinery.

You may want to consider leaving behind any piece of equipment that is severely damaged and replacing it with a new one. While this may seem expensive, it could cost you more money if something breaks while it is being transported. If a hydraulic shaft falls off, it could seriously injure one of your workers while moving it or could hit a nearby machine.

Also, it’s easy to neglect the need for new machinery because you don’t want to lose quality working days. By doing it during a plant relocation can save time. You can ask for the new machine to be delivered to the new address. Plus, you may already be losing a few days of work because of the relocation, so you can kill two birds with one stone.

4. Check the dimensions and weight of all machinery/components

This might seem straightforward, but your plant relocation specialist needs precise numbers, not estimates.

This information determines how your equipment is transported. Different methods will have to be applied to different equipment —and sometimes a combination of methods.

Make sure you have enough space at the new plant for everything you want to take, once you have decided on which machinery will be moved. This can be done by measuring both the square footage of the factory to which the machines will be going and the equipment itself.

Do not just measure the base when measuring each piece of equipment. You also need to allow for any part, wires, or vents that are sticking out from around the machine. Also, to ensure you have enough ceiling space so that it does not scrape the top of the equipment measure the height. Your move agent usually helps out with this.

Moving plants and machinery to a new location is a complex process. If not handled with care, it can cause serious damage to the machines and great loss to your business.

Due to the complexities involved in relocating a plant, it is prudent to select a moving service provider with experience in moving plant and machinery.

Writer Relocations has been helping businesses move plants and machinery without stress or damage for over 60 years now. We are one of India’s oldest and most trusted moving agency. With an excellent track record of executing damage-free commercial moves, you can easily trust Writer Relocations for your next move.

Don’t just take our word for it. Read what people like you say about packing and moving with Writer Relocations.

“The Writer Relocations team completed more than 2,25,000 man hours of work with Shell, without any major incident, or loss of time.

They also met the agreed timelines in each phase. During the whole move with Shell, chemicals and equipment worth millions of dollars were moved. They covered more than 25,000 kms across two sites of Shell.”

-Dharmesh Kumar, Shell

Also check out our case studies for commercial relocations.

Writer Relocations is accredited with the best moving associations, known for their international service quality standards, globally. When you move with Writer Relocations, you can rest assured that you are moving with the best in the business.

Get a FREE moving quote by Writer Relocations for your plants and machinery move. Or contact us on our toll-free number for India, @ 022-334-91787.

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Tips for Choosing the Most Trustworthy Office Movers
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Tips for Choosing the Most Trustworthy Office Movers

Moving an office to a new location isn’t easy. The task of packing every office item, moving them cautiously, and then unpacking followed by organising in a new location can be a tedious task besides being extremely challenging. When you hire the right movers and packers, this task can be simplified considerably. However, finding a suitable corporate relocation services provider is not easy.

Choosing the right packers and movers from the multiple options available online can be extremely confusing. However, following these few ways that can help you opt for a professional service provider that can expertly handle your office relocation.

Begin with a thorough research

Research plays a crucial role when it comes to finding reliable office movers and packers. So, spend some time looking for good options that specialise in office moves. You will find quite a few results for your search. It is recommended that you collect as much information as possible and then compare the different service providers, the rates that they are quoting, and so on, before finalising on a particular company. You can decide on the best possible option if you have multiple players to choose from.

Experience in office moving

One of the best ways to decide which packers and movers to hire for your office relocation is to find a moving company that specialises in office relocation. Your research will give you information about moving companies with maximum experience in this field.

Seasoned moving professionals are completely aware of all the details and the specific processes that entail an office move. Their expertise will help them to pack and move the office items to a new location seamlesly and with minimum disruptions whatsoever. You can be assured and confident of the fact that all your things will be handled with utmost care during the entire relocation process. So opt for packers and movers that have the most experience in office relocation.

Team size

An office mostly has multiple things items that need to be dismantled, packed, and then relocated to a new facility. Therefore, it’s crucial that it is important that the office relocation company which you hire should have the necessary manpower, tools, vehicles, and equipment to execute the task. Before hiring packers and movers, ensure they have a team and infrastructure that would be suitable as per your relocation needs. A small moving company might take a much longer time to complete the task at hand, which can result in unnecessary delays.

