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Leave the constant barrage of flashing lights and thumping modern music and escape to a more peaceful way of life. The fiercely independent people of the Isle of Man have retained their calmer and more subtle culture and heritage without losing out on the amenities of modern times. If you need help getting to the island, Vanguard Relocation can ease your journey to becoming one of the Manx people.

Do you have questions about moving to the Island of Man? We have answers!

Moving to the Isle of Man should bring about a new calm and serene lifestyle, but you’ll need to get there first. Relocating is never simple and moving abroad throws up even more obstacles. Vanguard Relocation specializes in helping people who are moving to the Isle of Man from the U.S., and can help guide you through the relocating process.

Vanguard Relocation can transport your household goods anywhere you need to go within the Isle of Man, our experts understand the details of moving across oceans and borders and will keep your possessions safe from pick up to delivery.Read up before you start planning on moving to the Isle of Man, having up to date and reliable information will help prepare you for you transition. Vanguard Relocation is here to answer any questions you might have about moving to Isle of Man. Have your bases covered, and get ready to start moving to the Isle of Man!

What Can I take With Me When I am Moving To the Isle of Man?

If you are moving to the Isle of Man, you can take your used household goods and personal possessions. Items that can be shipped include furniture, appliances, decorations, books, clothes, toiletries, most types of medications (in reasonable amounts, in original packaging,) medical equipment, computers, electronic gadgets and tools.

What Can’t I take when moving to the Isle of Man?

As the old saying goes, “You can’t take it all with you.” Here’s a short list of things that cannot be moved to the Isle of Man:
· Fresh fruit and vegetables
· Live plants and bulbs
· Prohibited and restricted seeds
· Unidentified seeds, which can include some foods, including spices
· Live animals (including pets) that require an import permit
· Biological products including some plant based, herbal medications
· Unprocessed goods of plant or animal origin
· Soiled items, or items containing organic residues
· Items knowingly infested with pests or a disease
· Locked boxes and safes without keys or codes
· Illegal drugs and some classes of restricted prescription drugs

How Long Does It Take To Ship My Belongings To the Isle of Man?

Vanguard Relocation Services can move your belongings within a standard transit time of 4 to 6 weeks, depending upon the pickup location within the U.S. and your destination in the Isle of Man.

What Services Does Vanguard Relocation Offer Clients Moving To the Isle of Man?

Vanguard Relocation takes the stress and worry out of your moving to the Isle of Man. As a move management company we create a customized moving package to meet your needs and budget, while always providing you with fast, efficient service. All of our move packages include management of border crossings, custom broker services and handling customs documentation.

We maintain long-term partnerships with an array of U.S. and Manx relocation providers, enabling us to customize your moving experience and select the best transportation services and specialists for your individual needs.

Unlike large, worldwide movers who often work with a loose list of international providers, Vanguard works with a team of well-established contacts to streamline your move and provide seamless integration from beginning to end.

Choose between these packages when moving to the Isle of Man:

• You Load We Drive

• White Glove Service

• Small Shipments

• Separate Services

You Load We Drive

This is the most popular and cost-effective moving service in the industry.

We bring an empty container or crate to your location within the US. You load it up with the things you want to bring and then we transport it to your new home in the Isle of Man, where we unload it.

We take care of all of the logistics from the time your shipment leaves your home in the U.S. to the time it arrives at your door in the Isle of Man. We handle import and export customs clearance.

The “You Load We Drive” package includes:

• Bringing a container, standard crate or custom crate.
• Door to door transportation service from anywhere in the U.S. to anywhere in the Isle of Man.
• Import/Export customs clearance.
• Agent fees at destination
• Delivery up to 2nd floor, with
• Domestic & International ocean freight
• Unloading & debris removal same day

The “You Load We Drive” package does not include:

• Packing and boxing all items to be transported.
• Loading of container or crate.
• Blanket or shrink wrapping furniture.
• Preparing a packing list for customs.
• Elevator or shuttle services at destination
• Inspection or examination or X-Ray charges
• Storage fees
• Taxes or duties
• Quarantine/MAF charges if assessed

Pricing for “You Load We Drive Service”:

We provide you with a flat rate quote that includes all of the items above, based on the anticipated number of feet you expect to use – up to the entire 28-foot trailer. The minimum cost for this service is based on using one liftvan. For large loads, Vanguard can arrange for exclusive use of a 20′ or 40′ container.