Cheapest is not always the best option

When it’s the question of an office move, you have to consider the expense factor as well. You will get many smaller players who will quote much lower rates and you may get tempted to use their services as well. However, can you guarantee their expertise, and if they will be able to execute something as crucial as an office move seamlessly? And if there are damages in the process, it will lead to useless expenses on your part, resulting in unnecessary hassles. There can be delays as well and as a person who runs a company knows a few hours of delay could actually mean hundreds of staff members wasting precious working hours as they wait unnecessarily without assets and computers. Customers could also get upset because of the delays. These types of downtime are irritating and can be very costly. Hence, it’s best to use a professional for office moving.

Writer Relocations has been offering seamless services to customers for more than 65 years, and this way has been able to capture the pulse of office moving quite right.

Overseas International Relocation Tips
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Overseas International Relocation Tips

Overseas international relocation can be a very daunting experience. And there is no doubt about it. Right from the application, processing the complete visa paperwork to finally deciding on a house for yourself at the new destination, the process is certainly a long-drawn one. And the struggle does not end there.

You have to shift your belongings from your existing country to the new one, find the medical facilities in your area, the good school options for your children everything put together can get too taxing for you while moving into a completely new country. No matter how prepared you might be, there will be certain points in time when you are bound to get hassled.

Follow these tips and things might be a little smoother for you when you relocate:

Pack smart –

Mostly for security concerns, there are many countries that do not accept certain shipments, which have been packed by the owner. Additionally, in case there is any damage to the items that you have packed, that will not be covered under transit insurance. So, trust the packing part to professional packing unpacking services providers that has prior experience in these matters.

Appliances and electronic goods –

It’s better for you to check if your electronics goods have dual voltage and are compatible with foreign outlets appropriately. If you see the goods aren’t that, then you need not pack them in the first place and make your luggage any heavier. But for the days when you settle in, don’t forget to carry with you the right converters and adaptors. Most cellphone and laptop chargers operate on dual voltage, so various kinds of power outlets work well for them. But it’s tricky with bigger appliances, and you need to consider if you want to buy them all over again.

Medications –

Finding a good and reliable physician might take some time when you move into a new city. So, it makes more sense to make advance planning and bring along with you the necessary and the most regular medications to help you tide over the initial months.

Papers and documents –

The moving frenzy is too much to handle and anyone can forget the most important things in this phase. But do pay heed to the fact that you don’t lose the most important documents in this crazy phase. Make sure that important papers like medical records, school records, immunisation records, passports, emergency numbers, driver’s licences, health insurance cards, and others are kept safe with you.

Overcoming the language barrier –

We all are used to a certain lifestyle and a way of living. A drastic shift from that can at times be difficult to adjust. There is a language barrier to be overcome, there is a way of living that is totally new. It can sometimes be difficult to adapt to what may be a very different environment and culture than what you’re used to. Writer Relocations offers language cultural destination services, which are completely tailored to your needs and requirements.

Navigating your way –

Technology has taken us to a level where finding the routes in a new country are no longer difficult. Applications like Google Maps make finding even the most intricate routes quite easy.  So, you will not have to be dependent on anybody and ask for help at every crossroad.

So, set off for a new location with confidence. You will find hiccups, but you will surely find avenues to overcome them. And when you have an international relocation services provider like us, Writer Relocations, all your concerns will be surely addressed.

Office Relocation Tips for Packing Equipment and Office Supplies
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Office Relocation Tips for Packing Equipment and Office Supplies

Safety is a top priority for movers like us, most especially for office shifting. While a house move does have its own unique set of challenges, commercial removals tend to be more complex because of the sheer number of equipment and supplies that need to be transported.

And since these items are likely to be of high value, you need your staff to know exactly how to pack them safely for transport—and this can prove difficult.

You can always hire experts for packing unpacking services, of course. But for added safety, and in case you don’t have a big relocation budget, it still pays to learn the three best tips for packing office equipment and supplies listed below:

1. Use the original packaging whenever possible.

The safest packaging for your office equipment is that which they originally came with when you bought them.

When buying new office equipment, we recommend setting aside the original packaging, including the box and any cushioning provided. Since those came from the manufacturer, the packaging details are custom designed to ensure that the specific equipment you bought arrives in its perfect state.

2. Don’t skimp on cushioning.

Cushioning is a vital part of packing office supplies and equipment, especially if you have lots of fragile items in your office.

To avoid damage, you need to use the right cushioning materials to prevent the items from rocking back and forth in their respective boxes or containers.

Some of your cushioning options include:

Packing peanuts

These are foam-based products that come in the shape of shelled peanuts around the size of an unshelled one; hence, the name.

Also called ‘foam peanuts’, these cushion fragile items by filling the empty spaces in the box and closely surrounding the object they are protecting.

Padded divider sets

Padded dividers are compartmentalised containers made to organise items for shipping. These are characterised by little walls that come with padded inner surfaces and covers for added protection.

Padded dividers are perfect for keeping smaller objects, such as figurines and mugs, secure during transport. They can also be used for packing items with incompatible shapes or sizes.

Bubble bags

Bubble wrap bags or just “bubble bags” are packaging essentials made of bubble wrap that may look like a bag, envelope or even a sheet of wrapping material.

Available in many shapes and sizes, bubble wrap is made from tiny air-filled sacs that cushion items wrapped in it.

Packaging foam

Deemed to be the biggest packaging material used for cushioning, packaging foam can be cut and shaped into whatever form is ideal for an item it is supposed to protect during transit. This makes it the second-best option in securing computers and other fragile office equipment (next to the original packaging).

Unlike packing peanuts, packaging foam is denser and bigger. Plus, it doesn’t have a definite shape and can be purchased in the form of sheets, rolls, or even egg crates of soft, thick foam.

It also comes in a wide range of firmness levels, depending on what’s necessary for the object it needs to protect.

3. Know the proper packing method for every item.

Different things require different packaging approaches to make sure they arrive in pristine condition in your new office. You can’t expect papers to remain clean and uncrumpled if you just toss them inside the same box as the copier, after all.

Below is a practical guide to packing common office items you can follow:


Using file boxes, sort and organise your documents before the move.

Develop an organisational system that will make it easier to find and endorse paperwork once you arrive at your new office. Don’t forget to label every file box and add a brief description of its contents.

Pro Tip: Take the relocation as an opportunity to go through the papers in your office and get rid of anything that is no longer needed. Remember to shred any document containing sensitive information, like your customers’ phone numbers, addresses, and credit card numbers.

Office Equipment

Before packing your phones, printers, fax machines and computers, make sure you backup all your company data on a cloud server. This ensures the safety of your data and allows you to continue working at the same time, even if the computers are still in transit and your new office hasn’t been set up yet.

Untangle cables for your electronic equipment, and make sure these are organised and labelled properly. If possible, use coloured tape to wrap the cords that go together. The colour-coding system can help you know which set of cables go with what equipment.

If you don’t have their original boxes, pack your monitors and computers in sturdy boxes to make sure they are secure during transit. Don’t forget to add sufficient and appropriate cushioning.

Office Décor

Keep office décor like clocks, framed pictures and vases bubble wrapped well ahead of the move.

Since they don’t affect day-to-day operations, these could be the first ones to go into the moving boxes for your office relocation. Remember to label them accordingly for easy unpacking.

Desks and Office Furniture

The contents of individual desks should be packed by the person that uses them. Inform your employees of the relocation schedule so they can prepare and pack the contents of their desks ahead of time.

Make sure all personal items are bubble wrapped and get rid of any items that are no longer in use.

Leave the prep work for the transport of the desk themselves to the packing and unpacking service provider or commercial packers and movers you hired for the relocation. The same goes for chairs and the rest of your office furniture.

Ensure a Safe and Secure Office Relocation

Relocating to a new office can be a daunting endeavour without the right knowledge or expert help.

Protect your equipment and supplies during transit by following these tips and make the entire move hassle-free with the help of Writer Relocations.

Get a quote and send your inquiries today.