Sample Price Estimates

Estimates are based on customers in various locations using the “You Load We Drive Service” to ship the contents of a standard studio with limited furnishings, using one liftvan.

Denver, Colorado to Douglas

Charlotte, North Carolina to Onchan

Long Island, New York to Ramsey

If prices are not shown, call for an estimate: 800-918-7356

Importance of Proper Packing

Every effort will be made for your shipment to arrive as quickly, efficiently and safely as possible. However, when moving to the Isle of Man your household goods shipment may be exposed to varying harsh weather and road conditions during transport. Therefore, all precautions should be taken to properly pack fragile items.

It’s also important to remember that the Manx customs officials are not professional movers and have the authority to open, unload and move your items for inspection. Proper packing will help ensure your goods are protected throughout your move.

White Glove Service

Let’s say you don’t want to pack and haul boxes, move cumbersome decorations and furniture out of your house and stack it in the container or crate. Instead, we’ll arrange for a dedicated team, including one of our top van line partners, to carefully package your belongings for shipment, transport your load through the U.S. and the Isle of Man, handle customs clearance, and deliver your shipment to your final destination.

Upon delivery, our selected service personnel in the Isle of Man will unload, place all of your boxes and furniture in your home and remove any debris after unpacking.

Our partnership with several premiere van lines enables us to provide you with discounted rates for these services, saving you money over the cost of booking your move directly through the van lines.

Small Shipments

If you only want to bring a small number of items to the Isle of Man to help you settle into your new life, we can arrange for a cost-effective transport service specifically designed for small shipments.

This service is fast, cost-effective and dependable, whether you want to ship your golf clubs to Onchan, bring your books to Ramsey, or transplant your piano to Douglas. We will make sure your small shipment arrives at your door safely.

Separate Services

Select Only the Services You Need

Sometimes all you want is assistance with a particular task, or you want to add on to your current moving package.

Vanguard Relocation Services will arrange for the exact services you need to create a customized package.

Our “a la carte” options include:

• Full packing
• Partial packing service of selected possessions
• Loading service
• Unloading Service
• Custom crating of art, antiques and high value items.

Free Moving to the Isle of Man Consultations and Quotes

We offer free consultations to anyone moving to the Isle of Man – even if you’re not using our services. We understand that the best way of doing business is through referrals and word of mouth, so we are happy to assist you in navigating the complexities of shipping and moving to the Isle of Man.

Call us today at 800-918-7356 to receive a free moving quote, expert advice or personalized service for all of your moving needs.

If you have any questions about what to take or not to take when moving to Guernsey please visit the Manx Government’s site.

Geography/ Climate

Floating out in the Irish Sea between England and Ireland, the Isle of Man leads a secluded existence. Lust for salty sea air is a prerequisite for moving to the Island. There’s over 100 miles of shoreline with deep coves and bays and rocky drop-offs which create a simultaneous feeling of romance and foreboding. The geography and climate of the island are shrouded in myth and legend which keep the dreamer’s attention rapt. The island’s not so humble beginnings began as a chunk of earth thrown by a giant, while the notoriously foggy weather has been explained as the Celtic sea god’s source of concealment and protection for the island.

Like the rest of the UK region, it’s quite wet and temperate on the small island. Myths and legends have their time and place, but Vanguard Relocation operates with dry clarity. Vanguard Relocation leaves the frills and mystery to the colorful stories and makes moving to the Isle of Man easy for you.

Culture/ Lifestyle

From the weather and geography to the daily life, myths and fairy tales permeate the Manx culture. You ought to let your inner child come out and play after moving to the isle of man. There are a number of popular pieces of folklore that continue to take a part in Manx life even today. The seclusion of the island may help to keep these stories in place, but it has a number of other effects as well. While the education is commendable, higher education must be sought outside of the island, and crime is extremely low due to the tight-knit communities that have formed among the 90,000 residents. The population only resides within 40% of the island, so you’ll need to learn how to work well in small coteries. Vanguard Relocation fully understands the importance of diplomacy; our dependable and reputable experts will get your items across the borders without a hassle.

It’s good to note that moving to the Isle of Man is best suited for more introverted or self-dependent style; if you’re jonesing for the hustle and bustle of a city after moving to the island, you’ll need to catch a ferry or one of the few small flights into England. The common pound currency will make the to and fro journey a bit easier. Take the time to enjoy the serenity. The Isle of Man has plenty for the more pensive hiker or biker, and you can still enjoy a local live performance at the Centenary Centre. Listening to local music, doesn’t mean just folk, throw on a Bee Gee’s record and soak in the Manx culture.

If you believe in local support, moving to the Isle of Man will really help you live the dream. Although a number of things do tend to be imported from England and abroad, the lifestyle and culture focuses heavily on local community and goods. Food especially is best as a local ware. Naturally seafood like Manx kippers is important to the Manx diet, but the island breeds its very own Loaghten Lamb for a hearty meal and brews a number of beers and alcohols. Leave the chaos behind after moving to the Isle of Man. With Vanguard Relocation helping you with you international move, you can take your time to enjoy the food and company and settle into your new lifestyle.

If you seek a bit of mysticism in your life, a move to the Isle of Man is sure to provide. Figuring out your move abroad can dull the experience though, so make it as simple as possible by using Vanguard Relocation’s 5 step guide on how to move to the Isle of Man. Our comprehensive guide will help calm your nerves and keep you from getting overwhelmed with the process leaving you to be swept away by the folklore of the Manx people rather than the details of international relocation.

Know where to go

As a small island, the Isle if Man simplifies choosing a destination city. When figuring out exactly where you want to go though, think about what you want and what you need. The most populated city, Douglas, will provide the most amenities and easy access to transportation and goods, but isolation comes outside of the city limits. Know what you really want from the island and find the best place to suit your needs.

Your life on paper: documentation

The Isle of Man provides various visas for people who are interested in heading to its shores, but you’ll need to research which one works best for you and then plan ahead for the application. Some of the most common documents needed are: passports, birth and marriage certificates, proof of insurance, bank statements and a letter of employment. Make sure to read the terms and list of necessary documents carefully before applying. Being well-prepared will ease any hitches in the process.

See the Manx Immigration site for details on the various visa possibilities and requirements.

All in good time

It’s important to not procrastinate when planning to move to the Isle of Man. Waiting to the last minute will cause you stress as well as create difficulties which can result in heavy fees or rejections. Make sure you research jobs, accommodations, visas, cities, laws, and moving companies far ahead of time and take the necessary steps quickly.

Take care of the biggest items like booking a moving company, buying flight tickets and selling a house first. Afterwards, you can start throwing goodbye parties, returning borrowed books or movies and sending forwarding addresses. Being punctual will save you a lot of hassle during a move to the Isle of Man.

Funding your travels

Moving abroad always costs a pretty penny: flights, accommodations, fees and transportation all add up, s make sure that you’re are prepared for it all. Make a list of major expenses and try to think of smaller ones as well and determine if you are financially ready for the move to the Isle of Man.
If the cost of the move itself is well within your budget, look at the cost of your life in the Isle of Man and set yourself up with a Manx bank account to make life easier and cheaper abroad.

Find a Moving Company

If you choose to move to the Isle of Man with household items, you’ll want to research moving companies well. Clear out items you don’t need and make an accurate list of the items you’ll be bringing before contacting companies. Once you have it, research the services and prices and get in-home estimates. Ask questions, read your documents and book well in advance to ensure the simplest move possible. Doing your research and choosing your moving company carefully will be a big factor in your peace of mind during the move to the Isle of Man.

Remember to stay calm during the process and enjoy the journey. Vanguard Relocation’s guide to how to move to the Isle of Man helps you plan focus and keep you in good spirits all the way to your island home.